Robert DeMarco has been practicing bankruptcy law in California and Texas for over 25 years — representing both consumers and business owners. After years of hard work and dedication, he decided to take the next step and become Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (“TBLS”) in consumer bankruptcy law.

You may be wondering, why choose a Board Certified attorney? Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment for a lawyer. Within the legal community, Board Certification means that an attorney has acquired a significant amount of experience in their field of expertise and that he or she has demonstrated and tested their proficiency in that specialized area of law.

Did you know that there are over 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas? Of those, approximately ten percent (10%) are Board Certified. Only Board Certified attorneys have earned the right to represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of law, and they are the only ones allowed by the State Bar of Texas to advertise as such. This distinction sets them apart from other lawyers.

The Board Certification process is voluntary. At a minimum, an attorney must be engaged in the active practice of law for at least five (5) years and three (3) of those years must in the specialty area. Board Certification is not a one-time event. Attorneys in order to maintain their Board Certification status must: (1) remain continuously involved in the specialty area (periodically substantiated with references from their peers working in the same field); and (2) attend annually attend TBLS approved, continuing legal education (“CLE”) courses to stay abreast of current legal trends (approximately 2x the level of CLE required of other lawyers).

The TBLS Induction Ceremony and Reception honoring the 2013 Inductees will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin. Congratulations to attorney DeMarco for his commitment to excellence in the field of consumer bankruptcy law!