‘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.
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.
To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.
Board Certification CLE credit hours are now available online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select construction law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.
If you were originally certified in 1998, 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2018 unless you file a recertification extension request.
Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by July 31, 2018.
Get Certified – Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens September 1, 2018 and applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 2019 Business Litigation Exam.
You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2018 Business Litigation Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2017 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Business Litigation Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2017 which was approved, you took the 2018 Business Litigation Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2017 and 2018 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2019 Business Litigation exam, but you may reapply in 2020 by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)
Exam Specifications – updated 10/10/14
Standards – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-16
Business Litigation Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Business Litigation Certification Field Established 1995