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Business Litigation Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

"Business Litigation" is the practice of law dealing with the legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships including litigation of controversies arising from those relationships. "Business litigation law" includes evaluating, handling and resolving such controversies before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, mediators, and arbitrators. Matters not qualifying for business litigation include areas of practice dealing with personal injury, routine collection matters, marital and family law, or workers' compensation. Courts of "general jurisdiction" shall include state circuit courts, federal district courts, and courts of similar jurisdiction in other states, but not county courts.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window
Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

Certification CLE Hours Requirement. To view your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Click “Show All” and select Business Litigation from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many hours are required for certification and the date the hours must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2017:
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

If you were originally certified in 1997, 2002, 2007, or 2012 you are due to file your recertification application in 2017. The application for recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request – form to be posted soon.

Get Certified - Seeking Certification
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

The filing period opens September 1, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2017. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2018 exam. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window- updated 10/10/14

Sample Business Litigation exam questions PDF document opens in new window

Standards - Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-16

Business Litigation Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Business Litigation Committee members

Business Litigation Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Laurinda Babers
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5697

lbabers@flabar.org

Business Litigation Certification Field Established 1995

Certification Home

[Revised: 01-06-2017]