We are proud to announce Gibson Vance from our firm has been inducted into membership for the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). 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 attorneys in Alabama are members.

Gibson Vance accepting induction plaque for the American Board of Trial Advocates

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 for 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 practices in the firm’s Personal Injury and Consumer Fraud sections, concentrating in actions against those who negligently or intentionally harm others. His clients include individuals and small businesses. He 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 he “embodies the spirit of a trial lawyer and our association.”

Gibson also is heavily involved in the American Association for Justice, and is Past President of the organization. As president, he was one of six national officers representing AAJ’s 60,000 members.

He 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 serving 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.

Other Alabama attorneys inducted this year include Frank M. Wilson, Frank M. Wilson P.C., Birmingham, Ala.; Ralph W. Hornsby, Jr., Hornsby, Watson, Hornsby & Blackwell, Huntsville, Ala.; L. Peyton Chapman, III, Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A., Montgomery; Joseph L. Reese, Jr., Starnes Davis Florie LLP, Birmingham, Ala; and Christopher J. Zulanas, Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C., Birmingham, Ala. Augusta S. Dowd, White Arnold & Dowd P.C., is President, and Frank Stakely, Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garret, PA is President‐Elect of the Alabama Chapter of ABOTA.

Pictured is Gibson Vance, left, with Michael Ermert of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP in Birmingham, Ala., who is Secretary of the Alabama ABOTA chapter, at his induction ceremony at the November meeting.

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