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Katheryn Smith Calvo: Expert in Criminal Trial

At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we are committed to excellence and to giving our clients the best legal representation available. Our attorney Katheryn Smith Calvo is an expert in criminal trial law and she is only one of 7 lawyers in the area that are Board Certified in criminal trial law. She is also one of only 372 attorneys who are certified in criminal trial law in the entire state of Florida. What does this mean to be Board Certified?

Board Certified lawyers are considered legal experts in their field of law that are entirely committed to professional excellence. In the state of Florida, only certified attorneys are permitted to call themselves "specialists" or "experts" and to indicate that they are Board Certified Specialists. In all of Florida, there are a total of 4,559 Board Certified attorneys; however, only 372 of them are certified in criminal trial law.

Although not all qualified attorneys are Board Certified, those who have obtained Board Certification have taken the extra steps to have their competence evaluated and officially recognized.

In order for an attorney to become Board Certified they must meet the following criteria:

  • They must have a minimum of 5 years full time practice in law;
  • In the 3 years preceding application, they must have practiced in criminal trial for at least 30% of the time;
  • They must have had at least 25 criminal trial cases with a minimum of 20 jury verdicts;
  • Completed 45 hours of approved continuing education credits within 3 years of applying;
  • They must have extensive peer review evaluation regarding their character, ethics, professional reputation; and
  • They must pass a written examination on criminal trial law.

Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer

Board Certification was established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court with the purpose of helping consumers identify outstanding attorneys practicing in various fields of law. Board Certification is the highest possible level of evaluation by The Florida Bar and is approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Only 7% of Florida Bar members are eligible for Board Certification and approximately 4,500 lawyers are Board Certified in Florida.

Fort Myers criminal attorney Katheryn Smith Calvo was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001, and she was Board Certified in criminal trial law in 2010, which is the highest level of recognition given by The Florida Bar, thus identifying only the most experienced criminal trial attorneys in the entire state of Florida. Over the course of her legal career, she has represented thousands of criminal clients in each division of the courts including: juvenile, misdemeanor and felony.

Her experience as a former Assistant Public Defender gave her countless hours to sharpen her legal skills as a meticulous and tireless defense attorney. She also spent time working in a special unit of the Public Defender's office that focused exclusively on sex crimes against children. Although these cases were particularly difficult and complex, she managed to aggressively defend her client and obtain a favorable case resolution on their behalf.

Today, attorney Katheryn Smith Calvo is in private practice defending clients against misdemeanor and felony charges throughout the state and federal courts of Florida. She is a member of the 20th Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee established by The Florida Bar. She is admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida and she is a member of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, and the Lee County Bar Association. She is a past member of the Calusa chapter of the American Inns of Court and a former adjunct professor at the Florida Gulf Coast University in the Criminal Justice program. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and attended law school at Syracuse University College of Law.

To schedule a confidential consultation, contact Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law.

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