As of 2010, there are more than 90,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. Of that huge number, only slightly less than 2% are Board Certified by the Florida Bar as specialists in any particular area of practice.
Thus if you contact 100 lawyers, less than two of those lawyers are Florida Bar recognized specialists in their particular field of practice!
Board Certification was established by the Florida Bar more than 20 years ago and was designed to allow lawyers who had demonstrated specialized knowledge in a particular area of practice to hold themselves out to the public as true specialists in that area. The theory was that the public would be able to review a lawyer’s credentials, understand that a particular lawyer was Board Certified and thus understand that a specific lawyer was, indeed, recognized as a specialist in that area of the law.
Thomas C. Saunders
Thomas C. Saunders is one of only a small handful of lawyers in Polk County, Florida that hold themselves out as double Board Certified. Tom is certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in both Civil Trial and Business Litigation.
Tom has worked for the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Tampa, a private law firm specializing in insurance defense matters (where Tom gained valuable insight into the manner in which insurance companies evaluate and litigate personal injury and medical negligence claims as well as commercial claims), a private law firm in Polk County specializing in personal injury for the claimants (i.e. the injured person) and has opened his own practice dedicated to personal injury law on behalf of the injury party, family law matters, medical negligence matters, and commercial litigation.
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Alan L. Perez
Alan joined Saunders Law Group in 2007 as a law clerk and again in 2008 as an attorney.
Currently, Alan is a member of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Florida Bar, an organization directed at advancing the ideals of the Florida Bar, through young attorneys, to the public.
Alan is a member of the Wilson American Inn of Court, a prestigious organization designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and legal ethics of the bench and bar.
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