The Martindale Directory was first published in 1868 by James B. Martindale, a lawyer and businessman. Its purpose was "to furnish to lawyers, bankers, wholesale merchants, manufacturers, real estate agents, and all others...the address of one reliable law firm, one reliable bank, and one reliable real estate office in every city in the United States.
This Directory consisted of three parts: a digest of the collected laws of each state; court calendars; and a selective list of lawyers and firms.
The Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provide a review of a lawyer or law firm to aid buyers and referrers of legal services in choosing the right lawyer or firm for their legal issue.
Today, both Martindale.com and Lawyers.com contain the profiles of over one million lawyers and firms globally.
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. It helps lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or unfamiliar practice areas.
Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. In the U.S., Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, which includes 39,766 attorneys in 80 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a signal honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than 25 years, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.
Southern California Super Lawyers published in February in three publications:
Special advertising section in Los Angeles magazine, which reaches more than 450,000 monthly readers.
Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, featuring articles about Southern California lawyers, is delivered to more than 72,000 Southern California attorneys, the lead corporate counsel of the Russell 3000 companies and the ABA-approved law school libraries.
Super Lawyers also appears in a special advertising supplement to be seen by more than 193,000 readers of The New York Times (Los Angeles and Orange County distributions).
Southern California Rising Stars is published in July in a special advertising section in Los Angeles magazine. Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, featuring articles about up-and-coming Southern California attorneys, is delivered to more than 68,000 Southern California lawyers.
Super Lawyers Selection Process has been blessed by Courts and Bar Associations across the country.
Most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the findings of a Special Master assigned by the court to, among other things, examine the details of our process. In his report, the Special Master lauded our process, stating:
"[The Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field."
"Suffice to say, the selection procedures employed by [Super Lawyers] are very sophisticated, comprehensive and complex."
Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
The Lawdragon 500 sets the standard for the best of the legal profession: private attorneys from a wide range of practices; in-house counsel; law professors; judges and neutrals; government attorneys; and public interest lawyers.
The Lawdragon 500 Selection Process: Lawdragon creates its guides to the best lawyers in the United States through a unique combination of online balloting and independent research. The editorial guide staff contacts thousands of legal professionals to get their input on the top practitioners in any region or practice field. They also collect votes through an online ballot, which democratizes such lists, allowing lawyers who might be overlooked through traditional surveying techniques to be identified. Those submissions are then researched and vetted by the editorial staff.
American Association for Justice
The AITKEN AITKEN COHN attorneys are members to American Association for Justice, an organization comprising of attorneys, law students and graduates, paralegals, law professors - all supporting the mission of the Association. AAJ members are experienced and new to the profession; Democrats, Republicans and Independents; women and men; urban, rural and international. AAJ members are a diverse group of practitioners standing together to ensure that the doors of justice stay open for every American.
The AAJ mission is: The Mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system-and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America's courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
American Board of Trial Advocates
ABOTA was established in 1957 primarily for the purpose of preserving the civil jury trial, "Justice by the People." It is a legal organization composed of experienced trial attorneys who have fulfilled the necessary requirements to make them eligible for membership--20 trials through verdict for an associate and 50 trials through verdict for an advocate.
The ABOTA mission is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.
2011-2012 Best Law Firms
AITKEN AITKEN COHN has been ranked in the 2011-2012 "Best Law Firms" list, first-tier ranking, by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, marking the second edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. The first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report's Money issue, on November 15. These rankings, which are presented in tiers, showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas. Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, "By combining hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments, we continue to believe that we are providing clients with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed."