The states listed below require
advertising disclaimers when attorneys indicate
practice limitations, areas of specialization,
areas of concentration or certification in those
areas. The placement of this information here on
this directory is intended to place you on
notice of the content of such disclaimers, and
should be considered a part of the advertisement
No representation is made that the quality of
the legal services to be performed is greater
than the quality of legal services performed by
Alabama Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 7.2(e) (1997).
The Alaska Bar Association does not accredit or
endorse certifying organizations.
Alaska Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 7.4(a)(2) (1998).
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision
that should not be based solely upon
advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to
send you free written information about our
qualifications and experience.
Florida Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 4-7.2(d) (1997).
There is no procedure for review or approval of
specialist certification organizations in
Hawaii Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 7.4(c) (1997).
The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize
certifications of specialties in the practice of
law and that the certificate, award or
recognition is not a requirement to practice law
Illinois Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 7.4(c)(2) (1997).
The determination of the need for legal services
and the choice of a lawyer are extremely
important decisions and should not be based
solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed
expertise. This disclosure is required by rule
of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Memberships and offices in legal
fraternities and legal societies, technical and
professional licenses, and memberships in
scientific, technical and professional
associations and societies of law or field of
practice do not mean that a lawyer is a
specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do
they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any
more expert or competent than any other lawyer.
A description or indication of
limitation of practice does not mean that any
agency or board has certified such lawyer as a
specialist or expert in an indicated field of
law practice, nor does it mean that such lawyer
is necessarily any more expert or competent than
any other lawyer.
All potential clients are urged
to make their own independent investigation and
evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This
notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court
See Iowa Code of
Professional Responsibility DR 2-101(A), DR
2-101(C), DR 2-105(A)(3)(c) (1997).
If a Massachusetts lawyer holds himself or
herself out as "certified" in a particular
service, field or area of law by a
non-governmental body, the certifying
organization is a private organization, whose
standards for certification are not regulated by
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
See Massachusetts Code of
Professional Responsibility DR 2-105(B) (1997).
The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a
decision on legal services is important and
should not be based solely on advertisements.
Free Background information is
available upon request to a Mississippi
The listing of any area of
practice by a Mississippi attorney does not
indicate any certification of expertise therein.
See Mississippi Rules of
Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(d), Rule 7.4(a),
Rule 7.6(a) (1997).
Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the
Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying
organizations or specialist designations.
Missouri Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 7.4 (1997).
Neither the state bar of Nevada nor any agency
of the State Bar has certified any lawyer
identified here as a specialist or as an
expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should
independently investigate the lawyer's
credentials and ability.
Nevada Rules of Professional
Conduct Rule 198 (1997).
Any certification as a specialist, or any
certification in a field of practice, that does
not state that such certification has been
granted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or by
an organization that has been approved by the
American Bar Association, indicates that the
certifying organization has not been approved,
or has been denied approval, by the Supreme
Court of New Jersey and the American Bar
See New Jersey Rules of
Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(b) (1997).
Any certification by an organization other than
the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization
does not constitute recognition by the New
Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, unless the
lawyer is also recognized by the board as a
specialist in that area of law.
See New Mexico Rules of
Professional Conduct Rule 16-704(D) (1997).
The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all
lawyers in the general practice of law. The
court does not license or certify any lawyer as
an expert or specialist in any field of
Rhode Island Rules of
Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (1998).
Unless otherwise indicated, Tennessee attorneys
are not certified as specialists by the
Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal
Education and Specialization in the areas of
practice listed on their profiles.
See Tennessee Code of
Professional Responsibility DR 2-101(C)(3)
Unless otherwise indicated, Texas attorneys are
Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization in the areas of practice listed
on their profiles.
See Texas Disciplinary
Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.04(b)(3)
The Supreme Court of Washington does not
recognize certification of specialties in the
practice of law. Any certificate, award, or
recognition by a group, organization or
association used by a Washington attorney to
describe his or her qualifications as a lawyer
or qualifications in any subspecialty of law is
not a requirement to practice law in the State
See Washington Rules of
Professional Responsibility Rule 7.4(b) (1997).
The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any
lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone
considering a lawyer should independently
investigate the lawyer's credentials and
ability, and not rely upon advertisements or
Wyoming Rules of Professional
Conduct for Attorneys at Law Rule 7.4 (1997).