Leadership

President’s Corner

The American College of Trial Lawyers, founded in 1950, recognizes the very best of the trial bars of the United States and Canada. The College’s Fellows are chosen strictly by invitation and only after a rigorous, confidential investigation. Fellowship is limited to one percent of the lawyers in any individual State or Province. In practice, far less than one percent ever qualifies for this honor. In order to qualify for consideration, a lawyer must have practiced as a trial lawyer for at least 15 years.

President's Messages

Bartholomew J. Dalton’s Outlook For The Year

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016

Message from Francis M. Wikstrom's 2014-2015

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Message from Robert L. Byman 2013-2014

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Message from Chilton Davis Varner 2012-2013

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Executive Committee

  • President of the College

    Bartholomew J. Dalton

    Dalton & Associates, P.A.
    Wilmington
  • President-Elect of the College

    Samuel H. Franklin

    Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C.
    Birmingham
  • Treasurer of the College

    Jeffrey S. Leon, LSM

    Bennett Jones LLP
    Toronto
  • Secretary of the College

    Douglas R. Young

    Farella Braun + Martel LLP
    San Francisco
  • Immediate Past President of the College

    Michael W. Smith

    Christian & Barton, L.L.P.
    Richmond
  • Secretary Designate

    Rodney Acker

    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
    Dallas

Board of Regents

  • President of the College

    Bartholomew J. Dalton

    Dalton & Associates, P.A.

    Wilmington

  • President-Elect of the College

    Samuel H. Franklin

    Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C.

    Birmingham

  • Treasurer of the College

    Jeffrey S. Leon, LSM

    Bennett Jones LLP

    Toronto

  • Secretary of the College

    Douglas R. Young

    Farella Braun + Martel LLP

    San Francisco

  • Immediate Past President of the College

    Michael W. Smith

    Christian & Barton, L.L.P.

    Richmond

  • Secretary Designate of the College

    Rodney Acker

    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

    Dallas

  • Regent for Region 1

    Robert K. Warford

    Reback, McAndrews, Kjar, Warford & Stockalper, LLP

    San Bernardino

  • Regent for Region 2

    Susan J. Harriman

    Keker & Van Nest

    San Francisco

  • Regent for Region 4

    Paul J. Hickey

    Hickey & Evans

    Cheyenne

  • Regent for Region 5

    Kathleen Flynn Peterson

    Robins Kaplan LLP

    Minneapolis

  • Regent for Region 6

    Thomas M. Hayes III

    Hayes, Harkey, Smith & Cascio, L.L.P.

    Monroe

  • Regent for Region 7

    C. Rufus Pennington III

    Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki

    Neptune Beach

  • Regent for Region 8

    Daniel E. Reidy

    Jones Day

    Chicago

  • Regent for Region 9

    Kathleen M. Trafford

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

    Columbus

  • Regent for Region 10

    W. Francis Marion, Jr.

    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

    Greenville

  • Regent for Region 11

    William J. Murphy

    Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

    Baltimore

  • Regent for Region 12

    Elizabeth N. Mulvey

    Crowe & Mulvey LLP

    Boston

  • Regent for Region 13

    Robert E. Welsh, Jr.

    Welsh & Recker, P.C.

    Philadelphia

  • Regent for Region 14

    Ritchie E. Berger

    Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.

    Burlington

  • Regent for Region 15

    Stephen G. Schwarz

    Faraci Lange, LLP

    Rochester