To identify those lawyers who practice in the area of business litigation and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as board certified business litigation lawyers.
Who may apply?
Minimum standards for business litigation certification, provided in Rule 6-16.3, include:
Practice of law for at least five years;
Substantial involvement in the specialty of business litigation – 30% or more – during the five years immediately preceding application;
Handling of at least 25 contested business litigation matters during the five years immediately preceding application, including at least eight submitted to the trier of fact (summary judgments not considered);
Handling of at least one business litigation jury trial during the 10 years immediately preceding application (an approved Advance Trial Advocacy Course may replace this requirement);
50 hours of approved business litigation 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.
If you’re eligible to sit for the exam from a previous application, you may file the short application.
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.