Marc Ellinger and Stephanie Bell were honored with the AV Preeminent Attorney rating from Martindale. This rating is one of the highest ratings that an attorney can receive. This AV rating comes with a significant emphasis on ethics and professional excellence. Those lawyers who qualify receive this rating by peer review.
The Martindale AV rating was created initially by having an A, B, C grade rating for lawyers. Later they added the V to signify ‘Very High Ethical Standards’. The AV, BV, and CV grading system was then shown to evaluate the best of the best in all fields of law. In order to receive the Martindale AV rating, lawyers must apply to be reviewed by their peers. After the ratings are calculated, the lawyers are then put into three categories. Notable, Distinguished, and AV preeminent. AV Preeminent is the highest rating you can receive.