Tuesday, May 12, 2020

How to Get Nominated for Super Lawyers


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The owner of the Jaklitsch Law Group, Rick Jaklitsch has extensive experience in personal injury law and was recently recognized for his work. In addition to being awarded as American Lawyer Magazine’s Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney 2019 and National Law Journal’s 2019 Top Personal Injury Attorney, Rick Jaklitsch was also nominated for Maryland’s Super Lawyers' list for 2020.

The list is comprised of top-performing lawyers in the state. The selection is based on 12 indicators, relating to experience, research and publications, community service, settlements and verdicts, and other factors. Because the selection is also based on peer nominations, networking and community service are advantageous to the attorney. By developing a network of attorneys practicing in similar areas, the person seeking nomination improves their chances of being selected for the list simply through heightening their profile. Plus, community service can fill in gaps in areas where a person is not as accomplished.

The program also accepts informal nominations from professionals who can attest to the candidate’s abilities but cannot make a formal nomination-for whatever reason. While informal nominations do not hold the same weight as formal ones, they can serve to highlight the breadth of the candidate’s experience. Getting informal nominations from actively licensed attorneys can improve a candidate's chances of being selected.

Having articles published or being involved in legal research is another highly-valued accomplishment. Legal writings, lectures, and professional reviews are all outlets that can provide selection committees with insight into the candidate’s views and opinions.

Certifications, finally, establish a person’s commitment to the legal field. More importantly, these certifications attest to the person’s desire to keep learning through continuing education and other professional development.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings


One of the country's top personal injury lawyers, Rick Jaklitsch has been honored by Who’s Who in American Law for over 24 years. Rick Jaklitsch has also received the highly-prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating every year for the past 22 years.

The AV Preeminent rating is an honor that only the top 1 percent of lawyers in the country receive. It’s the result of an unbiased, peer-reviewed survey judging the ethical standards and legal ability of attorneys. AV Preeminent lawyers are deemed to have the highest professional skills and ethical practices by their peers.

Famous AV Preeminent recipients include Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts and President Barack Obama.

The Distinguished rating is also very coveted. It’s granted to lawyers who have a wealth and breadth of experience that has led to them being noticed in the legal community. It also signals a substantial accomplishment in their professional work and their ethical integrity.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Steps to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

How Martindale-Hubbell Creates its Peer Review Ratings

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The owner of The Jaklitsch Law Group in Maryland, Rick Jaklitsch and his team represent those who are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Possessing upwards of three decades of legal experience, Rick Jaklitsch has been rated as an AV Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell for 25 years.

Peer Review Ratings from Martindale-Hubbell recognize attorneys for their high ethical standards and professionalism. Seen as the gold standard in attorney ratings, Martindale-Hubbell ratings help individuals searching for lawyers to fulfill their legal needs by granting them the ability to identify and evaluate attorneys based on various factors. The organization has been providing peer review ratings for more than 100 years, during which time it has perfected its methodology.

To create its ratings, Martindale-Hubbell administers anonymous online surveys. These surveys are made available to attorneys practicing in various geographic locations and jurisdictions and ask respondents to assess the ethical standards and legal ability of their colleagues. Each attorney is rated on a scale of one to five in five different categories: analytical capabilities, judgment, legal knowledge, legal experience and communication ability. On this rating scale, one (1) is the lowest-possible score.

Based on these ratings, Martindale-Hubbell assigns different ratings to attorneys. Notable attorneys are recognized by their peers as having strong ethical standards. Meanwhile, distinguished professionals have some legal experience, high professional achievement and high ethical standards. The highest peer rating possible is AV Preeminent. Martindale-Hubbell reserves this rating for attorneys that are ranked at the highest level of excellence for their communication, ethics and knowledge by a large number of their peers.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Maryland Legislature Discusses Vulnerable Road User Act