The Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory is the flagship product of Martindale-Hubbell, a member of the Reed Elsevier Publishing Group. Starting as a one volume
publication in 1868, the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory has evolved into a 26 volume publication profiling approximately 900,000 lawyers internationally.
Considered as 'the primary research source for information about attorneys and law firms around the world', each entry in the Directory typically consists of short
biographical information about the lawyer (e.g. law school attended, areas of specialization) and their contact details. Considering its size and popularity, therefore,
the compilation and maintenance of the Directory is not only costly and time-consuming but also extremely valuable to Martindale-Hubbell.
In addition to making its directory available in print
format, the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory is also available on
recently on the Internet via the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator™. Users of the Internet version of the Directory are able to access the site and search the
database for lawyers by name, firm, location, practice and a number of other different criteria.
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