Why Hire a Board Certified Attorney?

Firm News Posted on Apr 19, 2013

Fewer than 10% of lawyers in Florida have earned the accreditation to call themselves Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys.

I have been practicing law in the Treasure Coast and Lake Okeechobee areas for 33 years, and from the beginning of my career, I focused on representing injured victims in accident cases.  When the Florida Bar began its Board Certification process in the 1980s, I made it a personal priority to meet the rigorous requirements to become Board Certified.

Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Bar’s Board Certification program is one of the best in the country.  Only six percent of the attorneys in Florida are Board Certified.  I am proud to be a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney concentrating on personal injury law. Board Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills and proficiency in a specific area of law and an attorney’s professionalism and ethics in practice. To achieve Board Certification, an attorney must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, must have a minimum of five years in law practice, must have substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought, must have satisfactory peer review of competence in the specialty field, must maintain excellent character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law, must fulfill continuing legal education requirements within the certification area, and must have a passing grade on the examination required of all applicants or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be recertified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Steve Hoskins is a Graduate of Cumberland School of Law

I  received my law degree from Cumberland School of Law, was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1980, and have been Board Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Florida Bar since 1989. I am admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District and Southern District of Florida. I lead the Personal Injury Department in our firm, and I’m assisted by an experienced team of paralegals and professionals, led by senior paralegal and investigator Joe Williams who has over 32 years of experience and who has worked in law enforcement.  Our firm is well-known and well-respected in the Treasure Coast and Lake Okeechobee areas.  We have the reputation, the resources, and the dedicated personnel to assist injured victims in all aspects of a personal injury claim. I have successfully tried numerous personal injury cases to verdict and because of my successful career and expertise, I maintain my Board Certification, the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar.

If you have any type of accident or injury claim and you want the experience of our firm and a Board Certified Attorney working for you, call me.  I will put my knowledge, skills, proficiency, and years of experience to work for you.

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