John L. Holcomb to Be Sworn in as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Holcomb is ABOTA's first president from
Holcomb was elected by the general membership of more than 6,300 members -- balanced between plaintiff and defense lawyers, as well as judges -- and will be the first National ABOTA President from the state of
"It is rewarding to work with members of both sides of the civil trial bar to protect and advocate the right to a trial by jury guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to our Constitution," Holcomb said. "Trial by jury is - unfortunately - a forgotten constitutional right that most Americans don't even realize is being taken away from them. Eliminating the jury system in favor of justice by a bureaucracy is an attack on the very reasons this country was founded."
Holcomb is a defense lawyer and a longtime member of ABOTA's National Board of Directors. During his tenure on the board he helped organize seven new chapters and worked to expand ABOTA's membership. He has also served for several years on ABOTA's Executive Committee and as a Trustee for the ABOTA Foundation. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization whose members must have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience, as well as exhibit the principles of courtroom civility, integrity and professionalism.
Holcomb said ABOTA members work to respond to attacks on the jury trial system. "ABOTA is expanding its membership without diluting the quality of the lawyers we represent. This will enhance our ability to promote the right to a jury trial," he said.
John L. Holcomb Professional Information:
Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates; National Secretary of American Board of Trial Advocates 1999-2000; Member of Executive Committee and Trustee of ABOTA Foundation 1999/2000; Past President of FLABOTA 1998; Masters in Trial Award, ABOTA Foundation 1996; FLABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2006; Chair, Professional Education Committee 2001-2006; Chair, Chapter Relations and Revitalization Committee 1994-1998; Co-Chair of Eligibility Criteria Committee 2004; Chair, President's Leadership Conference 1997, 2006; Past President of Tampa Bay Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates 1995; Senior Life Fellow, Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates; Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar; Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy; Master of the Bar, William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court; Who's Who in American Law; American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section; Federal Bar Association; "Leading American Attorney" by American Research Corporation; Recognized in "Leading Florida Attorneys in Personal Injury Defense Law"; Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Listed in Florida Super Lawyers; Member, DRI; National Board of Directors of American Board of Trial Advocates since 1991; Partner, Hill Ward Henderson.
Founded in 1958, ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Foundation of ABOTA is an affiliated charitable entity, the mission of which is to support the purposes of ABOTA through education and research. ABOTA publishes
SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates