Fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys in Minnesota are certified specialists in their field.

Howard Bolter

MSBA Labor and Employment Law Specialist

(Photo from MSBA Headshot Day April 2015)

A great professional headshot can be a powerful marketing tool to promote yourself and your business and is an easy way to connect with your clients, potential clients, and colleagues. 

MSBA Headshot Day is an opportunity for members to have their own professional digital headshot taken.  It's quick and easy; members can choose from several half-hour time slots.  MSBA Headshot Day is offered at no cost to members.

Use the new free digital headshot for your website, business cards, or to include on your profile on MN Find a Lawyer and the MSBA Colleague Directory.

Certified Specialist Headshot Day

October 21, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN

MSBA Certified Specialists can contact Jessica at 612-278-6318 or to register for one of following time slots:
  • 12:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 1:30 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm

MSBA staff also will be available to help you set up or update your MN Find a Lawyer and Colleague Directory profiles, and answer any questions you may have about practice resources available with your MSBA membership.

The Certified Legal Specialist designation is one way for the public to identify those attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in their specialty area and to find an attorney whose qualifications match their legal needs.

Public Service

Certification programs serve a public function by enhancing public access to qualified practitioners. These programs provide assurance that the specialist has been found to possess the expertise, experience, and knowledge necessary to provide quality service.

Professional Recognition

The designation "Certified Specialist" provides the professional with a time-honored method of informing the public and their peers that their specialty qualifications have been tested, documented, and certified by an accrediting organization.


MSBA Board Certified Legal Specialists earn the right to use the programs' logos, receive a 5% discount on malpractice insurance through MLM, and other benefits such as a listing in the online Specialists' Directory found on the MSBA website.

Since 1987, the Minnesota State Bar Association has been approved as an independent professional organization for certifying lawyers as specialists.

Certified Specialist News



Jessica Thomas

MSBA Certified Legal Specialist Director
(612) 278-6318
(800) 882-6722