Navan Ward, who joined Chris Glover earlier this year to open our new offices in Atlanta, is featured in this month’s edition of Trial Magazine, the official publication of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The article examines the opportunities for African American and other minority lawyers in the legal field.
In 2016, Beasley Allen was named by Law360 as one of the Top 10 firms in the United States for black lawyers. Among the top 10, Beasley Allen also was recognized for having the highest percentage of African American partners. Navan had this to say:
When you have diversity within a firm, you bring in different points of view. That helps us relate to clients, and it helps us understand how juries feel. Beasley Allen provides an environment where anyone can be successful if they want to be. A lot is required out of all our lawyers, but each of our successes is the firm’s success.
In addition to his work in Georgia, Navan is active nationally as an officer in AAJ. He is completing his service as Parliamentarian and will be elected (unopposed) as Treasurer at AAJ’s annual meeting in Boston in July.
Navan is the firm’s lead lawyer on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, which involves thousands of victims who have defective hip implants causing severe pain, metal poisoning, revision surgery and, in some cases, permanent injury. Navan was appointed Co-Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability multidistrict litigation (MDL). He also was selected to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for the DePuy “ASF” Hip Implant Recall MDL, as well as to the PSC for the DePuy “Pinnacle” hip replacement MDL. Navan has been instrumental in assisting with global settlements and/or jury verdicts related to those litigations in excess of $5 billion for clients throughout the country.
Navan was named Beasley Allen “Litigator of the Year” in 2013, and was selected as the Mass Torts Section “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and 2015. He has received the AAJ Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and 2015, and in 2014 was named recipient of the AAJ Wiedemann & Wysocki Award. Navan is a talented lawyer who has a passion for the law and is totally dedicated to his clients. We are blessed to have him with us.
Members of AAJ can access the current issue of Trial Magazine on the organization’s website at justice.org. You can reach Navan at our Atlanta office, located at 4200 Northside Parkway, Building One, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia, 30327, by phone at 800-898-2034 or email Navan.Ward@beasleyallen.com.
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