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Scott B. Smith Achieves Recertification in Civil Trial Law from The Florida Bar

Firm partner Scott B. Smith, a specialist in Florida personal injury and Florida wrongful death matters, has achieved recertification in Civil Trial Law from The Florida Bar. Scott originally met the standards of certification to be a Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law on June 1, 2008. He gained recertification from The Florida Bar on May 31, 2008. Board certification is valid for five (5) years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be recertified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are Board Certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated. In addition to Scott B. Smith, firm partners Joseph J. Reiter (1983), Kevin C. Smith (1997), Lake H. Lytal, III (2004), Lance C. Ivey (2010) and Todd Fronrath (2012) are also Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial Law. Partner William S. Williams (1994) also being Board Certified. Firm attorney Matthew Haynes (2010) has also gained Board Certification in Civil Trial Law. As with Scott B. Smith, all other LRSI&F Board Certified Partners and Attorneys are specialists in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability, truck accidents, premises liability, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents and all other areas of law that involve personal injury or wrongful death.

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 and tested for expertise.  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 or injured accident victims with personal injury identify specialists in various areas of law, including Civil Trial Law.  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 on business cards or letterhead, in legal directories or in advertising.  A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer can assist an injured victim following a motor vehicle accident or some other type of accident causing personal injury or a wrongful death.

Only six percent (6%) of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 4,600 lawyers, are Board Certified.  Even less than that figure are Board Certified in the area of Civil Trial Law.  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:

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