Board Certified – What Does it Mean?
In a nutshell, ” Board Certified by The Florida Bar” is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys. Board Certified lawyers are “evaluated for professionalism, tested for expertise.”*
Given the choice, you would certainly choose a Board Certified heart specialist or surgeon… so why not choose a Board Certified Attorney? You owe it to yourself and family to hire a lawyer that has proven experience, has been favorably reviewed by co-workers, and has successfully been tested.
There are 25 Specialty Areas of Board Certification, two of which deal with Criminal Justice: Criminal Trial Law, and Criminal Appellate Law. Ms. Palmieri specializes in Criminal Trial Law.
Not Only Certified – She Helped Write the Exams
Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law for over 15 years, Ms. Palmieri served on the Board Certification Committee (Criminal Trial Law) for 6 years. In that time she helped write, and then grade the annual certification exam, each of her six years.
She served on the committee from 2005-2011, and was elected Chairman for the 2-year term 2009 – 2011.
Board Certification (and Recertification) Requirements
In order to obtain certification, an attorney is scored in three areas: Experience, Peer Review, and a Written Exam. Every five years, a lawyer must apply for recertification. There is not an exam for recertification, but a lawyer has to have a minimum number of professional legal courses taken in the previous 5 years.
- Been an active lawyer for at least 5 years
- Trial experience
- Peer Review
- Favorable reviews from local judges and attorneys
- Written Exam
- A 6-hour written exam, including 50 multiple choice and 5 essay questions
- Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses
- Optional for any Florida Bar member
- REQUIRED for Recertification
- To ensure your lawyer is keeping current
Ms. Palmieri has recently (Dec 2015) passed Recertification, and is Florida Bar Board-Certified through the year 2020.
How Exclusive is Board Certification?
In Tampa, only 35 attorneys are Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. Of the more than 100,000 Florida lawyers, less than 1/2 of 1% are Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.*
Only Board Certified lawyers are permitted to use the letters B.C.S. (Board Certified Specialist) in their advertising or marketing materials.
*Reprinted with permission from The Florida Bar, www.FloridaBar.org.