Mr. Dodge was recently awarded an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell is an information services company to the legal profession that was founded in 1868. The company publishes the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which provides background information on lawyers and law firms in the United States and other countries.
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings were created in 1887 as an objective tool that would attest to a lawyer ability and professional ethics. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have remained the most prestigious and widely respected lawyer rating system in the world for over a hundred years.
An AV Rating means that the lawyer is deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV.”
The “A” portion indicates the highest possible rating for legal ability, while the “V” portion indicates adherence to the highest standard of professional conduct. The ratings are based on confidential evaluations submitted by lawyers and judges throughout the United States.
AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Dodge graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with honors and received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Wisconsin—Madison Law School in 1997. Subsequent to that, Mr. Dodge participated in a United Nations sponsored post-doctoral research program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. There he published a seminal research paper on the international legal relationships between Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) members in the management of the Mekong River and their respective water rights.
Mr. Dodge then practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on international, business and construction law. In the Bay Area, in addition to practicing law, Mr. Dodge authored several well-known articles and gave professional lectures for Lorman Education Services, educating architects, engineers and contractors regarding current trends in construction law.
Mr. Dodge was then recruited to work as an in-house lawyer for one of the largest corporations in South Korea and the largest shipbuilder in the world. During that time he assisted in the construction of the Agbami Project. The Agbami vessel is one of the largest Floating Procurement, Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSO’s) in the world. His work there was focused on commercial dispute resolution, oil and gas and maritime law. Agbami is currently in operation and moored in deep water off the coast of Nigeria. Mr. Dodge resided in Seoul, Busan and Okpo, South Korea for three (3) years.
Following his work in Korea, Mr. Dodge was a Professor of Law at Shenzhen University in Shenzhen, China. He taught comparative international law courses in cooperation with Chinese law professors to graduate and undergraduate students. Further, he implemented a moot court practice course program modeled on The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition. These efforts lead to the development of a Willem C. Vis International Moot Court Competition team at SZU that now competes internationally with other law schools around the world.
During that time he served as an “Of Counsel” lawyer to a large law firm in Shenzhen in their international practice group. He resided in Shenzhen for four (4) years.
He then returned to the U.S. and has focused his practice on international law, dispute resolution and corporate law. Mr. Dodge is currently licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and California.