Attorneys as Specialists

Only Idaho attorneys who have been certified as specialists pursuant to Section X of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules Get Acrobat Reader can advertise or refer to themselves as specialists in an area of law.  Questions concerning proper wording of advertisements, press releases, etc. should be referred to the Bar Counsel's Office at (208) 334-4500.

How does an Idaho attorney become certified as a specialist?

Contact one of the organizations approved by the Idaho State Bar to learn the organization's requirements for certification as a specialist.  Once the attorney has met the organization's requirements, the organization will inform the Idaho State Bar that the attorney has been certified as a specialist.

What if an attorney is not a specialist?

A limited number of Idaho attorneys are certified as specialists and there are a limited number of areas of law currently available for specialization.  Although most Idaho attorneys have not been certified as specialists, it does not mean that they are not very experienced and well educated in a specific area of law.

Does the Idaho State Bar certify specialists?

No.  The Idaho State Bar approves the organizations that certify attorneys as specialists in specific areas of law.

What organizations have been approved to certify specialists and for what areas of law? (as of 1/28/13)

American Board of Certification
Dian Gilmore, Executive Director
101 Second Street SE, Ste. 904
Cedar Rapids, IA  52401
(319) 365-2222  FAX: (319) 363-0127
Business Bankruptcy
Consumer Bankruptcy
Creditors’ Rights
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
Harvey F. Wachsman, President
175 East Shore Road
Great Neck, NY  11023
(516) 487-1990  FAX: (516) 487-4304
Medical Professional Liability
Legal Professional Liability
Accounting Professional Liability
Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc.
Eleanor M. Spuhler, Administrator
1120 Chester Avenue, Ste. 470
Cleveland, OH  44114
(866) 226-2224  FAX:  (216) 696-2582
Estate Planning
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
Kay Shields, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1777
Boise, ID  83701
(208) 345-1890
Civil and Criminal Trial Attorney
Workers’ Compensation
National Asscociation of Counsel for Children
Daniel Trujillo, Certification Director
13123 W. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO  80045
(303) 864-5359  FAX:  (303) 864-5351
Child Welfare Law
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
M. A. Sternbach, Membership Director
P.O. Box 2009
Wrentham, MA  02093
(508) 384-6565  FAX: (508) 384-8223

Civil Trial Advocacy
Criminal Trial Advocacy
Family Law Trial Advocacy
Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
Social Security Disability Law

National Elder Law Foundation
Deborah J. Barnett, Executive Director
1604 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ   85716
(520) 881-1076  FAX:  (520) 325-7925
Elder Law


How do new certifying organizations and new specialty areas become approved?

Organizations who want to be approved for specialty certification, must apply with the Idaho State Bar. Review the Rules for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Programs for Lawyers Get Acrobat Reader and file an Application for Accreditation Get Acrobat Reader along with the $200 application fee for each specialty area.  Contact the Licensing Department at (208) 334-4500 if you have any questions about the application process.

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