HUNTINGTON - Marc Williams, managing partner of the West Virginia office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, has been selected to serve on the faculty at the 41st annual Trial Academy sponsored by the International Association of Defense Counsel. The trial academy will be held at Stanford Law School from July 26-Aug. 2.

The trial academy is an intensive program that blends small group faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation. The hands-on, experiential learning is designed to accelerate the development of trial skills. The program has trained more than 3,500 attorneys since 1973. The director of the Trial Academy this year, Charles H. Cole of Chicago, said, "I'm thrilled that Marc Williams will be joining me at Stanford Law School for this year's Trial Academy. The success of this program is dependent on getting the best trial lawyers in the United States to share their knowledge with the next generation of courtroom advocates."

Williams has had first chair responsibility for more than 100 jury trials and appeals in his career. His practice focuses on toxic tort, class actions, mass torts, product liability and commercial litigation. In 2008-2009, he served as president of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he currently serves as chair of the DRI Center for Law and Public Policy. He serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence and as president-elect of Lawyers for Civil Justice, Inc.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 470 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. For more information on the Firm, go to, or call 803.255.9794.

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