AV "Preeminent" Rated (5.0 out of 5.0) Awarded by Martindale-Hubbell June 2017 From the Rating Agency: •AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) - AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. •BV Distinguished® (3.0-4.4) - BV Distinguished® is an excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. A widely respected mark of achievement, it differentiates a lawyer from his or her competition. •Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s) •Analytical Capabilities - Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge •Judgment - Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue. •Communication Ability - Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly •Legal Experience - Lawyer's degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s) The reviewers are members of the bar and judiciary (lawyers and judges) across select multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations They are from similar areas of practice and/or industries as the lawyer being rated, who attest that they know or have worked with the lawyer under review, and are able to rate them on their professional ethical standards and legal ability. All Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings review materials are treated as anonymous. LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell takes steps to protect anonymity.