It is said that the distinguishing character of a trial lawyer is
“The courage to go to verdict; and the guts to hear the jury knock on the door.” (author unknown)
“What is a Board Certified Attorney?
A National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Attorney has demonstrated skill and expertise in a particular field and has proven it through rigorous examination and testing by the NBTA. The NBTA, and other organizations accredited by the American Bar Association must demonstrate that lawyers certified have an enhanced level of expertise and substantial involvement in the specialty area of certification. The standards are designed to enable the NBTA to evaluate thoroughly the objectives, standards and procedures of attorneys and to facilitate public access to appropriate legal services.”
“With less than 4% of all practicing lawyers certified by an ABA-accredited or state-sponsored certification board, board certification is not only highly important to the profession of law, but also paramount to consumers. This small, but highly esteemed, group of lawyers provides the knowledge and a confidence consumers should expect and require in an attorney.” NBTALawyers.org
Board certification involves a rigorous vetting process with proof of experience in trying cases to verdict, recommendations from judges and peers and a complex examination in the field and legal ethics. Recertifcation is required every five years. Rich Meehan was first certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist in 1999, recertified 2004, 2009, 2014. In 2009 he was certified as a Civil Trial Specialist, recertified 2014.
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