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David Martella was named as one of Maryland’s “Best Legal Minds” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2013 and 2011.

In 2013 Mr. Martella was named as one of Maryland “Top Attorneys.”

Is currently listed as one Maryland “Super Lawyers” in the area of criminal defense.

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>>View more articles from the pressAwards & RecognitionsAV Preeminent Attorney award 2013

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AV Preeminent Attorney

For several decades Barry Helfand has received an AV Preeminent rating which is the highest possible rating provided by Martindale-Hubell. An AV Preeminent rating is intended to reflect a significant accomplishment and a “testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence”. This rating is provided based upon interviews with judges and other lawyers. The award is based upon both high ethical standards and legal ability. The Legal Ability Ratings are based upon performance in five key areas: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. David Martella has received an AV Preeminent rating which is the highest possible rating provided by Martindale Hubell. An AV Preeminent rating is intended to reflect a significant accomplishment and a “testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence”. This rating is provided based upon interviews with judges and other lawyers. The award is based upon both high ethical standards and legal ability. The Legal Ability Ratings are based upon performance in five key areas: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience.

Top Attorneys In Maryland award 2013

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Top Attorneys In Maryland

Barry Helfand was named in Baltimore Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Maryland (January 2010). Barry Helfand was also named as one of the Top Attorneys in Maryland in the January 2008 edition of Baltimore Magazine.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers recognition 2013

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Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Barry Helfand was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, a national organization that describes itself as “a professional organization that is composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers”.

Top Attorneys In The DC Metro Area award 2012

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Top Attorneys In The DC Metro Area

Barry Helfand was honored with this recognition in the March 2010 edition of DC Magazine. Barry Helfand also received this honor in the 2008 edition. David Martella was recognized as one of the Top Attorneys in Washington D.C., Metro Area in the May 2012 edition of DC Magazine.

Washington’s Best Legal Minds magazine

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Washington’s Best Legal Minds

Washington’s Best Legal Minds (Washingtonian’s List of Best Lawyers) – Every so often the Washingtonian magazine creates a list of Best Lawyers or Top lawyers in the Maryland and Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. In the most recent list that was published our law firm was one of very few law firms to have more than one member of the firm that appear on this prestigious list. Both Barry Helfand and David Martella were honored to be listed in the most recent Washingtonian Magazine list (2011-2012) of “Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense Attorneys”. Washingtonian Magazine commented that “from DUIs to Murder charges, these lawyers are the best allies if you are in trouble with the law”.