(PRWEB) May 13, 2014
The American Bar Association reported on May 1, 2014 that it intends to honor Christian D. Searcy of West Palm Beach, Fla., with its Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all Americans.
“Chris Searcy has tried more than 200 civil trials to verdict and has recovered $1 million or more on behalf of 100 of his clients,” said Fletcher D. Handley Jr., chair of the TIPS Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force. “He is a great American story and a great American trial lawyer. He is most deserving of the Pursuit of Justice Award.”
Searcy will receive the award on Thursday, May 15, at the Welcome and Pursuit of Justice Award Reception during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida.
Searcy, president and CEO of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA, has litigated cases primarily involving catastrophic injury and death in Florida and other states for 40 years. In March 1978, at age 29, he had the distinction of being the youngest lawyer in the U.S. to achieve a verdict of $1 million for a single personal injury lawsuit in the case of Bernard v. Florida East Coast Railway.
Searcy’s personal philosophy is shared by his firm, supporting and advocating for victims and making a mark on South Florida by supporting numerous nonprofit organizations committed to helping the disabled, improving education and advancing community causes.
In 2006, he received the Southern Trial Lawyers Association’s War Horse Award recognizing his exceptional skill as a trial advocate and his extraordinary contributions to the cause of justice. In 2005, the Florida Justice Association honored Searcy with its highest honor, the Perry Nichols Award; for his lifetime of outstanding service to the cause of justice.
Searcy is past president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, past president of the Florida Justice Association and a diplomat of the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the National Trial Lawyers Association and the ABA. He has been recognized for his work by numerous publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Law and Leading Attorneys, Lawdragon, Florida Trend magazine and the South Florida Legal Guide.
After earning his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970, Searcy received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1973, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class. In October 2007, he was inducted into the Stetson University College of Law’s Hall of Fame for his profound and positive influence on the college and the legal world.
The law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA is proud to have a leader as profoundly talented and charitable as Christian Searcy.