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Civil Practice Advocacy Board Certification by the NBTA

Civil practice is defined as representation in pretrial issues in civil cases, such as discovery, summary judgment, and pretrial motion hearings. For this specialty practice area, the emphasis is on the preparatory steps for resolving disputes before a tribunal, including litigation proceedings.

Those preparatory steps begin at the inception of the litigation and continue through discovery, pretrial motions and hearings, and alternative dispute resolution. Pre-trial practice in civil cases involves procedures in all areas of substantive law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.

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To become a certified specialist in civil pretrial practice, lawyers must show substantial involvement in this practice area including:

  • Authoring peer-review publications or articles presented at a CLE function all of which relate to pretrial or trial procedure;
  • Making oral arguments on motions for summary judgment or other dispositive motions;
  • Taking depositions of expert witnesses; participating in contested arbitrations and mediations;
  • Qualifying, or opposing the qualification of, an expert in Daubert hearings;
  • Participating in class action certification hearings; and
  • Pursuing or defending contested temporary injunction hearings in which testimony is presented; and
  • Presenting oral arguments in appellate cases.

The certified specialist for civil pre-trial practice or civil practice advocacy focuses on non-criminal litigation, such as personal injury and medical malpractice litigation, construction law, insurance claims, and other civil controversies.



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Directory of Board-Certified Civil Practice Advocacy Specialists in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of lawyers board-certified in civil practice advocacy by the NBTA along with a broader directory of certified and non-certified lawyers. This directory provides the public with a valuable resource that allows them to narrow their search to local specialist attorneys who have earned board certification as a specialist in Civil Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification, including board certification in Civil Practice Advocacy offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board-certified Civil Practice Advocacy specialists in the United States. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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Requirements for NBTA Board Certification in Civil Practice Advocacy

Certification in civil practice advocacy is for five (5) years, after which time the certificate cannot be used unless the lawyer is recertified. Certification may be revoked at any time for violations of the General Principles or Standards of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

To become board certified in civil practice advocacy the attorney must submit an application to the National Board of Trial Advocacy, on the forms supplied by the Board, and accompanied by the appropriate fee.

The attorney must complete all requirements, including the examination, within two (2) years of application. If the certification process is not satisfactorily completed within the two (2) year period, the applicant will need to reapply and re-submit all required fees. An application can be denied at any time within the two (2) year application period for failure to successfully meet the requirements for certification.

The certificate will be issued upon a showing by the attorney, and by the Board’s own investigation, that the attorney complies with the standards and regulations for certification.

The Standards for Certification as a Civil Practice Advocate

To become board certified as a Civil Practice Advocate, the attorney must show the following:

  1. furnish evidence of his or her good standing in the state of his or her admission, or if admitted in more than one state, in the state of his or her principal practice;
  2. immediately preceding application, the applicant spent five (5) years in the actual practice of Civil Practice;
  3. substantial involvement relevant to the particular specialty certification the person is seeking, with at least sixty (60) percent of his or her time spent practicing Civil Practice during the three (3) years preceding the filing of the application;
  4. proof that the attorney actively participated in at least one hundred (100) contested matters involving the taking of testimony or motion practice including non-jury trials, evidentiary hearings or depositions; and motions heard before or after trial, arbitration hearings, welfare hearings and workers’ compensation matters not tried to court;
  5. the accumulation of 1000 points in accordance with the Qualifying Activity Table;
  6. substantial participation in continuing legal education and the development of the law with respect to the specialty, in the three (3) year period immediately preceding application either:
    • attendance and/or electronic participation in not less than forty-five (45) hours in programs of continuing legal education in the specialty or ethics, approved by the Standards Committee, or
    • By equivalent participation through, but not limited to, the following means, approved by the Standards Committee:
      • Teaching courses or seminars in litigation or ethics;
      • Participation as panelist, speaker, or workshop leader, at educational or professional conferences;
      • Authorship of books, or of articles published in professional journals, on litigation; or
      • By the combination of the three (3) subsections above.
  7. submit with application the names of ten (10) references, not present partners, associates, or relatives of the applicant, who are substantially involved in the relevant field of Civil Practice and familiar with the applicant’s practice in that field including at least three (3) judges, mediators or arbitrators before whom the applicant has appeared in the relevant field, within three (3) years before application; and at least five (5) shall be lawyers with or against whom the applicant has handled a matter in that field within three (3) years before application.

  8. pass a written examination to test his or her proficiency, knowledge, and experience in Civil Practice law, so that the applicant may justify his or her representation of specialization to the public; 

  9. submit a copy of a legal writing document, no more than three (3) years before the date of application which he or she has prepared, but not necessarily published which is a substantial document in the area for which the applicant seeks certification.

The Difference Between Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Advocacy

Many competent, ethical lawyers who are engaged in a Civil Practice, desire certification, but lack the number of jury trial days that are necessary for Civil Trial Certification. For this reason, the National Board of Trial Advocacy created certification as a "Civil Practice Advocate."

The certification allows qualified applicants to hold themselves out as a Civil Practice Advocate. Any lawyer certified as a Civil Practice Advocate should not, by words or actions imply that he or she is a Civil Trial Advocate unless that is also the case.

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the American Bar Association approved the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, in partnership with the NBTA, as the first organization accredited to provide board certification in the specialty practice area of Truck Accident Law.

Additional Requirements by State

If an attorney is contemplating applying for NBTA Board Certification in Civil Practice 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 civil trial law.

For attorneys in Florida, South Carolina or Ohio, a higher number of CLE credit hours might be required by the bar rules in order to advertise or communicate the NBTA certification.

For purposes of this certification, the term "civil practice” does not include family law litigation or social security litigation.

At Lawyer Legion, we understand the important way that specialty certification programs help the public find a civil trial or practice lawyer

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