Find a Board Certified Specialist Attorney

Lawyer Legion created a nationwide directory to find attorneys who have earned specialty legal certification in the various state sponsored and national programs. Many states have specialty certification programs administered by the State Bar.

In addition to the state sponsored programs, several national specialty certification programs are accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to award specialty certification in specific practice areas of the law. These programs are highly regulated. Attorneys must follow specific rules concerning how they communicate their specialty certification to the public in advertisements.

Use our directory to find an attorney who is a certified specialist 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.

In addition to using our online attorney directory to find a certified specialist, you can also use the official directory maintained by each program state or national program listed below. 

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. This article was last updated on Friday, December 6, 2014.



State-Specific Board Certification Programs


State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

www.azbar.org

Out of more than 17,000 practicing attorneys in Arizona, approximately 700 have earned special recognition of becoming "Board Certified" in a specialized practice area. Arizona attorneys who have earned board certification must submit... Read more »


California Board of Legal Specialization

California Board of Legal Specialization

ls.calbar.ca.gov

California was the first state in the country 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 »


Connecticut Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

www.ctbar.org

The Connecticut Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Workers' Compensation is permitted to certify an attorney as a “Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist.” The Connecticut Superior Court has also accredited three national organizations to certify specialist... Read more »


The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

www.floridabar.org

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 »


Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

www.lascmcle.org/specialization

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 ».


State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Minnesota State Bar Association

www.mnbar.org/certify/

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 »


New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification

New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification

www.njbac.org

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 »


New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization

New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization

www.nmlegalspecialization.org

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 »


North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization

North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

www.nclawspecialists.gov

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 »


Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

www.ohiobar.org

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 CLE and Specialization

The Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization

www.commcle.org

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 Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

www.tbls.org

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 »



National Organizations with ABA-Accredited Board Certification Programs


National Board of Legal Specialty Certification

National Board of Legal Specialty Certification

www.nblsc.us

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 »


American Board of Certification

American Board of Certification

www.abcworld.org

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 »


National College for DUI Defense, Board Certified Specialist, DUI Defense Law

National College for DUI Defense

www.ncdd.com

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 »


National Association of Counsel for Children

National Association of Counsel for Children

www.naccchildlaw.org

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 »


National Elder Law Foundation

National Elder Law Foundation

www.nelf.org

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 »


National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

www.naepc.org

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 »


American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

www.abpla.org

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 Entities that Accredit Private Certification Programs

In eight states, a state entity is authorized to accredit a private certification program including:


Additional Resources on Specialty Certification

American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Specialization - Leaders within each state and national program meet once a year at the Annual Roundtable on Specialization held in conjunction with the National Forum on Client Protection and the National Conference on Professional Responsibility. The 2015 Annual Roundtable on Specialization will be held in Denver, Colorado. The Roundtable is open to all certified specialist and others interested in starting or growing a specialty certification program.