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Douglas A. Peebles elected President of Manatee County Girls Club Foundation, Inc.
Douglas A. Peebles, Esquire, elected to the office of President of the Manatee County Girls Club Foundation, Inc.
As part of its mission the Foundation is entrusted with the protection and investments of endowment funds for the betterment
of the Manatee County Girls Club, Inc. Mr. Peebles has served on numerous boards, officerships and committees
throughout the last 20 years for the Manatee County Girls Club, Inc. and the Manatee County Girls Club Foundation, Inc.
Mr.Peebles looks forward to continuing his service for these worthwhile and charitable organizations. Congratulations
on the appointment Mr. Peebles.
Florida Supreme Court recognizes Douglas A. Peebles, Esquire, for Community
Service Leader Award.
Bradenton Herald announces Manatee Bar Association Community Service Leadership Award to Douglas A. Peebles.
The Manatee County Bar Association recently recognized two members for
their record of service. . . . . Peebles is the recipient of the 2014 Community Service Leader Award. A 1994 graduate
of Stetson College of Law and in practice in Manatee County since 1995, Peebles practices in the areas of business, construction,
contracts and wills and estates. He has served the Manatee County Girls Club and the Manatee County Girls Club Foundation
in a variety of roles. Most recently, he chaired their Smart Growth Initiative, raising $2.5 million, providing pro bono construction
management to assist in the construction of an 8,000-square-foot classroom addition. Through the Wounded Warrior program,
Peebles has provided pro bono service to veterans in need of estate planning and other legal services.
Peebles and Peebles Law Firm, P.A. have earned the prestigious AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
by Martindale Hubbell in areas of general civil practice, construction law, and litigation.
Douglas A. Peebles, Esquire, and the Peebles Law Firm, P.A., recently received
the highly prestigious AV® Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell. Less
than 5% of all law firms receive the AV Preeminent rating in ethics and abilities which is the highest rating offered
by Martindale Hubbell.
Martindale-Hubbell collects data
and profiles of lawyers and law firms across the United States and Canada. The Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process
has been in place for over one hundred years and is a reputable source for attorney reviews. The ratings reflect a lawyer’s
legal ability and ethical standards.
What is Peer Review?
Peer review is a process in which lawyers are reviewed by other
lawyers and judges who have worked with that attorney. These professionals are knowledgeable about the lawyer’s overall
quality of work and ethical reputation. Peer reviews represent a more complete and unbiased review of an attorney’s
work than consumer reviews, which may be biased based on case outcomes or present an incomplete analysis of the attorney’s
How Does the Peer Review Process Work?
Attorneys are eligible for a peer review rating after they have practiced law for three
years. Martindale-Hubbell usually initiates the process, but attorneys can request review and nominate peer references. A
wide sample of reviewers is consulted, and reviews from within the attorney’s own organization are not allowed. References
are anonymous and are given by other attorneys or judges who have worked with the attorney being reviewed.
How are Attorneys Rated?
According to Martindale-Hubbell,
the ratings system is first a reflection of an attorney’s ethical standards. For a rating to be given, attorneys must
be found to have high ethical standards. However, the lack of a rating does not indicate an attorney is unethical. Some attorneys
have not been rated or have chosen not to participate in the rating process. The second aspect of the rating is to measure
an attorney’s legal ability in 5 areas:
What is an AV Rating?
The AV rating is the highest rating granted to attorneys
under the Martindale-Hubbell system. This rating indicates that the attorney’s peers rank him to be practicing law at
the highest levels of excellence. Attorneys granted AV ratings have usually practiced law for many years and possess legal
expertise in their field. The CV and BV ratings are usually granted to attorneys earlier in their careers.
Why Should You Care
About an Attorney’s Rating?
The Martindale-Hubbell system is an easy way to determine the quality of representation you can expect from
any attorney you may hire. An AV rating indicates that lawyer has high ethical standards, exceptional legal ability, and significant
experience. The rating eliminates the need for legal consumers to conduct extensive research before hiring an attorney. Hiring
an attorney can be a complicated and nerve-racking experience. Choosing an AV rated attorney may eliminate some anxieties
and provide reassurance of your attorney’s ability.