American Association for Justice News

'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

Trial lawyers find unusual allies in fight against arbitration: Conservative state treasurers

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 11, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Class action lawyers who see arbitration as a mortal threat to their business have found unlikely allies among some of the nation’s most conservative state officials.

Former journalist changes career to attorney, wins client satisfaction award

By Carrie Salls | Sep 29, 2016

CHARLESTON – Kathy A. Brown faced a situation that many others in the television news business have experienced. She felt it was time to move on from the profession as younger colleagues came onto the scene.

WV Association for Justice Founder inducted into the American Association for Justice Hall of Fame

By Dawn Geske | Aug 4, 2016

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has the honored founder of the West Virginia Association for Justice and inducted him to the AAJ Hall of Fame.

What do you call it when a lawyer makes you an offer you can’t refuse?

By The West Virginia Record | Mar 20, 2014

They may not have names like Vinnie, Tony, and Sal -- or carry gats, heaters, and roscoes -- but trial attorneys who make a habit of shaking down business interests with trumped-up lawsuits and the threat of trumped-up suits are de facto members of organized crime.

Trial lawyers argue against RICO claims over baseless lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Mar 17, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – A national association representing the interests of trial lawyers has filed a brief that argues against corporate defendants’ use of racketeering laws in lawsuits against plaintiffs attorneys alleged to have committed fraud.

PERSONNEL FILE: Cyrus named top mediator by Best Lawyers

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 27, 2012

Cyrus HUNTINGTON -- Attorney John F. Cyrus of the Huntington law firm of Cyrus and Adkins has been selected as Best Lawyer of the Year 2013 for Mediation in the Charleston area.

PERSONNEL FILE: Rinehart named to National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 16, 2012

Rinehart CHARLESTON -– James F. Humphreys & Associates L.C. is pleased to announce that Bronwyn I. Rinehart has been selected as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 Under 40.

PERSONNEL FILE: Webb elected national chair of AAJ Family Law Section

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 15, 2011

Webb CHARLESTON -- Charleston attorney Charles R. "Rusty" Webb of the Webb Law Firm was elected national Chair of the Family Law Section of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA) at its convention in New York.

Allen excited for new start at Kay Casto & Chaney

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 10, 2011

Allen CHARLESTON – Bob Allen realizes it probably surprised a lot of people to find out he was leaving the law firm he helped create for Kay Casto & Chaney.

Municipal judge for Charleston, Nitro stepping down

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 22, 2010

Taylor CHARLESTON -- Municipal Judge Shawn Taylor announced on Sept. 21 that he will step down from his judicial duties effective Oct. 29.

PERSONNEL FILE: Tom Peyton honored by ATLA

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 25, 2010

Peyton NITRO -- Thomas H. Peyton, a member of The Peyton Law Firm, has been named one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia" by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Attorney: Tax break would create more litigation, partnership with feds

By John O'Brien | Aug 24, 2010

Williams HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington defense attorney says a possible trial lawyer tax break that has attracted the attention of 25 U.S. senators would make the federal government partners with plaintiffs attorneys.

Tax breaks for a Motley crew

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 23, 2010

Although attorney Ron Motley of Motley Rice received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the the annual American Association for Justice (AAJ) convention earlier this month, we choose not to congratulate him. His gain, alas, is our loss.

Treasury tax break for lawyers bothers leaders

By Chris Dickerson and John O'Brien | Jul 15, 2010

Roberts WASHINGTON -- While some are reacting to news that trial lawyers may soon receive a tax break, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is not commenting.

Manhattan Institute probes lobbying efforts of lawyers

By John O'Brien | Feb 9, 2010

McGraw NEW YORK - The Manhattan Institute's latest edition in its "Trial Lawyers, Inc.," series explores the effect the plaintiffs bar has on lawmakers at the state level and in Washington, D.C.

Dean: Lawmakers scared to tick off trial bar

By John O'Brien | Sep 1, 2009

Dean WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Darren McKinney, spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association, concluded Monday that former Presidential candidate Howard Dean is a man with a history of speaking his mind.

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