Joe Bodiford is the only attorney in North Florida who is board certified by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
FLORIDA BOARD CERTIFICATION
Leon County criminal attorney Joe Bodiford is 1 of about 350 attorneys in Florida (out of over 90,000) to have this distinction. That puts him in the 1/2 of 1% category!
Under the Supreme Court of Florida, The Florida Bar has set up an extensive standard for attorneys wishing to be recognized as a Specialist with expertise in Criminal Trial Law. This rigorous standard includes a minimum of trial experience, minimum years in practice, peer review by other attorneys, continuing legal education, and a difficult exam that demonstrates his special competence in criminal trial law.
Only Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers are allowed to advertise that they are “Specialists” or are “Experts” in their field. There is no higher level of recognition granted by The Florida Bar than to bestow Board Certification on an attorney.
If you read advertising or visit a Leon County criminal attorney stating he/she is an “Expert” or a “Specialist”, ask if the attorney is actually Board Certified in his/her specialty. If not, he/she does it without the permission of The Florida Bar and he/she is falsely advertising.
Joe Bodiford is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. He is a recognized by The Florida Bar as a Specialist and Expert in Criminal Law. Be sure the criminal attorney you hire is held to this exacting standard.
If you need the assistance of a Leon County criminal defense attorney or Florida appeals lawyer, please contact me to set up a consultation. Call (850) 222-4529 day or night, 24 hours a day.
NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty areas of civil triallaw, criminal trial law, family trial law and social security disability advocacy law. The organization went through a rigorous application process wherein panels were chosen by the ABA-Standing Committee on Specialization to evaluate each aspect of NBLSC’s structure. This review included not only our standards and certification policies but also an intensive evaluation of all aspects of the operation from financial solvency to a complete screening of all decision makers.
The standards set forth by our Board of Directors for board certification in each of our four specialty areas are challenging and meaningful. NBLSC board certification is a voluntary certification. It is not a requirement to practice law and, therefore, any lawyer who has taken the extra time and effort to achieve this credential can be justifiably proud. A consumer who chooses an NBLSC member for a lawyer can be sure of obtaining a highly experienced and specialized practitioner.
There are now more than 2400 lawyers who are certified by the NBLSC. The number of NBLSC board certified lawyers has been steadily growing consistent with the trend toward specialization in the legal profession and consumer demand for a system of verifiable non-profit methods by which consumers can locate and select from highly qualified and experienced lawyers.