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Martindale-Hubbell Ratings Categories

Martindale-Hubbell is an independent peer review rating service.  It sends out surveys to randomly selected lawyers throughout the state requesting Judges and lawyers to rate an attorney.  Ratings are categorized according from below average to preminent with respect to a lawyer’s legal ability.  Lawyers are also ranking based upon their ethical standards.   Some say this is the best and most reliable independent ranking service in the legal field.  Most agree that it is independent, and very hard to influence their rankings.  This is because the lawyers and Judge who rate the candidates must swear that they have not told the applicant how they rated them.   Thus, the person who is ranking the candidate should feel no pressure to provide an accurate ranking.  Further, there is no rank given except to candidates that the lawyer knows something about.

Joe Stephens has earned an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell which means that he has earned the highest grades that he can received from his peers. 

Martindale-Hubbell Ratings are categorized with letters:

Attorney’s Legal Ability Rating:

A lawyer is ranked based on his reputation and ability from lawyers he faces in court, and around the state.  The rankings take into account his expertise, qualifications, and track record.

Joe Stephens has an “AV” rating. The “A” ranking means Judges and Fellow Lawyers believe he has the highest “legal ability” rating of  “Preeminent.”  Other grades that many lawyers earn are lower, such as “B” for High; and “C” for “Good; ”   “D” for average, and so on.

Attorney’s Ethics Rating:

Similarly, Joe earned the highest rating in ethical standards as well as demonstrated by the “V”  in the “AV” ranking.  There is no higher rating given by Martindale-Hubbell.

Lawyers are reviewed each year.  Joe Stephens has earned an “AV” rating every year since 1993.

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Joe Wrote the Book!

Actually, Joe has written three books: “A Survivor’s Legal Guide,” “The Texas Accident Bible” and “Hiring the Right Injury Lawyer.”  A founding principle of The Stephens Law Firm is that anyone dealing with a personal injury or wrongful death case deserves access to high-quality legal advice. Joe has made these books available for free to the public, either via the website or by calling our office.

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The Stephens Law Firm

440 Cobia Drive | Suite 601
Katy, Texas 77494
Phone : (281) 392-7447 | Fax : (713) 224-0055
Mail : Joe@JoeStephensLaw.com

440 Louisiana | Suite 2000 (by appt only)
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone : (713) 224-0000

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Joe Stephens was selected from a statewide list of lawyers as a Texas SuperLawyer for 2008-2015 which is published by Texas Monthly magazine. He has also been invited to serve on the Blue Ribbon Panel that reviews whether other lawyers qualify.

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In 1999, Joe Stephens was selected as the Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer in America by AAJ, which is America's largest lawyer organization.

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Less than one percent of Texas lawyers have one board certification. Joe has TWO. One is a National Board Certification showing his competence to try civil lawsuits before juries, the other shows special competence in Personal Injury Law

Houston, Texas personal injury law firm, The Stephens Law Firm serves clients across Texas. We give you straight facts about your legal options. We have handled cases from Austin to Houston, San Antonio to Dallas, and everywhere in between, including: Katy, Beaumont, Richmond, Rosenberg, Wharton, Corpus-Christi, Waller, Brownsville, and McAllen. We handle cases in Harris County, Ft Bend County, Nueces County, Wharton County, Bexar County, Liberty County, and Jefferson County.