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Regulatory Scheme: State Rule of Professional Conduct 7.4 permits lawyers to use the terms "certified," "specialist," "expert" or similar terms to describe their qualifications. However, communications using the preceding terms to reference board certification must: (1) be truthful and verifiable; (2) not be misleading; (3) identify the entity which granted the certification; and (4) state that the Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in the state.

Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539
206/443-WSBA (9722)

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