Goldberg Jones is proud to announce that The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has named attorney Daniel Warren from our San Diego office a Certified Family Law Specialist.
Talking about Warren’s accomplishment, managing attorney Zephyr Hill, said, “We couldn’t be prouder of Daniel. This really shows that the state recognizes his commitment and passion for helping the families and children of San Diego.”
Becoming a Certified Family Law Specialist takes much more than simply focusing on the area of family law. To get this recognition, attorneys must show a deep dedication and expert in the field. Candidates undergo a long, in-depth process laid out by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
The Board certifies legal specialists in a number of disciplines, for two main reasons. First, “[t]o help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law.” Second, “[t]o encourage the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.” In this case, that field is family law.
To become a Certified Family Law Specialist, an attorney must be an active member of the State Bar of California and have spent at least 25% of the previous five years working in this area. Contenders must pass an extensive test given every two years. That, however, is only part of the consideration.
Apart from the exam, there’s an elaborate application packet. This details the applicant’s experience in family law and includes positive references from colleagues, judges, and even opposing counsel. In addition to these steps, attorneys must complete a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education in the specialty.
And that’s far from the end. Once an attorney earns the Certified Family Law Specialist designation, it’s an ongoing process. They must actively work to maintain their status, keeping abreast of the most recent legislation and current developments. Every three years, specialists need to complete 36 hours of approved training, specifically in family law. Every five years, in order to retain the title, they must go through a recertification process. Fortunately, they don’t have to retake the test, which many liken to the bar exam.
Overall, this is an extensive process. Many start down this path but don’t complete the journey. Which is why we’re so proud of Daniel Warren and his momentous achievement.
When dealing with family law cases, whether we’re talking about divorce, child custody, or something else, having a skilled attorney is key. Proficiency in this area requires a substantial investment of time, money, energy, and other resources. The Certified Family Law Specialist designation shows that Daniel’ steadfast dedication to serving families and maintaining the highest standards.
A competitive, compassionate litigator, Daniel Warren is a strong advocate for his clients and a great asset to the firm. Moving forward, he will continue to use his skills to support the husbands and fathers of the San Diego area.