Morgan Gaynor Earns Florida Bar Certification in Civil Trial

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Morgan Gaynor specializes in maritime law and complex insurance litigation. The Tampa Bay area lawyer is also a member of The Florida Justice Association, the Trail Lawyer's Section of the Florida Bar, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Morgan Gaynor is one of 23 Florida lawyers whom The Florida Bar recently certified as legal specialists in civil trial, the litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.

Certified attorneys are the only Florida lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as specialists or experts. Morgan Gaynor is among the 207 attorneys who recently earned Florida Bar board certification in one of 22 specialty practice areas.

"Florida's board certification program is one of the leaders in the nation in maintaining the highest standards for excellence and professionalism while adding practice areas for greater public access to legal specialists," said Florida Bar President John G. "Jay" White, III. "The program is predicated on experience and integrity, the foundations that are inseparable from our work as lawyers to advance the administration of justice."

Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Board certification evaluates attorneys' special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Florida currently offers 22 specialty areas of practice for which board certification is available - the greatest number of state-approved certification areas in the nation.

Mr. Gaynor was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1966. He grew up in the Daytona Beach area and earned Bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Florida. Mr. Gaynor began his legal career in Jacksonville in 1992, where he practiced in the fields of maritime law and complex insurance litigation. Since then, he has tried cases and handled appeals in both the Florida state and federal courts. In his 14 years of practice, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in six- and seven-figure personal injury and death cases.

In July 2003, Mr. Gaynor joined Mark Roman's personal injury firm in Clearwater, Florida. He continues to concentrate his practice in the areas of personal injury and death, maritime, and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Gaynor practices in all the state trial and appeals courts in Florida, and in all three federal court districts in Florida. The Florida Bar has certified him as an expert in Civil Trial Law. This certification is shared by less than two percent of the lawyers in the state of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Justice Association, the Trial Lawyer's Section of the Florida Bar, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He writes a section of the Florida Discovery Practice Handbook, which is used by trial lawyers and judges throughout Florida as a guidebook for handling discovery disputes.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

For more information, please visit The Florida Bar Web site at Floridabar.org/certification or contact The Florida Bar's Legal Specialization & Education Department at 850/561-5842.

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