CHARLESTON -– Jackson Kelly attorney Thomas J. Hurney Jr. has been appointed to the 10-person National Executive Council of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).

ADTA accepts members by invitation only, and there is only one prime member in any city with a population of less than one million. According the ADTA Web site, "a member of the ADTA is a proven and recognized successful professional possessing the highest skill level of a defense trial attorney in civil cases. It members are proud of their reputations and their success and they carefully select those they invite to be a member of the Associaton of Defense Trial Attorneys."

ADTA provides an opportunity for defense trial attorneys to associate with similarly qualified trial attorneys for professional, social and business purposes and serves as a select referral network for litigation matters in the United States and Canada.

Hurney has a varied statewide practice focusing mainly on jury trials in defending cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. He has substantial experience defending doctors, hospitals and other health care providers in actions brought under West Virginia's Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA).

Hurney has also represented health care providers and others in actions arising from defective products and pharmaceuticals, including class and mass tort actions. Hurney is President of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He manages Jackson Kelly's Charleston Litigation Department.

Jackson Kelly has a long tradition with ADTA, with Steve Crislip as a former national president, and several other members, including Bill Powell, Mike Cimino, Steve LaCagnin and Charles Crooks.

Jackson Kelly represents global corporations, national companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in areas of law such as environmental, business, labor and employment, federal and state workers' compensation, civil litigation and occupational safety and health. The firm has offices in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Colorado and the District of Columbia.

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