Board CERTIFICATION Means skilled Experience

Today, there are nearly 90,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, yet fewer than 4,500 of them have passed the stringent requirements and examination necessary to achieve Board Certification by the Florida Bar in one of the 24 certification fields.

Why is board certification important to you?

ESTABLISHED IN 1982 BY THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT, BOARD CERTIFICATION HELPS CONSUMERS IDENTIFY SPECIALISTS IN VARIOUS AREAS OF PRACTICE.

Board certification demonstrates that the certified attorney has submitted himself or herself to many hours of rigorous training and examination, including trying actual cases in court.

It has been well documented that lawyers who are willing and competent to go to trial to win cases also have the best settlement records.

While there are, of course, many qualified attorneys who are not Board Certified, an attorney who has made the commitment and done the hard work necessary to achieve board certification will have qualifications of the highest caliber, providing him or her with important skills and training that non-certified attorneys do not have. This, in turn, can provide a significant advantage when they represent you for settlement or in court.

sealAvera & Smith Managing Partner, Mark Avera, is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.
Partner Lance Avera is 
Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law.

“Board certification by The Florida Bar demonstrates that lawyer’s high level of skill, excellence and a commitment to professionalism. Every new certification enhances our profession and gives the public a meaningful way to evaluate lawyers.” 
– Mayanne Downs, Florida Bar President