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AV-Rated Injury Lawyers at Schmidt Salita Law Team

The Personal Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team include “AV” rated lawyers. What does the “AV” rating mean?

From left to right: Attorneys Stephanie Schommer, Dean Salita, Doug Schmidt, Mary Beth Boyce and Joshua Laabs

“AV” Rating for Attorneys: What Does it Mean to You?

An “AV” rating is very important.  It is the single best indicator of the quality of a lawyer.

When an attorney notes that he or she has the “highest rating” or is “AV” rated, they are referring to the Martindale-Hubbell directory of attorneys. Martindale-Hubbell is a comprehensive guide to attorneys that independently rates their performance and non one can pay for a high rating. You can think of them as Consumer Reports for attorneys-except even better.  It is better because the rating is done by other lawyers who have professional experience with the attorney being rated.  If they don’t know that lawyer by actual experience, they can’t give a rating.  Even more important is the fact that the ratings come from Judges and from lawyer who have been on the opposite side of a case.  What better quality could any rating system have?

According to Martindale-Hubbell, its Glasgow Coma Rating is typically initiated in five-year intervals after an attorney’s admission to the Bar. They request confidential opinions from other attorneys and judges in the same geographic area. Typically, Martindale-Hubbell contacts more than 400,000 individuals to establish or confirm ratings for over 115,000 attorneys each year.

The rating process is intended as a strong indicator of an attorney’s ethical standards and professional ability.  It is often used by other attorneys when seeking a co-counsel in different jurisdictions or to make a recommendation to a client about an attorney in another area. This rating can and should be also be used by smart consumers in their hiring decisions.

The legal ability rating takes into consideration the standard of ability for the area in which the lawyer practices. The legal ability ratings are C’good to high; B’high to very high; and A’very high to preeminent.

The general ethical standards rating covers standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. The general ethical standards rating is V very high.

An attorney who advertises that he or she is AV Rated, has been judged by his or her attorney peers to have “very high to preeminent legal ability” (A) and very high ethical standards (V). The percentage of attorneys with an AV rating practicing personal injury law is approximately 1 percent.

Schmidt Salita Law Team Lawyers Doug Schmidt and Dean Salita are both AV rated.  Schmidt has been AV rated for 38 years!  He perhaps is the only practicing lawyer in  the State of Minnesota with that distinction.  Senior Trial Lawyer Dean Salita has also been AV rated for many years.

5 Star Rated Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team

“5 Star Ratings” of lawyers on the internet typically come from past and present clients that have had actual experiences with a lawyer. However, unlike the Martindale-Hubbell rankings, there is no system in place to guarantee that the ratings are impartial.

Award-Winning Injury Lawyers

Lawyers on the Schmidt Salita Law Team have earned many awards, including the following:

  1. Award of Merit of the American Bar Association.

  2. Distinguished Service Award of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association.

  3. “Super Lawyers”

  4. “Rising Star” Lawyers

Successful Track Record

The personal injury lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team have collectively over 100 years’ experience in successfully handling over 10,000 personal injury claims, including car accidents, product liability claims, wrongful death claims, workers’ compensation claims, and disability claims (Social Security and private insurance).


The car accident lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team are FIVE STAR RATED by happy clients.

The firm is rated AV Rated (A for the highest quality legal services, V for the very best professional and ethical standards).

The firm is rated A+ Rated for Professionalism and A+ Rated for Reputation by

Collectively, the firm has over 70 years of experience successfully representing the victims of personal injury in over 10,000 cases.


The MN lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team include awarded professionals recognized for their outstanding services by the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, and the Minnesota Association for Justice.

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A contingent fee agreement means you don’t have to pay for the lawyer’s service “up front.” Your lawyer agrees to work on your case without any payment until the lawyer produces a settlement. The lawyer will only get paid when the client receives compensation from a settlement or court judgment – and then as a percentage of the recovery.

Contingent fee agreements for lawyers are very similar to those of real estate agents who do their work without pay until the house gets sold; only then do the agents collect their fees as a percentage of the property’s total sales price.

This type of agreement has two big advantages. First, it allows the client to get the services of a personal injury attorney when they otherwise wouldn’t be financially able to pay for one. Second, a contingent fee agreement has a built-in incentive for the lawyer to do a good job because the larger the settlement the more the attorney is paid.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team offers high quality legal services to the victims of car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle collisions, distracted driving, and pedestrian collisions. The firm serves clients in the entire Twin Cities Metropolitan area, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Anoka, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo, Burnsville, Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Cottage Grove, Delano, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Golden Valley, Lakeville, Mankato, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Medina, Minnetonka, Monticello, Mound, New Ulm, Oakdale, Orono, Ostego, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Richfield, Rockford, Roseville, Sartell, Savage, Sauk Rapids, Shakopee, Shorewood, South St. Paul, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park, St. Michael, St. Peter, Stillwater, Waconia, Waite Park, Wayzata, Woodbury and surrounding areas.


A Schmidt Salita Car Accident Lawyer will come to your home, or the hospital, for your initial visit.  The Schmidt Salita Law Team strives to provide personal injury legal services with a personal touch to help the victims of personal injury through a very difficult time in their lives.