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Our Attorneys

Scott A. Stoloff, Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law. Practicing law since 1992. Graduated college, University of Michigan, with Distinction. Graduated law school, University of Florida, with Honors. Heads firm's assessment collections and lien/mortgage foreclosure practice. Practice also includes general representation of community associations. 

Laurie G. Manoff, Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law.  Practicing law since 1991. Graduated college, SUNY Binghamton with a B.S. in accounting. Graduated law school, University of Miami, and earned LL.M. in Taxation. Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator. Practice includes all aspects of community association representation, including, but not limited to, general legal counsel, document review, document revisions, document enforcement, including mediation, arbitration and litigation, lien foreclosure litigation, contract review and drafting, preservation of covenants, and commercial litigation.

 

Board Certification for Lawyers: What Does It Mean?*

 

  • Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. 

  • Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law.

  • Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 27 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. 

  • Board certified lawyers are Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise.
    A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 27 certification fields.

  • 7 percent of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 5,000 lawyers, are board certified.  

  • Each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards.

Minimum Requirements for Certification

  • Practice law for a minimum of five years.

  • Demonstrate substantial involvement in the field of law identifying lawyers who have special skills and knowledge for which certification is sought.

  • Pass satisfactory peer review of competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and A lawyer who merely claims expertise in an professionalism in the practice of law. 

  • Satisfy the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements.

  • Receive a passing grade on the examination required of all applicants or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam.

  • Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated