WEEKLEY | SCHULTE | VALDES | MURMAN | TONELLI proudly announces that Jody Valdes has joined Chris Schulte in achieving recognition by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified attorney in the field of Civil Trial Law. Board Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest standard for legal proficiency, as it signifies an attorney’s distinguished level of competence and experience in the areas of law approved for Certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Jody earned the distinction of becoming Board Certified by the Florida Bar only after meeting specific standards prescribed by Florida’s Supreme Court. Qualifications include having practiced law for a minimum of five years, showing substantial involvement in one’s area of legal specialization, the completion of a minimum number of jury trials, and passing a rigorous, day-long written peer review exam in competence, ethics, and professionalism.

Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial AdvocatesJody Valdes was recently elected to membership in the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the right to a civil jury trial provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Election to ABOTA is based on “personal character, honorable reputation, and proficiency as a trial lawyer.”