Spake joins elite group of North Carolina Board Certified Specialists
North Carolina attorney Marcus Spake was recently recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Mr. Spake, the managing attorney of the Stewart Law Offices – Charlotte North Carolina office, concentrates his legal practice in workers’ compensation law. He has represented both injured workers and defendants in these cases, giving him a unique perspective into how this specialized area of the law. Mr. Spake received his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University and his juris doctor degree from Charlotte School of Law.
Mr. Spake is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association – Workers’ Compensation Section, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and North Carolina Advocates for Justice. A fluent Spanish speaker, Mr. Spake is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Mr. Spake was selected as part of the prestigious E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders through John Locke Foundation, Class of 2019. He was also selected to the Rising Star List for NC by Super Lawyers, 2020-2021.*
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 their 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. Board certification is an honor that fewer than 4% of North Carolina attorneys have earned.
For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of board-certified specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at nclawspecialists.gov, or call the State Bar at 919.828.4620.
*For more information on the criteria for selection for Super Lawyers, go to www.superlawyers.com.