Choosing an attorney with the skills, experience, and knowledge needed to effectively navigate a divorce or family law matter is one of the most important decisions any person can make; but it’s no easy undertaking. To ensure legal consumers have an objective means of evaluating potential advocates, various professional organizations offer procedures for earning Board Certification. That includes the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), which recently recognized Managing Partner Andrew S. Grossman as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist.
Previously certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) as a Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, Andrew is now a dual-Board Certified attorney, a distinction which solidifies his reputation as a proven advocate whose expertise, abilities, and enhanced breadth of knowledge are without question.
Regarded as the highest and most selective honors a practicing lawyer can receive, Board Certification from certifying organizations like the National Board of Trial Attorneys speaks volumes about a practitioner’s proven abilities in their particular fields. Per the NBTA, attorneys must meet an elaborate array of screening and testing requirements, including:
- Documentation of substantial litigation and experience in their chosen area of focus;
- Submission of references from Judges, fellow attorneys, and colleagues capable of attesting to an attorney’s level of competency and skill in their practice area;
- Professional and academic involvement, including continuing legal education (CLE), authored publications, speaking engagements, educational instruction, and proof of good standing; and
- Competition of a rigorous exam.
The credentials evaluation and screening process used for NBTA Certification have been hailed by the U.S. Supreme Court as “objective and demanding.” In total, less than 4% all practicing lawyers in the U.S. earn Board Certification – a feat which places them among a small and highly esteemed groups of legal minds, and distinguishes them among the most knowledgeable in their fields.
Why Board Certification Matters
Founded in 1977, the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) has been committed to safeguarding consumers and furthering the quality of representation in the legal field. The NBTA’s comparatively mirrors that in the medical profession, where the body of knowledge has become so large and complex it’s now objectively impossible for one practitioner to be all things to all people.
Because the legal arena has been slower to adopt specialization than the medical field, attorneys may make claims of specialization without substantiation, whether by simply stating so or alluding to “experience” and “reputation.” Board Certifications from the NBTA offers truth in advertising, and immeasurable benefits for consumers in need of objectively qualified representation.
The NBTA allows attorneys to specialize in any of six distinct fields of law. Attorneys deemed Family Law Specialists have shown their proficiency through examination, proven records, and favorable evaluations from legal peers, and are able to assist with a range of matters within the field, including:
- Drafting, review, and negotiation of various agreements, including marital settlement and property division agreements, parenting plans in matters of child custody, pre- and post-nuptials, and more.
- Application of complex legal and financial concepts to resolve issues of property division, child support, spousal support (alimony), and other challenges concerning deeply entwined estates, assets, and debts.
- Negotiate or mediate resolutions out of court amid emotional turbulence and over difficult and emotional issues involving divorce, family separation, and domestic violence.
- Provide high-quality representation of clients in court, at various hearings and at trial.
- Address issues of modifications for existing family law orders and arrangements, or assist in enforcement of court orders.
- Facilitate a collaborative and creative approach to resolving disputes and disagreements without court intervention, and assist clients in identifying tailored and appropriate plans of action.
Whether your divorce or family law case seem simple on its face or exceedingly difficult, Board Certified Family Law Specialists can provide the experienced insight and legal knowledge you need to explore all available options, and take the most appropriate steps for you.
Our team at Grossman Law Offices congratulates Andrew on becoming a dual-Board Certified Family Law Attorney. We believe it’s a powerful indication of his tireless work ethic and determination, and a distinction that speaks to the quality service and support which have earned him recognition from leading publications and professional associations such as Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America, and Columbus Business First’s Best Lawyers in Central Ohio, among others.
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To learn more about Partner Andrew Grossman, the benefits of Board Certification, or how our team at Grossman Law Offices may be of assistance with a divorce or family law matter you may have, call (614) 344-4311 or contact us online.