Charleston Attorney Gedney M. Howe III Recipient of Pursuit of Justice Award

Award recognizes commitment to access to justice

CHICAGO, May 14, 2012 — The _ Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) is honoring attorney Gedney M. Howe III of Charleston, S.C., with its Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.

“As a leading personal injury attorney in the state of South Carolina, Mr. Howe has been successful in several noteworthy cases including South Carolina’s largest ever personal injury verdict, while continuing to deliver individualized and personalized service to each and every client. This type of service embodies the Pursuit of Justice Award, which we are honored to present to Mr. Howe,” said Section Chair Randy Aliment of Seattle.

The award will be presented to Howe during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting in Charleston on May 19.

Howe is a plaintiff’s attorney in Charleston, SC. He began practicing with his father, Gedney M. Howe, Jr., in 1973 and continues his practice with his partners, Alvin Hammer and Caroline West, focusing on representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation as well as criminal defense litigation. Howe is Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated, the highest peer-review rating an attorney can attain for legal practice and ethics.

Howe earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1969 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1973. Admitted: 1973, South Carolina; 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court.

He represented the South Carolina State Senate in reapportionment litigation and has participated in many significant trials including Hurd v. U.S. (4th Cir. 2002), in which Howe represented the plaintiffs and won a $19 million judgment, and U.S. v. Wilkes, in which he represented South Carolina Rep Wilkes, the only indicted legislator found not guilty in the FBI sting operation Lost Trust.

Other criminal defense cases of note include: U.S. v. Thomas Ravenel, in which he represented the South Carolina State Treasurer; State v. Thrift before the South Carolina Supreme Court on the issue of prosecutorial misconduct; U.S. v. Dick Greer, representing the chairman of the State Development Board; U.S. v. Byers involving a marijuana smuggling investigation known as “Jackpot”; and State v. Seabrook for which his client was acquitted of murder.

Howe recently represented the plaintiffs in a personal injury action in which he negotiated a settlement thought to be the largest settlement of its kind in South Carolina.

He is a member of the Best Lawyers in America, the International Society of Barristers, Charleston County and _s, South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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 25,000 members and over 30 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.americanbar.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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