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Yamaha In-House Counsel and Butler Snow Attorneys Selected for the Yancey Memorial Award by the International Association of Defense Counsel

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys, along with Yamaha’s in-house counsel, have been selected for the Yancey Memorial Award by the International Association of Defense Counsel. The award is given to acknowledge excellence in academic writing.

The winning article, The Use of Computer-Generated Animations and Simulations at Trial, was written by Victoria Webster, senior counsel of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., and Butler Snow attorney Fred E. (Trey) Bourn, III with assistance from Butler Snow attorneys Carol Thetford Montgomery and Caroline D. Walker.

“This award highlights the expertise, knowledge and writing skills that Trey, Carol and Caroline have developed in bringing to life animations and simulations at trial. We know that their article will inspire others on this topic,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “We work very closely with Yamaha on numerous product liability cases. Through our partnership, we are dedicated to improving safety, education and awareness of best ATV practices in the marketplace. This collaborative article exemplifies the relationship that we maintain with Yamaha.”

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has served a distinguished membership of corporate and insurance defense attorneys and insurance executives since 1920. Its membership is comprised of the world’s leading corporate and insurance lawyers and insurance executives. Members, such as Webster and Bourn, are partners in large and small law firms, senior counsel in corporate law departments and corporate and insurance executives. Members represent the largest corporations around the world.

IADC members handle cases in all jurisdictions and have been involved in many precedent setting decisions and appeals. They have been appointed to federal and state judgeships and elected to numerous local, state, and federal government positions, and have been published widely in bar and trade journals, law reviews and professional publications.

Webster has overseen product liability actions involving three and four wheel ATVs, side-by-side vehicles, golf cars, snowmobiles and personal watercraft since 1986. She received her Juris Doctor, from Southwestern University School of Law. Webster is a member of both the California and Georgia Bar Associations.

Bourn serves as assistant practice group leader for the product liability, toxic tort and environmental group at Butler Snow. His practice is focused on representing clients in the areas of recreational vehicles, watercraft, automobiles and other machinery-related product liability cases. He also focuses his practice on drug and medical device litigation.  Bourn is AV-Rated and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation and by Mid-South Super Lawyers® for personal injury defense: products.  Bourn earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his master’s degree from Mississippi State University. Bourn earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Law Journal.