Ralph A. Paolone is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney
He started his career as an Assistant Prosecutor in Cumberland County. After leaving the Prosecutor’s Office, he was worked in private practice, concentrating on civil litigation. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar. He is also a member of the following organizations:
- Atlantic County Bar Association, (President 2012-2013)
- Camden County Bar Association
- New Jersey Association for Justice
What is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney?
Certified Civil Trial Attorney is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in civil trial practice. The Supreme Court, through its Board on Trial Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification and who are able to meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Court.
What are the requirements for Board Certification?
An Attorney must meet the following requirements to become Board Certified:
- Must be a member in good standing of the New Jersey Bar for at least 5 years
- In the 3 years prior to filing an application, must have taken continuing legal education courses
- Must show substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters and demonstrate primary responsibility for a specific number of completed trials in the New Jersey Superior Court
- Must demonstrate an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to applicant’s character and ability
- Must pass a written examination covering various aspects of trial practice
Why does New Jersey have a program for Certification in trial law?
The Certification program helps consumers find attorneys who have a recognized level of competence in specialized fields of the law. Certification also helps lawyers by giving them a way to make their experience known to the public and to other lawyers.
How many attorneys are certified in New Jersey?
As of 1999, out of approximately 68,700 lawyers in New Jersey, 1,450 were Board Certified.