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Parent company Martindale, LLC
Founded 1868
Founder James B. Martindale
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New Providence, New Jersey
Nonfiction topics law
Official website

Martindale-Hubbell is an information services company to the legal profession[1] that was founded in 1868. The company publishes the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which provides background information on United States lawyers and law firms. Martindale-Hubbell is currently owned by consumer website company Internet Brands.[2]

Martindale-Hubbell volumes on the shelf at a law library


The Martindale Directory was first published in 1868 by James B. Martindale, a lawyer and businessman.[3] Its purpose was "to furnish to lawyers, bankers, wholesale merchants, manufacturers, real estate agents, and all others…the address of one reliable law firm, one reliable bank, and one reliable real estate office in every city in the United States..."[3] By 1896, the directory included basic information that still appears in the modern "Practice Profile" listings, as well as ratings and a section on foreign lawyers and firms.[3]

In 1930, the Martindale Company purchased the publishing rights to Hubbell's Legal Directory which consisted of: a digest of the collected laws of each state; court calendars; and a selective list of lawyers and firms.[3]

Through the combination of the Martindale Directory and Hubbell's Legal Directory, the first edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory was produced in 1931 as a two-volume set. Volume I consisted of the lawyer listings and volume II contained the "Law Digest".[3][4]

In 1990, Martindale-Hubbell was purchased by Reed International P.L.C.[5][5]

2007 Edition of Martindale Hubbell Law Digest on CD-ROM. This was Martindale Hubbell's One Hundred Thirty Ninth Year. The complete Martindale Hubbell Law Digest was compiled and updated each year by prominent law firms and legal scholars in each jurisdiction. It included up-to-date digests of the laws of the 50 states of the USA, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, useful information on the United States Federal, Copyright and Trademark laws, the United States Uniform and Model Acts as well as American Bar Association's Codes. The International Digest included summaries of the laws of 80 countries, a separate digest setting forth European Union Law, in deference to the laws of many European countries and selected international conventions.

In October 2013, Reed Elsevier entered into a joint venture with Internet Brands, LLC.[6] In March 2014, the joint venture was completed resulting in the combination of Martindale-Hubbell, and Internet Brand's Nolo legal division creating the largest online legal network. The joint venture operates under the name of Martindale-Hubbell.[2]

Products and services[edit]

  • Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.[7] contains the profiles of over one million lawyers and firms globally.[3]

  • and began offering free, online legal assistance to the public in June 1998, and has more than one million lawyers and law firms nationwide in its database.[8][9][10] The site contains the most comprehensive database of lawyers in the country and allows users to search for lawyers using factors like geography, specialty, language and law school.[9] Lawyers in the database are assigned an ISLN (International Standard Lawyer Number).


  • The Law Blog includes posts from lawyers on issues, trends and news in the legal profession such as immigration, personal injury, estate planning, etc. In November 2011 the blog launched a New Jury Roundup weekly news feature entitled, "Editor's Choice: Jury Awards Edition." The news feature reports on some of the largest jury awards won by individuals in recent personal injury cases.[11]


  1. ^ Artley, Meredith (2004-10-23). "Finding legal information online". The New York Times ( Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Internet Brands® and LexisNexis Announce Completion of Joint Venture Combining Professional and Consumer Legal Brands" (PDF) (Press release). Internet Brands. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "About Martindale-Hubbell". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ David, Rene; Brieley, John E.C. (1968). Major Legal Systems in the World Today, An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Law (1 ed.). London: The Free Press, Collier-Macmillan Limited. p. 494. 
  5. ^ a b Prokesch, Steven (1992-02-09). "Britain's Low-Profile Publishing Giant". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-21.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nytimes" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Press Release: LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and Internet Brands Announce Joint Venture". 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  7. ^ Shoptaw, Taylor. "Digest > Adams and Reese Named a Top Law Firm by Fortune". Memphis Daily News. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings are based on the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary who provide reviews of lawyers about whom they have professional knowledge. 
  8. ^ Nusbaum, Marci Alboher (2000-05-11). "Untangling the Legal Maze by Surfing the Web". New York Times ( Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  9. ^ a b Lee, Jennifer 8. (2001-02-22). "Legal Aid Online; Web's Law Library: A Partial Catalog". New York Times ( Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  10. ^ Sarji, Hani (2012-04-18). "Declining Health Is Scary: Estate And Financial Planning Can Protect You". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  11. ^ "New Jury Verdict Roundup Launched on Blog". 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 

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