Gibson Vance from our firm has been inducted into membership for the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is quite an honor. Gibson was inducted into the organization at the Alabama Chapter’s annual meeting on Nov. 19. Membership into the American Board of Trial Advocates is by invitation only following a rigorous nomination and voting process. There are approximately 7,300 members of ABOTA in the United States; only 109 lawyers in Alabama are members.
ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.
To be considered for participation in the Alabama Chapter, one must have tried to conclusion a minimum of 10 civil jury trials, be nominated by an existing member and be approved by 75 percent of those members voting on membership. Criteria evaluated include exceptional jury trial skills, civility, professionalism and integrity.
Gibson works primarily on cases against those corporations which negligently or intentionally harm others. His clients include both individuals and small businesses. Gibson has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding a massive data breach affecting customers of Community Health Systems, Inc. The litigation is consolidated under Judge Karon Owen Bowdre in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama.
Gibson is a member of the Alabama State Bar, and is the Bar Commissioner representing the 15th Judicial Circuit. He also serves on the Alabama State Bar Elections, Ethics, and Government Relations Committee. He was chosen as a member of the Alabama Legislative Business Litigation and Complex Litigation Study Committee.
Gibson also served as President of the Alabama Association for Justice. The Alabama Association for Justice presented him with the ALAJ Spirit Sword / President’s Award, which was established in 2009. Each outgoing president of ALAJ will recognize a member who during his or her years as an officer and particularly as president provided special spirit to him/her. However, Gibson was selected by the organization as the first recipient, because as AAJ put it, he “embodies the spirit of a trial lawyer and our association.”
Gibson has also been heavily involved on the national level. He served as president of the American Association for Justice in 2009-2010. As president, Gibson was one of six national officers representing AAJ’s 60,000 members. He did a tremendous job as president of the organization and has remained very active with AAJ.
Gibson has served on several key committees in AAJ including the National Finance Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Budget Committee and Membership Oversight Committee. He is serving as Chairman of the PAC from 2015-2016, and also served on the AAJ Executive Committee 2015-2016. Gibson was presented the Joe Tonahill Award by AAJ’s New Lawyers Division for his outstanding service to the civil justice system. We are blessed to have Gibson in the firm.
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