Fields of Law Subject to Specialization Designation in Ohio

Although these areas have been approved in Ohio as designated specialty areas, unless a certification program in the specialty area has been accredited by the Commission, certification is not available in that area of law.

Administrative Agency Law Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
Appellate Law Family Law Trial Advocacy
Business Bankruptcy Law Family Relations Law
Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law Federal Taxation Law
Civil Law Trial Advocacy Insurance Coverage Law
Creditor's Rights/Debt Collection Labor and Employment Law
Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Residential Real Property Law
Consumer Bankruptcy Law Social Security Disability Law
Elder Law Workers' Compensation Law in Ohio

Administrative Agency Law:
“The practice of law that involves the activities of agencies at the local, state and federal levels, including, but not limited to: licensing, regulation and government benefits. For purposes of this certification, it includes matters involving the Ohio Administrative Procedure Act (RC Chapter 119), local government administrative matters governed by RC Chapter 2506, and proceedings pursuant to the federal Administrative Procedures Act. It also includes, without limitation, the representation of clients before administrative agencies, the practice of law within those agencies, and administrative/judicial proceedings involving those agencies.”

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Appellate Law:
Appellate Law deals primarily with practice before state and federal appellate courts. It is distinct from, although complementary to, trial advocacy. Appellate Law emphasizes critical analysis and written advocacy but includes oral advocacy skills as well. This discipline includes consultation regarding the identification and preservation of error at all stages of litigation, and the analysis of public policy goals and constitutional principles in the highest state and federal courts. Appellate Law embraces actions within the original jurisdiction of appellate courts, as well as those matters within the courts' appellate jurisdiction.

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Business Bankruptcy Law:
The practice of bankruptcy law when the debtor is a corporation, a partnership, an individual currently engaged in business, or an individual formerly engaged in business whose debts are primarily incurred for business purposes; including but not limited to business bankruptcies, reorganizations, liquidations, and the rights, obligations, and remedies of debtors and creditors.

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Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law:
The practice of law that involves acquisition, ownership, leasing, management, financing, developing, use, transfer and disposition of investment, business, commercial and industrial real property, including title examination and determination of property rights.

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Civil Law Trial Advocacy:
The practice of law that involves litigation of civil controversies in all areas of substantive law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators. In addition to actual pretrial and trial process, "civil law trial advocacy" includes evaluating, managing, and resolving civil controversies prior to the initiation of suit.

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Creditors' Rights/Debt Collection:
The practice of law that involves all aspects of debt collection under state and federal law as it applies to the rights of creditors.

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Criminal Law Trial Advocacy:
The practice of law that involves the defense and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

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Consumer Bankruptcy Law:
The practice of bankruptcy law when the debtor is an individual or husband and wife and where the debts are primarily non-business related. The matters are typically filed under Chapters 7 or 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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Elder Law:
The legal practice of counseling and representing older persons and their representatives about the legal aspects of health and long-term care planning, public benefits, surrogate decision-making, older persons' legal capacity, the conservation, disposition and administration of older persons' estates and the implementation of their decisions concerning such matters, giving due consideration to the applicable tax consequences of the action, or the need for more sophisticated tax expertise.

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Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law:
The practice of law that involves analysis and planning for the conservation and disposition of estates during lifetime and at death, preparing legal instruments to effectuate such planning, and counseling fiduciaries, while giving due consideration to the applicable trust, probate, and income, estate, and gift tax laws.

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Family Relations Law: (definition is also for family law trial advocacy)
The practice of law that involves counseling clients in the resolution of disputes and with the termination of marriage by divorce, dissolution, or annulment and all related issues, such as legal separation; paternity; child support and the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities; division of property; and spousal support both in alternative dispute resolution processes and in court.

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Federal Taxation Law:
The practice of law in the areas of individual, partnership, corporate, and fiduciary Federal Income Tax, estate and gift tax, tax-exempt organizations, qualified plans and other Federal taxes requiring a substantive and procedural knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations, Internal Revenue Service Rulings, and Federal Taxation case law.

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Insurance Coverage Law:
The area of law involving issues between insurers and policy holders concerning the rights and responsibilities that arise under insurance policies.

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Labor and Employment Law:
The practice of law that involves the relationships among employers, employees, and their labor organizations, except workers' compensation. It includes all aspects of labor relations (private and public sectors), occupational safety and health, employment discrimination, wage and hour, employee benefits and employment-related torts and contracts. It further includes all forms of labor and employment litigation, arbitration, mediation, negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution before all federal, state and local courts, agencies and private tribunals.

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Residential Real Property Law:
The practice of law that involves acquisition, ownership, leasing, financing, use, transfer and disposition of residential real property by individuals, including title examination and determination of property rights.

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Social Security Disability Law:
The practice of Social Security law includes representation of claimants for Social Security disability, survivors’ and retirement benefits. Lawyers in this field routinely represent claimants throughout the administrative hearings and appeals process and into the federal courts.

Workers' Compensation Law in Ohio:
The practice of law that involves employees' rights, employers' defenses, and benefits provided for workplace accidents. The procedural scope of Ohio Workers' Compensation practice includes all activities before the Ohio Industrial Commission and Bureau of Workers' Compensation, as well as jury trials and attendant appellate practice.

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