What is a Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified Attorney?

Q. What is a Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified Attorney?

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.

Q. How many attorneys are currently Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law?

A. Approximately 1,495 Texas attorneys are now Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

Q. How does the consumer know whether an attorney is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law?

Board Certified attorneys are entitled to indicate certification on business cards and letterhead by using the expression “Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization.” They may display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys – Board Certified”.

Q. How long does an attorney remain certified in Personal Injury Trial Law?

A. Certification is for a period of 5 years. To remain certified after that time, every 5 years the attorney must apply for recertification and meet the requirements for continued experience, peer review and continuing legal education.

Q. What are the general requirements for Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law?

A. All Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified attorneys must have:

Been licensed to practice law for at least 5 years
Practiced personal injury trial law for at least 3 years
Devoted a minimum of 25% of their law practice to personal injury trial law
Handled a wide variety of personal injury trial law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement
Attended personal injury trial law continuing legal education seminars regularly to keep their legal training up to date
Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges
Passed a day-long written examination

Q. What special requirements must a lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law meet?

A. A lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law must have handled jury trials in cases involving vehicle accidents, worker’s compensation, premises liability, products liability, statutory tort claims, maritime accidents, social security claims or claims involving mental anguish damages not necessarily accompanied by a physical injury. The lawyer must also have extensive knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law in the trial of civil cases.
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization operates under the authority of the Supreme Court of Texas. This program is entirely funded by fees and other charges imposed on attorneys participating in the program. For more information write:

PO. Box 12487
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
(800) 204-2222
(512) 463-1454
(512) 477-7719 (Fax)

Web site: www.tbls.org

Information Obtained From TBLS brochure #TBLS-3/96


Located in Beaumont, Texas, the Law Offices of Clay Dugas & Associates, P.C. represents injury and accident victims from throughout Orange County, Hardin County, Jefferson County, and the surrounding areas of East Texas, including those from cities such as Port Arthur, Vidor, Houston, Winnie, Galveston, Conroe, Jasper, Woodville, Lufkin, Lumberton, Austin, Dallas San Antonio, and people from areas of Southwest Louisiana such as Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish.
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