Prominent Advocates for Justice to Lead National Trial Bar

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Prominent Advocates for Justice to Lead National Trial Bar 

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2008

Contact:  Kerri Axelrod
202-965-3500, x369

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 Philadelphia, PA. 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.

"Essential to AAJ's ability to ensure all Americans have access to the civil justice system, is the long history of dedication and service by all executive officers," said Kathleen Flynn Peterson, the association's outgoing president and partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P in Minneapolis, MN. "Following in the path of those that came before them, the new executive officers will ensure AAJ continues to be a strong voice in the fight for justice."

Les Weisbrod, a partner in the Dallas law firm of Miller, Curtis & Weisbrod, is the incoming President. Other newly-elected officers include: President-Elect, Anthony Tarricone of Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP in Boston, MA; Vice President, C. Gibson Vance of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, AL; Secretary, Gary M. Paul of Water & Kraus in Los Angeles, CA; Treasurer, Richard M. Golomb of Golomb & Honik, P.C. in Philadelphia, PA; and Parliamentarian, J. Burton LeBlanc IV of Baron and Budd in Baton Rouge, LA.

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.

"With a proven record of leadership, the executive officers are critical to propelling AAJ's mission to strengthen the civil justice system, and educate all Americans about the vital role the legal system plays in their daily lives," said Jon Haber, AAJ CEO.

President Les Weisbrod represents individuals and families who have experienced serious injury or death as a result of negligence or product liability. Weisbrod’s verdict against Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where his client was left a quadriplegic as a result of negligent care, was reported as one of the 100 most important verdicts in the United States by National Law Journal in 2003.

"It’s an honor to serve as president of a great organization willing to confront powerful interests on the public's behalf," Weisbrod said. "Leveling the playing field for those who are injured through no fault of their own is part of our greater responsibility to ensure that every American has access to justice."

President-Elect Anthony Tarricone has 30 years experience representing individuals in aircraft accident, product liability, medical negligence and other complex personal injury and death cases. He is managing partner of the Boston office of Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP.

Vice President C. Gibson Vance is a specialist in the Consumer Fraud division of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Vance works on behalf of individuals and small businesses against insurance companies and various other entities within the insurance industry.

Secretary Gary M. Paul is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Waters & Kraus where he specializes in the trial of mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) 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 malpractice.

Treasurer Richard M. Golomb is managing shareholder and a founding partner of Golomb & Honik, P.C. 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.

Parliamentarian J. Burton LeBlanc IV is a shareholder with the law firm of Baron and Budd 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.

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