Merchant & Gould partner Douglas J. Williams has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
The induction ceremony at which Williams became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 845 persons during the recent 2004 Annual Meeting of the College in St. Louis, Missouri.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one per cent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,400 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.
The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Williams is a partner in the firm of Merchant & Gould PC and has been practicing in Minneapolis for more than 25 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Drake University School of Law.