Clearwater injury lawyer Mark Roman of Roman & Gaynor of Clearwater, FL, receives a high AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell.
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The CV® is a good first rating for lawyers and a definitive statement of their above average ability and unquestionable ethics.The BV® is an excellent rating for an attorney with more experience. An AV® rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. How does an attorney obtain an AV® rating?
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