AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale – Hubbell
1980 – present
An AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell is the most prestigious achievement for attorneys. This rating regards conduct, reputation, reliability, analytical capabilities, ethical standards, legal knowledge, and experience in his or her respective practice area. A rating of Preeminent denotes the highest level an attorney can achieve. Read more about Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™.
The Best Lawyers in America
1987 – present
Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and highly regarded peer review guide. Ranked attorneys garner much respect from their peers for their professionalism, abilities, ethics, integrity, and performance in regards to their respective geographical location and practice areas. Read more at Best Lawyers.
In 2014, The Best Lawyers in America named Mr. LaTona “Lawyer of the Year” in White Collar Criminal Defense for Buffalo, NY.
America’s Top 100 Attorneys®
Admittance to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is highly selective, elite, and by invitation only; membership is limited to 100 attorneys in each state. The screening process involves vigorous research pertaining to professional experience, career achievements, cases, press, awards, and other components. According to their website, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys will ever receive this honor. Visit their website America’s Top 100 Attorneys.
AVVO Superb Rating for Criminal Defense and DWI
AVVO created its own metric to determine attorney ratings. This metric measures an attorney’s work experience, memberships in legal associations, honors and awards, speaking engagements, publications, as well as peer and client endorsements. AVVO provides profiles approximately 97% of practicing attorney in the United States. Read more about the AVVO rating.
2008 – present
Similar to other annual attorney rankings, recognition as a Super Lawyers includes peer nominations and evaluations but also independent research based on 12 indicators which include verdicts and settlements, experience, honors and awards, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, and other factors. Read more about the Selection Process.
National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
2015 – present
The NADC developed a four-step process for member selection. The NADC research team, NADC members, attorneys, and clients may nominate prospective candidates. The NADC reviews the nominations and reviews attorney information such as years in practice, reputation, trial experience, educational and professional histories, peer endorsements, awards, and other achievements. In their evaluation of prospective candidates, the NADC gathers information from attorney websites, client and peer reviews, and cases. The list of finalists gets submitted the review board, consisting of a panel of judges, who then select the Nation’s Top Attorneys. Read more at NADC.
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
The NACDA selects the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys for each state. The rigorous determination process begins with a nomination made by a licensed practicing attorney or a member(s) of the NACDA research staff. Nominations are gathered, verified, and then a select few nominees advance to the final selection phase. The NACDA Board of Governors then makes the final selection for each state. Read more about the selection process.
Buffalo Business First
Legal Elite 2014 & 2016
The Buffalo Law Journal and Buffalo Business First produce the Legal Elite annually to recognize the best attorneys in Buffalo and the Western New York region. Approximately 1000 attorneys are nominated by their peers; and the top 10% achieve the coveted elite status.
Who’s Who in Law 2004, 2006-2008, 2010
“Who’s Who in Law,” produced by Buffalo Business First, is an annual listing of peer nominated attorneys recognized for their distinction in their respective areas of practice.