Did you know that fewer than 1% of all Florida attorneys are board certified? Board certified attorneys have a leg up in the industry, and those that achieve this designation, like those at Balkan and Patterson, are among the leading attorneys in the state. Here’s what it takes for attorneys to become board certified and how that can give you a major advantage in your case.
What Does It Mean for a Florida Attorney to be Board Certified?
The short answer is that only the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can get board certified. These attorneys go above and beyond meeting bar exam requirements and commit to ongoing education and rigorous hours in the courtroom.
Additionally, board certified attorneys have formally earned the respect of peers in their field. They exhibit the highest caliber of ethics and advocacy (that is, fighting for the rights of others when those rights have been threatened). There are clear standards that all board certified attorneys must meet in the state of Florida.
What Additional Requirements Must Florida Attorneys Meet in Order to Become Board Certified?
Here is a list of minimum requirements for all Florida board certified lawyers.
- They must have tried at least 20 jury trials.
- They must have tried at least 25 trials (either jury or non-jury).
- They must pass area-specific legal exams with a grade of 70% or higher.
- They must exhibit extensive knowledge and involvement within their field of law, to include ongoing formal and informal education initiatives.
- They must be fully peer-reviewed. That is, other attorneys must formally attest to their skill, professionalism, and personal integrity.
- They must have at least 5 years of formal law practice experience.
Becoming board certified is different than passing the Florida Bar. Any attorney who wishes to practice law must pass the bar–attorneys who wish to go above and beyond in their field also seek board certification. This is why there is such a small minority of Florida attorneys that achieve board certified status.
Benefits of Hiring a Board Certified Attorney at Balkan and Patterson
Florida attorneys seek board certification for one reason and one reason only: to help their clients achieve the best possible results in their legal disputes. Here are the main benefits of working with a board certified attorney.
- Board certified attorneys are far less likely to make mistakes. It is a sad reality that many attorneys cost their clients thousands of dollars by overlooking a key procedure or piece of evidence. Even clerical errors can prevent justice from being served. Board certified attorneys understand how high the stakes are for you, and they are committed to attention to detail and overall excellence for themselves and their staff.
- Board certified attorneys are comfortable in the courtroom. Many attorneys “know their stuff” but cannot function optimally in the courtroom. These attorneys may even try to avoid the courtroom by encouraging their clients to take alternative approaches to their legal case. This will never happen with a board certified attorney. While they understand the benefits of saving on legal costs, they are never afraid to take your case to trial and achieve the best results for your case.
- Board certified attorneys are models of integrity. It is impossible for lawyers with questionable character to achieve formal, positive peer reviews from other attorneys. Board certified attorneys do not cheat or cut corners. They will seek to keep their clients fully informed and will not fail to guide their clients in all legal matters.
- Board certified attorneys work harder. For board certified attorneys, it is not about the money. They go above and beyond to seek justice for their clients, and they are committed to doing what is necessary to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Your case matters, and board certified attorneys will help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and those you love.
Contact Balkan and Patterson today and get your free consultation with a board certified attorney. Give our office a call at (305) 520-7512 today and ask for board certified attorneys Adam Balkan or John Patterson by name. Initial consultations and quotes are always free of charge.