Attorney Craig Polhemus Achieves Board Certification in Social Security Disability Law with The National Board of Trial Advocacy


CAPE CORAL, FL – The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Craig Polhemus of the law firm, Avard Law Offices has successfully achieved Board Certification as a Social Security Disability Law advocate. 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.

Craig Polhemus joins a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing 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, submission of legal writing documents, proof of good standing and passing of an examination.

Board Certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by non-profit organizations. The NBTA as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney.

Craig Polhemus earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Polhemus is licensed to practice in Florida and New York. His relevant experience includes:

  • Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Primary author of PL 96-180 and 96-181, reauthorizing and reforming programs of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • General Counsel, New York State Office for the Aging
  • Directed statewide legal services program for older New Yorkers
  • Wrote numerous New York State laws affecting the elderly
  • Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Wrote monthly column and annual summaries of “Significant Decisions in Labor Cases” for the Monthly Labor Review
  • Author, “Labor Relations”, Dow Jones-Irwin Business Almanac, 1977 and 1978
  • Executive Director, American Accounting Association
  • Executive Director, Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
  • Wrote column on legal ethics for the Sarasota County Bar Association newsletter

Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified, and Mr. Polhemus is a member of a very select group who has taken the time to prove competence in their specialty area and earn board certification.

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