CHICAGO –- Huntington attorney Marc E. Williams has been named first vice president of the nation's largest organization of civil defense trial lawyers.
Williams, a partner at Huddleston Bolen, will serve a one-year term as first vice president of DRI, which is known as "The Voice of the Defense Bar." After that, he will become president of the Defense Research Institute in 2008-09.
Williams was named to the post at DRI's recent annual meeting in San Francisco. DRI has 22,000 members.
Williams, a trial attorney well-known for his work with class actions and mass torts, will serve a one-year term and become president of DRI, the nation's largest organization of defense trial lawyers, in 2008-2009.
Williams has had primary responsibility in more than 50 jury trials in his career in both state and federal courts. He is recognized for his legal work and public speaking on the subjects of toxic torts, professional liability, product liability, premises liability, admiralty, insurance, employment law and complex commercial litigation matters. He also has extensive experience in the defense of lawsuits alleging psychological injury, brain injury, medical monitoring, insurance bad faith and catastrophic injury.
"Marc has a keen insight on issues that affect civil defense attorneys now and those on the horizon," said John Kouris, executive director of DRI. "His contributions to this organization are a reflection of his dedication and commitment that he continuously provides to his firm and clients."
Williams also is a pro bono volunteer for the West Virginia Legal Services Plan where he has instructed indigent and at-risk women on how to obtain pro se divorce and domestic violence protection. He is a graduate of Marshall University and the West Virginia University College of Law, where he won numerous awards for written and oral advocacy, as well as the Patrick Duffy Koontz Award, recognizing leadership and academic achievement.
"There are a variety of new challenges and issues that defense attorneys in all practices, for both inside and outside counsel," Williams said. "I am proud of my role in this organization as it serves as a beacon to educate and inform its members of such tribulations and provide solutions to problems they might encounter in their practice."