Specialty Certification Programs for Attorneys
Lawyer Legion created the only nationwide attorney directory that allows the viewer to narrow their search to find only board certified lawyers. Our directory includes attorneys in any state certification program and all national specialty programs recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Use our directory of board certified attorneys by selecting a state, then selecting a specialty area of the law, and then hit the yellow search button. You also have the option of adding a city or zip code to narrow the search even further.
Why Search for a Board Certified Attorney?
By focusing on a particular practice area the attorney can become more competent, experienced and proficient. Certification in a specialty field of law has become an important way for attorneys to gain recognition for that specialized practice.
For the public the certification validates the lawyer's claim of experience, special skills, or focus in a particular area of the law. Board and specialty certification programs also provide the public with a powerful tool when they begin their search for a qualified attorney to handle their particular case.
Lawyer Legion is not endorsed or approved by any state or national board certification program or by any state bar. The logo for each certification program is displayed simply as a visual indicator to help users identify each certification.
National Organizations with ABA-Accredited Board Certification Programs
The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC) was formerly known as the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), which is now a division of NBLSC. The NBLSC is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to... Read more »
The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights bars. Sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of ... Read more »
TThe National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is the only organization in the country that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. Board Certification in DUI Defense Law from the NCDD is relatively rare .... Read more »
Founded in 1977, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, delinquency, and family law cases. This non-profit charitable and professional... Read more »
Founded in 1993, the National Elder Law Foundation is the only national certifying program for elder law and special needs attorneys in this new and growing specialty area. The purpose of the program is to acknowledge... Read more »
The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils is dedicated to establishing and ensuring standards for professionals, including attorneys, who assist people with arranging the disposal of their estate after death. Founded... Read more »
The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys was founded in 1972. The ABPLA is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys in the areas of legal malpractice and medical... Read more »
State-Specific Board Certification Programs
Out of more than 17,000 practicing attorneys in Arizona, approximately 700 have earned special recognition of "Board Certified" in a specialized practice area. Arizona attorneys who have earned board certification must submit... Read more »
California was the first state in the United States to approve a legal certification program. The eleven specialties include criminal law, taxation law, and family law. The California State Bar also has recognized an additional eleven practice... Read more »
Currently, there are three national organizations and one state organization, the Connecticut Bar Association, that the Connecticut Superior Court has accredited to certify attorneys as specialists. The Connecticut Bar... Read more »
In 1982, the Florida Supreme Court established a process to recognize attorneys who take the extra steps necessary to have their experience and competence evaluated for a particular specialty area of the law. Board... Read more »
In 1993, the Louisiana Supreme Court established the Board of Legal Specialization. The board certification program for attorneys was created to help consumers in Louisiana identify attorneys evaluated for their experience... Read more ».
The Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification, appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court, vets and accredits independent agencies to certify lawyers as specialists. Attorneys may seek certification from non-accredited agencies... Read more »
In 1980, the Supreme Court of New Jersey authorized the Board on Attorney Certification to administrate the state's program for certifying lawyers. The Board on Attorney Certification is responsible for administering the program... Read more »
The New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization provides the public with a list of current board certified specialists who have demonstrated a certain threshold of competency after an evaluation of the attorney's knowledge, involvement... Read more »
In 1985, the North Carolina State Bar created the Board of Legal Specialization. The board designates certain attorneys as "board certified" or "legal specialist" in various practice areas. Board certification in a specialty area was... Read more »
The Specialization Program of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recognizes attorneys dedicated to specialty areas of the law. Under Rule XIV, the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists (CCAS)... Read more »
The Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization has jurisdiction over certification of attorneys as specialists in their area of practice. Under South Carolina rules, any attorney,... Read more »
Texas attorneys are certified as specialists by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Texas certifies lawyers in 21 areas of practice. Only about one tenth of licensed attorneys in Texas become board certified in a specific area... Read more »