Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area of Civil Trial practice. The purpose of certification is to identify lawyers who practice civil trial law and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, Board Certification provides consumers with assurance in the selection of legal counsel. Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified" or as specialists. Less than 2% of Florida lawyers are Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers.
To become Board Certified, a Civil Trial Lawyer must have practiced for at least five years and have been substantially involved in the area of civil trial law. Further, the lawyer must have conducted the requisite number of civil trials, including cases before a jury and as lead counsel. Each certified lawyer must also have passed peer review by attorneys and judges, have completed 50 hours of continuing legal education within the three years preceding the application, and passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of civil trial law.
Five of our lawyers have obtained the distinction of Board Certification.
Timon V. Sullivan, 1989
Randy J. Ogden, 1990
Joseph F. Kinman, Jr., 1989
Matthew S. Mudano, 1996
Stephanie W. Ritt, 2010