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Michelle J. Douglass is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.   To qualify for certification an attorney must be at least a five-year member of the NJ Bar, and have completed numerous continuing legal education courses in the three years prior to filing an application.   In addition, the attorney must show a substantial involvement in the preparation of litigated matters, and demonstrate primary responsibility for a large number of trials completed before NJ's courts.


Less than three percent of the attorneys in New Jersey have been certified.   According to the Office of Client Protection Fund, there are 60,000 attorneys in New Jersey, less than one percent of whom qualify as Certified Civil Trial Attorneys (CCTA).


The designation "Certified Trial Attorney," criminal or civil, is granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who demonstrate a significant level of experience, education, knowledge and expertise in their trial practice.   Attorneys who apply for certification must meet stringent standards set by the Board of Trial Certification.


Further requirements include unblemished reputation.   Applicants must submit a list of other attorneys and judges who can attest to their character and ability.   Finally, the applicant must pass a full day's written examination covering various aspects of trial practice.


The Certification program provides a useful consumer guide to identifying attorneys with specific legal experience in handling matters that may go to trial.  Certified attorneys may retain the distinction for only seven years before applying for recertification, at which time they must satisfy another set of requirements, insuring they have retained their competence.


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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 50%
    26 years
  2. Employment: 50%
    26 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

My Rights Lawyers

424 Bethel Road
Somers Point, NJ, 08244


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New Jersey Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Academic ExcellenceNew Jersey Rutgers Cooperative2012
New Jersey Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2011
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers2010
New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2009
New Jersey Super LawyerNew Jersey Monthly Magazine2008
New Jersey Super LawyerNew Jersey Monthly Magazine2007
New Jersey Super LawyerNew Jersey Monthly Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/Lawyer/PartnerMy Rights Lawyers2013 - Present
Lawyer/OwnerThe Douglass Law Firm2006 - 2013
PartnerBarker Douglass & Scott2000 - 2006
LawyerBasile & Testa1990 - 2000
LawyerHorn Kaplan Goldberg Gorny & Daniels1989 - 1990
Judicial Law ClerkNew Jersey Superior Court1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
South Atlantic County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Cumberland County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Cape May County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Atlantic County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaParliamentarian1991 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Glass v. Atlantic CityVerdict in Plaintiff's favor $1.2 million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Security ConferenceWinning Social Security Disability Claims2013
Human Resources: What You Need To KnowThe ACA and Workplace Privacy Issues2013