Crislip named president of ADTA

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 5, 2006

Stephen R. Crislip

CHARLESTON -- The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) has named Jackson Kelly PLLC attorney Stephen R. Crislip as ADTA President for 2006-2007.

Crislip assumed presidency of the organization during its 65th Annual Meeting at the ADTA Annual Conference at the El Conquistador in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, April 26-30th.

Founded in 1941, the ADTA is a non-profit professional association established to advance the principals of courtroom fairness, justice and fellowship. ADTA invites only one defense trial attorney to be its prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

"It is an honor to be able to serve as head of one of the four cooperative national defense lawyers' groups," Crislip said.

He previously served as the organization's National Membership Chairman (1998 - 2004) and Vice President (2004 - 2005); and spent the last year as President Elect under immediate past President Daniel R. Formeller of Chicago.

Crislip is the first attorney practicing in West Virginia to hold this position.

During Crislip's thirty-three year legal career he has served actively on numerous community boards and defense associations. Crislip has served the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia as president and serves on the West Virginia Bar Association's Executive Council. He has served as Chairman of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, the Chairman of the Charleston YMCA, and Chair of the Visiting Committee for the West Virginia University College of Law.

He has been a lecturer for West Virginia CLE and various other bar-related groups. He is the West Virginia chapter author for The Tort Law Desk Reference, a Fifty-State Compendium. In addition he recently authored, A Modern History Of A Law Firm Known As Jackson Kelly, documenting the Firm's 184-year history.

Crislip is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," compiled by Woodward/White and graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. (Political Science /History) and J.D.

"My law firm has always supported the premise that our lawyers owe a duty to their profession and their communities to donate their time and service. I am grateful for the firm's support," said Crislip.

Jackson Kelly's CEO Al Emch applauded Crislip.

"Steve has been my colleague and friend for more than 30 years," Emch said. "He is among the finest lawyers I have known -- a credit to our profession, West Virginia, and this law firm. We are extremely proud of Steve; he will be an outstanding President of ADTA."

Crislip's practice focuses on litigation with an emphasis on the defense of cases involving professional responsibility, general litigation, construction litigation, and business litigation.

Jackson Kelly is a full service law firm, with roots dating back to 1822. The firm has offices in Colorado, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more information on Jackson Kelly, visit the firm's Web site at

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