California Certification in Workers' Compensation Law

California Bar Board of Legal Specialization

At Lawyer Legion we recognize the importance of board certification programs in workers' compensation law. These programs provide the public with a powerful tool for finding a qualified attorney. In California the board certification for workers' compensation law is awarded by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Only California attorneys who are board certified in workers' compensation law can advertise or identify themselves as "certified specialists" or "board certified" in California for that field.

The Rules Governing the State Bar of California Program for Certifying Legal Specialists govern the program requirements and should be read in conjunction with the standards for certification in workers' compensation law.

Among other requirements, the attorneys must pass the legal specialist examination, demonstrate substantial involvement, and complete continuing education requirements. Attorneys who are certified in California must apply for recertification every five years.


For more information on specialty certification contact the:

California Board of Legal Specialization - Workers' Compensation Law
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone 415-538-2120


Definition of Workers' Compensation Law

The California's Board Certification Program in workers' compensation law is defined to include "the representation of parties in connection with industrial injury and disease claims."


Task Requirements for Certification in Workers' Compensation Law

An attorney seeking board certification in Worker's Compensation Law must demonstrate that within the applicable time period the attorney has substantially involved in the specialty practice area of the law. A showing of substantial involvement can be shown by handling a specified number of matters in the following areas of the law:

  • Pretrial practice and procedures;
  • Trial;
  • Appellate;
  • Rehabilitation;
  • Rating; and
  • Medical.

Substantial Involvement in Workers' Compensation

The lawyer seeking board certification can make a prima facie showing of substantial involvement in the area of workers' compensation law by performing a specified number and type of activities including:

  • Pretrial conferences;
  • Participation in depositions of witnesses other than physicians;
  • Examinations of physicians by trial or deposition;
  • Trials to submission of workers' compensation cases, including expedited hearings;
  • Amicus briefs;
  • Petition for removal (Labor Code Section 5310);
  • Preparation of Petitions for appellate proceedings, or answers thereto; or
  • Preparation of Petitions for reconsideration, or answers thereto.

Continuing Legal Education for Workers' Compensation Certification

A lawyer seeking certification in workers' compensation law must show that within the specified time period he or she has completed a certain number of hours of continuing legal educational activities approved for workers' compensation law specialists.

A certain number of continuing legal education hours for certification must deal with the mechanics of rating permanent disability.


Finding a Workers' Compensation Attorney in California

The search for a good workers' compensation law attorney can be a daunting task. At Lawyer Legion we make that task easier by properly recognizing board certified attorneys in our online attorney directory. Use our directory to narrow your search to find only attorneys who have earned the designation as a certified specialist in workers' compensation in California.