John E. S. Scott Receives Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from American Board of Trial Advocates Michigan Chapter

Dickinson Wright's John E. S. Scott Receives Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from American Board of Trial Advocates Michigan Chapter

November 2006
DETROIT, Mich. (November 29, 2006) – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that John E. S. Scott, a member of the Firm’s litigation practice since 1962, has been honored with the Richard B. Baxter Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The Baxter Award, which recognizes the preeminent Michigan trial lawyer who best exemplifies the tradition of civility and integrity in the legal profession, has only been given to four attorneys since the ABOTA Michigan Chapter was formed in 1988. "On behalf of everyone at Dickinson Wright, I am delighted to congratulate John for this prestigious recognition," said James A. Samborn, Chief Executive Officer, Dickinson Wright. "He joins only a handful of attorneys who have earned this distinction from among tens of thousands of others in a very competitive and demanding profession. We are proud to be his colleagues." Mr. Scott has a distinguished career as a trial lawyer, having recently served as Lead Trial Counsel for Detroit Wayne County Stadium Authority in Stadium Condemnation cases. He was Lead Regional Counsel for Chrysler Corporation's Product Liability Defense from 1994 to 2000 and served as one of Ford Motor Company’s National Counsel for Restraint Litigation for ten years. Mr. Scott was also Lead Michigan Counsel for Eli Lilly in Oral Contraceptive and DES Litigation during the 1970s. The Richard B. Baxter Trial Lawyer of Year is selected by a committee comprised of officers of the ABOTA Michigan Chapter and national Board members. "There are a great many awards in our business, but this one is a 'big deal'," said Tom Myers, ABOTA Michigan Chapter president. "Potential candidates are considered every year, but there have only been four lawyers in the history of our chapter who have been deemed worthy of selection. It is a truly elite group, and John Scott is a most deserving recipient." A Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Mr. Scott is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member and past chair of the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission and a member of the Center for Public Resources Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. Mr. Scott has been appointed to three positions with in the Michigan Supreme Court over the years including chairman of the Caseflow Management Rules Committee (1989-90), member of the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (1963-74) and member of the Committee on Defense Services (1975-77). Mr. Scott holds a bachelor of arts degree from Albion College and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. About ABOTA The American Board of Trial Advocates was started in California in 1959 by a distinguished group of trial lawyers. Its purpose is to protect and preserve the jury system. Membership is by invitation only and requires confirmation of extensive jury trial experience. In addition, its membership is intentionally composed of an equal number of defense and plaintiffs’ trial attorneys. Membership status is granted to less than 1% of the lawyer population. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has over 220 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. For more information, visit
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