Bar proposes new rules on who may call themselves ‘experts’ Posted June 24, 2016 by Tallahassee Bar Association

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Rules allowing lawyers who are not board certified to say in advertising that they are experts or specialize in an area of law have been approved by the Bar Board of Governors.

The board passed the amendments to Bar Rule 4-7.14 on the recommendation of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics. The changes were made pursuant to a federal judge’s ruling last year that the Bar rule prohibiting non-certified lawyers from saying in advertisements they are experts, specialize in a certain area, or use similar words is unconstitutional.

BRCPE Chair Carl Schwait said the court did uphold the Bar’s requirement that any past results referred to in an advertisement had to be objectively verifiable.

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