Last year the Texas Board of Legal Specialization announced a new specialization in Criminal Appellate Law. The new specialization was in addition to the specialization already offered in general Criminal Law in order to further distinguish those criminal attorneys with specialization in appellate work.
Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen were certified in the area of general Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1999. They have now also become part of the first group of attorneys to be certified in Criminal Appellate Law. This first group of attorneys to be certified in Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization was limited to approximately eighty-four attorneys and judges in the entire State of Texas.
In order to be board certified in a particular practice area, an attorney is required to demonstrate expertise in that area by demonstrating his or her experience in the area, his or her continuing education in the area, and obtaining several recommendations from judges and other attorneys who have knowledge of the attorney’s work in that area. In addition, the attorney is often required to pass a rigorous exam testing his or her knowledge in the practice area. Only approximately five percent of attorneys are board certified specialists in a particular practice area.
You will find that most, although not all, excellent criminal defense attorneys are board certified in general Criminal Law. Moreover, most, but again not all, attorneys who have significant experience in representing persons on appeal in criminal cases are certified in Criminal Appellate Law. We would strongly suggest that, when hiring an attorney, you give strong consideration as to whether the attorney has been certified as an expert in his or her practice area by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are one of a small group of attorneys that are board certified in both Criminal Appellate Law and general Criminal Law. Therefore, whether you need an attorney to represent you at trial or on appeal, you will know that both partners at Broden & Mickelsen are among a small number of specialists in both areas.