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What Does Board Certified Mean?

Proving Our Excellence & Skill in Trial Advocacy

No matter how much experience an attorney has or how many personal injury cases they have handled, a client may still be hesitant to trust them with their case. In order for their experience and accolades to be verified, an attorney should pursue board certification. Becoming board certified, whether by the state bar or by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, proves that a lawyer has focused their practice on a certain area of law and is capable of passing rigorous peer reviews and tests to prove their excellence. Tom Carey, Jodi Leisure & Katherine Neal, – our firm’s lead attorneys – are board certified in legal trial advocacy and are more than qualified to handle your injury case.

The Certification Process

To become board certified in trial advocacy with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), an applicant must undergo a seven-part process. The first part involves good standing, which requires an attorney to prove their good standing with the state bar, as well as their length of practice in the area of civil trial advocacy, which must be a minimum of five years. The next part requires the applicant to prove substantial involvement in the area of trial advocacy, with a minimum of 30% of their practice dedicated to the area. This also includes participation in at least 100 additional contested matters.

The third part of the process involves educational experience. The applicant must demonstrate participation in ongoing legal education, either through attendance at seminars and conferences, or by teaching or speaking at such events. Next, the applicant must undergo a peer review process by submitting the names of 10-12 references not associated with their firm or family. These references will be solicited confidentially by the NBTA for statements, as well as additional references, to determine the applicant’s skill, integrity, and client consideration.

The next step is an examination designed to test the applicant’s proficiency, knowledge, and experience in civil trial law. The purpose of this test is to justify the individual’s representation of specialization to the public. The applicant must also provide a legal writing document with their application – published or unpublished – that contains focused and specific facts and information related to the area in which they hope to specialize. Examples include briefs, bar journals, law review and legal magazine articles, and more. Lastly, the applicant must undergo disclosure of conduct to make known any allegations or legal action taken against them.

Board-Certified Trial Advocates

Tom Carey, Jodi Leisure and Katherine Neal are board certified in civil trial advocacy with the Florida Bar of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our peers have given us excellent reviews and we have passed all tests and disclosure processes, proving our skill and dedication to excellence. If you are in need of an attorney who, without a doubt, is capable of taking your personal injury case to trial, call the Law Offices of Carey Leisure & Neal today.

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Our firm has represented innocent accident victims across the state of Florida since 1987. From drunk driving accidents to wrongful death, our team is able to win compensation and has proven their abilities through board certification. Call now to speak with a Clearwater personal injury attorney about your case. Our attorneys give their clients their personal cell phone number and email and remain available for contact 24/7. By hiring a lawyer from our firm, you can expect excellent communication and service. Contact us right away to learn more about our firm through a free case evaluation.