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Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney

Dean Galigani

Florida Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

florida-criminal-trial-expert-board-certifiedDean Galigani is board certified as a specialist or expert in the field of criminal trial law. He has held that certification since 2009. Certification is the highest level of recognition awarded by the Florida Bar.

Out of all attorneys in the State of Florida, less than 5,000 are board certified. The Florida Bar has estimated that only 6 percent of all Florida Bar members achieve this important distinction.

As of June 1, 2013, only 374 attorneys are certified as specialist in criminal trial law. Out of that small group, only a handful of those attorneys practice criminal defense in Gainesville, Alachua County, and the surrounding areas in Florida.

When looking for the best criminal defense attorney for your particular case, it is important to ask, "Are you board certified in criminal trial practice?" Not all qualified criminal defense lawyers are board certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience independently evaluated.

Why Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney who is Board Certified?

The Florida Bar has created a series of strict requirements to become Board Certified in the specialized area of criminal trial law including:

  • being a practicing attorney in good standing with the Florida Bar for at least five years;
  • being focused on criminal trial law and demonstrating substantial involvement in that specialty practice area;
  • showing experience in taking criminal cases to trial before a jury including at least 20 jury trial, at least 15 felony trials, and at least 10 jury trials as lead counsel; and
  • completion of at least 45 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) courses focused on criminal trial law and related fields.

The attorney must also pass a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law to justify the designation of special competence in the field of criminal law. To maintain the designation the attorney must submit to recertification every five years.

History of Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law

The board certification program was approved by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1987. The program is operated by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education under the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida.

Attorneys who are designated as board certified in the area of criminal trial law have demonstrated superior experience and specialization in investigation, evaluation, pleading, discovery, taking testimony, presenting evidence, and argument of jury trial and non-jury trial cases.

Learn More about Board Certification Specialization in Criminal Trial Law

Attorney Directory of Board Certified Specialist Attorneys - Visit the only nationwide attorney directory that allows the viewer to narrow the search for a board certified attorney by state and specialty area of the law.

Find a Florida Board Certified Specialist Attorney in Criminal Trial Law - Use the Lawyer Legion directory to find other board certified attorneys specializing in criminal trial law in Florida.

Selecting an Attorney Specializing in Criminal Trial Pamphlet - Visit the website of the Florida Bar for information on choosing a criminal defense attorney, including the requirements to obtain certification as a specialist in criminal trial law.

Certified Attorneys in Criminal Trial by the Florida Bar - Find information on Florida's board certified program for criminal trial lawyers including definitions and specialty certification requirements.