Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as “Florida Bar Board Certified,” experts or specialists.
Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may require higher or additional standards.
- A minimum of five years in law practice
- A satisfactory showing of substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought
- A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants
- Satisfactory peer review assessment of competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law
- Satisfaction of the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. For recertification, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated.
The Firm’s Florida Bar Board Certified experts and their corresponding fields are:
- Clifford B. Shepard – City, County, & Local Government Law
- D. Andrew Smith, III – City, County, & Local Government Law
- Virginia Cassady – City, County, & Local Government Law
- Andrew J. Hand – City, County, & Local Government Law