Message from ABPLA President, Justin Kahn

Advancing Excellence: The Importance of Board Certification in Legal and Medical Malpractice for Attorneys




As the President of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), I am proud to lead an organization dedicated to upholding the highest standards of legal and medical malpractice practice. In today's complex legal landscape, it is important for attorneys to differentiate themselves by achieving board certification in this specialized field. There are numerous benefits of board certification in medical and legal malpractice, as well as advantages of membership in our esteemed organization.

1. Demonstrating Expertise and Commitment

Becoming board certified in legal or medical malpractice is a testament to an attorney's expertise and commitment to professional excellence. It signifies that an attorney has undergone a rigorous evaluation process, demonstrating a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances of malpractice law. By earning this prestigious credential, attorneys showcase their dedication to staying at the forefront of this ever-evolving field.

2. Enhanced Professional Reputation

Board certification in legal and medical malpractice elevates an attorney's professional reputation. It serves as a recognized marker of excellence, demonstrating to clients, colleagues, and potential employers that an attorney has achieved the highest standards of competence and skill. This certification can open doors to new career opportunities, client referrals, and collaborative partnerships, as it instills trust and confidence in the attorney's abilities.

3. Improved Client Service

The specialized knowledge gained through board certification enhances an attorney's ability to provide exceptional client service. Legal and medical malpractice cases often involve complex medical terminology, intricate legal principles, and extensive documentation. Board-certified attorneys are equipped with the expertise needed to navigate these intricacies efficiently and effectively, allowing them to better advocate for their clients' rights and interests.

4. Access to a Network of Professionals

Membership in the ABPLA provides attorneys with access to a vibrant community of legal and medical malpractice experts. Through regular networking events, educational conferences, and online platforms, board-certified attorneys can engage with like-minded professionals, exchange ideas, and collaborate on challenging cases. This valuable network fosters professional growth, provides a forum for sharing best practices, and offers ongoing support for continuous learning.

5. Continuing Education and Skill Development

The field of legal and medical malpractice is constantly evolving. To stay ahead, attorneys must continuously update their knowledge and skills. Membership in the ABPLA offers access to a wide range of continuing education opportunities, including webinars, seminars, and workshops. These resources enable attorneys to remain at the cutting edge of developments in malpractice law, refine their litigation strategies, and enhance their ability to provide effective representation to their clients.

6. Recognition and Publicity

Board certification in legal and medical malpractice provides attorneys with recognition and publicity within the legal community and beyond. The ABPLA actively promotes its board-certified members, highlighting their achievements through various channels such as its website, social media platforms, and publications. This exposure can significantly enhance an attorney's professional visibility, attract potential clients, and establish them as a trusted authority in the field.


In today's competitive legal landscape, board certification in legal and medical malpractice has become increasingly essential for attorneys seeking to excel in this specialized field. The ABPLA offers attorneys an unparalleled opportunity to gain recognition, access valuable resources, and engage with a vibrant community of professionals. By becoming board-certified and joining our organization, attorneys can distinguish themselves as leaders in legal and medical malpractice, ultimately advancing their careers and providing exceptional service to their clients.

So, if you are an attorney practicing in the realm of legal and medical malpractice, I encourage you to consider pursuing board certification and becoming a member of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Together, we can elevate the standards of the profession.



Justin S. Kahn
Kahn Law Firm, LLP

p. 843.577.2128

ABPLA Past Presidents: 

Randall H Scarlett
Richard B. Collins
William C. Callham
William F. McMurry
Tommy Malone
Harvey F. Wachsman
J.B. Spence
Sam Shore
Michael Pope
Phillip Corboy
Lawrence Charfoos