Shook, Hardy & Bacon Partners Paul Williams and Charlie Eblen have been named Fellows in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). Both were deemed LCA Fellows based on their “effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation,” according to LCA’s selection criteria.
Other Shook attorneys previously inducted into the LCA include Walt Cofer, Chris Johnson, Frank Kelly, Eileen Moss, Ken Reilly, Chip Sander, Peter Strand and Trent Webb.
Williams’ previous recognitions for excellence in the legal profession include being named a 2015 Litigation Trailblazer by National Law Journal. Also in 2015, the Association of Corporate Counsel named The HEICO Companies, LLC, and Shook 2015 Value Champions for working together to improve legal outcomes, reduce costs, decrease case variations, and improve efficiency and value of legal services. Williams has managed Shook’s role as National Product Liability Counsel for HEICO since 2011.
Eblen was named a 2016 Rising Star by Law360, for excellence in the “trials” category. As lead trial counsel, Eblen has handled a wide variety of types of cases for his clients, including tort and personal injury defense, breach of contract, and commercial litigation related to insurance policies, among other kinds of trials. Within a five-year period, Eblen served as first-chair trial counsel for 10 jury trials and second-chair for three, second-chair trial counsel in one non-jury trial, and lead appellate counsel in 21 appeals.
The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of North American lawyers, judges and scholars. Its purpose is “to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers; to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice; to provide additional sources for professional development; to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law; to assist in community involvement by its membership; and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.”