Supreme Court of New Jersey Certifies Mitchell Portnoi as a Civil Trial Attorney
April 13, 2017Our colleague Mitchell Portnoi was recently certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This is an honor that is given to those New Jersey attorneys who demonstrate to the Supreme Court a sufficient level of experience, education, knowledge and skill in civil trial practice that they can be deemed “certified” by the Court as civil trial attorneys. Attorneys eligible for this designation must be members in good standing of the New Jersey bar for at least 5 years (Mitchell has been a New Jersey civil trial practitioner for more than 30 years) take requisite continuing legal education courses and, more importantly, show substantial involvement in the preparation of litigated matters and further show primary responsibility for a specific number of completed trials in New Jersey Superior Court. The New Jersey Supreme Court also requires that an attorney who aspires to be “Certified” must submit a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to the applicant’s good character and legal ability. To become “Certified” an attorney must also pass a written examination prepared by the New Jersey Supreme Court that covers relevant areas of trial practice.
As per R.1:39-6(d) an attorney deemed “Certified” may pay referral fees to a Lawyer who is not a partner or associate of his/her law firm without regard to services performed or responsibility assumed by the referring attorney.
Suffice it to say that we at Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, PA, are proud of Mitchell and commend him for his accomplishments as evidenced by this great honor.