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When I originally took the Board Certification Test for DUI Defense it was solely about me. In fact, when I took it, the Florida Bar rules prohibited me from telling people I was Board Certified, however, I thought I was one of the better DUI attorneys in my area, but I had so much less experience than the others. I wanted to prove to myself that I belonged among the best. I worked hard to qualify to sit for the test and took it after being an attorney for just over 5 years. Board Certification in DUI Defense put me among a small group of the best DUI practitioners I knew. I proved to myself that I could walk proudly in their company.
Business wise, it certainly did not hurt that I was the only Board-Certified DUI Defense Expert with an office in Orlando, FL. Often, I would have potential clients come in and tell me that they were told to speak with me and a couple other DUI attorneys in my area. The Board Certification really made me stand out. My practice has continued to grow over the years in part due to my Board Certification, which I can now advertise. My Partner, James Phillips, is now also Board Certified and we can tell people we are the only firm in the state that has two Board Certified DUI Defense Experts in it. It is well known in Florida that any Board Certification is difficult to achieve. Other lawyers and judges acknowledge your expertise and begin turning to you for answers and of course, refer clients to you. Stand out amongst your peers. Differentiate your practice. Know you are one of the few in the country who can say you earned Board Certification in DUI Defense from the NCDD.
Our profession is plagued with false awards and claims of excellence. On people’s websites and in their signature blocks on emails many display badges from organizations that sell false achievements and recognition. These false awards hurt our profession and our reputations. They are likely unethical also as they present false or at least misleading claims about earning awards that anyone can actually buy. The Board Certification Badge is one that can be displayed proudly, and ethically. It is one you truly have to earn. Take the test. Earn the badge. Show the world an accomplishment you truly worked for. Good Luck.
David S. Katz
Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist*