WHY YOUR ATTORNEY SHOULD BE BOARD CERTIFIED
Why Board Certification?
In the medical profession, many hospitals forbid doctors to practice without proof of board certification in their specialty.
Administrators realize the value of independent screening of credentials and experience.
Consumers are therefore afforded added confidence that the doctors treating their conditions are well and truly qualified. And because of its widespread acceptance, most people seeking medical assistance are unlikely to hire uncertified physicians.
Before the NBTA's founding in 1977 no such mechanism existed for lawyers. Potential clients were forced to rely on word of mouth or advertisements when seeking help in situations often as dire as failing health.
The problem was (and remains) that lawyers admitted to their state bar were (and still are) free to accept cases in any area of the law.
As with the medical profession where the body of knowledge is so large that it's impossible for one doctor to remain current in all areas of specialty, the body of law has grown so large and complex that attorneys can no longer be all things to all people.
But unlike the medical profession, which has embraced specialization and specialty certification, the legal profession has been slow to acknowledge publicly what it has known for years: nearly all lawyers specialize but do so without substantiation beyond "reputation" or simply saying it's so.
Truth in Advertising
Unfortunately, not all who claim expertise possess the experience and competence implied by their declarations or ads.
Founder Theodore I. Koskoff and several other nationally renowned attorneys formed the National Board of Trial Advocacy in response to this situation and out of a deeply held conviction that the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization dedicated to establishing objective standards by which to measure experience and expertise.
Becoming Board Certified
That dedication to achieving and maintaining a high standard of practice and to leveling the playing field for clients is shared by those who obtain National Board of Trial Advocacy certification.
Certificate holders undergo a thorough screening of their credentials, including: documentation of their experience, judicial and peer references, an exam, and they must report all disciplinary matters brought before any official body, whether public or private, for scrutiny by the NBTA Standards Committee.
All trial lawyers are not created equal. Don't settle for someone else's word when you require a lawyer's services.