R. Armen McOmber Designated Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Choosing an attorney can be a daunting task. Most people do not have a friend or family member who has been through their exact same legal issue and has a good recommendation. Even if they did know someone who has gone through something similar, asking for a recommendation can sometimes be difficult because their legal questions are personal and private.
Below, we have included some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help provide you with guidance on choosing the best civil certified trial attorney for your case:
What is a certified civil trial attorney? What does it mean when an attorney is certified? How does an attorney become certified?
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Board of Attorney Certification provides this special honor to those attorneys in New Jersey who have demonstrated that they possess particular levels of education, experience, knowledge, and skill in the practice of civil trial practice. This covers any and all civil litigation conducted by trial. In order to become certified, an attorney must:
- Be in good standing with the New Jersey Bar for at least five years;
- Have taken a specific number of continuing legal education classes three years prior to filing for certification;
- Demonstrate substantial involvement in preparing litigated matters;
- Demonstrate an “unblemished reputation” by possessing references from attorneys and judges who can attest to the attorney’s ability and character; and
- Pass a written examination on civil trial litigation.
When did the NJ civil cert program start?
The Board on Attorney Certification was established by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1980.
Does a civil cert attorney cost me more?
No – working with a civil certified attorney does not cost you more.
What practice areas of law does NJ certify?
The Supreme Court of New Jersey certifies people in civil trial law, criminal law, matrimonial law, municipal court law, and workers’ compensation law. Armen McOmber is a certified civil trial attorney.
How many attorneys are certified in NJ?
This designation is held by only 2% of the practicing attorneys in the state.
Are referral fees permitted?
Pursuant to the New Jersey Rule of Professional Conduct 1:39-6(d), certified attorneys may pay referral fees to the referring attorney “without regard to services performed or responsibility assumed by the referring attorney.” Furthermore, an attorney who sits on a Certification Committee who is not yet certified may offer a referral fee so long as a referral fee is permitted.
Is the whole firm civil certified attorneys?
McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. is not certified as a whole firm, but partner Armen McOmber is civil certified.
Why hire a cert attorney?
While there are thousands of practicing attorneys in New Jersey, as a potential client, it can be difficult to figure out who is specifically qualified in a particular area. A number of attorneys market themselves as being specialized in certain areas without necessarily having the qualifications or experience necessary to do the best job possible in those practice areas.
Civil litigation is an especially rigorous practice—you want to ensure that anyone you work with is qualified and has that trial experience, as it involves a different skill set than simply working on cases. Therefore, choosing an attorney who has earned this honor helps to ensure that you are working with someone who has exceeded certain standards when it comes to civil trial litigation.