* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. 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. Mr. Pearce has held the AV Preeminent rating continuously since May 1996.
** Super Lawyers is a rating service of Thomson Reuters of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of the lawyers in any state in any given year achieve this recognition. Mr. Pearce has continuously been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top lawyer in Florida in Securities Litigation since 2013.
*** The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum are the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar and multi-million dollar verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for their clients. Fewer than one percent (1%) of U. S. lawyers are members of these organizations. Mr. Pearce's first multimillion dollar award was in 1990 and he has had over twenty-five (25), million dollar plus, judgments, awards, and settlements since that time.