Lawdragon™ has named Motley Rice co-founding member Ronald L. Motley to its 2011 Lawdragon™ 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for the sixth time since the list's inception. Motley Rice member Jodi Westbrook Flowers was also named, the second time she has been selected to receive this honor.
Recognition in The Lawdragon™ 500 list is the result of an extensive selection process that combines peer review and editorial research to evaluate more than 25,000 lawyers throughout the country who, according to Lawdragon, Inc., "embody the best of lawyering ... intellect, passion, judgment, dedication and extraordinary achievement."
Motley began his career in the legal profession nearly four decades ago, garnering global recognition for groundbreaking litigation against such corporate giants as the asbestos and tobacco industries. He has since committed his career to passionately advocating for the rights of those harmed by wrongdoing and negligence and has continued to pursue complex civil litigation against daunting opponents, including alleged terrorist financiers in a lawsuit filed nearly ten years ago by more than 6,500 survivors, family members and those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The co-leader of Motley Rice's Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights practice group, Flowers began her career in the legal profession supporting the historic litigation against Big Tobacco. She has managed a variety of complex litigation crossing numerous practice areas but has focused on litigation involving state sponsorship of international terrorism and violations of international law and human rights abuses. In addition to serving on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 anti-terrorism litigation, she also served as an integral member of the aviation security litigation team seeking accountability and change in aviation security following the attacks, and as Motley Rice's lead negotiator in the last hold-out of the individual cases against Libya for the notorious Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.