Why Choose a Board Certified Attorney
Mark of Excellence
Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.
A Distinguished Few
There are more than 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. As of August 2015, there are 7,225 board certified attorneys in Texas. Very few have multiple certifications. 491 lawyers are Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law; 302 lawyers are Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law; and only 95 lawyers are Board Certified in Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law. Much fewer are Board Certified in all three areas of Real Estate Law. Kevin H. Berry has beeb Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law; Residential Real Estate Law; and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law since 1995.
Board Certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to do so. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney with the highest, public commitment to excellence in their area of law.
The process is voluntary and can only take place after an attorney has been in practice for five years, with a minimum of three years experience in the specialty area.
Moreover, Board Certification is not a one-time event. It requires an ongoing involvement in the specialty area which is periodically substantiated with references from peers in that field. It also requires annual professional refreshment through TBLS approved, continuing legal education course work to stay abreast of current trends in law.