Alan R. Brayton is Recipient of Pursuit of Justice Award

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section award recognizes commitment to access to justice

CHICAGO, June 29, 2010 — The _ Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is honoring Alan R. Brayton of Novato, Calif. with its Pursuit of Justice Award. The award recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.

The award will be presented during the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  The ceremony will be held at the Welcome, Diversity & Pursuit of Justice Award Reception, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

“TIPS is proud to present Alan R. Brayton with the Pursuit of Justice Award. He is an extremely talented and successful trial lawyer who unquestionably deserves this honor. In addition to his successful law practice, he has dedicated his time and service to the Public Justice Foundation and has served in a variety of leadership positions within TIPS,” said TIPS Chair John Tarpley of Nashville, Tenn.

Brayton is a founding and senior partner of Brayton Purcell LLP, where his areas of practice include asbestos litigation, toxic torts, personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, Jones Act, FELA, consumer law and mass tort litigation. In addition, Brayton has earned a national reputation as a leading lawyer representing victims of asbestos-related disease with clients in nearly every state.

Brayton was admitted to the California State Bar in 1977 and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in 1978. In 1982, he was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Brayton served as a second lieutenant and spent 12 years on active duty, including seven years as judge advocate. Upon leaving the Air Force, he entered into private practice. Early on, Brayton won one of the first asbestos cases ever tried in San Francisco Superior Court.

Brayton earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the United States Air Force Academy in 1971 and a Master of Science in finance from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972. He attended Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley, where he earned his Juris Doctor in1976.

Brayton is a member of the San Francisco, Sonoma County and Marin County bar associations, as well as the _ and the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, where he has held numerous leadership positions. He is also a member of the State Bar of California and has served as secretary for the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. In addition to his service on their Executive Committee and Board of Governors, he has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California, and as an active member for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice), the Marin/Sonoma/San Francisco County Trial Lawyers Associations and is a master in the American Inns of Court. He is an active member and past president of the Public Justice Foundation and serves on their Board of Directors.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 30,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS Web site, www.abanet.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.


Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation and other events at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. For more information on the award or TIPS, contact Deborah Weixl, ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services, at 312/988-6126 or e-mail at .

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