A State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization “SPECIALIST” is an attorney who has been certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in a particular area of law. The State Bar of California offers legal specialization certifications to attorneys who meet specific criteria and demonstrate a high level of expertise and experience in their chosen field. No California Attorney can use the phrase “specialist” without meeting these rigid classifications.
To become a certified specialist in California, an attorney must:
- Meet Experience Requirements: Attorneys must have a minimum level of experience practicing law in their area of specialization. The specific experience requirements vary depending on the area of law.
- Demonstrate Competence: Attorneys must pass a rigorous examination that tests their knowledge and skills in their specialized area of law.
- Obtain Peer References: Applicants need to provide references from other attorneys and judges who can attest to their competence and professionalism in the specialized area of law.
- Complete Continuing Legal Education: Certified specialists must engage in ongoing education to stay current with developments in their field.
The State Bar of California currently offers legal specialization certifications in various areas of law, including but not limited to:
- Appellate Law
- Bankruptcy Law
- Criminal Law
- Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law
- Family Law
- Immigration and Nationality Law
- Taxation Law
Daniel Horowitz and Daniel Russo are “Criminal Defense Specialists certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Daniel Horowitz is also a criminal specialist exam prep instructor and author of numerous law journal articles on complex criminal law topics. Beyond this prestigious title, Daniel Horowitz has over 200 jury trials and Daniel Russo has over 300 jury trials as lead counsel. Daniel Horowitz has covered (as an onsite legal commentator) the Scott Peterson trial, Michael Jackson trial and other trials. He has been regular commentator for CNN and MSNBC and the national news channels.
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