Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Board certified Florida Bar members are the only Florida attorneys allowed to use the terms Board Certified, Specialist, Expert or B.C.S. for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials.
Mr. Dirmann was approved as a Board Certified Criminal Trial lawyer in 1987. He has continued to be Board Certified for 27 years by The Florida Bar.
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is a professional association composed of only the most qualified trial lawyers from each state. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, leadership, influence, reputation, stature, and profile in the trial attorney community, as viewed by our organization, other trial lawyers, members of the bench, and the public at large. The Association conducts the necessary investigation and diligent evaluation of trial lawyers’ qualifications for invitation as one of its exclusive members.
In over 40 years of practicing criminal law, defense expert James Dirmann has gained well-deserved respect and admiration. The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory named James Dirmann a preeminent attorney in the field of criminal law. This ranking system was established by fellow peers within the Sarasota-Bradenton area bar who rate one another on their legal and ethical conduct. The distinction of preeminent is given to only 14 percent of the bar nationally. Not surprisingly, even the competition rates Dirmann as one of the best. Mr. Dirmann has held this distinction since 1993.
Mr. Dirmann was a past president of the Sarasota-Bradenton Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This organization of trial lawyers demands that each member meet strict admission standards including extensive experience in representing clients in jury trials. There are fewer than 30 lawyers in the Sarasota-Bradenton Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
This organization of trial lawyers stands for:
1. The preservation of jury trials and effective representation of clients at jury trials;
2. Elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; and
3. The education and training of trial lawyers by continuing education and the presentation of national seminars titled “Masters in Trial.”
Mr. Dirmann received the 2009 Professionalism Award from the John M. Scheb American Inn of Court. This award recognized Mr. Dirmann as “a lawyer whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity.”
The John M. Scheb American Inn of Court is a select organization that counts some of the most distinguished members of the Sarasota County Bar within its membership.
In May 2007 the Sarasota County Bar Association presented the James Slater Professionalism Award to Mr. Dirmann. This award is given to a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association who practices in the area of criminal defense and who exemplifies the qualities that made James Slater one of the most respected attorneys in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida. This award was presented to Mr. Dirmann by Circuit Court Judge Rick DeFuria of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.
The First Marine Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by President Lyndon Johnson for combat action during 1966 and 1967. Mr. Dirmann was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon as a member of the First Marine Division during this period of time. When Mr. Dirmann returned from his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps and he was Honorably discharged in July 1967.
Mr. Dirmann participated in 16 combat operations during his tour in Vietnam during 1966 and 1967 while serving with Fourth Battalion Eleventh Marine Regiment and as the officer in charge of a Marine communication platoon attached to the Second Republic of Korea Marine Brigade.