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North Carolina Board Certified in Bankruptcy Law

North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
 

At Lawyer Legion, our online directory recognizes the important role that board certification programs play when helping the public find an attorney focused on consumer or business bankruptcy law.

Use our directory to find one of the following types of bankruptcy attorneys:

The certification standards for bankruptcy law are included in 27 NCAC 01D Section .2200. Bankruptcy law was designated as a specialty field by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Bankruptcy law includes the subspecialties of consumer bankruptcy law and business bankruptcy law.


Definitions of Bankruptcy Law

Under 27 NCAC 01D Section .2202, for purposes of the board certification program in North Carolina, the definition of "bankruptcy law" is the practice of law dealing "with all laws and procedures involving the rights, obligations, and remedies between debtors and creditors in potential or pending federal bankruptcy cases and state insolvency actions."

Consumer Bankruptcy Law - The term "consumer bankruptcy law" has been defined as the practice of law "dealing with consumer bankruptcy and the representation of interested parties in contested matters or adversary proceedings in individual filings of Chapter 7, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13."

Business Bankruptcy Law - The term "business bankruptcy law" has been defined as the "practice of law dealing with business bankruptcy and the representation of interested parties in contested matters or adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases filed on behalf of debtors who are or have been engaged in business prior to an entity filing Chapter 7, Chapter 9, Chapter 11, or Chapter 12."


Recognition of Bankruptcy Law Attorneys as a Specialist

Under 27 NCAC 01D Section .2203, a North Carolina attorney may qualify as a specialist by meeting the standards set for one or both of the subspecialties.

The lawyer in North Carolina is entitled to use the term "Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law" if the attorney qualifies as a specialist in bankruptcy law by meeting the standards set for the consumer bankruptcy law.

A lawyer in North Carolina attorney is entitled to use the term "Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law" if he attorney qualifies as a specialist in bankruptcy law by meeting the standards set for the business bankruptcy law.

Attorneys that earn certification in both subspecialties are permitted to use the phrase "Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law."


Standards for Certification as a Specialist in Bankruptcy Law

The standards for certification as a specialist in bankruptcy law are contained in 27 NCAC 01D Section .2205. Those standards include a requirement of substantial involvement in the practice of bankruptcy law.

Under certain circumstances the requirements for substantial involvement can be shown partially through the following types of actives:

  • "service as a judge of any bankruptcy court, service as a clerk of any bankruptcy court, or service as a standing trustee;'"
  • "corporate or government service, including military service, if the bankruptcy work done was legal advice or representation of the corporation, governmental unit, or individuals connected therewith;" or
  • "service as a deputy or assistant clerk of any bankruptcy court, as a research assistant to a bankruptcy judge, or as a law professor teaching bankruptcy and/or debtor-creditor related courses."

Substantial involvement in bankruptcy law also includes continuing legal education (CLE) requirements and peer review.

Under 27 NCAC 01D Section .2206, the standards for continued certification as a specialist in bankruptcy law in North Carolina lasts for five years.

During that time, the attorney must apply for recertification and show continued substantial involvement in bankruptcy law, completion of a designated number of continuing legal education (CLE) credits in the specialty area, and peer review.

The newest board-certified specialists in bankruptcy law were certified by the Board of Legal Specialization on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Those attorneys include: 

  • Matthew Crow in Monroe, NC: Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist
  • Caleb Farmer in Rutherfordton, NC: Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist
  • Cort Walker in Cary, NC: Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist
  • Oliver Carter in Wilmington, NC: Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist 

Additional Resources for Finding a Qualified Bankruptcy Attorney in North Carolina

American Board of Certification: In addition to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, the American Board of Certification (ABC) is a national certification program for bankruptcy attorneys willing to submit to further evaluation. The American Board of Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in both consumer and business bankruptcy. Certified bankruptcy attorneys must show substantial involvement in the specialty area and experience in the field.


Finding a Bankruptcy Attorney in North Carolina

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This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.

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