Tampa, FL — Jeanne Tate P.A. announced today that Erica Healey, Adoption Attorney in the Tampa office, has earned Board Certification in Adoption from The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education. This is a monumental milestone in Healey’s legal career as she is now distinguished as a specialist and expert in the area of Adoption by The Florida Bar.
Board Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys, and only 7 percent of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 5,000 lawyers, are board-certified. Healey is one of 27 Board Certified Adoption Attorneys in the state of Florida, with 6 of those 27 attorneys employed at Jeanne T. Tate P.A.
Healey’s practice focuses on litigation and appeals arising from contested adoptions and includes the representation of adoption agencies in termination of parental rights proceedings and adoptive parents in adoption finalization proceedings.
Currently, Healey is a member of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Reproduction Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council. She is also an active member of the Florida Bar; the Hillsborough County Bar Association; the Stann Givens Family Law Inn of Court; and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.
Healey earned her law degree in 2010 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law magna cum laude and was selected for the Order of the Coif for being in the top 10% of her class. She received a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Florida in 2007, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta fraternity.
Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization. The Florida Bar maintains high standards lawyers must meet before seeking certification in one or more of the 27 areas of law approved by the Florida Supreme Court for board certification. Even if an attorney does meet the stringent application criteria; judges and other lawyers must evaluate the lawyer as to character, ethics and professionalism; and the lawyer must pass a rigorous examination or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam before officially earning board certification. Additional information about Board certification is available at FloridaBar.org/certification.