What the Designation “Board Certified” Attorney Means

Mon, Oct 20, 2014


Some rights reserved by j3netAlmost every profession has designations that distinguish those who attain them. The legal profession comes with its own designations. Board Certified is one of those. You can be board certified in many types of law. SmithLaw’s Christopher D. Smith, Sr. is a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer. Attorneys are given this type of designation by the American Board of Certification.

Board Certification means that the professional worked extra hard to earn it and is extra dedicated to being the best they can be at their chosen occupation.  Not every professional strives to improve his or her self and his or her work in this way.  These designations do not come without sweat, tears, and time spent. As a matter of fact, many of these designations are not just something you pay for or attend a 2-hour intro class to get, and you can’t just be nominated for them, either.

The American Board of Certification designates attorneys as certified in consumer bankruptcy, business bankruptcy, and creditor’s rights. The American Board of Certification says that this type of Board Certification means that the certified attorney has met rigorous, objective standards and has demonstrated knowledge in bankruptcy and/or creditors’ rights law.” The American Board of Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Smith has obtained the certification in consumer bankruptcy, though he is well skilled in other types of bankruptcy as well. However, he has been specifically certified in consumer bankruptcies by the ABC. This means a client can feel confident that he has the recognized skills of someone especially dedicated to this area of the law. In addition, a client would know that he has the experience needed to properly help them with a consumer bankruptcy case. This is because “the ABC exams are designed to draw on knowledge gained through experience.”

Thus, the vast array of experience and dedication to passing the ABC exam should be indicative of the skill of the attorney who reaches the board certified status. In addition, the ABC requires those certified in consumer bankruptcy to have been involved in a certain number of disputed cases. This can be a challenge for those handling simple bankruptcies…thus making it an even more rigorous process to become certified. You can rest assured that their experience is profound.

In addition, this is not a one-time process. Each year the attorney must renew his certification by paying a fee and submitting a statement that supports his continued involvement in the practice area. There is also a requirement of renewing the designation approximately every 4-5 years by attending classes and submitting certain types of references.

A search of Florida consumer bankruptcy board certified attorneys on the ABC website brings up a short list of only 81 attorneys. Feel confident knowing Christopher D. Smith, Sr. is one of them. Clients can rest assured that his desire to be board certified in this particular way speaks volumes about his dedication to his practice in general.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith, Sr. is designated a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer by the American Board of Certification.  SmithLaw is located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  Attorney Smith concentrates on bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area.  Call 941-202-2222 to learn more.  SmithLaw offers free consultations in certain areas, including consumer bankruptcy, probate, and personal injury matters.

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