Boyd & Jenerette’s Board Certified lawyers by The Florida Bar were recently listed in 904 Magazine’s 2017 Fall Issue. The magazine highlighted the following lawyers in Jacksonville's 2017 Board Certified Lawyers list:
Heather Byrer Carbone
Boyd & Jenerette Partner and Construction Practice Group Leader, Beth-Ann Schulman, is also Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. She is based in the firm's Orlando office.
Florida Bar Board Certification
Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience of attorneys in the 26 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members (approximately 4,800 lawyers) are board certified. The process is a rigorous one, and requires at least five years of law practice, a substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought, satisfactory peer review of competence in the specialty field, passing an examination and satisfying continuing legal education requirements.
“Lawyers strive for excellence in every endeavor. Board certification is the natural progression of this innate desire, as it is the only way that they can say they are ‘evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise,’” says Cynthia Johnson-Stacks, 2015-2016 chair of the Florida Bar’s board of legal specialization and education. “This highest of achievements not only benefits the individual lawyer, but by encouraging lawyers to hone their skills and practice with professionalism, the certification program is a great service to The Florida Bar and the public.”
Board certification is valid for five years. Over the five-year period, the attorney must continue to practice in the specialty area and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are board certified, but those who have taken the extra steps to have their competence, experience and professionalism evaluated.