As stated by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, “Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.
Board Certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to do so. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney with the highest, public commitment to excellence in their area of law.”
Under the current Family Law Board Certification standards, attorneys seeking certification must have practiced a minimum number of years, must devote a minimum percentage of their practice to family law, must have handled a minimum of a specified number of family law matters, must receive a specified number of hours of continuing legal education per year, must be evaluated by peers, and must pass a rigorous six hour written examination.
To retain his or her board certification, a board certified attorney must request and receive re-certification every five years.
Through Board Certification, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization attests to the attorney’s level of competence and expertise.