HUNTINGTON -- Huddleston Bolen has announced that partner Marc E. Williams has been elected to the Board of Directors for Lawyers for Civil Justice, headquartered in Washington, D.C., as well as the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

Lawyers for Civil Justice is a national organization of corporations and lawyers supporting civil justice reform. The organization functions on a national and state level on issues designed to achieve reform in the civil justice system. The focus of the organization is on the balance of the judicial system with a strong level of support from the business community in the United States.

In addition to Williams, representatives from three of the top six corporations listed on the Fortune's annual "Fortune 500" listing as well as representatives from some of the most respected corporate law firms in the United States will assist the organization with their mission of reforming the nation's civil judicial system in order to create fair and equitable guidelines, standards and results in many areas.

"The challenge of working with Lawyers for Civil Justice is to create meaningful action towards the betterment of our legal system. I am honored to be elected to the board and will do my best to make a positive impact for our region," Williams said.

The National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) addresses important legal policy issues affecting the law and civil justice system by providing meaningful support and education to appellate judges across the country. The organization hosts an annual symposium that allows for appellate court judges to become better educated in the areas of the law dealing with civil justice.

"Both of these positions are certainly honors for Marc and for Huddleston Bolen. We have a strong history of furthering our profession through involvement in legal organizations and this is another example of that commitment," said Tom Gilpin, Chair of the firm's Management Committee.

Williams is a West Virginia native. He completed his undergraduate studies at Marshall University, He went on to receive his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.

After graduation, Williams joined the law firm of Huddleston Bolen where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability, class actions and mass torts. He is President-Elect of DRI -- The Voice of the Defense Bar, an international organization of lawyers and corporate counsel who defend the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. He will assume the Presidency of DRI in October 2008.

Huddleston Bolen is a law firm with more than 50 attorneys practicing in offices located in Huntington and Charleston in West Virginia and Ashland and Louisville in Kentucky. The firm, founded in 1871, represents clients in many practice groups including banking and finance, health care, insurance, litigation, natural resources, real estate and transportation.

More information about the firm can be found online at www.huddlestonbolen.com.




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