Learn About Our Attorney’s Qualifications
- What does it mean for a lawyer to be Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law or Civil Trial Law?
A Board Certified attorney is a lawyer who has demonstrated special competence in a particular field and whose competence is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. All lawyers must be licensed to practice law, but only three percent (3%) are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law or Civil Trial Law.
- What is the College of the State Bar of Texas?
The College of the State Bar of Texas recognizes lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by significant voluntary participation in continuing legal education programs. Only about eight percent (8%) of the attorneys in Texas are able to meet or exceed the requirements for membership in the College.
- What is the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys?
The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys with special expertise in areas involving professional negligence. An attorney must have substantially engaged in litigation of professional liability claims and passed a written as well as an oral examination to be certified by this board.
- What is the National Board of Trial Advocacy?
The National Board of Trial Advocacy is an organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify an attorney in the specialty areas of civil and criminal trial law. Today there are only about 1,600 attorneys across the country who have been accredited by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Advocacy.
- What is the National College of Advocacy?
The National College of Advocacy is the professional education arm of the American Association for Justice. The purpose of the National College of Advocacy is to provide a lawyer with the opportunity to learn about recent legal trends and developments in various fields of law, enhance his or her trial skills, and earn recognition within the profession.
- What is a Texas Super Lawyer?
Law & Politics magazine and the publishers of Texas Monthly conduct an annual statewide survey of Texas lawyers to come up with their list of “Texas Super Lawyers.” The nominees are reviewed by a blue ribbon panel in each practice area. Only 5% of the lawyers in Texas can make the list of “Texas Super Lawyers.” To learn more about the Texas Super Lawyer selection process, go to www.superlawyers.com.
- What is the American Board of Trial Advocates?
The American Board of Trial Advocates membership consists of approximately 6,300 trial lawyers representing equally the plaintiff and defense bars, as well as judges, spread among 93 chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Membership is by invitation only, and the chapter to which the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts belong requires approval by 85% of the general membership to extend an invitation. Perspective members must have at least 5 years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion, and possess additional litigation experience as well as exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity, and professionalism. The primary mission of the American Board of Trial Advocates has been the preservation of the civil jury trial right guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- What is the Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Rating Service?
Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review ratings process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards. An “A/V” rating is its highest rating.
- What is the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA) award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ)?
AAJ is the only nationally accredited continuing legal education provider tailored to plaintiff attorneys. This tailored focus combined with a comprehensive approach utilizing skills and experience make ASTA unparalleled among legal curricula. Active participation in the program provides recognition for dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm to pursuing legal education. Currently, there are only 16 trial attorneys in the nation to have earned the “Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy” (ASTA) award from the National College of Advocacy.