Elizabeth Zuercher recognized as Board Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Zuercher has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) as a Legal Specialist in Family Relations Law in the State of Ohio. She joins a total of 696 Ohio State Bar Association Certified Attorneys in 11 specialty areas.
All attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio must have graduated from an accredited law school, passed an intensive examination and attend continuing legal education courses as required by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Attorneys who devote a large part of their practice to a particular area of the law may choose to go beyond these requirements to earn specialty certification.
"Becoming certified as a specialist helps attorneys strengthen their practice skills in a particular area of the law and earn an additional professional credential. They can also use this designation to inform their clients of their legal expertise," said OSBA President Ron Kopp. "The Ohio State Bar Association congratulates these attorneys who have successfully completed the certification process."
To become certified, attorneys must: demonstrate substantial and continuing involvement in a particular field of law, meaning they must devote at least 25 percent of their practice to that area of law; submit five professional references attesting to their competency in the specialty area; have earned a minimum of 36 hours of intermediate or advanced continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the past three years as part of the continuing legal education hours required of all attorneys; pass a written examination; prove financial responsibility by maintaining minimum professional liability insurance coverage; and remain in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Attorneys who have earned specialty certification must file annual reports attesting to compliance with program requirements. Additionally, they must be re-certified at least every four to seven years by meeting all of the original requirements for certification except the written examination.
The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio. It is currently accredited to certify specialists in 11 areas of law.
Ms. Zuercher concentrates her practice on family law, including: dissolution, divorce, legal separation, child custody & support, post decree modifications, prenuptial agreements and enforcement of domestic court orders.
Liz was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Indiana in 2005 and subsequently to the state of Ohio in 2008. She started her career as a criminal prosecutor and has been practicing in the family relations law field since moving to Ohio in 2008. Before joining Carlile Patchen & Murphy, Liz was an associate attorney at Friedman & Mirman Co. and prior to that, a staff attorney for the former Honorable Christopher J. Geer, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch.
Ms. Zuercher received a bachelor of science (BS) with honors in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive her juris doctorate (JD) from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Women Lawyers of Franklin County and serves on the board of governors for the Columbus Bar Association. She is a past president of the Junior League of Columbus.
For nearly 50 years Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP has concentrated on responsively serving the legal and business needs of Central Ohio businesses and individuals. The firm lends its extensive experience in counseling on business financing, tax planning, and mergers & acquisitions. In addition, the attorneys at Carlile Patchen & Murphy provide skilled guidance in the areas of: estate planning, litigation, labor and employment, real estate, banking, securities, insurance and family law.