Message from the President:
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the President of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), an organization that embraces and promotes the highest standards in the legal profession. Throughout my career I have served on several boards and received a number of accolades but the rest pale in comparison to the pride I feel in serving the public through the ABPLA.
Our organization was founded in 1972, in the wake of US Supreme Court Justice Warren Berger's observation that our country suffered from a "low state of American trial advocacy and a consequent diminution in the quality of our entire system of justice". Chief Justice Berger believed that a system of certification of trial advocates in specialties was "imperative and long overdue". The ABPLA met this challenge and continues to serve our country through its certification of legal specialties in two of the most complex areas of legal practice: medical and legal malpractice.
Since the ABPLA was first organized in 1972, professional negligence law has become increasingly complex, requiring lawyers to become specialists in the nuances of legal or medical negligence in order to serve their clients competently and effectively. In such an environment, the need is ever greater to provide consumers with an objective standard by which to assess professional negligence attorneys. Board certification provides such a benchmark.
It is the ABPLA's continuing mission to certify attorneys according to the highest standards of experience, ethics, education, examination and excellence. Through this rigorous process, ABPLA offers consumers a clear standard of excellence for selecting medical and legal malpractice attorneys in whom they can have confidence. For attorneys specializing in professional negligence liability, ABPLA serves as a unifying national voice, which raises our visibility as leaders in the marketplace we serve.
It is our goal to identify and certify exceptional professional attorneys in every state, and to make available to prospective clients the names of those board-certified attorneys.
As President, my continued goal is to increase public awareness and appreciation for selecting a board-certified attorney, as they would a board-certified physician.
William F. McMurry
President, American Board of
Professional Liability Attorneys
Board Certified Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Among the Best Lawyers in Medical Malpractice Law
If you believe you have been the victim of professional malpractice, you want to find a lawyer with proven experience handling malpractice lawsuits. Professional malpractice is one of the most complex types of litigation, requiring specialized skills and expertise. Not all lawyers are qualified to handle such cases. To be confident that you are represented by a lawyer with superior ability and competence in malpractice law, you should choose a Board Certified malpractice lawyer.
The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA) is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys in the areas of medical malpractice and legal malpractice. Legal & medical malpractice lawyers who are Board Certified must meet and exceed rigorous standards set by the ABPLA, and are recognized as leaders in professional negligence law.
Why Choose a Board Certified Legal or Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Choosing the right attorney is frequently a confusing and difficult task. It is often daunting for consumers with limited legal knowledge to determine the best attorney for their legal matters. Choosing a Board Certified attorney takes the guesswork out of the process. In the same way that you can trust the experience of a Board Certified physician in an area of medical specialty, you can be assured that a Board Certified attorney is an accomplished lawyer in a specific area of the law.
When an attorney is Board Certified by ABPLA, you can be confident because you know an objective panel of experts has evaluated the lawyer's qualifications, and determined that he or she has exceptional credentials, skills and experience as a malpractice lawyer.
To become Board Certified as a professional negligence attorney by ABPLA, malpractice lawyers are evaluated by five objective measures:
Any candidate for Board Certification must be viewed by the board as having met ABPLA's high standards in each of these five key areas before the lawyer can be Board Certified.
Experience - To qualify to be a Board Certified malpractice lawyer an attorney must have extensive experience in the area of professional malpractice, requiring that a significant portion of his or her practice be devoted to this area of the law. Additionally, each applicant must meet minimum requirements for experience in trial, mediation, arbitration and discovery in cases specifically devoted to professional liability.
Ethics - Each Board Certified professional malpractice attorney must be a current bar member in good standing and must immediately report any disciplinary action to the board.
Education - Board Certification requires the attorney to meet ABPLA's minimum standards for continuing legal education, staying current in the area of professional liability litigation, as well as meeting all continuing legal education requirements of the attorney's state bar association.
Examination - To become Board Certified, each lawyer must pass an examination administered by ABPLA to demonstrate competency in the area of professional malpractice litigation.
Excellence - Each lawyer must supply references by no less than three judges and three attorneys familiar with his or her practice and attesting that the lawyer is substantially involved and highly competent in professional negligence cases.
When you choose an ABPLA board certified attorney you can rest assured that you have one of the best malpractice lawyers in the country.