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State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS)

Being a board-certified legal specialist is a distinguishable mark of accomplishments for lawyers. Lawyers in Arizona designated as certified specialists have been evaluated in a particular practice area for their knowledge, skills, integrity, and professionalism. The Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona vested the Board of Legal Specialization ("BLS") the authority to determine the minimum requirements for certification. Additionally, approximately 700 have earned recognition as a board-certified specialist.

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About the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS)

Overview

  • Founded: 1906
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Board Certification in Arizona

Out of more than 17,000 practicing attorneys in Arizona, approximately 700 have earned recognition as a board-certified specialist. Arizona attorneys certified as a specialist must submit to re-evaluation every five years.

The re-certification process confirms the attorney's commitment to continuing legal education and involvement in the specialty field of law.

Only attorneys in Arizona who are board certified as specialists are permitted to advertise that status as a certified specialist on business cards and letterhead, list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings, and display the certificate awarded by Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization unless their practice is admiralty or patent law.

Board-certified Arizona attorneys have met high standards to earn such a designation which gives them a distinct marketing advantage. The programs also help the public by giving them an option to find a group of attorneys who have focused on a particular practice area of the law and earned a designation for that specialization.


Details

Areas of Specialization

The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys who have submitted to the highest form of evaluation in eight (8) areas of specialization including:

People

Board of Legal Specialization Roster - 2019-2020

Bradley R Jardine
Chair, 2016-2020
Phoenix, AZ
James E Cross
Vice-Chair, 2018-2022
Phoenix, AZ
Wendi A Sorensen
Board Member, 2018-2022
Phoenix, AZ
Robert J. Denison
Robert J. Denison
Board Member, 2018-2022
Tucson, AZ
M Maureen Anders
M Maureen Anders
Board Member, 2018-2022
Arizona State University
James R. Anderson, CPA
James R. Anderson, CPA
Board Member, 2016-2020
Phoenix, AZ
Monica H Donaldson Stewart
Board Member, 2016-2020
Chandler, AZ
Troy Bales
Troy Bales
Board Member, 2016-2020
Paradise Valley Schools
Michael Kevin Goldberg
Michael Kevin Goldberg
Board Member, 2018-2022
Chicago, IL

Board Certified Arizona Lawyers Active on Lawyer Legion

Stephen R Glazer
Glazer Hammond PLLC
Flagstaff, AZ
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David Michael Cantor
DM Cantor
Phoenix, AZ
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Marc J Victor
Attorneys For Freedom Law Firm
Chandler, AZ
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Mark P Breyer
Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
Phoenix, AZ
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Omer Ramiro Gurion
Gurion Legal
Phoenix, AZ
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Robert D Bohm
Law Offices of Robert D. Bohm, PLLC
Federal Way, WA
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Directory of Board Certified Lawyers in Arizona

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of board certified lawyers in Arizona. The public is able to browse the directory and narrow their search by specialty area, county or city to and connect with board certified lawyers to help with their case. Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs for both national and state-level board certifications, including those granted by the State Bar of Arizona.

Use this directory to find board certified lawyers who are specialized in their respective areas of law. Start by choosing your county from the list below.


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Contact

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS)
4201 N. 24th Street Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
www.azbar.org
Office: (602) 340-7326
Fax: (602) 271-4930

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Minimum Requirements for an Attorney to Become a Board Certified Specialist in Arizona

Lawyers in Arizona designated as certified specialists have been evaluated in a particular practice area for their knowledge, skills, integrity, and professionalism.The Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona vested the Board of Legal Specialization ("BLS") the authority to determine the minimum requirements for certification.

The minimum requirements are in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the BLS. For the attorney to become a certified specialist in Arizona, the attorney must meet certain minimum requirements including:

  • Pass a written examination;
  • Devote 50-70% of the lawyer's practice to the specialty area of the law;
  • Show experience in resolving a certain number of cases in the specialty area of the law;
  • Have at least five (5) years experience; and
  • Receive a favorable peer review from attorneys and judges familiar with the attorneys' practice.

Each specialty area has additional task requirements. For instance, read more about specialty certification in criminal law in Arizona.


Additional Resources

Application for Appointment to the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization - Beginning in the spring of 2017, the form or application can be used by those wishing to be considered for appointment to the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization or a Commission for the year July 2018 through June 2018.


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