The Ohio State Bar Association is accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists to certify lawyers as specialists in Elder Law. Please note that the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is also accredited to certify Ohio lawyers as elder law specialists. An Ohio lawyer may seek elder law specialty certification through the OSBA or NELF (or both).
OSBA Elder Law Certification
The OSBA will begin accepting applications for certification January through June 30. Please
click here for instructions on how to apply to become an OSBA certified specialist.
NELF Elder Law Certification
For information about certification through NELF, please visit the
, or contact Lori Barbee at (520) 881-1076.
Certification by OSBA and NELF
Any Ohio attorney wishing to become dually certified by the OSBA and NELF must satisfy the eligibility requirements of each organization.
The OSBA has made arrangements with NELF to administer the written examination. Any questions relating to the written examination should be directed to Lori Barbee at (520) 881-1076 at NELF or to
For more information, please contact Melissa Quick at (614) 487-4411 or email at