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Attorneys as Specialists

Only Idaho attorneys who have been certified as specialists pursuant to Section X of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules 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.

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 and file an Application for Accreditation 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.

Approved Organizations

American Board of Certification

Kristin L. Delfs, Executive Director
225 2nd Street SE, Ste. 314
Cedar Rapids IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-2222 | Fax: (319) 363-0127 |

American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Reeve McNamara, Executive Director
4355 Cobb Parkway, Ste. J-208
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (404) 919-4009 | Fax: (886) 531-9643 |

Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc.

Eleanor M. Spuhler, Administrator
1120 Chester Avenue, Ste. 470
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (866) 226-2224 | Fax: (216) 696-2582 |

Idaho Trial Lawyers Association

Barbara Jorden, Executive Director
PO Box 1777
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: (208) 345-1890 | Fax: (208) 345-1894 |

National Association of Counsel for Children

Daniel Trujillo, Certification Director
13123 W. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 864-5359 | Fax: (303) 864-5351 |

National Board of Trial Advocacy

Julie Tomasetti, Membership Director
850 Franklin Street, Ste. 8
Wrentham, MA 02093
Phone: (508) 384-6565 | Fax: (508) 384-8223 |

National Elder Law Foundation

Meg Hyatt, Executive Director
6336 N. Oracle Road, Ste. 326 #136
Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: (520) 881-1076 | Fax: (520) 203-0277 |

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