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Andrea La’Verne Edney Elected to Serve as 2024 President of the American Board of Trial Advocates

February 14, 2024 | by Butler Snow

Butler Snow attorney Andrea La’Verne Edney has been elected to serve as 2024 President by the membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She assumes the position following her role as Vice President of the organization and serves as the first female African American National President of ABOTA this year. Edney has long been a distinguished member of ABOTA since 2015 and has previously served as an ABOTA board member and a faculty member of the Masters in Trial Program.

ABOTA is an invitation-only national association of 7,600 experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. ABOTA’s primary goal is to educate the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury and is dedicated to elevating the standards of skill, integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.

Edney practices within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Care Litigation Group and also serves as Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. With more than 25 years of litigation experience, she has significant trial experience in state and federal courts in Mississippi and other states and has tried numerous cases to verdict. She has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® since 2016 and was recently recognized as one of Lawdragon’s 2024 500 Leading Lawyers in America for Product Liability and Medical Negligence. She has been previously recognized by Super Lawyers®, The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation. In 2018, she was honored as Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi College School of Law.

Edney is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American College of Trial Lawyers and the Mississippi Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Mississippi, American, Capital Area, Fifth Circuit and Tennessee Bar Associations.

Edney earned her bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University and her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.