Generations of lawyers have relied on Martindale-Hubbell as the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. With a history spanning 140 years, the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network is powered by a database of over one million lawyers and law firms in over 160 countries. Now more than ever, Martindale-Hubbell is one of the most effective ways for lawyers and law firms to promote their practices.
The History of Martindale-Hubbell®
The 140-year history of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory begins with two separate publications:
The Martindale Directory
The Martindale Directory was first published in 1868 by James B. Martindale, a lawyer and businessman. 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…”
By the 1896 edition, the Directory included the basic information that still appears in our standard Practice Profile listings, as well as ratings and a section on foreign lawyers and firms.
Hubbell’s Legal Directory
In 1930 the Martindale Company purchased the publishing rights to Hubbell’s Legal Directory. This Directory consisted of three parts: a digest of the collected laws of each state; court calendars; and a selective list of lawyers and firms.
This first edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – combining the features of both predecessor publications – was published in 1931 as a two-volume set. Volume I consisted of the lawyer listings and Volume II the Law Digest.
Joining Reed USA
Martindale-Hubbell became part of Reed Publishing (USA) in 1990. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, US, and has more than 500 people working to bring you the Martindale-Hubbell line of products and services.
Today, the Law Directory contains listings for over one million lawyers and firms in the United States, Canada and worldwide. It is the world’s leading source of information on the legal profession, as well as a fundamental legal marketing tool.
The database is available on this Web site, online through LexisNexis® and at lexis.com®, on CD-ROM, and in a multi-volume print edition. A special version of the Law Directory for the consumer market is also featured at lawyers.com®.