National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

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National Board of Trial Advocacy

“NBTA makes the legal system better one lawyer at a time”

The National Board of Trial Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of trial advocacy in our nation’s courtrooms while assisting consumers in finding experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers.  To accomplish these goals, the NBTA is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify lawyers in the specialty areas of civil, criminal, and family law trial advocacy.

NBTA certification is a credential above and beyond the license to practice law.  Every NBTA board certified attorney has met, without exception, all the requirements for initial certification. These requirements include the following:

  • Membership to the bar in good standing
  • A minimum of 30 percent concentration in the field in which the attorney seeks certification
  • Submission of a writing sample in the form of a trial brief
  • Participation in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education
  • Judicial and attorney peer review by three judges and three attorneys familiar with the applicant’s courtroom abilities
  • Lead counsel in a number of trials to verdict or judgment and a sampling of other trial and courtroom skills documented in checklist form
  • Documented lead counsel in 40 contested matters involving the taking of evidence, such as hearings, motions or depositions
  • Successful passing of the NBTA examination, an all-essay, trial techniques, evidence and ethics exam lasting six hours

Charlie Contrada is proud to be certified as a Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Certified in 1998, Charlie is one of the first attorneys in Northwest Ohio to receive certification.

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