Why a Board Certified Attorney?
Personal injury attorney Shane Kadlec seeks justice on behalf of those hurt by wrongdoing of others. His firm focuses on injuries in the workplace, automobile crashes, wrongful deaths, premises liabilities, medical malpractice, and civil litigation around the Houston area.
A Texas Board-Certified Personal Injury Attorney
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization approves only the most capable attorneys. Many laypeople do not understand the difference between licensing and certification, but the difference is huge. An attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas can choose to practice in any or all areas of the law, so a licensed attorney who has never handled a personal injury case can still claim to be a personal injury lawyer.
Certification, however, requires a certain level of experience, skill and accomplishment. It is a credential that a potential client can and should consider when deciding to entrust a case to an attorney. Houston accident lawyer Shane R. Kadlec earned his certification in personal injury trial law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2003 and his re-certifications in 2008 and 2013.
Benefits of choosing a board-certified lawyer
As a consumer of legal services, you can have confidence choosing a board-certified attorney. Board-certified attorneys are prescreened and endorsed by the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas for skill and professionalism. And in the area of personal injury, where attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, it doesn’t cost any more to have a true legal specialist represent you.
True specialists in personal injury law
Under state bar rules, only board-certified attorneys, such as Shane Kadlec, can claim to be specialists in a particular area of the law. Given the obvious advantages that distinction brings, you’d expect attorneys to clamor for certification. Yet only about 10 percent undertake the rigorous screening to earn certification in any practice area.
What are the requirements for TX board certification in personal injury law?
Lawyers who desire board certification must undergo a rigorous application process that assesses their knowledge, abilities, experience and professionalism. Requirements include:
- A minimum of five years of legal experience
- Dedication of at least 25 percent of the attorney’s practice to personal injury litigation
- Substantial trial experience
- Comprehensive written testing
- Peer review by legal professionals practicing personal injury law who are familiar with the applicant’s abilities and professionalism
- Successful completion of continuing legal education (CLE) curriculum
Certification expires every five years, and the lawyer’s practice is subject to review to ensure that the standards of specialization have been maintained.
Contact a personal injury attorney in Houston
To schedule a free consultation at the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, call or contact our Houston office online. For injured parties who cannot come to us, we readily make hospital or home visits. We accept injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you. If we don’t secure a settlement or verdict in your favor, you owe us nothing.