Ken of “Greater Phoenix Attorney at Law Magazine” interviews Phoenix personal injury lawyer Chris Zachar on being selected Solo Practitioner Of The Month, November 2010:
Ken: Explain to me what is a Certified Specialist.
Chris Zachar:A Certified Specialist is comprised of the 1% of the attorneys in Arizona and it is much more than an application, filing fee, and you get a certificate. In order to be a Certified Specialist, you have to have proven yourself in court time and time and time again. You have to show your trial results and show the cases you have tried and you have to have the approval and endorsement of other attorneys who do just what I do. Defense attorneys who do just what I do, and of judges whose courtrooms I have tried cases in. It is a big application process and a big investigation that goes on to be a Certified Specialist. Once you get by that stage then you get to sit for a 4 hour exam in the area of Personal Injury Law. If you pass that then your file complete goes to a committee and this committee is literally comprised of Who’s Who in Trial Law in the State of Arizona. They sit down and talk about your application and they decide whether you deserve to be a member of their particular CLUB and I became a member 6 years ago and I just submitted my pre-application and it has been approved and thats how you do it.
Ken: Sounds like a very, very exclusive group for this particular speciality. I know a lot of other attorneys may practice a diversity of law within the firm, be it the firm or other attorneys and you just specifically do Wrongful Death or Personal Injury, that’s right?
Chris Zachar: I do, it is a decision I made quite some time ago. A lot of attorneys do a lot and diversify and do different things. A made the decision years ago that I was going to do one thing, do it the right way and its all I do and have ever done.