5 Questions to Ask to Find the Best Possible Attorney for Your Case
1. Are they Nationally Board Certified in Civil Trial Law?
Similar to physicians achieving board certification within their areas of specialization, Attorneys who have demonstrated a significant level of experience, expertise and have undergone a rigorous background inquiry may sit for board exams, and if successful, achieve board certification status.
Howard Butler has been Board Certified and re-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in the area of Civil Trial Advocacy since 2002.
2. Have they received the highest possible (“AV”) rating from Martindale-Hubbell?
Martindale-Hubbell is the nation’s oldest and most respected rating service, rating legal ability and ethics utilizing a peer review by area Judges and attorneys. AV® Peer Review Rating – An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV® rating.
Howard Butler has been “AV” rated for 25 consecutive years (1993-2018), and both he and the Butler Law Group are listed in the National Bar Registry of Pre-eminent Lawyers.
3. Have they achieved membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum?
The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 3000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Howard Butler is a long-time member of both the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and Million Dollar Advocates Forums having achieved numerous seven-figure verdicts and settlements throughout his distinguished legal career.
4. Have they been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Florida Super Lawyers”?
Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” ®Best Lawyers 2008.
Super Lawyers are nominated annually in each participating state or region by all active lawyers who have been in practice for five years or more. Ballots were mailed to more than 44,000 lawyers in Florida, who were asked to select the “best lawyers they’ve personally observed in action.” All candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the total lawyers in Florida are selected as Florida Super Lawyers.
Howard Butler has again been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” and has been consistently chosen for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers since 2006.
5. Have they successfully tried a case to verdict within the last 12 months?
“Our last Jury Trial was in 2020 shortly before the pandemic closed Florida Civil Jury Trials down for 17 months and BLG trials are among the first scheduled in the Fall of 2021.”
Many attorneys claim to handle injury and death cases yet the vast majority of them have not successfully tried a disputed case to a verdict at all or in recent years. The insurance carriers are aware of the attorneys with a track record of successfully trying cases in the current economy and era of tort reform.
Howard Butler has tried many cases involving injury and death to verdict and the insurance carriers know it! View some of our recent personal injury verdicts.
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Butler Law Group
1506 Prudential Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32207