Jacksonville, Florida - Belkis Plata and Shannon Schott, the partners of Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law have earned the designation of Board Certified Specialist from the Florida Bar in the area of Juvenile Law.
Ms. Plata and Ms. Schott both began their careers in the Office of the Public Defender's Juvenile Division. After opening their firm in 2014, they continued to accept cases as conflict counsel in the Juvenile Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Duval County.
At 31 and 32 years of age respectively, Ms. Plata and Ms. Schott are two of the youngest attorneys in Florida to earn this designation. While 94 earned the certification, 62 of the 94 received the certification by waiver as a result of more than 20 years of experience in the field and peer review. An additional 62 applicants who did not qualify to "waive" into the certification, took an exam in addition to the requisite qualifications of more than five years of practice, 20 trials and peer review. The pass rate for the exam was 48%, and only 32 attorneys passed state-wide. In Jacksonville, three attorneys took and passed the exam portion. Seven Jacksonville attorneys are now Board Certified Specialists in Juvenile Law.
Ms. Plata and Ms. Schott are actively practicing Juvenile Delinquency and accepting cases.