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What is a Board Certified Attorney?

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys in various areas of law, who because of experience, training and knowledge are awarded certificates of special competence.

Q: What are the requirements for board certification?
A: According to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization an attorney must have:

  1. 1. At least five (5) years practice in the State of Texas.
  2. A required percentage of practice in the area of specialty for 3 years preceding application.
  3. Experience in a wide variety of matters related to that specialty.
  4. Evaluation by Judges before whom the attorney has appeared.
  5. Evaluation by fellow attorneys, either as co-counsel or adversaries.
  6. Pass a day long written examination.

Q: How many attorneys are currently board certified?
A: Currently there are 6481-7007 certified attorneys (the number varies slightly within the statistics provided by the Board of Specialization). This represents slightly less than 10% of all attorneys in the State. There are currently 166 Lawyers that are Board Certified in Administrative Law and three of those 166 are partners in McDonald, Mackay and Weitz, LLP.

Q: How long does an attorney remain certified?
A: Certification is for a period of five years. Every five years the attorney must apply for recertification, meeting the requirements for continuing legal education, peer review and substantial involvement in the specialty field.

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