FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 125 attorneys in 15 offices throughout Florida, in New York City, and affiliated offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, today announced that attorney Tom Code has been granted certification by the Florida Bar in the area of construction law in recognition of special knowledge, skills and proficiency in construction law in the state of Florida.

Board-certification is the Florida Bar's highest level of recognition of an attorney's competency and experience in one or more of the 20 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Any lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court may apply for board-certification. Only attorneys who have earned the Florida Bar's "board-certification" distinction are allowed to describe themselves as legal specialists or experts in a specific field of practice.

With Mr. Code's certification, Becker & Poliakoff's expanding construction law group now boasts nine board-certified attorneys. Becker & Poliakoff's statewide construction law practice is chaired by shareholder Steven Lesser and vice-chaired by shareholder Lee Weintraub. Both attorneys work from the firm's Fort Lauderdale office and both were board-certified in construction law by the Florida Bar in 2005.

"Our law firm is honored that the Florida Bar has chosen to grant Tom Code board-certification for his demonstrated knowledge, skills and proficiency in the area of construction law," said Steven Lesser. "Becker & Poliakoff's Construction Law Practice is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal expertise. Mr. Code's hard work and dedication to the law demonstrates the level of service our firm strives to offer."

Mr. Code was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2004 and practices in the areas of Construction Law, Civil Litigation, Complex and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Contract Law. Mr. Code is fluent in both English and Spanish and additionally holds Bar Admissions in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. He received a Bachelors of Science in Management from Tulane University and holds an M.B.A. from Puerto Rico's InterAmerican University and a J.D. from the University Of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Also earning the distinction of Board-Certification in the field of Construction Law this year is Lisa Colon, an attorney with Becker and Poliakoff's Fort Lauderdale offices.

The Becker & Poliakoff Construction Law Group represents owners, developers, contractors, sureties, individuals and others in transactions and disputes ranging from single and multi-family dwellings to commercial buildings, planned unit developments, retail, industrial and governmental projects.

More information on Florida Bar standards and attorney certifications can be found online at The Florida Bar Association Web site at www.floridabar.org/certification or by contacting The Florida Bar's Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842.

About Becker & Poliakoff P.A.

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. is a diversified commercial law firm based in Ft. Lauderdale with more than 125 attorneys in 15 Florida offices and U.S. and global offices in New York, Czech Republic, Germany, China, France and Israel. The firm's core areas of practice include Real Estate, Condominium and Homeowners Association Law, Construction, International Business & Trade, Government Law & Lobbying, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and Corporate, Securities & Tax Law. For more information, visit: www.becker-poliakoff.com.

Contact Information: Media Contact: Tom Howell / Michael Tangeman The Pen Group Communications Tel: (305) 529-1944 email: tom@thepengroup.com