Former federal Judge T. John Ward (LLB '67) of Longview has been inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), one of the world's most-respected legal organizations.
Judge Ward was inducted during the organization's recent mid-year meeting in Chicago.
"This is a great honor for any lawyer," said Judge Ward, who previously was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 1999 by former President Bill Clinton, serving through 2011. "I'm flattered that my colleagues in Texas and across the nation have elected me to fellowship in this great organization."
Since retiring from the federal bench, Judge Ward has practiced with the Longview firm of Ward & Smith. He has helped build the firm's intellectual property litigation and mediation practices through his work for clients in a variety of industries.
For almost 60 years, the IATL has cultivated the science of jurisprudence, promoted reforms in the law, facilitated the administration of justice, and elevated the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to 500 Fellows from the U.S. who are honored for achieving excellence in their careers through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court, and appellate practice.
Ward & Smith has tried more than 350 cases to verdict in claims involving complex commercial litigation, intellectual property law, oil and gas matters, and serious personal injury claims. Ward & Smith frequently assists lawyers nationwide in complex cases before Texas juries.