The Florida Bar

Why Should You Hire a Board Certified Lawyer?

Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise

Board Certified logoBoard-certified lawyers are considered experts in their chosen field of law. Clients can assure themselves that their legal representation has been evaluated for professionalism, expertise, and character. Certification requires lawyers to pass a comprehensive examination that evaluates a high level of knowledge, skills, and expertise in a specialty. It also requires they undergo a rigorous peer review process that assesses character, professionalism, and ethics in the practice of law.

How can I tell if a lawyer is board-certified?

Ask them! Make sure to add “Are you board-certified?” to the list of questions you will ask a lawyer who you may engage for your legal case. Only lawyers who have earned the designation may refer to themselves as “board-certified specialists” and use the letters B.C.S. after their names.

What does it mean to be board-certified?

Board certification allows lawyers to distinguish themselves for a heightened level of dedication and excellence in their practice. The lawyer must meet several benchmarks before receiving their board certification designation, making it an elite status in Florida law.

What kind of requirements do board-certified lawyers need to meet?

Board-certified lawyers have met several benchmarks set forth by The Florida Bar, which include practicing law for at least five years, substantial involvement in their specific area of law, a passing score on the examination for that area of law, passing a peer evaluation from other certified lawyers, and satisfying rigorous continuing legal education requirements. Certification is valid for five years, so once those five years have expired, the lawyer must generally meet the same conditions to renew their certification.

What percentage of lawyers are board-certified?

Approximately 7% of eligible Florida Bar members – over 5,000 lawyers – have earned board certification in one or more of the 27 specialty areas.

Who oversees board certification?

Board certification was established by the Florida Supreme Court in 1982 and is overseen by the highest legal authority in Florida, The Florida Bar.