What does Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law mean?
A lawyer is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law if he has completed all the requirements for Board Certification as set forth by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is a division of the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar of Texas is the professional and regulatory organization that oversees the practice of law in the State of Texas.
Very few of the Tyler injury attorneys are board certified in personal injury trial law. This is particularly true of Tyler auto accident attorneys. Statewide, only about 5% of Texas attorneys are board certified. As a Tyler injury attorney who is board certified in personal injury trial law I have often been asked by non lawyers why more lawyers aren’t board certified. I’ve always been an advocate of professional growth and development and have been involved in a number of discussions around East Texas regarding this issue.
While some of lawyers simply choose not to be board certified or have a broad practice which doesn’t allow them to specialize in one area, the most common reason that I have been given for East Texas personal injury attorneys not being board certified is that they have not tried enough personal injury cases. In order to be eligible to sit for the personal injury board certification exam an attorney must have tried ten personal injury cases to a verdict. The simple reality is that most East Texas personal injury attorneys have not tried ten personal injury cases and thus are not eligible for board certification.