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Frank L. Branson, Dallas Lawyer, Receives _ Pursuit of Justice Award

CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2010 — The _ Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Frank L. Branson of Dallas with its Pursuit of Justice Award, recognizing outstanding merit in lawyers and judges who excel in providing access to justice for all.

The award will be presented during the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting at a dinner and reception Oct. 16 in Dallas’ Four Seasons Resort and Club.  Branson leads a nine-lawyer firm, The Law Offices of Frank Branson, P.C.  He represents injured plaintiffs in tort litigation involving personal injuries, professional negligence, product liability and commercial torts, as well as business litigation.

“For more than 30 years, Frank Branson has had an unwavering commitment to the profession and to his clients, many of whom have suffered from catastrophic accidents,” said Jennifer “Ginger” Busby of Birmingham, Ala., section chair.  “TIPS is honored to present him with the Pursuit of Justice Award and to recognize him for his professional and civic accomplishments and his dedication to ensuring access to justice for individuals whose lives have been affected by serious injuries.”

Branson was admitted to the Texas bar in 1969 and is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. courts of appeals for the fifth and eighth circuits, and U.S. district courts for the northern and eastern districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division.

Branson is a past president of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers of America and Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

He has authored several trial-related publications and has received a number of awards, including recognition since 1987 as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Branson was also named by Forbes as one of the most successful trial lawyers in the country in 1989, was honored with the Southern Trial Lawyers Association’s War Horse Award in 2001, and received the Distinguished Service Award for Vietnam Veterans of America

Branson’s civic activities have included membership in the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and service as an ambassador-at-large for Southern Methodist University.

Branson received his Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University in 1967 and his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in 1969.  He obtained a graduate degree in law from Southern Methodist University in 1974.

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 website, 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.

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Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation.  For more information on the award or TIPS, contact Nancy Slonim, ABA Communications and Media Relations Division, at 312/988-6132 or e-mail .

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