How LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbel are Running a Lawyer Ratings Scam

I am deeply disgusted to report that the good name of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbel is officially worthless.  This institution which has built its reputation on providing accurate information to lawyers and the general public about lawyers is now nothing more than a marketing organization.  Their ratings can not be trusted.  How do I know?  Simple, they recently rated me as an outstanding lawyer as rated by my clients.

I haven’t had clients since July 2000.  And unless my three partners are secretly spending time rating my services (they aren’t) then this is complete and utter bullshit.  So beware consumers and fellow attorneys:  these ratings are nothing more than a scam to sell expensive plaques and foist the “ratings” on a public who might be looking for competent legal counsel.

Here was the text from the email:

Client Distinction Award
Congratulations Jason A. Mendelson,You have earned the Client Distinction Award. This honor has been made possible by your clients who have taken the time to compliment you in the following areas:

Communications Ability
Quality of Service
Value for Money

The results have been compiled and you have earned a Client Review Rating Score of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5. Less than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed and have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.

A commemorative wall plaque has been designed for you in honor of this new selection by your clients. Display your Client Distinction Award Plaque for them to see (especially new and potential clients). It serves as a point of reference which tells them others have confidence in your work.Ordering is easy. To preview and customize your award click here. (I embedded the image)

Or, take advantage of our easy open invoice billing. Simply reply to this email to tell us how many plaques you would like and we will ship and invoice you later for $159 + $12.90 shipping per plaque (net 20 terms).

Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions. I am available from 9am to 6pm EST, Monday through Friday and would be happy to walk you through the simple steps of customizing your wall plaque.


Pat Barnes
Account Manager
American Registry, LLC

*Did you know? Nearly 6 in 10 consumers seeking an attorney in the past year checked ratings and online reviews; of those, 65% say ratings and reviews were influential in their decision process.


And there you have it. Even the last tagline is talking about how the ratings are important to consumers. Vomit.