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July 13, 2007

Ron Motley honored for protecting American consumers

The world's largest trial bar recognizes the cutting-edge work of Motley with the David S. Shrager Award

The world's largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), presented Motley Rice LLC co-founding attorney, Ron Motley, with the David S. Shrager President's Award on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at the association's Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois.

The Shrager Award is given to an American trial lawyer who is consistently in the forefront of litigation by creatively and ingeniously using litigation to safeguard and protect American consumers and the civil justice system.

For more than three decades, Motley has been a driving force of major complex litigation. His groundbreaking efforts achieved several critical breakthroughs in justice for asbestos victims, including occupational and household exposures. Motley spearheaded the historic litigation against the tobacco industry, serving as lead trial counsel for 28 states which resulted in the largest settlement in the history of civil litigation.

Currently, Motley continues to advance cutting-edge litigation as lead counsel for more than 6,500 family members and survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, designed to bankrupt terrorism and seek justice against al Qaeda's financiers. He is also focused on tainted tissue litigation efforts, serving as co-lead on the tainted tissue MDL and leading Motley Rice's team that represents victims of an alleged body harvesting scheme.

David Shrager was an accomplished trial lawyer specializing in complex civil litigation. Throughout his life, he worked to protect the rights of injured victims, representing consumers, healthcare workers and individuals, earning the reputation of a lawyer who always tried to help people. A former President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice), Shrager also served as chair of several of the association's committees. He is also a founding member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. AAJ established the David S. Shrager President's Award in 2006 in honor of Shrager's lifelong dedication to the legal profession.

About American Association for Justice (AAJ) 
AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, defends the constitutional right to trial by jury, and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With 52,000 members worldwide, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance they need to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values of the civil justice system.