Turner Padget Shareholder Ed Lawson Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Posted On October 7, 2021

Turner Padget is pleased to announce that Shareholder William “Ed” Lawson has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Lawson became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 687 (including both in-person and virtual attendees) during the recent Annual Meeting of the College in Chicago, Illinois.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Lawson has practiced law for nearly forty years. His litigation practice focuses on defending auto injury claims, premises liability claims and commercial claims. Lawson represents corporations, businesses and individuals in construction and insurance related matters. In 1996, he was certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a mediator and has mediated well over a thousand cases. Lawson earned his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University and his law degree from University of South Carolina School of Law.