Frances M. Phares Receives Highest Attorney Rating From Peers

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Frances Phares

Frances M. Phares


Frances M. Phares Receives Highest Attorney Rating From Peers

Baum Hedlund is proud to announce that Ms. Frances M. Phares is now AV® Peer Review Rated. The Peer Review process was conducted by Lexis-Nexis® Martindale Hubbell®.

According to Martindale Hubbell, the AV® Peer Review Rating identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability, is a reflection of the attorney's expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. Martindale Hubbell's ratings are established by attorneys for attorneys and clearly indicate that these attorneys demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards.

Fran received her J.D. in 1981 from Tulane Law School. She was a law clerk for the 22nd Judicial District Court, St. Tammamy Parish, Louisiana from 1983 to 1990 and served as a Magistrate Ad Hoc for the Support Enforcement Division, 22nd Judicial District Court in Louisiana from 1990 to 2003. Fran is a Former Assistant District Attorney of New Orleans Parish, Louisiana and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar, Louisiana State Bar Association and the Greater Convington Bar Association. Her areas of practice include: Class Actions, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Personal Injury Law, Pharmaceutical Drug Product Liability, Product Liability and Wrongful Death Law.

Baum Hedlund now has nine attorneys with an AV® Peer Review Rating.

The process of the Peer Review Ratings system:

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not.

Martindale-Hubbell representatives conduct personal interviews to discuss lawyers under review with other members of the Bar. A compilation of these opinions from various sources is necessary to form a consensus, and lawyers under review are sometimes asked to provide professional references to assist with the process.

In addition, confidential questionnaires are sent to lawyers and judges in the same geographic location and/or area of practice as the lawyer being rated. Members of the Bar are instructed to assess their colleague's legal ability and general ethical standards.

Certification Mark Reference:

"CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies."

Rating Explanation:

"Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards."