A self-employed San Diego attorney, Terry Chucas spent more than a decade representing children in high-conflict divorce cases in the Superior Court of San Diego. Focused on appeals cases in dependency court, Attorney Terry Chucas holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating possible. For more than 130 years, Martindale Hubbell has evaluated attorneys on the basis of their legal performance, their ethical standards, and their client reviews. To determine its rankings, the organization utilizes a rigorous peer review via a secure online review survey. In this survey, peers comment extensively on a lawyer’s legal ability in their practice area, as well as their commitment to ethical standards. The survey results inform the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, which include A, B, and C. The organization’s AV ranking indicates the highest level of excellence for ethical standards, legal knowledge, and communication skills. Only 10 percent of practicing attorneys have achieved the AV Preeminent Rating, a designation widely regarded as the gold standard in the legal field.