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What Does It Mean When A Texas Attorney Is "Board Certified" In Personal Injury Trial Law?

Posted by Jimmy Sunosky | Feb 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Houston Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

If you sustained personal injuries or are dealing with the death of a loved one due to the negligence or careless acts of another, consider hiring an attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

What does “Board Certified” mean?

In Texas, an attorney is able to apply for and obtain board certification in certain areas of the law.  This process is strictly monitored and governed by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (“TBLS”). TBLS has established requirements needed for an attorney to gain board certification in each practice area. As of 2019, there are 75,104 attorneys in the State of Texas. Of those, only 1,428 are board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. This means only 2% of all the attorneys licensed in Texas are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

What does a lawyer need to do to become Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law in Texas?

To become Board Certified, an attorney must:

  • Practice law full-time for at least 5 years as an active member of the State Bar of Texas;

  • At least 3 years of Personal Injury Trial Law experience with a yearly minimum 25% substantial involvement with Personal Injury Trial Law matters;

  • Tried at least 10 Personal Injury Trial Law cases that met substantive requirements;

  • Qualified vetted references from judges and lawyers in the area of law;

  • Complete 60 hours of TBLS approved continuing legal education in Personal Injury Trial Law;

  • Meet all of the TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification; and

  • Pass a comprehensive 6-hour examination Personal Injury Trial Law. 

Do I have to have a Board Certified Attorney for my Personal Injury case?

No. However, if you hire an attorney that is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, then you know they have fulfilled the requirements set forth by TBLS, and the attorney has the experience to handle your case.  

For more information, you can visit the Texas Board of Legal Specialization's website.

Can I speak to a Board Certified Attorney at Hernandez Sunosky, LLP?

Ian Hernandez - Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law

Yes. Ian Hernandez is an experienced trial lawyer and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. He obtained his board certification in 2010. He is ready to speak to you if you have been injured and would like to discuss your potential claims and damages. Contact Houston Personal Injury Attorney Ian Hernandez at Hernandez Sunosky, LLP today for a free, no obligation consultation.

About the Author

Jimmy Sunosky

Jimmy Sunosky is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer and elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, a Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine and a Top Lawyer H by Texas Magazine. He is dedicated to helping accident victims and their families find justice and obtain financial compensation after suffering serious injuries or death. Before co-founding Hernandez Sunosky, LLP, he worked as an insurance defense lawyer. He applies the knowledge and experience gained while working with insurance companies to his work as an advocate for the injured.


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