The American Board of Certification

ABC is the nation's premier legal specialty certification organization - certifying attorneys as specialists in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.

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While we all deal with the uncertainty of Covid-19 and its impact of our health and well-being, it is important to remember that things will get better.  None of us can know exactly when, but we can take comfort in knowing that the situation will improve.  Even after the immediate crisis subsides the economic impact will be far reaching and long lasting.  We at the American Board of Certification and our certified attorneys should continue to lean on each other for support and guidance.  It is precisely times like these that our clients, families and communities rely on our professionalism and experience.   Please remember to abide by the regulations promulgated by the CDC while keeping your practices running and feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you have.  Our organization continues to function for the benefit of our certified attorneys.


In response to recent health events and the cancellation of in-person CLE conferences and seminars, the American Board of Certification has determined that for all ABC-certified attorneys with recertification applications due on June 30, 2020, the requirement in Rule 3.1.4 that at least thirty hours of CLE must be satisfied at live, in-person CLE is temporarily waived.   Attorneys who must submit recertification applications by June 30, 2020 can now complete all or any portion of the Rule 3.1.4 CLE requirements through online programs offered by state-approved CLE providers.

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You expect certification from your doctor - expect it from your lawyer too. Board Certification means that the certified attorney has met rigorous, objective standards and has demonstrated knowledge in bankruptcy and/or creditors' rights law.


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ABC certification provides an objective standard that assists the public in making informed decisions in choosing counsel. Additionally, ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive for excellence, and recognizes those attorneys who have met ABC's rigorous standards.


    Resources for Board Certified Attorneys

    Below are some useful resources to help promote your ABC Certification. Login Required

    ABC Program: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Featuring Judges on Best Practices          

    Member Articles

    Posted on Mar 1st, 2020

    Consumer Corner: So You Want to Be a Ch. 7 Trustee?

    Bankruptcy trustees are integral to every chapter 7 case. While anyone who files a chapter 7 petition will probably never meet the bankruptcy judge assigned to their case, they will certainly be examined in person under oath by their trustee. These trustees investigate the financial affairs of
    Posted on Mar 1st, 2020

    Claims Chat: Discerning Derivative Claims

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an opinion on Oct. 9, 2019, in In re TelexFree LLC that cites the holdings of the Second Circuit in two Madoff Ponzi scheme cases, implicating significant consequences for Ponzi scheme litigation in bankruptcy courts across the nation.
    Posted on Feb 1st, 2020

    Practice & Procedure: Revised Rule 3002: Is Lack of Notice Grounds for a Late-Filed Claim?

    In 2017, Rule 3002 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure was amended to require the timely filing of a proof of claim or interest by secured creditors, as well as unsecured creditors and equity holders

    About ABC Board Certification

    The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights law bars. ABC has certified nearly 1,000 attorneys in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditor's rights law nationwide. ABC certification serves the public by allowing potential clients to make an informed decision in choosing bankruptcy and creditors rights counsel. In addition, ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive toward excellence and recognizes those attorneys who have met the rigorous ABC standards. ABC offers separate certification programs in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.