William Hawal, a partner in the firm of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP LLP, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony took place on October 26, 2013, during the Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco.
The best of the trial bar make up the College, which was founded in 1950. Individuals can only gain access into the Fellowship in the College through invitation and careful review. To improve and progress the standards of trial practice, the committee searches for attorneys who display professionalism, ethical conduct, civility, and collegiality. To be selected, an attorney must have at least fifteen years of trial advocacy. The exclusive organization only recognizes one percent of the lawyer population in each state.
Hawal's admission into the American College of Trial Lawyers follows many other impressive achievements. He has been consistently voted among The Best Lawyers in America® in the Medical Malpractice Law practice area and The American Trial Lawyers Association, which bases selection on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the Trial Lawyer community, has selected him as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio. Super Lawyers® magazine has recognized Hawal as being among the top 5% of attorneys in Ohio specializing in the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice practice areas. In addition, Hawal has been named a founding member of the Summit Counsel - a group of today’s top civil justice lawyers in the United States - and has been granted a Fellowship in the International Society of Barristers.
Hawal is involved in litigating a wide variety of complex matters involving medical misdiagnoses, medical procedures, defective medical devices and drugs, legal malpractice and industrial and consumer products. He has litigated numerous cases across the country involving defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices and had a central role in the gadolinium-based contrast litigation, serving as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the Federal Multidistrict Litigation and as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for all of the federal court litigation. He also has extensive experience in product liability litigation, having successfully tried and settled cases involving defective helicopter components, automobiles, farm equipment, industrial machines, and consumer products. He is also experienced in representing individuals in high-profile civil rights lawsuits.
Deeply committed to serving the legal community, Hawal was a past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Ohio Chapter and The Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, was a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, was appointed a life member of the Eighth District Judicial Conference, and received a distinguished service award from The Ohio Association for Justice