The National Law Journal (NLJ) recently honored Shook, Hardy & Bacon Public Policy Partner Victor Schwartz as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” at a June 13, 2013, award ceremony held at Gotham Hall in New York City. Recognizing “the crème de la crème of lawyers,” the ceremony highlighted legal leaders who continue to shape the world “through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or in government.”
Described as “the patron saint of the tort reform movement,” Schwartz was singled out for authoring “the leading law school text on torts” and for his stint as chair of the federal inter-agency task force on product liability at the Department of Commerce. “For decades, he has shaped [the tort reform movement’s] strategy, crafted its legislative proposals and coined its phrases—such as ‘judicial hellhole,’ the label for plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions,” noted NLJ. “In January, he argued before the Texas Supreme Court against compensation for the sentimental value of pets. And he still does a mean imitation of the voice of former President Bill Clinton.”
Last compiled in 2006, “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” are selected by the journal’s editorial staff with input from the legal community.