The national board of trial advocacy (NBTA) recently announced that Varnum partner John Allen has successfully achieved recognition as a civil trial advocate. Allen has been a NBTA member in good standing for 25 years.
The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.
To be recognized as a trial advocate by the NBTA, attorneys must complete a rigorous application process and provide the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel. The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses and proof of good standing.
Board Certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by nonprofit organizations. The NBTA as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney.
Allen focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation. With over 40 years’ experience handling legal problems, he has written and co-written dozens of articles and books, and speaks frequently to business and law groups. Allen regularly teaches courses in law and trial practice to other lawyers, and often serves as an expert witness. He is a certified arbitrator and mediator.