Did you know that lawyers, like doctors, can become Board Certified? But
what does this mean, and, more importantly, why does it matter? Read on
to learn more.
Experience the Benefits of Hiring a Board Certified Trial Attorney
As defined by the Florida Bar, board certification “recognizes attorneys’
special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and
professionalism and ethics in practice.” It’s a status only
2% of all practicing attorneys in the state have achieved, and it’s
the ultimate mark of professional expertise as a law practitioner.
Board Certified lawyers are recognized as specialists in their fields.
These are the legal professionals who have repeatedly gone above and beyond
the call of duty; who have been objectively evaluated on their experience,
competence, and expertise; and who have been distinguished as the best
the state has to offer.
Characteristics and qualifications of Board Certified attorneys include
but are not limited to:
- 5+ years of professional practice
- Continuing legal education requirements
- Substantive jury trial experience
- Rigorous testing of legal knowledge and field trial advocacy
- Satisfactory peer review of character and ethics
- Specialization in respective field(s) of practice
Working with a Board Certified civil trial lawyer will ensure you have
an expert on your side. Board Certified trial attorneys like ours strive
for professional excellence in all that they do; and, after an accident
that has left you or someone you love seriously injured, why settle for
Backed by more than 50 years of combined experience handling personal injury
and wrongful death cases in Florida, our
expert trial attorneys at Roman & Gaynor are ready to show you firsthand the difference it can make to have a Board
Certified attorney working on your case. Contact us today to learn more.
What it Takes to Become Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Board certification is the single best way to determine whether or not
a lawyer has the experience and expertise you need.
A trial lawyer can only become Board Certified if they do the following:
Regularly appear in jury trials: In Florida, lawyers have to dedicate themselves to trial practice, and
they need to have taken a minimum of 15 cases to court over a certain
period of time.
Pass comprehensive peer reviews: From legal ethics to practice area specifics, attorneys are graded by their
peers on past cases.
Specialize in a specific practice area: According to the
Florida Bar Association, lawyers seeking certification “must demonstrate substantial involvement
in the field of law for which certification is sought.”
Practice law for a baseline of 5 or more years: This is true not just in Florida, but in all states. Lawyers must have
5 years of experience to become Board Certified – no exceptions.
Pursue continuing legal education: Board Certification is more than just a piece of paper: It means the lawyer
is a true specialist in their field. As such, they must continually pursue
further legal education and keep up-to-date with the industry, as defined
by their unique certification program.
Pass an approved examination: Finally, after completing all the steps listed above and other potential
criteria, the attorney seeking certification must pass an official examination
approved by the Florida Bar.
Contact a Board Certified Trial Lawyer at Roman & Gaynor for a Free
Because it’s such a rigorous process, fewer than 7% of eligible Florida
Bar Association members are Board Certified. Still fewer are Board Certified
trial lawyers specializing in the practice areas of
personal injury or
wrongful death. The best way to determine if a lawyer is Board Certified is to check
with the Florida Bar, but you can also identify them by the letters “B.C.S.,”
or Board Certified Specialist, on their print materials.
At Roman & Gaynor, both of our attorneys are Board Certified Civil
Trial Lawyers and have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for
our clients. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one, you can
rest assured our specialists are here to help.
Interested in working with a Board Certified specialist for your case?
Contact Roman & Gaynor to schedule a free case evaluation.