I am pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2012 I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in the area of Civil Trial Law. According to the Florida Bar:
Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. More than 4,500 Florida lawyers are recognized as specialists in one or more of 24 certification areas.
Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law andprofessionalism and ethics in practice.
So, what exactly does “Board Certification in Civil Trial Law” mean, and what did I have to do to get Board Certified? Here’s the explanation from the Florida Bar website:
Certified lawyers in civil trial law deal with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of substantive law before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. In addition to actual pretrial and trial process, civil trial law includes evaluating, handling and resolving civil controversies prior to the initiation of suit.
Every board certified civil trial lawyer has practiced law for at least five years and been substantially involved — 30 percent or more — in the area of civil trial law during the three years preceding application. To be certified, the lawyer is required to have conducted at least 15 contested civil cases in courts of general jurisdiction during the lawyer’s practice, including cases before a jury and as lead counsel. Credit is given to the lawyer if he or she has served as a judge.
Each certified lawyer must also have passed peer review, completed 50 hours of continuing legal education within the three years preceding application and passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of civil trial law to justify the representation of special competence.
I have to admit that I am proud and honored to be able to call myself a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.
Harry Hackney is pleased to announce that he has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate circuit court civil cases. He is available to mediate cases throughout the Fifth Judicial Circuit (Marion, Lake, Citrus, Sumter, and Hernando counties) plus Orange, Volusia, and Seminole counties.
I’m pleased to announce that I am now a partner at Campione & Vason, P.A. We have two locations — Mount Dora and Tavares. My office is at 2750 Dora Avenue, Tavares, Florida 32778. My phone number is now (352) 343-4561. The fax is (352) 343-7456. My email address is still firstname.lastname@example.org, but I should have new email address at the www.campionevason.com domain later today.
I will be focusing on litigation and my new partners will continue to handle real property, business law, trusts, estates, and probate.
The following is the office location. Unfortunately, the latest images on Google Earth haven’t kept pace with the changes in this area. We’re directly behind the new Kohl’s department store, which I’ve marked on the map. There are also buildings to the right and left of our building that aren’t shown on the map.
The afternoon of Friday, September 26, 2008 I will be relocating to a new office in Tavares. I’ll be open for business in the new location first thing Monday, September 29, 2008. As part of the move, I will be joining David Campione and Robert Vason and practicing under the name of Campione & Vason, P.A. The new firm will have four lawyers and will provide a full range of legal services in all areas, including business law, real estate transactions, probate, guardianships, related litigation, and appeals. For my part, I’ll be concentrating solely on litigation and appeals. In other words, I’ll be going back to my roots. I’m looking forward to the move and reconcentrating on litigation.
In keeping with the idea of using this blog not only to enlighten people about legal issues of interest but also to inform clients, I’m afraid that the office telephone, fax, and Internet lines are all out of service today, which is August 22, 2008. The voicemail, which is provided through the telephone company, continues to work so you can leave voicemail messages. I can still access the voicemail from my cell phone. So if you call, please do leave a message.
When I established this blog, one of the things I said I would do is inform people of office events. This is my first, but not my last, post about office news and scheduling. The week of June 23 to June 27, 2008 Linda will be out of the office. I have a trial Tuesday so I’ll be preparing all day Monday and trying the case all day Tuesday. I then have various hearings and depositions the rest of the week. Consequently, no one will be answering the phone this week. If you call, please leave a message and I’ll call you back. My office hours will also be unpredictable. Thankfully Linda returns on June 30.
I am pleased to announce that this blog can now be found through the Florida Lawyers Blog Watch, which was started by West Palm Beach attorney Ron Chapman and legal web marketing consultant Steve Matthews. The Florida Lawyers Blog Watch is an aggregation of the RSS feeds from Florida law related blawgs.