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AV “Preeminent” Rating – Martindale Hubbell:

For over a century lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for authoritative information on legal professionals.  The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary.

Lanza & Smith is “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” Through Martindale. Its rating is the highest rating possible (5.0 out of 5.0), both in ethics and litigation.

Lanza has often been featured in the “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” magazine distributed with the LA Times, entitled “Legal Leaders.” This publication is limited to lawyers rated 5.0 out of 5.0 – also known as a Preeminent rating. View the “Legal Leaders” publication here.

An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.  A lawyer must at a minimum be admitted to the bar for ten years or more to receive an AV rating.*

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.  The legal community respects the accuracy of these ratings because it knows that its own members — the people best suited to assess their peers — are directly involved in the process. Link:

The following peer review comments are posted, or have been posted, by attorneys on the Martindale website regarding Lanza:

“Tony Lanza is an excellent lawyer in every sense of the word. I would recommend him most highly.”

“Top trial attorney”

“Mr. Lanza is a well-rounded, experienced litigation attorney with whom I have had the pleasure of working in a certified class action case since 2007. I have also known him for years while working in the same law office.”

“Superior analytical capabilities; fast learner.”

“I have referred a number of clients to Anthony Lanza for litigation matters. To me that is highest endorsement that I can give to a litigator.”

Client Testimonials on AVVO

The following testimonials have been posted by Lanza & Smith clients on AVVO®, another attorney rating service.

“We came to Tony Lanza with issues regarding a partnership dispute with an employer. Tony immediately took control and continuously did his best to settle our case.

Our situation grew, involving our whole family, state & federal lawsuits. The cases were complex & deeply emotional for our family. Tony & his “dream team” of associates met all of our needs beyond any possible expectation. They are experts in the practice of Law.

Tony’s entire staff was sympathetic, professional, knowledgeable and always available. Tony maintained constant integrity even when dealing with unscrupulous opposing parties.

Tony was consistently aware of legal fees & tried his best to keep our costs at a minimum.

Words cannot accurately express the praise, respect & thankfulness in our hearts we have for Tony and all he did for us. We would highly recommend Tony Lanza to anyone who wants THE BEST legal representation.”

“Highly recommend Mr. Smith whether your case is large or small. I wish I had called Lanza & Smith sooner. Mr. Smith instantly took the stress of the situation off my plate. Mr. Smith always answered every phone call and email quickly. He always went above and beyond for my case and it’s only because of him I got the incredible outcome I did. I would highly recommend him and this law firm.”

“Finding Lanza & Smith saved my sanity and my case. Mr. Smith is a brilliant lawyer who not only finds incredible legal solutions to any problem that arises but first and foremost listens to what his client wants. You are part of a team and will have someone in your corner who truly has your best interest at heart.”

“The first letter Mr. Smith wrote for me, did more for my case than the previous 4 months of dealing with another law firm! He continues to amaze me not only with his legal skill but how intuitive he is. He is continually conscious of the cost to his client, often offering options that will cost less.”


The following testimonials have been posted by Lanza & Smith clients on reputable websites, including Linked-In:

“Tony [Lanza] has proven to me time and time again that he is one of the best. He has offered me great advice on what to do and what not do. Tony is a very knowledgeable and qualified attorney. He has represent my company very fiercely and aggressively. I’ve used Tony many times before for business legal matters and personal legal matters, and will continue to use Tony and his law office.”

“Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity.”

“I strongly recommend Tony Lanza and his Law Firm. Tony is one of the finest and most experienced business attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. He is of extremely high integrity. His work is timely and efficient and his interactions are friendly and straight-forward. Tony is extremely detailed oriented, compassionate about the success of the company and his clients, and always took care of our business. His experience and track record of success speak volumes for his leadership.”

“Tony [Lanza] is a great lawyer and litigator. He is straightforward and reasonable in his approach to clients, judges, and opposing counsel. He is result-oriented and consistently moves the ball toward the goal line.”

“I’m not one to leave online reviews – there’s usually good & bad to everything, but I was compelled to write this one because I really can’t recommend Mr. Smith of Lanza & Smith highly enough. If you need a lawyer, this is the one to call.”

“I was referred to Tony by a very close family friend to acquire Tony’s services on different legal matters. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life to have Tony on my side… Tony is the best.”

The following testimonials have been posted by Lanza & Smith clients on reputable websites, mostly Yelp:

“Needing a lawyer is a scary feeling. Finding the wrong lawyer can be endlessly expensive if not a complete disaster. I had dealt with 2 other law firms before finding Lanza & Smith. Mr. Smith did more in one letter than the first 2 law firms had accomplished in months – so I know first hand just how true this can be.”

“I continue to be amazed at how intuitive Mr. Smith is, he seems to know when we should push back, when we should give a little and when to think outside the box; some of his solutions have been incredibly brilliant and done amazing things for my case. He’s honest enough to tell you when hard decisions need to be made, and humble enough to listen to any suggestions or opposition you might have. He is continually conscious of the costs to his client, often offering options that will cost less (further proof your best interest is his top priority).”

“I can’t recommend Mr. Smith of Lanza & Smith highly enough. If you need a lawyer, this is the firm to call.”

“I highly recommend this firm. They took my case, fought hard for me, stood firm on truth and the rule of law, and won! I was scammed out of a large amount of money and Tony was able to recover more of it than I thought was even possible. He led it, put awesome muscle and brains into it, and never wavered. Brodie was right there and solid, and Leona’s help was invaluable… And we won! Justice rocks – thank you God, and bless you Tony and Lanza & Smith!”

“This is a professional firm with competent skills. Good price/expense for the areas of practice. Down to earth litigators who have time to chat. They came through when no one else would. I highly recommend this firm.”

“Brodie played an integral role in my recent litigation that I would otherwise have never been able to navigate with such drive and acumen… I highly recommend Lanza & Smith for anyone’s legal needs.”

“If you are in need of legal representation I recommend at least speaking with these lawyers; they really provided excellent legal service and helped me out.”

“Tony, you did a great job. Few attorneys can do it like you.”

Disclaimer: These testimonials or endorsements do no not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter.

  • AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsvier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.
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