DETERMINING YOUR ATTORNEY’S QUALIFICATIONS
There are several ways to determine the professional qualifications of
your attorney and his or her firm.
The nationally recognized
Martindale Hubbell Law Directory rates attorneys and firms on their ability and professional attributes.
An "AV" rating is the highest. The "A" signifies the
"highest levels of legal ability," while the "V" denotes
"very high adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics,
reliability and diligence." Other ratings include "BV,"
"CV," and no rating. ShounBach has enjoyed an "AV"
rating for almost three decades.
Inclusion of law firms in the
Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers is reserved, as the name suggests, for the "preeminent" practitioners
in certain areas of legal concentration, such as civil trial law, criminal
law, personal injury law, real estate law, and family law. ShounBach is
proud of its inclusion in this register under Family Law.
Ratings in both Martindale Hubbell publications are based on a peer review
system compiled from the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys
and members of the judiciary.
Many of the law firm’s attorneys’ reputations have earned them
inclusion in the nationally recognized The Best Lawyers in America ®
under the category “Family Law.” In addition, many of the
firm’s attorneys have earned recognition by, and inclusion in “Virginia’s
Super Lawyers” again under the category “Family Law,”
as either the primary designation or as “Rising Stars.” Moreover,
four of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized for their leadership
within their respective Northern Virginia communities, as well as leaders
within the profession of law, by the organization, Ten Leaders.
For more than a quarter century, attorneys at ShounBach have been primary
presenters of Continuing Legal Education family law seminars to other
attorneys and to members of the judiciary. Subject areas have included
Drafting Separation and Property Settlement Agreements; Equitable Distribution
of Civil Service, Military and Private Retirement Benefits; Tax Consequences
of Separation and Divorce; Professionalism and Civility Among Attorneys;
Drafting Premarital Agreements; and
Recent Developments in Virginia Domestic Relations Statutory and Case Law.
The attorneys at ShounBach are also involved in a wide variety of other
bar activities, at both local and state levels, having held multiple offices
and served as chair of numerous bar association committees over the years.
The firm has had the past distinction of receiving of the Fairfax Bar
Associations’ Pro Bono Award as Fairfax County Law Firm of the Year.