June 2015 

Ben Patterson Receives Florida Board Certification in Civil Trial Law

In June 2015, partner Ben Patterson was board certified in Florida in the area of Civil Trial Law. Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Currently, only 7% of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 4,600 lawyers, are board certified.

A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 24 certification fields. Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards. 

  • Practice law for a minimum of five years
  • Demonstrate substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought
  • Pass satisfactory peer review of competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law
  • Satisfy the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements
  • Receive a passing grade on the examination required of all applicants or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam.
Florida Bar President Gregory Coleman explained, “The very difficult testing and extensive background peer review to confirm professional conduct is such a high standard that just seven percent of our eligible membership has achieved this level of recognition. All board certified attorneys should be extremely proud of their accomplishment.”