The benefits to board certification are many: better settlements, increased referrals, a defensible position when advertising your specialty, and access to nationalizing your practice.
Moreover, it can help rehabilitate the beleaguered image of the legal profession.
Certification adds another feather in your cap. You can ride the wave of the future, or providing the public with an objective means by which to choose counsel.
But why take our word for it. Here's what today's board certified attorneys have to say about board certification.
"I only refer cases to out-of-state lawyers who are NBLSC board certified. It is my first requirement",
"The certification means a lot to other lawyers who do not have the expertise or the background necessary to qualify for an NBLSC certification. Therefore, by merely explaining to the lawyer the steps and background necessary to be certified, I can make an immediate positive impact on that attorney, not only for referrals but general advice."
"[The NBLSC] Directory is my first reference on referrals or contacts as I know those certified by NBLSC have had real trial experience."
"Certification in trial advocacy puts you on the preferred list of attorneys in this country for referral purposes. I get clients everyday due to my certification."
"The certification is tangible evidence of competence that separates me from the talking heads on TV."
"In a time of misleading advertising and rainmaking, NBLSC certification is something real you can use to distinguish yourself and your practice."
"What patient would go to an uncertified doctor? The NBLSC is the best way for consumers to verify that the lawyer they are selecting is qualified."
"No amount of self-aggrandizement will produce certification. This is important because there are many attorneys who claim, in their advertising, to be litigation experts but who lack experience and achievements."
"Board certification is a highly effective marketing tool and provides the legal consumer with a means by which they can better choose an attorney. The legal marketplace is more competitive than ever before. NBLSC gives me an advantage over my non-certified competitor."
"A national certification helps if you are handling nationwide cases. I am certified in California but that does not impress a potential client in Ohio,"
"NBTA certification is perhaps the only nationally recognized achievement which demonstrates to clients and other lawyers a degree of experience and competency that can definitely be relied upon for legal representation or referrals."
"The United States Supreme Court said it best--the requirements for NBLSC certification are "objective and demanding." I am proud of our organization. We stand for excellence in advocacy and the pursuit of justice for our clients. I can't understand why any attorney who meets our qualifications wouldn't want to be NBLSC certified."
"Having tried over 200 jury cases to verdict, this certification has proved to be the accomplishment of which I am most proud."
Wave of the Future
"Board Certification is the wave of the future. I highly recommend board certification by NBLSC as a way to increase your professional image and expand."
Take the Leap!
Sooner or later a client or fellow attorney will ask whether you are board certified. What will you tell them? Sign up now:
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