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Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is the largest single-state certification program for lawyers in the United States. The Bar Rules in Texas prohibit any attorney from advertising as a "specialist" unless she or he has earned certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialists. TBLS also accredits several national organizations approved by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists. Furthermore, there are 24 different areas of practice. Board-certified lawyers in Texas must attend ongoing continuing legal education (CLE) and show continuing involvement within the field of practice.

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About the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)

Overview

  • Established: 1974
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Mission and History

The State Bar of Texas formed TBLS in 1974 with the passage of the Texas Plan for Recognition and Regulation of Specialization of Law. The 12-member board is appointed by the president of the Bar to three-year terms.

Some of the board members must be specialists, and others must be of general practice. The body is under the oversight of the Texas Supreme Court.

The TBLS also certifies paralegals. Today, more than 300 paralegals have distinguished themselves with board certification. 

Details

Specialty Areas of Certification

Texas certifies lawyers in twenty-one (21) areas of practice including:

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TBLS Board Members

Board Certified Texas Lawyers Active on Lawyer Legion

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Goldstein & Orr
San Antonio, TX
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Stephen Lyle Hamilton
HamiltonGrant PC
Lubbock, TX
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Matt Horak
Horak Law
The Woodlands, TX
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Robert E Ammons
The Ammons Law Firm LLp
Houston, TX
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Roger D Walton
Law Firm Of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C.
Arlington, TX
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Michael Glynn Busby Jr
Busby And Associates P.C.
Houston, TX
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Directory of Board Certified Lawyers in Texas

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of board certified lawyers in Texas. 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 Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Use this directory to find board certified lawyers who are specialized in their respective areas of law. Start by choosing your county from the list below.


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Contact the TBLS

Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)
505 E. Huntland Drive Suite 400
Austin, TX 78752
www.tbls.org
Office: (833) 413-0253

More About Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)

In Texas, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization ("TBLS") certifies attorneys as a specialist in one of 24 different areas of practice. Approximately 10% of licensed attorneys in Texas are board-certified.

TBLS has certified more than 7,300 Texas attorneys. More than 990 attorneys have multiple certifications. TBLS has issued more than 8,300 Certificates of Special Competence. More than half of the board-certified attorneys in Texas have been certified for more than 10 years.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is the largest single-state certification program for lawyers in the United States. TBLS also has the greatest percentage of board-certified specialists in the United States.


Requirements for Attorney Certification in Texas

To become a certified attorney specialist in Texas, the following general requirements include:

  • having at least five years experience, at least three of which involve substantial involvement with the specified specialty area;
  • completing Board-approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements;
  • providing at least ten (10) qualified references for peer evaluation;
  • providing documentation of experience; and
  • passing a written examination in the area of specialization.

ABA-Accredited Organizations Approved by TBLS

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization may also accredit organizations that are also accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists. Organizations that currently hold that accreditation include:

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