For Immediate Release: July 30, 2009
Contact: Kyle Murphy
202-965-3500, ext. 369
Prominent Advocates for Justice to Lead National Trial Bar
Washington, DC—Members of the world’s largest trial bar elected new executive officers to a one-year term during the American Association for Justice (AAJ) annual convention in San Francisco, Calif. AAJ is dedicated to preserving the civil justice system and making sure that powerful special interests are held accountable when they engage in misconduct or negligence. The executive officers have served as lead counsel in some of the biggest consumer liability cases in the nation’s judicial history and have handled hundreds of unsafe product lawsuits nationwide.
“It is important for AAJ to have strong executive officers who are dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to the civil justice system,” said Les Weisbrod, outgoing president and partner at Miller, Curtis & Weisbrod in Dallas, Texas. “I have no doubt that the incoming officers will continue the proud history of those leaders who came before them, and help to strengthen the association for years to come.”
Anthony Tarricone, managing partner at Kreindler and Kreindler LLP’s office in Boston, Mass., is the incoming president. Other newly-elected officers include: President-Elect C. Gibson Vance of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, Ala.; Vice President Gary M. Paul of Waters, Kraus & Paul in Los Angeles, Calif.; Secretary Richard M. Golomb of Golomb & Honik, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pa.; Treasurer J. Burton LeBlanc IV of Baron and Budd, P.C. in Baton Rouge, La.; and Parliamentarian Rhonda Hill Wilson of the Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pa.
The executive officers serve as the national leadership in AAJ’s effort to educate the public and legislators on issues of critical importance to consumers and our nation’s civil justice system.
“These executive officers have demonstrated their commitment to the mission of AAJ: to make the civil justice system work for everyone. They understand the importance of their role in educating Americans about the issues that affect them everyday,” said AAJ CEO Tom Henderson.
President Anthony Tarricone represents individuals in aviation, product liability, medical negligence, and other complex personal injury and death cases and has 30 years of experience practicing law. Tarricone, managing partner at Kreindler & Kreindler LLP’s office in Boston, Mass., has fought to ensure that individuals have meaningful legal remedies and access to justice in state and federal courts throughout the nation.
“To be the president of an organization like the American Association for Justice is an honor and a great responsibility,” Tarricone said. “I look forward to furthering AAJ’s efforts to restore balance to the civil justice system, on behalf of those who have been injured or mistreated. It is important to ensure that all Americans have equal access to justice.”
President-Elect C. Gibson Vance is a shareholder with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, Ala. Vance specializes in personal injury litigation and consumer fraud cases.
Vice President Gary M. Paul is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Waters, Kraus & Paul where he specializes in mesothelioma cases for the victims of asbestos poisoning. He has been a trial lawyer for over 30 years, completing over 100 trials, and has successfully litigated cases ranging from mesothelioma to products liability and medical negligence.
Secretary Richard M. Golomb is managing shareholder and a founding partner of Golomb & Honik, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pa. He has more than 20 years experience representing the catastrophically injured as a result of medical negligence, defective products and pharmaceuticals, construction accidents and other personal injury claims.
Treasurer J. Burton LeBlanc IV is a shareholder with the law firm of Baron and Budd, P.C. in Baton Rouge, La. and has previously served as president of the Louisiana Association for Justice. LeBlanc represents those who have been harmed by workplace exposure to harmful contaminants. He also serves as president of Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, one of the largest non-profits in the greater Baton Rouge area.
Parliamentarian Rhonda Hill Wilson has practiced law for nearly three decades and runs her own firm at the Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pa. She concentrates her practice on nursing home negligence, wrongful death, motor vehicle accident and premises liability matters. Among her many awards is the Presidential Award from the National Bar Association.