Recognizing the "Board Certified Specialist" Attorney
Lawyer Legion (www.LawyerLegion.com) is an online attorney directory that launched in March of 2013. Our online attorney directory gives special recognition to attorneys who earned the distinction of being a "board certified specialists" in the various state-sponsored and national programs.
By showcasing board certified attorneys, our directory has created a convenient way for the public to find an attorney by specialty.
The main goal of legal specialization programs throughout the country is helping the public identify lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in a specific field. By creating an online directory to find a certified specialist, Lawyer Legion plays an important role in advancing that goal of encouraging the heightened standards of practice for the benefit of the public.
Why is our directory unique? All things being equal, a board certified specialist in our directory will always outrank a non-specialist for the applicable specialty practice area.
If you are certified as a specialist, then your profile has already been added to the directory. When you visit your profile you will see a badge that highlights your designation as a board certified specialist.
Educating the Public on the Benefits of Specialization
Lawyer Legion helps educate the public about the benefits of finding a certified specialist. The directory also includes a search feature that allows the viewer to narrow his search to only find a specialist. (www.LawyerLegion.com/certifications/)
The emphasis on specialty certification matters because the directory receives more than 100,000 unique visitors per month. The number of unique visitors has continued to increase steadily since the site was launched in March of 2013.
The directory makes it easy for the public to find a qualified attorney using either a personal computer or a mobile device such as a smartphone. The directory features an interactive map showing the location of all of the attorneys listed in a search. Each attorney's profile page also includes a Google map with a pin on the office location.
Advanced search features allow you to search for an attorney by name or by the name of a law firm. Thousands of attorneys have already claimed their profile, including hundreds of certified specialists.
We help the public understand the standards to become board certified including having practiced a minimum number of years, devoted a minimum percentage of their practice to the specialty area, handled a minimum of a specified number of matters in the specialty area, completed a specified number of hours of continuing legal education per year, submitted to evaluation by peers, and have passed a rigorous written examination.
How to Claim Your Lawyer Legion Profile
When you claim your profile, you can add the following information:
- A profile picture;
- Your contact information including the name of your law firm, your address, and phone number;
- A link to your website;
- A complete biography;
- Information on your bar licenses, work experience, education and membership in legal associations;
- A RSS feed for your blog;
- Links to any articles you have written;
- A description of any awards you have received; and
- Links to your social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
To create the best experience for the viewer, the profile ranks higher if it is filled out completely. As you are filling out the profile, you will see a progress bar. If possible, add enough information so that you reach 100% completion.
What if I Don't Want My Profile to Show Up in Searches?
If you do not want to show up in search results when a viewer is looking for an attorney to hire, then simply delete your "practice area" information. For example, many specialists do not market their services to the public because they work for the government or a non-profit organization.
Those attorneys may have no interest in showing up in the directory for practice area searches. If you are included in this group and want Lawyer Legion to make the adjustment for you, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Claim Your Profile?
When marketing their practice, board certified lawyers have earned the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. The bar rules in many states permit only these attorneys to make that claim. This designation sets board certified attorneys apart as having a public commitment to excellence in their area of law.
At Lawyer Legion, we understand that board certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Board certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.
Lawyer Legion recognizes objective criteria such as board certification and membership in specialty bar associations. As the only directory with an emphasis on board certification, Lawyer Legion is taking a different approach that provides a real benefit to the consumer as they begin their search for an attorney.
This article was last updated on Thursday, December 12, 2019.