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Type: Direct Certification, Private Certification

State Programs
Admiralty/Maritime; Adoption Law; Antitrust & Trade Regulation; Appellate Practice; Aviation Law; Business Litigation; City, County & Local Government; Civil Trial; Condominium & Planned Development Law; Construction Law; Criminal Appellate; Criminal Trial; Education Law; Elder Law; Health Law; Immigration & Nationality; Intellectual Property Law; International Law; International Litigation & Arbitration; Juvenile Law; Labor& Employment Law, Marital & Family Law, Real Estate Law; State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice; Tax Law; Wills, Trusts & Estates, Workers' Compensation

Private Programs: Business Bankruptcy, Civil Trial Advocacy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights, Criminal Law Trial Advocacy, Family Law, Legal Professional Liability, Medical Professional Liability, Social Security Disability Law

Regulatory Scheme: The Florida Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit as "potentially misleading" any claims of certification unless the certification was granted "under the Florida Certification Plan" or by a program "accredited by the American Bar Association or The Florida Bar" or by "another state bar if the state bar program grants certification on the basis of standards reasonably comparable to the standards of the Florida Certification Plan." Rule 4-7.14(a)(4). In addition to its own certification programs, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education accredits national private certifying entities. Some national private certification programs sponsored by the American Board of Certification, the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the National Board of Trial Advocacy are accredited.

Maritza McGill, Director
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
(850) 561-5850

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