Boyd & Jenerette is pleased to announce that Shareholder, Kristen Van der Linde has received renewal of board certification by The Florida Bar in Civil Trial Law. This is a tremendous professional achievement of which The Florida Bar distinguishes Ms. Van der Linde as a specialist and an expert in the practice of Civil Trial Law. Kristen has been certified since 2012 and has been with Boyd & Jenerette for over 25 years.
Throughout her career Ms. Van der Linde has shown an ongoing dedication to high standards to her clients, peers and in practice. Her special knowledge, skill and commitment to professionalism and ethics have always been prevalent in her work and exemplifies the values of Boyd & Jenerette.
Kristen devotes her practice exclusively to the defense of cases and appeals involving trucking liability, automobile liability, premises liability, wrongful death, asbestos, bad faith, negligent security, and coverage issues. She is admitted to practice law in Georgia as well as Florida.
The 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 members of The Florida Bar (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.
Board certification is valid for five years. Over the five-year period, the attorney must continue to practice in the specialty area and attend continuing legal education courses approved by The Florida Bar. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are board certified; only those who have taken the extra steps to have their competence, experience and professionalism evaluated.