Board Certified Lawyers in Lafayette | What Does Board Certified Mean?

Board Certified Lawyers in Lafayette: What Does Board Certified Mean?

Louisiana offers certifications in various areas of law. These certifications show that lawyers are experienced. Louisiana does not offer a certification for personal injury law, but does recognize the Civil Trial Law certification from The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

The National Board of Trial Advocacy Division (NBTA)  of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification was the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the world. Founded in 1977, NBTA offers board certification for lawyers in Civil Trial Law. To qualify for a Civil Trial Law certification, lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards.

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers & Trial Attorneys

Board certified civil trial lawyers represent private parties who typically are suing or being sued for money damages. These lawyers are qualified to try cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts. They are also competent in resolving disputes before lawsuits are filed and handling mediations and arbitrations.

NBTA's General Principles for Certification of Civil Trial Law.

1. No standards shall in any way limit the right of a certified civil or criminal trial advocate to practice law in all fields.

2. No lawyer shall be required to obtain a certificate in civil or criminal trial advocacy before he or she can practice in either field.

3. Certification is individual and voluntary. Certification is open to all who qualify.

4. A lawyer may have more than one certification from other divisions of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

5. Certification shall be for five years, after which time the certificate cannot be used unless the lawyer is re-certified.

6. Certification may be revoked at any time for violations of the General Principles or Standards of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

7. Application will be made to the National Board of Trial Advocacy, on the forms supplied by the Board, and accompanied by the appropriate fee.

8. Applicant must complete all requirements, including the examination, within two years of application. If the certification process is not satisfactorily completed within the two year period, the applicant will need to re-apply and re-submit all required fees. An application can be denied at any time within the two year application period for failure to successfully meet the requirements for certification.

9. A certificate will be issued upon a showing by the applicant, and by the Board's own investigation, that the applicant complies with the standards and regulations for certification.

10. All applications and other information submitted to the National Board of Trial Advocacy shall be privileged and confidential, except as compelled by law and, except that the Board may reveal the fact of an application for the purpose of verifying information submitted by the applicant, and for the purpose of making such inquiries with respect to the character and professional reputation of the applicant as may be authorized by its rules.

11. The National Board of Trial Advocacy does not discriminate against any lawyer seeking certification on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

12. The National Board of Trial Advocacy is dedicated to the identification of lawyers who possess an enhanced level of skill and expertise in trial advocacy, and have demonstrated integrity and dedication to the interests of their clients, thereby improving the professional competence of lawyers.

Lafayette Injury Attorneys May Choose to Become Board Certified in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Serving clients throughout Southern Louisiana, including Alexandria, Broussard, Cankton, Carencro, Duson, Lafayette, Larabee, Long Bridge, Maurice, Milton, Mire, Monroe, Morgan City, New Iberia, Scott, St. Martinville, Youngsville, and other communities in Lafayette Parish.