The NBTA is the largest national attorney specialty certification program. Overall, it is the fourth largest certification program. The NBTA has certified more than 2,400 lawyers across the country. Additionally, theNational Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA") offers board certification in civil trial law, civil pretrial practice, truck accident law, criminal trial law, family trial law, and Social Security disability law. This non-profit corporation is accredited by the American Bar Association as a board-certifying agency.
Founded in 1977, the National Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA") offers board certification in civil trial law, civil pretrial practice, truck accident law, criminal trial law, family trial law, and Social Security disability law. This non-profit corporation is accredited by the American Bar Association as a board-certifying agency.
The NBTA is the largest national attorney specialty certification program. Overall, it is the fourth largest certification program. The NBTA has certified more than 2,400 lawyers across the country.
The NBTA is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys in five specialty areas of law that pertain to trial advocacy including criminal trial advocacy, civil trial advocacy, family trial advocacy, social security disability trial advocacy, civil pretrial practice, and truck accident law.
From 2006 until 2015, the NBTA was a division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC). In 2015, the organization went back to being known as the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).
The NBTA program was reviewed in Peel v. Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois, 496 U.S. 91 (1990) (discipline for attorney's letterhead advertisement stating he was a civil trial specialist certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy violated the First Amendment) and Hayes v. N.Y. Atty. Griev. Comm., 672 F.3d 158 (2d. Cir. 2012) (New York disclaimer requirements violated First Amendment)
The goals of the organization include bettering the quality of trial advocacy in our nation's courtrooms and helping consumers find experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers. For attorneys that earn this important distinction, being board certified by the NBTA promotes excellence in legal advocacy and demonstrates the attorney's high standards of demonstrated competence and integrity.
Eleven states have formally-approved NBTA certification, including Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. Several other states have rules that formally recognize agencies accredited by the ABA, including Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
Lawyer Legion maintains a nationwide directory of NBTA board certified lawyers. 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 National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Use this directory to find board certified lawyers who are specialized in their respective areas of law. Start by choosing your state from the list below.
An article appearing in AAJ's Trial Magazine in July of 1980 explained the close historical connection between the American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as the ATLA, and the NBTA:
“One of ATLA’s major issues today—one through which it hopes to make great strides in providing adequate legal representation—is the certification of legal specialists. For this reason, ATLA established the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).”
True to this 35-year-old vision, more than 2,000 AAJ members have earned NBTA board certifications in civil trial law or criminal trial law. The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is a not-for-profit American Bar Association accredited legal specialty certification program.
If an attorney in Florida is contemplating applying for NBTA Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Advocacy or Family Law Trial Advocacy and is a member of the Florida Bar, the attorney should first become Board Certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education in their similar specialty area.