Two members of Craig Kelley and Faultless, LLC, an Indianapolis law firm, have earned professional recognition as board-certified attorneys in truck accident law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The NBTA is an attorney board certifying agency accredited by the American Bar Association.
David Craig, the law firm’s managing partner, and partner Scott Faultless both earned five-year certifications in Truck Accident Law after passing an exam and peer review and demonstrating that they met the continuing education and trial experience standards. When they were certified, there were less than fifty (50) lawyers in the entire country that had gone through the comprehensive vetting process.
“Truck Accident Law deals with the procedural, substantive and practical issues unique to collision cases involving commercial tractor trailers, buses and other commercial motor vehicles and all of the people and entities in the transportation cycle,” the NBTA says.
What it Means to Be an NBTA Truck Accident Law Certified Attorney
The NBTA has established certification standards because the body of law involving commercial truck accident and other areas of law has grown large and complex. This has prompted some lawyers to concentrate their practices in specific areas of law.
Certification in an NBTA specialty area requires a thorough screening of the attorney’s credentials and experience, including:
- Documentation of the attorney’s experience
- Judicial and peer references
- An exam
The NBTA says less than 4% of all practicing lawyers are certified by an ABA-accredited or state-sponsored certification board.
“When you decide to work with an NBTA board-certified attorney, it means you’ve chosen an attorney who has dedicated his/her professional career to their select field of choice,” the NBTA says. “Board-certified attorneys have endured a rigorous application process and passed a highly comprehensive examination about their particular specialty.”
The requirements for certification as a specialist in Truck Accident Law include:
- Ability to show that at least 30% of the attorney’s time has been spent practicing truck accident law during the three years preceding the application.
- Having actively participated in at least 100 adversarial events including trials in their career as an attorney.
- Having been substantially involved as a counsel of record or as a consulting attorney in:
- At least 25 litigated matters that have been brought to conclusion (settlement or verdict) in the past 7 years, including at least 12 litigated truck accident cases
- At least 3 current open cases involving truck accident law
- At least 5 jury trial cases that went to verdict.
- Participation in continuing legal education and development of the law with respect to commercial motor vehicle accidents in the 3 years immediately preceding application, including at least 45 hours of courses, teaching or speaking, and/or writing professionally about truck accident law.
David Craig and Scott Faultless each had to submit a legal writing sample about truck accident law written within three years of application that presented a set of facts and analyzed how the law applies to the facts.
They also had to submit 12 references (not present partners, associates, or relatives) to attest to their proficiency in handling commercial motor vehicle cases. The references had to include at least one judge, one opposing counsel, and one truck accident expert witness.
David W. Craig, NBTA-Certified Truck Accident Law Attorney
David is an experienced trial lawyer who has focused his legal practice on personal injury cases involving commercial vehicles such as semi tractor-trailers, flatbed trucks, garbage trucks, wreckers, dump trucks, concrete trucks and buses for over 30 years. David has handled cases against commercial motor vehicle drivers and companies in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, as well as other states. He has two results in the $10-$15 million range, and numerous results in the $1 million to $10 million range.
David is a member of the Board of Regents for the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and a National Advisory Board member for the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He has written and lectured in Indiana as well as nationally about pursuing claims against dangerous trucking companies.
For the past several years, David has been named among the Top 10 Trucking Attorneys and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Indiana by the National Trial Lawyers association. He is also rated as one of Indiana’s Super Lawyers. He has an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
In addition, David is the only attorney in Indiana to receive the prestigious Thurgood Marshall “Fighting for Justice” Award from the APITLA.
Scott A. Faultless, NBTA-Certified Truck Accident Law Attorney
Scott has extensive knowledge of the law that governs commercial motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers. He has argued numerous cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago. Scott handles the trial briefs, research, and appeals for Craig, Kelley & Faultless.
Scott has written extensively and made presentations before the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Scott has been recognized as a Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyer in Indiana and Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Indiana by the National Trial Lawyers association. He has also been recognized by his peers as an Indiana Super Lawyer.
Scott is a former president of the Town Council of Fishers, Indiana, and of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce and Fishers Rotary Club. For his public service and work as a lawyer, Scott was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Governor of Indiana.
Contact Dedicated Truck Crash Lawyers in Indiana
If you have been, know someone who has been, or represent someone who has been involved in an accident caused by a commercial truck in Indiana or elsewhere, let our attorneys review the details and discuss your options to seek compensation.
The founding attorneys of Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC established the law firm in 1999 to represent people who are victims of truck accidents, as well as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, and other personal injuries. We remain dedicated to that mission to help injured people more than 20 years later.
Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC has received many prestigious awards, including the 2015 and 2014 Litigator Award, and listing among the 10 Best Law Firms of 2015 by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.