McGinnis Lochridge is proud to announce that Partner Ray Chester has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers, considered to be the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, where inclusion is by invitation only. The induction ceremony took place at the organization’s 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans held last weekend, September 27-30.
Chester is a civil trial lawyer who represents clients in complex and high-profile products liability and personal injury trials in state and federal courts across the U.S.. He is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Chester is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and Texas Super Lawyers.
In addition to his personal injury work, Chester also leads the firm’s Products Liability Group, which was named the Litigation Practice Group of the Year by Texas Lawyer in 2015.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. 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 and Canada, 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.