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Firm Announcement

November 9, 2000

The Fischman Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that senior partner Bruce Fischman and the firm have been awarded the AV rating, the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell ® Law Directory, the country's foremost legal directory.

Ratings attest to the individual lawyer's legal ability and adherence to accepted professional standards of ethics. Exclusively developed and assigned by the Martindale-Hubbell ® Law Directory, Ratings are considered valuable benchmarks intended for use by members of the profession, with only 12% of firms in the country achieving AV status.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review process that rates lawyers. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-HubbellSM Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Legal Ability Ratings are:

C Good to High
B High to Very High
A Very High to Pre-eminent

There is one General Ethical Standards Rating-V or Very High-and an attorney must receive it in order to be rated.

Martindale-Hubbell is a service mark and a registered trademark. CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., and are used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure standards and policies.