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Board Certification

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Board Certification

Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification allows potential clients to identify attorneys who specialize in certain areas of the practice of law. Today there are nearly 90,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in Florida and less than 4,500 are certified in the 24 areas of law for which board certification is available.

Click to learn moreBoard certification by an attorney is a demonstration of commitment to excellence in the practice of law. To achieve such certification an attorney must submit him or herself to many hours of training and board examination. To maintain the board certification in a specific area of law, an attorney must apply for recertification with The Florida Bar every five years.

Recognizing that many fine attorneys do not obtain board certification, the choice of a board certified attorney assures the client that the attorney will have qualifications of the highest caliber, along with training and skills that a non-certified attorney may not possess.

In the words of former Florida Bar President, Mayanne Downs, “Board certification by The Florida Bar demonstrates that lawyer’s high level of skill, excellence and a commitment to professionalism. Every new certification enhances our profession and gives the public a meaningful way to evaluate lawyers.”


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