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Front Page - Friday, April 7, 2017

McMahan law firm attorneys recertified

Brent Burks and Jay Kennamer, partners at McMahan Law Firm, have achieved recertification as civil trial specialists.

To become board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an attorney must be identified as someone who “possesses an enhanced level of skill and expertise in trial advocacy, and has demonstrated integrity and dedication to the interests of their clients.”

The NBTA determines if an applicant is qualified for certification through peer reviews, educational requirements, written exams and ethical behavior and experience. To remain certified, the civil trial advocate must satisfy recertification requirements every five years.

“Just like those seeking medical assistance are unlikely to have confidence in uncertified physicians, those seeking legal assistance should not merely rely on word of mouth referrals or advertisements without knowing an attorney’s qualifications,” Kennamer said.

According to the American Bar Association, fewer than four percent of all practicing lawyers are certified specialists in their field, and approximately only 2,000 lawyers have been board certified as civil trial specialists in the United States.

“We are proud to be among the practicing lawyers to renew our certification as civil trial specialists,” said Burks. “Through rigorous practice, hard work and demonstrated integrity, we have shown a continued dedication to our clients. Through this certification, we will continue our long-standing commitment to not only our clients but to the law as well.”

Burks graduated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1991 and earned his Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

He has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee since 1994 and has worked at McMahan, where he specializes in auto accident, products liability, medical negligence and workers’ compensation cases, since 1997.

Burks is a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Kennamer graduated from the University of Alabama in 1989 and the Samford University Cumberland School of Law in 1992. He also earned a master of laws, taxation from Emory University in 1993.

Kennamer joined McMahan, where he specializes in auto accident, tractor trailer accident, workers’ compensation, Social Security, product liability, torts and class action cases,  in 2000. He also lectures on the topics of personal injury, subrogation and workers’ compensation.

Kennamar has earned the Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Source: McMahan Law Firm