Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) October 16, 2008
Mark Roman 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. Mark Roman 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. Roman is a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area. He attended Tarpon Springs High School, class of 1977. The son of an immigrant, he worked many blue-collar jobs to put himself through school. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism in 1981. After working as a writer, he returned to graduate school to earn a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Florida State University College of Law in 1986.He began his legal career in Tampa, then moved to Dunedin, FL. Mr. Roman has represented many victims of serious injury and wrongful death throughout his career. As a father of young children, he has a special interest in helping injured children and their families. He has handled many such cases, including the tragic deaths of clients' children. In 1996, Mr. Roman left a partnership in another Tampa Bay area firm to found the law firm now known as Mark Roman Law Group.
Since 1986, Mark has been licensed to practice in all state and federal courts 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. Additionally, Mr. Roman has received an AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell. This is a significant rating accomplishment. It is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has previously served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for Pinellas County and has recently been appointed once again to serve on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee in Pasco County.
Mr. Roman has remained active in the community serving as president of the Greater Dunedin Chamber of Commerce from 1992 to 1993. Currently, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has been a donor to the Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, and the Homeless Emergency Project. Mr. Roman has volunteered his time as a pro bono attorney ad litem for abused and neglected children. He is married, has two sons and two daughters, and resides in Tarpon Springs. When not involved in family activities, Mark is an avid hunter and fisherman.
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.