Texas lawyers may apply to become board certified in their areas of specialty after meeting certain stringent requirements. Less than 10% of lawyers are board certified. Typically, a lawyer must have practiced for at least five years; taken a considerable amount of continuing legal education and devoted much of his practice to the desired specialization; received the recommendation of his peers; and passed a six-hour specialization exam. Specializations must be renewed every five years.
In the area of real estate law, there are four specializations: residential, commercial, farm and ranch, and HOA law. David J. Willis is board certified in both residential real estate law and commercial real estate law.
More information on the board certification of lawyers is available from the Texas State Bar at www.tbls.org.