Mark Brown achieves Board Certification in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

May 3, 2024

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Mark S. Brown of the law firm, Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A. has successfully achieved Board Certification as a Civil Trial Law organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney's experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.

Mark Brown joins a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel.

The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses, submission of legal writing documents, proof of good standing and passing of an examination.  

Board Certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by non-profit organizations. The NBTA as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney.

Mark Brown earned his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University. He is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law. Mr. Brown is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and U.S. District Court of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Defense Research Institute - Minnesota Chapter, MDLA, and Transportation Lawyers Association. 

Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified, and Mr. Brown is a member of a very select group who has taken the time to prove competence in their specialty area and earn board certification. 

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