An attorney who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law must have handled jury trials dealing with matters such as vehicle accidents, worker's compensation, premises liability, products liability, statutory tort claims, maritime accidents, or social security claims which involve a physical or mental injury to a person. The attorney must also have extensive knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law involved in the trial of personal injury cases.
To become Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, an attorney must have:
- Been licensed to practice law for at least five years;
- Devoted a required percentage of practice to personal injury trial law for at least three years;
- Handled a wide variety of personal injury trial law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement;
- Attended personal injury trial law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date; Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges; Passed a day-long written examination.
- Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;
- Passed a day-long written examination.
Initial certification is valid for a period of five years. To remain certified, an attorney must apply for recertification every five years and meet practice, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty field.
The consumer can identify a Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified attorney in one of many ways. A Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified attorney is entitled to indicate certification on business cards and letterhead by stating "Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization". The attorney may also display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under "Attorneys - Board Certified".
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by, and operates under the authority of, the Supreme Court of Texas. Its members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas.
The Board administers the program by which an attorney may earn a certificate of special competence in a particular field of law. The program is voluntary and is funded entirely by fees imposed on participating attorneys.
For more information please write to:
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
P.O. Box 12487
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
(800) 204-2222 ext. 1454
Fax (512) 453-7220.