Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Earns AV® Rating

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An AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® is a much sought-after honor; however, it is not easily obtained. Brett M. Schwartz, Esq. from Hager & Schwartz, P.A. received this rating for his legal experience, knowledge, and judgment.

Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer

Miami Criminal Defense Attorney

In order to find an objective way of comparing attorneys within the legal field, Martindale-Hubbell® established the peer review ratings™ system. Included are lawyers from the United States and Canada who have been admitted to the bar at least three years previously. It includes members of all types of law, from bankruptcy to criminal defense, personal injury to divorce, in different geographic areas.

There are two main categories for this rating system: ethical standard and legal ability. The combination of the rating in each of these categories gives an overall snapshot of the caliber of the individual. However, before the attorney can even be rated on their skill, they first need to meet the criteria of passing the ethical standards. This is based on following the standards of the legal profession as well as reliability and diligence in their interaction with clients. If they reach the “Very High” standard set in this category, the attorney in question can then proceed to be rated in the legal ability section.

In legal ability, there are five categories in which the legal representative will be evaluated and given a rating of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest. First is legal knowledge. This must have a thorough understanding of the specific laws that govern their geographic region and their area of practice. The second category is analytical capabilities. This extends past mere knowledge and extends to determine whether or not they are able to put it into practice in real-world situation. The third category of judgment is similar in that they know what the important factors of a case are. Fourth is their ability to clearly and persuasively communicate on behalf of their clients and fifth is their experience in that specific area of law.

Understanding how vigorous and detailed this rating system is only gives credibility to the already well-respected law firm of Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Attorney Brett M. Schwartz was born and raised in Miami, Florida and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami in 1994. Upon graduation, he immediately entered the South Texas College of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate degree. While at this college, he took advantage of every opportunity and became involved in trial advocacy and national mock trial competitions.

Next, Mr. Schwartz became an Assistant State Attorney where he was able to prosecute crimes in County and Circuit Courts. Not only was he honored to be AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, but he is an active member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a partner in South Florida’s premier criminal defense law firm. Please feel free to contact his office if you have been accused of a crime in Miami or visit their website at

Have you been arrested of a crime? Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is South Florida’s premier criminal defense firm and has years of experience on their side. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as they understand that a crisis could occur at any time. By talking to a Miami criminal defense attorney from their firm, you could have a strong defender on your side. With experience in murder, theft crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, and much more. Please, do not hesitate to contact a Miami criminal defense lawyer from their team for a free consultation.

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