Perhaps the most frequently asked question we receive is, “What is a Board Certified attorney?” In Texas, a Board Certified attorney is an attorney who has demonstrated special competence in a particular field and whose competence has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Board members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. The Board, in turn, administers the program through which an attorney may demonstrate special competence in a particular area of law practice.
Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization identifies an attorney who has been recognized as having extensive knowledge and actual experience trying a prescribed number of personal injury cases to a jury verdict. In order to be a Board Certified attorney, an attorney must pass strict testing and qualification requirements to demonstrate his knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure and other areas of substantive law in the trial of civil cases. Less than 10% of all Texas attorneys are Board Certified and only 2% of Texas attorneys have earned this important certification in personal injury trial law.
Do I Need a Board Certified Attorney?
It seems that the second most frequently asked question we receive is, “Do I need a Board Certified attorney?” If you read the previous section, then you may have noticed the answer to this question between the lines. Because personal injuries often carry high physical, emotional, mental, and financial stakes, people who have suffered personal injury need the best possible legal representation. Other attorneys may well be capable of providing excellent legal representation, but certainty is difficult or, at times, impossible to attain if he or she lacks Board Certification.
Entrusting yourself to a Board Certified attorney in personal injury trial law eliminates the guesswork, since Board Certification is only awarded to those who have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate their excellence to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As result, we join the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in highly recommending a Board Certified attorney in personal injury trial law to all who have experienced personal injury.