October 01, 2018
Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Tom Heiden, Partner and Global Co-Chair of Latham’s Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions Practice, has joined the ranks of the American College of Trial Lawyers (College), an “invitation-only Fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada.” The College requires that their Fellows “must include high ethical and moral standards, as well as excellent character" and "lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience.”
Potential Fellows are nominated by their peers, thoroughly investigated and, according to the College, “only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality” are welcomed into the elite organization. Indeed, though there are more than 5,700 Fellows across the US and Canada, College membership is so exclusive that no more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province can belong to the organization.
“There is no higher honor for a true trial lawyer and we’re so thrilled that Tom has been welcomed into the College Fellowship,” stated Sean Berkowitz, College Fellow and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. “Having faced down and won challenging, high-profile lawsuits in jurisdictions throughout the country, and covering toxic tort, high-stakes energy, utility, resource and business contract, sports, tort disputes, and more, Tom’s built a career few can match, to his clients’ great benefit. His induction further solidifies Tom as one of the best in the business, and highlights Latham as a center point for the world’s top trial lawyers.”
In addition to Heiden and Berkowitz, Latham is home to several additional American College of Trial Lawyers Fellows, including Steven Bauer, Thomas Nolan, and Ron Shulman.