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William Hawal Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Board of Trial Advocates

William Hawal has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

ABOTA is a national association of trial lawyers and judges with years of trial experience who aim to preserve the jury  trial system. Their most prestigious recognition is the Lifetime Achievement Award: “The ABOTA Lifetime Achievement Award honors those whose leadership efforts have advanced the preservation of the right to trial by jury guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Its inscription reads:

For service to the trial bar, leadership to his colleagues, extraordinary standard of professional conduct, total dedication to the ideals of mutual respect to all, and the preservation of right to trial by jury.

William Hawal began practicing law in 1980 as a trial lawyer at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, where he is the longest tenured partner. For the past forty years, William (Bill) has been dedicated to preserving the individual rights that are meant to be protected by the 7th Amendment: the right to trial by jury. He believes trial by jury is a principle component of individual rights, and he has dedicated his career to preserving those rights and the dignity of the individuals who hold them.

Bill is known as an exemplary lawyer in medical malpractice and all manner of personal injury cases. He has consistently achieved significant pre-trial settlements and plaintiff-favoring jury verdicts throughout his career, helping well-deserving individuals who have been devastatingly harmed by the misconduct of individuals and corporate interests.

He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, a prestigious and peer-reviewed legal publication, on numerous occasions, including 2020 Ohio Lawyer of the Year. Bill has been chosen by his peers for fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the Summit Council. And now there’s another award to add to the long list of achievements.

Bill is honored to have been chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award from ABOTA, which serves as another distinction in his career spent fighting for the rights of the individual as preserved via trial by jury. This award is given periodically rather than annually, and he was presented with the award in Columbus, Ohio on November 18th, 2021.


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