The decision to hire an attorney is an important one. Consumers are encouraged to research lawyers and law firms and to meet with attorneys to determine if the attorney-client relationship will be a good fit.

Recognizing this, the Florida Bar and other private organizations have developed methods to help the consumer locate quality lawyers and reputable law firms. This methodology involves researching credentials, background and experience utilizing peer reviews and ratings, as well as the qualifications related to education and certification.

Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Board certification recognizes attorneys’:

  • special knowledge
  • skills
  • proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism
  • ethics in practice

Board certified lawyers are evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise. Only 6% of the Florida Bar’s eligible members are board certified.

Please read below for more information about our expertise.

Florida Bar Board Certified Experts in Business Litigation

Shareholders George H. Knott and Aaron H. Haak are Board Certified by the Florida Bar as experts or specialists in the area of Business Litigation.

 

“Business Litigation” is the practice of law dealing with the legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships including litigation of controversies arising from those relationships.

“Business litigation law” includes evaluating, handling and resolving such controversies before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, mediators, and arbitrators. To read more about the Florida Bar’s Board Certification of specialists in Business Litigation, please visit here for more information.

Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in Real Estate Law

Shareholder Thomas B. Hart is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert or specialist in the area of Real Estate Law.

Certified lawyers in real estate law deal with matters relating to real property transactions including, but not limited to:

  • real estate conveyances
  • title searches
  • property transfers
  • leases
  • condominiums and cooperatives
  • interval ownership
  • mortgage
  • zoning and land use planning
  • real estate development and financing
  • real estate litigation
  • determination of property rights

To read more about the Florida Bar’s Board Certification of specialists in Real Estate Law, please visit here.

Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in Civil Trial Law

Shareholder George H. Knott is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert or specialist in the area of Civil Trial Law.

Civil trial law is the practice of law dealing with the litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

To read more about the Florida Bar’s Board Certification of specialists in Civil Trial Law, please visit here.

Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in Construction Law

Shareholder Aaron A. Haak is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert or specialist in the area of Construction Law.

Lawyers certified in construction law deal with matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public projects.

To read more about the Florida Bar’s Board Certification of specialists in Construction Law, please visit here.

AV-Rated

Knott Ebelini Hart has received an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, an organization which has been providing peer-review ratings for attorneys for over 100 years.

An “AV” rating is the highest rating possible, and it is estimated that only 18% of all lawyers ever obtain such a rating.

Knott Ebelini Hart’s “AV” rating means other attorneys have determined that our work “has reached the height of professional excellence,” that our substantive legal ability is “very high to preeminent,” and that our ethical standards are “very high.”

To learn more about Matindale-Hubbell’s “AV” rating, please visit their website by clicking here.

Super Lawyers

Knott Ebelini Hart is proud to have Shareholder George H. Knott featured in Super Lawyers.com. Super Lawyers.com is an independent rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, a maximum of 5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the “Super Lawyers” list.

The selection process is multi-phased and includes:

  • independent research
  • peer nominations
  • peer evaluations

To learn more about the selection process, please visit the link below.

Rising Stars

Knott Ebelini Hart is proud to have Shareholder Aaron A. Haak featured as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.com.

“Rising Stars” is a list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state according to the same independent organization that publishes the Super Lawyers list. The Rising Stars list is limited to those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Super Lawyers list, no more than 2.5 % are named to the Rising Stars list. To learn more about the selection process, please visit the link below.

Legal Elite

Shareholder George H. Knott was named to Florida Trend Magazine’s list of Florida’s Legal Elite for 2013. The selection process for Florida’s list of Legal Elite begins with asking lawyers to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.

The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing different practice areas in cities across the state reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

The resulting lists represent fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

The Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America©  is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

For more than three decades, The Best Lawyers in America lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Knott Ebelini Hart is proud to have Shareholder George H. Knott listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the practice area of Litigation – Real Estate. In addition, Knott Ebelini Hart has been named a Tier 1 firm in Fort Myers for Municipal Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2015.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Knott Ebelini Hart employs an AICP Planning Director to provide technical assistance in land use and governmental matters.

AICP is the American Planning Association’s (APA) professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.

To become an AICP certified planner, APA members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination.

Florida Registered Paralegals

Knott Ebelini Hart employs several Florida Registered Paralegals. A Florida Registered Paralegal is a paralegal who has met the education, training, certification and work experience required for registration as set forth in Chapter 20 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

A paralegal is a person with education, training, or work experience, who works under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of The Florida Bar is responsible.