Mark Stout Awarded Highest Peer Rating Standard of AV Preeminent Lawyer

Posted on March 16, 2022

Mark Stout was awarded the top rating of a AV Preeminent lawyer by the lawyer rating service – Martindale-Hubbell. Mark Stout received the AV Preeminent rating for the highest level of professional excellence after receiving peer reviewed ratings reports from judges and lawyers across New Mexico and Texas. 

The AV Preeminent rating is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Below are a collection of the some of the comments submitted during the peer reviewed process about Mark’s legal skills and professionalism

  • “Mark Stout is an excellent attorney with the highest of ethics, skills and temperament. I have known Mark since the day he began practicing law. His father, Lowell Stout, who Mark practiced with until his death, was one of the most outstanding lawyers in New Mexico and the Southwest and, his ethics, skills and communication abilities rubbed off on Mark.” 
  • “One of the best Plaintiff’s attorneys in New Mexico.”
  • “I have known Mr. Stout, as a very competent attorney, for over 35 years. He is ethically beyond reproach. He is very knowledgeable in ALL areas of tort and personal injury litigation. If I needed an attorney, I would not hesitate to engage him for representation.”

Mark Stout’s Background

Mark Stout was born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, and graduated from Hobbs High School in 1972. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his law degree from the University of Tulsa. After law school, Mark returned to Hobbs to practice with his father, Lowell Stout, at Stout & Stout Lawyers. Mark has worked as a lawyer for 42 years.

Today, Mark works with his son Drew, and together they continue the legacy of Stout & Stout Lawyers and the Stout Family’s service of over 60 years to the people of Lea County and the Permian Basin.

Mark and Drew are licensed members of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the New Mexico Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In addition, Drew is a licensed member of the State Bar of Texas. Stout & Stout Lawyers have practiced in Federal and State Courts in New Mexico and Texas as well as worked with attorneys on cases filed in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado and Arizona.

About Martindale-Hubbell (Source –

 “For more than 130 years, Martindale-Hubbell has been evaluating attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards through a Peer Review Rating system. Prior to the 1887 edition of Martindale’s American Law Directory, which was the first publication to provide such ratings to attorneys, there was no way of truly knowing if the lawyer you were considering to do business with was trustworthy, ethical, or skilled in the legal field.

“Today – Martindale-Hubbell continues to provide verified ratings for attorneys based not only on their legal ability and ethical standards as judged by their peers, but also based on reviews from their clients. While the criteria and format of the Peer Review Rating system has evolved since the 1800’s – the goal of Martindale-Hubbell ratings remains the same: to help keep the public informed when making the decision to do business with an attorney or law firm.”


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