Riddle & Brantley, LLP is proud to announce that attorney Scott Scurfield has been certified as a specialist in Social Security disability law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Scurfield, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the head of the Social Security disability team at our firm.
If you do not already work in the legal profession, then specialty certification may be a confusing term. Specialty certification makes it easier for people to find attorneys with extensive experience and knowledge in a specific practice area, such as Social Security disability. It is not an easy task to achieve specialty certification. Furthermore, not all practicing attorneys are eligible to become certified specialists in a practice area. An attorney must meet the standards required by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
Applicants must be licensed attorneys who are in good standing to practice law in North Carolina and must have been substantially involved in the practice area, usually for a minimum of five years. Attorneys who are seeking certification must take a required number of continuing legal education (CLE) courses in their specialty areas within the three years before applying. Applicants are also required to pass a peer-review qualification process and a written examination for their practice areas. Scott recently said that this was the hardest exam he has ever taken.
It takes hard work, skill and experience to obtain a specialization certification from the North Carolina State Bar. Scott Scurfield has practiced law for 30 years and handles the veterans’ disability practice at Riddle & Brantley, LLP. He is also a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives.