Why Hire a Board Certified Specialist
At McAfee & McAfee, PLLC, we focus our practice exclusively on criminal defense and are led by a board certified criminal defense specialist. When you have been accused of a crime, your attorney is all that stands between you and the power of the government. Your freedom and your very life may be at stake. When you choose an attorney to represent you, choose wisely. Contact a criminal defense attorney at McAfee & McAfee for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
Attorney Marty McAfee holds three separate attorney certifications:
- Criminal Trial Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
- Criminal Trial Specialist, certified by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
- Certified to be lead counsel in capital cases (death penalty cases) in the state of Tennessee
The following information from the National Board of Trial Advocacy explains:
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
In the medical profession, many hospitals forbid doctors to practice without proof of board certification in their specialty.
Administrators realize the value of independent screening of credentials and experience.
Consumers are therefore afforded added confidence that the doctors treating their conditions are well and truly qualified. And because of its widespread acceptance, most people seeking medical assistance are unlikely to hire uncertified physicians.
Before the NBTA's founding in 1977 no such mechanism existed for lawyers. Potential clients were forced to rely on word of mouth or advertisements when seeking help in situations often as dire as failing health.
The problem was (and remains) that lawyers admitted to their state bar were (and still are) free to accept cases in any area of the law.
As with the medical profession where the body of knowledge is so large that it's impossible for one doctor to remain current in all areas of specialty, the body of law has grown so large and complex that attorneys can no longer be all things to all people.
But unlike the medical profession, which has embraced specialization and specialty certification, the legal profession has been slow to acknowledge publicly what it has known for years: nearly all lawyers specialize but do so without substantiation beyond "reputation" or simply saying it's so.
Truth in Advertising
Unfortunately, not all who claim expertise possess the experience and competence implied by their declarations or ads.
Founder Theodore I. Koskoff and several other nationally renowned attorneys formed the National Board of Trial Advocacy in response to this situation and out of a deeply held conviction that the legal profession and its clients would benefit from an organization dedicated to establishing objective standards by which to measure experience and expertise.
Becoming Board Certified
That dedication to achieving and maintaining a high standard of practice and to leveling the playing field for clients is shared by those who obtain National Board of Trial Advocacy certification.
Certificate holders undergo a thorough screening of their credentials, including: documentation of their experience, judicial and peer references, an exam, and they must report all disciplinary matters brought before any official body, whether public or private, for scrutiny by the NBTA Standards Committee.
Staying Board Certified
Possessing the NBTA certificate means that the attorney has been held to a higher standard of professional and personal conduct.
NBTA lawyers maintain active trial practices and are required to submit a disclosure of misconduct annually and, at the end of each five-year term, prove once again they meet the standards for recertification.
All trial lawyers are not created equal. Don't settle for someone else's word when you require a lawyer's services. Demand an NBTA board certified attorney. There is no substitute. Contact a criminal defense attorney at McAfee & McAfee for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.