We are pleased to announce that family law attorneys Andrea Bosquez-Porter and Steve Mansbery have earned certifications as Board Certified Specialists in Family Law from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
Board Certification is a comprehensive effort that requires years of commitment. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, substantially involved in the practice area for a minimum of five years, and must attend a certain number of continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the three years prior to application. A satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty through judicial and peer review must be made and the applicant must achieve a satisfactory score on a written examination. The certification of lawyers as specialists according to objective criteria fulfills the mission of the North Carolina State Bar to protect the public by providing truthful, relevant, and reliable information to consumers of legal services. Certifications help clients identify lawyers who are skilled and experienced in a specific area of practice.
Andrea Bosquez-Porter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, a Master of Business Administration from Brandeis University and a law degree with honors from University of Wisconsin School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and Wisconsin and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and has served on the Family Law Council since 2013. Andrea has volunteered annually since 2011 to the NCBA’s 4All Statewide Service Day, and as site coordinator from 2012 to 2014. She also currently serves on the Public Service Committee of the Wake County Bar Association and the Administrative Office of the Courts Mediation Committee. She is a presenter and guest lecturer, and has contributed to and authored continuing legal education manuscripts, and is a contributing editor of the NC Family Law Case Book with Critical Issues (2nd Edition). Andrea is recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
Steve Mansbery earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from University of Kentucky. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has been appointed to the Wake County Bar Association and the Tenth Judicial District Bar Professionalism Committee every year since 2009. He is a presenter and guest lecturer, and has contributed to and authored continuing legal education manuscripts and Family Law Forum Case Law Updates. Steve is recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, by Best Lawyers in America, and is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
Tharrington Smith’s Family Law Section is comprised of ten experienced and skilled divorce lawyers. Dedicated to both client service and the improvement of family law in North Carolina, the firm’s lawyers frequently contribute selflessly of their time and energies to professional organizations and activities that work to improve the laws of North Carolina.