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Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law Certification

Definition

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Antitrust Law. Antitrust law covers the practice of law dealing with anticompetitive conduct or structure that may reduce consumer welfare in the United States. The primary federal antitrust laws are the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the Robinson-Patman Amendments to the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act. In addition, there are parallel state statutes. Generally, the practices that the antitrust laws are concerned with involve, but are not limited to: price fixes, limitations on production, division of markets, boycotts, attempts to monopolize and monopolization, tying of products, covenants to restrain trade, exclusive dealing contracts, price discrimination, and other exclusionary, predatory, or economically discriminatory activities.

Trade Regulation Law. Trade regulation law covers the substantive area of law dealing with deceptive, unfair, or unconscionable acts or practices, and unfair methods of competition under the Federal Trade Commission Act and Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for antitrust and trade regulation law certification, provided in Rule 6-22.3, include:

  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of antitrust and trade regulation law;
  • Handling of at least eight matters that substantially involved antitrust or trade regulation law in the five years immediately preceding application;
  • Handling of at least eight contested matters — 50% or more involving antitrust or trade regulation law — during the 10 years immediately preceding application;
  • 50 hours of approved antitrust and trade regulation law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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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.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by January 31, 2021. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens September 1, 2020.  Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Exam Specifications

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Antitrust & Trade Regulation Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-22

Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Certification Standing Committee Policies

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Certification Committee members

Staff Liaison

Laurinda Jackson
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5697

Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law Certification Field Established 2000