Cleveland, Ohio – January 19, 2024 – Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP today announced it has received notification from Martindale-Hubbell that 10 of the firm’s attorneys have received a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV Preeminent®:
AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.
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Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings were created in 1887 as an objective tool that would attest to a lawyer’s ability and professional ethics, based on the confidential opinions of other lawyers and judges who have worked with the lawyers they are evaluating.
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About Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP
Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is a full-service law firm with experience dating back to 1867. The firm delivers excellent client service by providing forward-thinking, creative solutions to complex legal problems. Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell offers a broad range of services and a deep bench of legal talent for our clients with lawyers who are licensed to practice law in Ohio, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and before various federal and state courts. The firm’s primary practice areas include business law, real estate, litigation, family law, taxation, and trusts and estates, with attorneys uniquely suited to meet the needs of businesses, individuals, and charitable organizations. Learn more about the firm.