We are very proud of Susan’s achievement and what it means for her clients. She is now even more prepared to provide excellent counsel for the people with whom she works. Susan is one of only two attorneys in Western North Carolina with this distinction. To read Susan’s bio click here.
What it Takes to Become a Board Certified Specialist
Board certification is an indication that the lawyer has intentionally focused his or her legal practice to improve the proficiency and quality of the lawyer’s legal services and to stay current in the specialty field. A lawyer who is certified as a specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization has satisfied a number of rigorous standards for certification in the lawyer’s specialty field including the following:
· continuing education requirements
· devotion of 25% or more of the lawyer’s practice time to the specialty
· confirmation by the lawyer’s peers that the lawyer has the qualifications to be board certified in the specialty
· passage of a 6 hour exam in the specialty field.
A board certified specialist must be recertified by the board every 5 years, at which time the lawyer must satisfy the continuing education, substantial involvement, and peer review standards for continued certification.
Board certification, unlike the self-laudatory information in advertising and marketing, is a credential that you can rely upon because it is based upon objective criteria.
McGuire Wood & Bissette has four other attorneys board certified as specialists in their practice areas. They too are able to serve their clients at a very high level. Doris Loomis, Richard Kort, and Harris Livingstain are all Board Certified Specialists in Estate Planning and Probate. Rebecca Crandall is a Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law. She is the only attorney in Western North Carolina with this distinction.