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Jimmy Wilson Recognized as NC Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Dysart Willis attorney Jimmy Wilson was recently recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law (State) by the North Carolina State Bar. Mr. Wilson, a former prosecutor for more than a decade at the Wake County District Attorney's Office and current partner at Dysart Willis, has represented clients in District and Superior Courts in multiple North Carolina counties for charges ranging from murder and serious felonies to misdemeanors and traffic infractions.

Mr. Wilson joins Ryan Willis, who is also a Board Specialist in the area of federal criminal law, as Dysart Willis attorneys who have attained Board certified specialization status. The North Carolina State Bar, an agency of the State of North Carolina, certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a board certified specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must:

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years,
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement),
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty,
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and
  • Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

Certification is granted for a period of five years. To maintain certification, a lawyer must again demonstrate that he or she is substantially involved in the practice area; attend CLE seminars in the practice area; and be favorably evaluated by peers.