Balkan & Patterson Attorney Recognized as Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar

Trial attorney John Patterson of the Boca Raton law firm of Balkan & Patterson, LLP, has received his board certification as a civil trial lawyer from The Florida Bar, which is the highest recognition in the state.

Board certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

“Being recognized as board certified is a great personal achievement, and an achievement that will better assist our firm in serving our clients,” said Mr. Patterson.  “I look forward to putting my experience and knowledge to work for those injured by someone else’s negligence.”

The law firm of Balkan & Patterson represents consumers and injured people in class action lawsuits and mass tort litigation throughout Florida and the United States, in both federal and state courts. Attorneys at the firm also work in the areas of personal injury, auto accidents, premises liability and insurance litigation.

According to The Florida Bar, board certified lawyers in civil trial law handle litigation of civil controversies in all areas of substantive law before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. Civil trial law includes evaluating, handling and resolving civil controversies prior to the initiation of suit, in addition to the actual pretrial and trial process.

Qualifications of board certified civil trial lawyers are stringent: Every board certified civil trial lawyer must have practiced law for at least five years with a major focus in the area of civil trial law during the three years prior to application.

Each certified lawyer is required to have conducted at least 15 contested civil cases in courts of general jurisdiction, including cases before a jury and as lead counsel. Other requirements of board certification include peer review, 50 hours of continuing legal education within the three years prior to application, and a written exam that tests knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of civil trial law to justify the representation of special competence.

The law firm of Balkan & Patterson, LLP was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, at 601 S. Federal Highway, Suite 305, with offices in Broward County.  Mr. Patterson can be contacted at (561) 750-9191. Additional information about Balkan & Patterson, LLP may be obtained from the firm’s website at

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