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Why Hiring a Board Certified Attorney Is Important To You.

Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. A complete list of board certified lawyers by specialty area and city at FloridaBar.org/certification

Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice.

As of Aug. 30, 2013, there are currently 96,511 lawyers licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. This information can be found at this Link.

Only about 6 percent of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified

Michael L. Addicott is the only Florida attorney who (as of Aug. 30, 2013) currently holds certification as a specialist in all three of the following areas of law:

  • Marital and Family Law (certified since 1993)
  • Civil Trial Law (certified since 1993)
  • Business Litigation (certified since 2000)

There are only approximately 277 Marital and Family Law Board Certified Attorneys. This information can be found on the Marital and Family Law Certification webpage

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How does the certification program help a client or potential client?

Board certified lawyers’ experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated, and they are the only Florida lawyers allowed to refer to themselves as specialists or experts when referring to their legal credentials.

Board certified lawyers have met The Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

Maybe you have never needed the services of an attorney before; but now you do. Obviously, you want a lawyer who is able to handle your particular legal situation, and who has expertise in the area of law relating to your legal needs.

To assist you in finding such a lawyer, the Supreme Court of Florida directed The Florida Bar to establish a program for “Board Certification” to help consumers identify “specialists” in various areas of law.

The program is designed to help the public make an informed decision when seeking and selecting a lawyer.

Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

Board certified lawyers are Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise.

Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Board certified Florida Bar members are the only Florida attorneys allowed to identify themselves as “Board Certified,” “Specialist,” “Expert” or to use the letters “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

For more information go to FloridaBar.org/certification

How does the certification program help a client or potential client?

Board certified lawyers’ experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated, and they are the only Florida lawyers allowed to refer to themselves as specialists or experts or to use the letters B.C.S. to indicate Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certified lawyers have met The Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

In Florida, only board certified lawyers are permitted to refer to themselves as “experts” or “specialists.” Board certified lawyers are legal experts dedicated to professional excellence who have met rigorous standards for experience and professionalism.

Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. A complete list of board certified lawyers by specialty area and city at FloridaBar.org/certification

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Michael L. Addicott, is available to assist you with your legal issues. Michael L. Addicott has been certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in the practice areas of:

Michael L. Addicott has also been certified as a Family Law Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.