To identify those lawyers who practice in the area of antitrust law, unfair methods of competition, and deceptive, unfair, or unconscionable trade practices and who have the special knowledge, skills, experience, and judgment, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as board certified in antitrust and trade regulation law.
Who May Apply?
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.
Becoming Board Certified
All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to 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.
The application filing period runs September 1-October 31 of a given year to determine eligibility to sit for the exam in May of the subsequent year (see calendar for details). Applications must be postmarked by October 31. Eligible applicants who pass the exam will be officially certified in August.
All applications for recertification must be postmarked by midnight July 31 at the conclusion of the 5-year period of certification. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date. August 1 after the fifth year of certification is the effective date of recertification.
A single 3-month recertification file extension will be granted if accompanied by a properly executed application for extension and payment of the appropriate fee.