Everyone in Austin is bombarded by television advertising lawyers claiming they are competent to handle your personal injury case. Before you hire a television advertising lawyer, you should find out whether they are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and whether they are an invited member of The American Board of Trial Advocates. If such lawyer is not both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and an invited member of The American Board of Trial Advocates, you should seriously look at the lawyers in Travis County who are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and an invited member of The American Board of Trial Advocates.
You can visit www.tbls.org and choose personal injury trial law in the specialty box, and then choose Travis County, and a list of all the lawyers in Travis County who are board certified appears. About one-half of the lawyers on the list represent defendants and insurance companies and the other one-half represent plaintiffs (victims). On that website you can also learn what personal injury trial law is, why you should choose a lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Personal Injury Trial Law involves litigation of claims involving trauma or disability based on an individual's mental or physical injury(s) and/or trauma from automobile accidents, professional malpractice, defective products or negligence by another party or individual.
Why choose a lawyer Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law?
Practice law fulltime 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;
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. Click here to review the Exam Specifications.
The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is an organization of trial lawyers who practice as personal injury trial lawyers for both victims and defendants and insurance companies. To become a member, a lawyer must have extensive trial experience and be invited by his or her peers to become a member. Almost all the members of ABOTA are also board certified.
To learn which lawyers are members and whether they represent injury victims or defendants, one can google “American Board of Trial Advocate members Austin, Texas” and you can see the roster.
It does not cost an injury victim any more to hire a lawyer who is board certified and who is also a member of ABOTA. The best personal injury lawyers in Travis County are both board certified and members of ABOTA. By hiring a lawyer who is both board certified and an invited member of ABOTA, the injury victim has a much greater likelihood of getting the best result for their claim for damages.
All personal injury lawyers that I am aware of, who are both board certified and AOBTA members, work on a contingent fee and require no up-front payment of money to hire them. The best trial lawyers in the State of Texas are both board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and members of ABOTA.