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Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. was inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers during its annual meeting in Montreal in July.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Rod, and we are very proud of his accomplishments,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow.  “Rod’s successful track record and the dedication he has to his clients and the practice of law are illustrated by this selection.”

Fellows of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers must be attorneys duly licensed to practice in the state and federal courts, trial and appellate, or in accordance with the rules and requirements of the licensing sovereignty in which they reside. Fellows must have been admitted to the practice of law for a minimum of twelve years and at the time of admission to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers be principally engaged in trial and appellate practice.

The International Academy of Trial Lawyers is a group of elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs’ and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases). The International Academy of Trial Lawyers includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become fellows only after a comprehensive vetting process.

Richmond has served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous jury trials in state, federal and military venues in a career currently spanning 27 years. His trial practice over the past several years has primarily involved mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical products, toxic torts and environmental issues. He has served as City Attorney for West Point, Mississippi since 2005.

Richmond is a member of Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group. He is recognized by a variety of industry publications, including Chambers USA (nationwide Product Liability & Mass Torts), The Best Lawyers in America (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences, Mid-South Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products) and Martindale-Hubbell. Law360 featured Richmond as one of its 2016 “Trial Pros.”

Richmond is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Mississippi Bar Foundation.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Mississippi Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, Magnolia Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel and the Capital Area Bar Association. He is a former member of the Mississippi Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, and a past president of the litigation section of the Mississippi Bar.  He served as a Judge Advocate for the United States Marine Corps and was nominated as an Outstanding Young Marine Corps Lawyer.  He received his undergraduate degree from Jackson State University and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.