How Important is the Role Played by Certified Attorney Specialist?

Certified Attorney Specialist

In Ohio an attorney who has graduated from a reputed law school, passed in intensive examination and has attended legal educational courses suitable to the terms and conditions of Supreme Court have the license to practice law.

Some attorneys who have worked for a longer period of time in a particular area of law have the ability to earn special certification in a particular field, which means they may be good at demonstrating continuous and substantial involvement in a particular area of law which means that they have contributed 25% of their law practice to a particular area of law.

In their specialty field at least five individual references need attesting for the competency. During the past 3 years minimum of 36 hours of advance continuing legal education or intermediate credits in the specialty area are required by all attorneys.

An Attorney needs to prove financial responsibility by having professional liability insurance coverage and should have a good standing in the supreme court of Ohio.

An attorney with special certification needs to re-certify his credits after every 7 years and at least 12 continuing Legal education credits after every 2 years in the specialty area.

Who certifies attorneys as specialist?

A Commission established by the supreme court of Ohio for giving the certificate of attorney as specialist to:

Set minimum standards for certification of specialist and identify specialist:

Ongoing education provided by the agencies for lawyers need to submit their certification programs for its approval in the court. Once it is approved by the supreme court of Ohio it is father sent by the agencies to the Ohio attorney who decides to become a specialist in that particular field of law. The largest certifying agency in Ohio is "The Ohio State Bar Association."

OSBA Attorney Certification Process:

  1. Review the requirements of certification:

The Ohio State Bar Association has presently certified nine practice areas to a specialist, although different practices have been set for the standard of certification.

It is important to review the appropriate standards carefully for your practice area. For general information about the specialty certification in Ohio, rule XIV of rules for the government of the bar should be reviewed carefully.

  1. Complete and submit application:

The OSBA annually certifies specialist in their particular practice area. The deadline for applications is 30th June in practice areas. Submission of application can be carried out only online.

How to apply?

Read the standard requirements and information carefully for your practice area. Start the process with a click on "My Certification Profile" link given below. After completing the short form, a confirmation is received to begin the full application for certification. In order to complete the full certification application you will require your OSBA login name along with the password.

After you have logged in you can track your biennial reporting, annual reporting and your status of re-certification. If you have any questions direct them to Melissa Quick at or call us at (800)282-6556.

Take a written examination:

On the basis of your completed application and the review of specialty board, your eligibility for written exam is determined. The written exam is conducted annually for the eligible candidates in Columbus at OSBA office in November. The time allotted for the examination is 4 hours and the examination paper has a multi choice format. After your application has been approved more information related to the examination can be received.


For more information on the Elder Law exam please refer to the website (National Elder Law Foundation).

Which areas of law have been approved as specialty areas by the Supreme Court of Ohio?

The Specialty Certification has been approved for the following area of laws:

  • Commercial and real property law

  • Administrative agency law

  • Customer bankruptcy law

  • Business bankruptcy law

  • Criminal trial advocacy

  • Creditors rights or debit collection

  • Appellate law

  • Insurance coverage law

  • Elder law

  • Family relation law

  • Residential real property law

  • Civil trial advocacy

  • Estate planning

  • Insurance coverage law

  • Business law

  • Trust and probate law

  • Federal taxation law

  • Labor and Employment law

  • Workers compensation law

While some areas of specialty program have been combined together, there are still some more areas which have to be included.

How to know that an attorney is a certified specialist?

Ask the Attorney for his special designation business card, advertisement or a letterhead which states "certified by the Ohio State Bar Association" or any link for association with any other reputed agency that proves him a certified specialist.

How to find a specialist?

Talk about your legal needs to the attorney you already know and ask for a good specialist.

Dean E. Hines:

He is a lawyer who successfully practicing law in Ohio since 1994. He has firms in Ohio, Columbus and Dayton.

The firm provides guidance with: family law, Juvenile Court matters, State Taxation, Domestic relations, Federal taxation, Civil Related business matters and tax representation nationwide.

The team of professionals give utmost priority to the needs of clients and take every possible step to represent the case.

He has received the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell (an attorney rating service). He graduated from the famous Eastern Michigan University in 1991(triple major in real estate, finance, and accounting).

He finished his my course of studies from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. He has been successfully practicing law for more than 22 years in the State of Ohio.

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