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Three attorneys from a small Charleston firm have received high marks in a recent peer review.

Martindale-Hubbell, a network for legal professionals, recognized Damon L. Ellis, Bernie Layne and Jonathan R. Mani in the review.

The three attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne PLLC received an AV overall peer rating, scoring 4.9 out of 5 in personal injury litigation and Social Security.

"In a small firm — a small plaintiff's firm — that's something that's not achieved often," Layne said of the high ratings. "For me, I love to grow professionally and to get real feedback from these ratings. Either way it goes, it allows you to understand those areas of your practice better and adjust it. Luckily, I received no negative feedback."

The attorneys received a 4.9 in legal knowledge, analytical capabilities and judgment, a 5 in communication ability and a 4.8 in legal experience.

In Martindale-Hubbell's peer review, members of the judiciary and other bar members rate attorneys on their ethical standards, their legal ability and areas of practice, according to the institution's web site.

"To be honest, any time you are subjected to something like that — a review — you are a bit leery, just because for one, you're curious," Layne said. "You want to know what others think about your abilities. At the same time, it's like receiving a report card. You have to be willing to take it no matter how it comes.

"It's quite an honor," Layne added. "These are people that practice around you and sometimes on the opposite side from you that are assessing your abilities."

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