Attorney Patrick J. Reilly Achieves Board Certification in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Patrick J. Reilly of the law firm, Gross McGinley, LLP has successfully achieved Board Certification as a Civil Trial Advocate. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.
Mr. Reilly joins a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel.
The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses, submission of legal writing documents, proof of good standing and passing of an examination.
Board Certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by non-profit organizations. The NBTA as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney.
Mr. Reilly earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Washington and Lee University. He is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law. Mr. Reilly is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been involved in hundreds of trials and other proceedings over the past 35 years. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Bar Association of Lehigh County. He was also the former Assistant County Solicitor for Lehigh County. Mr. Reilly was a consultant to the book “Call to Witness,” written by Sherry Blackman in 2013. The book documented the life of Mr. Reilly’s client, Jane Gagliardo. Mr. Reilly successfully represented her against a pharmaceutical company, resulting in a multi-million dollar verdict for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified, and Mr. Reilly is a member of a very select group who has taken the time to prove competence in their specialty area and earn board certification.