Why Should You Hire A State Board Certified Trial Specialist?

Board Certified Trial Specialist

Board Certified Trial Specialist

When you go to a doctor, you want the best.  So, you find a Board Certified Specialist.  The same holds true for Lawyers.  If you want the best trial lawyer, you hire a Board Certified Trial Specialist.  Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can provide you with the best.  Partner Gregory G. Brown is a Certified Trial Specialist, one of the very few throughout the State of California.

To qualify for certification, lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards.

When your trial requires nothing but an outright win,  why hire anyone other than the VERY BEST.  Prudence dictates that you get the most qualified trial attorney to help win your case.  A Board Certified Trial Attorney has superior skills, enormous experience and has proven results.  They have proven through their unparalleled experience, rigorous background check, judicial and peer evaluations and extensive examination that they are simply superior to all else.

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Board Certified Trial Specialist

Board Certified Trial Specialist

The National Board of Trial Advocacy Division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification was the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the world.  Founded in 1977, NBTA offers board certification for Trial Lawyers and others.  To qualify for one of these certifications lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards.

It is important to note that every NBLSC board certified attorney has met all the standards in their specialty for initial certification and, where applicable, recertification. There have been no exceptions and no attorney has ever been “grandfathered” in or waived from any requirement.  All lawyers are not created equal, but all lawyers are free to take any case they want, regardless of whether they’ve proven themselves. NBLSC board certification provides both consumers and other lawyers looking to refer cases with an objective credential.

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What is Trial Advocacy?

What is civil trial advocacy? First, civil trial advocacy may include civil litigation, personal injury litigation, and any other type of litigation that is not criminal in nature, such as property disputes, construction or insurance claims and a wide array of other civil controversies. Second, usually money damages are at stake in civil litigation.

Despite what is seen on television dramas, cases do not always have to go to trial. However, it is impossible to know in advance which cases will settle and which will go to trial, and because settlement amounts reflect predictions about the most likely result if the case is tried, it is wise for people to hire well qualified trial attorneys to handle their claims or defense of claims whether they think the case will be tried or settled out of court.

Trial attorneys must have knowledge, experience, great communication skills and a thorough understanding of group decision-making dynamics and persuasion. In trial practice a misstep can end a case, so having a trial attorney who is making his trial debut may be dangerous, especially in a case involving substantial damages.  A good trial lawyer is always thinking several steps ahead. The “what if’s” of the case must be mapped out long before the trial begins. Great trial lawyers are ready for surprises and will be well prepared, down to the last detail.

Once a trial begins, each side will be given the opportunity for opening statements and this is where many trial attorneys shine. They say that many a case has been won or lost on the opening statement, so it is imperative that the words be strong, both in their meaning and their delivery.

Think about your first meeting with the trial attorney, were you impressed or did the meeting leave you thinking that the attorney did not have enough experience or education? If you know that your case may go to trial, you want someone who will impress the jury from the first word of the first sentence and will be able to control the situation to your benefit.

When your case goes to trial, there may be many steps involved including:

  • Determining what rules of law will apply to your case.
  • Understanding the required elements of your claim.
  • Deposing witnesses and managing interrogatories.
  • Finding experts and eyewitnesses to testify on your behalf.
  • Choosing the right court with jurisdiction over your claim or responding appropriately to cases brought against you.
  • Pre-trial preparation, pre-trial motions and pleadings.
  • Presenting your case following evidentiary rules and meeting your burden of proof.
  • Appealing unfavorable decisions to a higher court.

Brown & Charbonneau, LLP has a full-service trial practice. Our attorneys are experienced litigators who will take the time to understand your desired outcomes and develop the best and most strategic approach to achieving your goals. We represent individuals and corporations in a wide variety of different court cases as part of our trial practice including:

  • Business litigation
  • Commercial and UCC litigation
  • Partnership and contract disputes
  • Shareholder litigation
  • Fraud, misrepresentation and concealment litigation
  • Unfair competition and trade secret cases
  • Civil trials
  • Employment disputes
  • Family law litigation
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Personal injury litigation

Our attorneys have over 75 years of collective experience and have had many successes in the courtroom. Let us put our legal experience to work for you.


Hiring a litigator to represent you is advisable even if your case ultimately is settled outside of court. An experienced trial attorney knows how to put together a compelling claim that can make the other party more likely to settle on favorable terms. That is because they know that our attorneys are proven and high quality trial lawyers. When you do need the courts to resolve your dispute, our attorneys are ready to stand up and fight for you. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about our trial practice and how we can help you.