For Immediate Release: July 11, 2015

Dallas Attorney Mary Alice McLarty Presented with Award for Advancing the Safety and Protection of American Consumers

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Ben Somberg
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Washington, DC—Mary Alice McLarty, partner and co-founder of the McLarty Pope Firm in Dallas, Texas, was presented with the 2015 Harry Philo Award today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar. The award celebrates McLarty’s outstanding contribution to the civil justice system and her work advancing the safety and protection of American consumers.

“Whether its reckless truck companies or reckless construction companies who injure others, Mary Alice McLarty has taken them on in court on behalf of her clients, and for that she’s a hero,” said Lisa Blue, immediate past president of AAJ, who presented the award to McLarty.

The Harry M. Philo Award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the safety and protection of American consumers and our civil justice system. Harry Philo was one of the true heroes of the legal profession. In his words, the award is designated for a "lawyer on the side of the people."

Among her many notable cases, McLarty fought to hold a military school accountable for allowing horrific sexual assault and hazing of dozens of cadets.  After five years of litigation, McLarty achieved justice for the injured students. In another case, McLarty put in hundreds of pro bono hours to prevent the closure of a beloved neighborhood school.

In addition to her law practice, McLarty served as AAJ president in 2012-2013 and has received the Wiedemann and Wysocki Award five times, as well as the Distinguished Service Award three times, and the Marie Lambert Award. She is a member of the Board of Governors and has chaired the Membership Task Force; Women Trial Lawyers Caucus; and the State Affairs, Election, and Organization and Home Office committees, as well as the Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section. McLarty earned her bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate from West Texas State University in 1970 and her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1983. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

“Mary Alice McLarty has been on the side of the people her whole career and we are delighted to honor her,” said Larry Tawwater, president of AAJ.

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The American Association for Justice works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. Visit http://www.justice.org