No. I have neither applied for nor obtained certification as a specialist in any particular field of law. But it is not necessary to be certified as a specialist in order to practice in the jurisdictions where I am licensed. I am familiar with legal specialization programs because I chaired New Mexico’s Board of Legal Specialization when it operated as a court-regulated program several years ago. That program was discontinued at the end of 2017. The State Bar of New Mexico plans to start a new program for certifying lawyers as specialists in the Fall of 2020, but it will not be a continuation of the previous court-regulated program.
When evaluating an organization that claims to certify or rate attorneys in particular practice areas, I suggest you consider the following factors: