MELBOURNE –  Florida lawyer Bradley White recently received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the highest peer-review accolades an attorney can receive for skill and professionalism.

Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review ratings provide information about an attorney’s competence based on feedback from others in the field. Ratings are awarded based on scores from peer reviewers across multiple legal and ethical criteria.

The AV Preeminent rating signifies that a lawyer has reached the highest level of excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. According to Brian Veeder, product manager for ratings at Martindale-Hubbell, the company has “well over a million” attorneys listed across the U.S. and Canada, only 10 percent of whom have achieved an AV Preeminent rating.

“You’re getting into a relatively high echelon of lawyers if you have gotten that rating,” Veeder recently told the Florida Record. 

White is a Melbourne native who pursued his undergraduate and law degrees at Florida State University. He is also a certified public accountant and received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida.

White is a senior associate at GrayRobinson’s Melbourne law office.

He practices in the areas of corporate law, banking and finance, taxation and health care, among others, according to GrayRobinson’s website. He has significant experience representing clients in complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and joint ventures.

GrayRobinson also states that White is experienced in dealing with a variety of business and income tax planning considerations relating to high-net-worth individuals as well as corporations, companies and partnerships. He frequently represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service.

As a counselor to companies and business owners, he has offered guidance on everything from business formations, to software license agreements, to commercial real estate issues.

As for civic work, White has been involved with the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, according to his biography at GrayRobinson.

White’s AV Preeminent rating will signal his level of achievement to potential clients as well as others in the field, Veeder said.

“That peer review rating system gives people information on what other lawyers in the community think of that lawyer, and I think the ethical piece is a very important part of that,” he said. “We see it as very important because people come to our website who are looking for information, maybe to hire a lawyer, or another lawyer might come to our site in terms of double-checking on somebody before they refer them.”

Martindale-Hubbell also offers a rating system based on client reviews.

White is not alone among AV Preeminent-rated attorneys at GrayRobinson. Approximately 20 have received the rating in the past four years alone, according to the firm’s website.

White declined to comment for this story.

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