Principal Matthew Westerman of Blalock Walters, P.A. has earned board certification in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, becoming the first board certified labor and employment attorney based in Manatee County, Florida.
Board certification recognizes special knowledge, skills and proficiency in a particular area of law as well as professionalism and ethics in practice. Just seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified in one or more of 24 areas of law. Board certified attorneys are the only Florida lawyers permitted to identify or advertise as “Board Certified”, “Specialist” or “Expert”.
Minimum requirements for certification include at least five years in law practice; a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement in the field for which certification is sought; a passing grade on the examination; a satisfactory peer review; and satisfaction of attorney continuing legal education requirements.
“All of us at Blalock Walters are proud of Matt’s accomplishment which demonstrates the expert level of skill and experience he brings to our clients,” said Cliff Walters, Managing Partner of Blalock Walters. “Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar.”
Westerman counsels businesses in virtually every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. He defends corporations in harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage-hour litigation matters and represents clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies. He also provides guidance on labor and employment law compliance matters and assists companies with their day-to-day employee relations issues
Westerman received his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the Manatee County and St. Petersburg Bar Associations and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar.