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Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law | Joe Caimano, Esq.

Joe Caimano is 1 of about 375 attorneys in Florida (out of over 80,000) to have this distinction. Joe was 1 out of only 3 Tampa lawyers to become Board Certified in Criminal Trial in 2007.

The hiring of an attorney is a very important decision. It makes sense to choose an attorney who has significant experience handling cases similar to yours.

To assist you in finding such a lawyer, the Supreme Court of Florida directed The Florida Bar to offer a "Board Certification" program for Florida Bar members. The program is designed to help the public make an informed decision when seeking and selecting a lawyer.

Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified" or as a "Specialist." Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court, may become a "Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer".

Every lawyer certified in criminal trial law has practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. To become certified the lawyer must have handled 25 criminal cases with at least 20 jury trials, tried to verdict, at least 15 of which involved a felony. Ten trials must have been tried with the lawyer as lead counsel. Each certified lawyer has had substantial involvement -- 30 percent or more -- in the practice of criminal trial law during the three years preceding application.

Each certified lawyer must also have passed peer review, has completed 45 hours of continuing legal education within three years preceding application and has passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law to justify the representation of special competence.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be re-certified, requirements similar to those for initial certification must be met. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience recognized. Criminal Law (Trial and Appellate) Certification was approved by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1987.

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education operates under the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida. The certification program and any supporting materials or activities are not funded by the general revenues of The Florida Bar.

For more information please visit www.FloridaBar.org/certification.

When you discuss your case with a lawyer, ask him/her if they are board certified in criminal trial law.