The State Bar of Nevada allows attorneys to advertise themselves as specialists if they have become certified by an organization approved by the State Bar of Nevada, register and meet other requirements.
Nevada lawyers can become certified in up to three of 11 different practice areas offered for specialty by the five approved organizations.
The Nevada Supreme Court, which has ultimate oversight over the regulation of attorneys in the Silver State, gave the State Bar authority to certify lawyers as specialists in 2003. Only attorneys who have been properly certified through the Bar's procedures may advertise as "specialists."
Each organization has certain requirements to become certified. Once an attorney has met those requirements, he or she must meet further requirements and take additional steps to become a certified Nevada lawyer:
Only after meeting these requirements may an attorney advertise as a specialist. An attorney may only advertise three or fewer specialties.
There are several organizations that have sought and gained approval from the State Bar of Nevada to certify attorneys in several areas of specialty, these include:
Additionally, fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have been certified as family law specialists, according to the NBTA.
At the Board of Governors meeting on April 3, 2014, Gene Leverty provided a synopsis on the process of developing a Personal Injury Specialization.
A task force was created which allowed Gene Leverty, Julie Cavanaugh, Bill Dobberstein, and Eric Dobberstein to review the draft guidelines for the category of Personal Injury Specialization.
The taskforce took steps to reach out to the other organizations for feedback. Upon completion of the review, the guidelines were published for comment.
In September 2014, the Board of Governors approved the rules and regulations of the Nevada Board of Personal Injury Legal Specialization.
The new specialization board operates under the supervision of the Nevada Justice Association and is composed of five members. The board will have general jurisdiction over all matters relating to personal injury specialization.
Among other qualifications, attorneys wishing to become board certified in personal injury law must take a written exam, offered at least twice a year. The board is currently working on the content of the exams and determining a testing schedule. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in Nevada are expected to seek this important designation.