Beasley Allen lawyer Navan Ward, Jr., has been selected to serve as President-Elect of the American Association for Justice. The election was announced today at the organization’s annual convention. This will be Ward’s fifth consecutive year serving as an AAJ Officer and seventh consecutive year serving on the Executive Committee. The AAJ is dedicated to preserving the civil justice system and making sure that powerful special interests are held accountable when they engage in misconduct or negligence.
“It is an honor to continue serving such a great organization that remains committed to ensuring access to justice to everyone in our country,” Ward said. “This is a fundamental value in our nation and one that should never be taken for granted. The American Association for Justice stands ready to defend the justice system because consumers who have been injured through no fault of their own should have the same level of access to justice as even the most powerful corporations.”
Ward is the firm’s lead attorney on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation and proton pump inhibitor (PPI) litigation, and practices from the Atlanta office. He serves on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for the DePuy “ASR” Hip Implant Recall Multi-District Litigation (MDL) and was appointed as co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs Executive Committee (PEC) in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability MDL. Ward has been instrumental in assisting with the verdicts and global settlements against major hip implant manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson / DePuy for $4.057 billion, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation / Stryker for over $1 billion, and Biomet Corporation for more than $250 million, as well as additional confidential settlements involving other metal-on-metal and/or modular-neck hip components. Ward has also been appointed to the PEC for the PPI MDL.
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