Board certification is something offered by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
The board was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas after
the State Bar of Texas requested it. It is the only governing board authorized
to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas. While more than 100,000
attorneys are licensed to practice in Texas, only 7,300 are able to be
publically recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 23 areas of law.
Part of the reason so few attorneys are Board Certified is the process
it takes to become certified. Attorneys must follow certain application
procedures and pass a day-long examination. Each exam covers the specialty
area the attorney wishes to be certified in, and the information in the
test includes the knowledge, skills, and subject matter concerning the
The certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment.
If a client has the choice between a personal injury lawyer and a lawyer
who is Board Certified in personal injury law, he or she will choose the
latter, as the attorney with board certification has demonstrated relevant
experience in personal injury and tested for competence in that area of law.
Additionally, board certification is not a one-time achievement. Attorneys
who wish to remain Board Certified must be continually involved in the
specialty area, which is periodically substantiated with references from
other attorneys in the field. Likewise, it requires yearly professional
refreshment through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. All lawyers
who remain Board Certified are continually improving their legal knowledge.
If you choose to hire a Board Certified attorney, you know the individual
who will represent you is qualified to do the job correctly. Our skilled
Houston personal injury attorney is Board Certified in both personal injury trial law
and civil trial law. As of 2016, only 351 attorneys in the entire state had
achieved certification in both these fields.
If you were injured by the negligence or carelessness of another person,
you deserve compensation. Talk to our skilled attorney about your situation
in a case evaluation.
Attorney Pete Patterson has realized more than $180 million in trial verdicts, judgments, settlements,
and recoveries for his clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (713) 489-1215 or fill out our online form to schedule a conversation
with us today.