Florida Bar Board Certification

Carey Leisure Neal’s named partners are all board-certified in civil trial law. So – why is board certification so important?

As of 2022, just under 2% of all Florida attorneys are Board Certified, making this a distinction that truly sets those that achieve this status apart from other attorneys. At Carey Leisure & Neal, we are proud that all of our named partners are Board Certified in Civil Trial law for the State of Florida. Our Senior Partners Tom Carey and Jodi Leisure are nationally board certified in Civil Trial law as well, a distinction that even fewer attorneys in the State of Florida have achieved, and only 4% of all practicing attorneys in the United States have earned.

The standards for Civil Trial law are rigorous in order to determine the top attorneys in this field of law. The minimum standards set forth to apply for Board Certification in Florida as posted by the Florida Bar include:

Practice of law for a minimum of five years

Substantial involvement in the specialty of civil trial law.

at least 50% or more of the practice of law – during the three years immediately preceding application;

Handling of at least 15 contested civil cases

This includes cases before juries as lead counsel and as trier of fact on some or all of the issues;

Ongoing Education

This entails continuing education in the area of civil trial law immediately preceding application;

Peer review

A Written Examination

The examination covers several topics essential to the practice of Civil Trial law, including litigation skills, evidence, ethics, and civil procedure. The four-part test is designed to evaluate the applicant’s knowledge and application of Florida’s rules of ethics and civil laws.



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Choose Carey Leisure & Neal as Your Board Certified Attorneys

When an attorney has earned the distinction of Board Certification, the other practitioners and Judges in the area are aware of their specialized knowledge and expertise. Insurance Companies are aware of this distinction as well and will likely be incentivized to move cases quickly and provide fair settlement offers if they are aware that an attorney is not afraid to take a case to trial.

If you have been injured in an accident, you want to look for a firm that will not hesitate to fight to
maximize your settlement. At Carey Leisure & Neal, our named partners have worked hard to earn the Board Certification distinction that will provide the expertise you need to seek maximum compensation in order to make you whole again.

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