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William J Paprota Attorney at Lawis a Certified Family Law Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Areas of Practice:

Family Law, Divorce, Mediation, Custody, Juvenile, and CINC Proceedings.

Board Certification - The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Board Certification for Civil and Criminal Trial Attorneys

A Symbol of Achievement

About the National Board of Trial Advocacy

The National Board Of Trial Advocacy is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of trial advocacy and to aiding clients in choosing experienced legal representation. Founded in 1977 by noted trial attorney Theodore I. Koskoff, NBTA board certifies attorneys as civil and criminal trial specialists. NBTA’s administrative offices are located in Boston, Massachusetts. Its board of directors consists of some of the most renowned trial attorneys, law professors, and judges across the country.

What does Board Certified mean?

It means that they have met the objective and rigorous standards approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, the American Bar Association and the Supreme Court Commission on Certification of attorneys as specialists. NBTA leads the field of specialty certification. Thanks to its efforts on the national and state levels, specialty certification has changed from a resume filler to a highly recognized and very importuned credential. In 1990, it led the fight in the U.S. Supreme Court to permit lawyers to openly state their certification and in 1993 it led the first group of certifiers in acquiring ABA accreditation.

What About Recertification?

Certification is for five years and is contingent upon satisfying its annual reporting requirements. Additionally, attorneys must meet the standards for recertification which include: continuing legal education, peer review, proof of good standing in the profession, and, of course, an active trial practice.

The Requirements for Board Certification

A candidate must successfully complete an examination which is administered every January and July. Also a candidate must document affirmative answers to the following questions.

They must be able to answer "yes" to the following questions:

Have you been a practicing attorney for at least five years? Do you have a 30% concentration in the field in which you seek certification for at least the past three years?

Can you submit a trial court brief or memorandum prepared by you and filed in a trial court within the past three years?

Have you participated in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in the past three years?

Can you provide the NBTA with three judges and three attorneys for use as professional references?

For Civil Applicants: Have you been lead counsel in at least 15 trials of civil matters to verdict or judgment, including not less than 45 trial days with at least five of these trials to a jury?

For Criminal Applicants: Have you been lead counsel in at least 15 trials of criminal matters, to verdict or judgment, in which the offense might have had a maximum penalty of five years or more, including not less than 45 days of trial with at least five of these trials to a jury?

In addition to your trials, have you been lead counsel in 40 contested matters involving the taking of evidence, e.g., hearings, motions, or depositions?

National Board of Trial Advocacy
18 Tremont Street, Suite 403
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

ABA Accredited