The Only North Florida Attorney With State And National Board Certification

Joe Bodiford is the only attorney in North Florida who is board certified by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. These certifications reflect his extensive experience, skill and expertise in criminal law.

If you read that a Florida criminal attorney is an "expert" or a "specialist," ask if the attorney is actually board certified in his or her specialty. If not, that attorney is falsely advertising without the permission of The Florida Bar. Be sure the criminal attorney you hire is held to this exacting standard.

What Does National Board Certification Mean?

The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC) is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty areas of civil trial law, criminal trial law, family trial law and Social Security Disability advocacy law. In the entire country, about 2,400 lawyers have been certified by the NBLSC.

What Is Florida Board Certification?

There is no higher level of recognition granted by The Florida Bar than to bestow board certification on an attorney. Only board-certified criminal trial lawyers are allowed to advertise that they are "specialists" or "experts" in their field.

Under the Supreme Court of Florida, The Florida Bar has set up an extensive standard for attorneys wishing to be recognized as a specialist with expertise in criminal trial law. This rigorous standard includes a minimum of trial experience, minimum years in practice, peer review by other attorneys, continuing legal education and a difficult exam that demonstrates his special competence in criminal trial law.

Leon County criminal attorney Joe Bodiford is one of about 350 attorneys in Florida to have earned this distinction — out of more than 90,000 attorneys practicing in the state.

Learn More About How Our Experience Can Help You

If you need the assistance of a Leon County criminal defense attorney or Florida appeals lawyer, please contact Bodiford Law, P.A., to set up a free consultation. Call 850-222-4529 (for existing clients) and 850-583-7381 (for new clients) day or night, 24 hours a day.