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AAJ Announces C. Gibson Vance As President For 2010-2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - C. Gibson Vance was announced July 14 as the new president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the organization's annual convention. Vance will spearhead AAJ's mission of making sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system, even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations.

Vance has practiced law for more than 17 years and is currently a shareholder with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. in Montgomery, Ala., specializing in personal injury litigation and consumer fraud cases. Vance has also served as president of Montgomery County Bar Association, Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and the Alabama Association for Justice.

Vance graduated from Troy State University (B.S.) and Jones School of Law (J.D.). He is married to Kate Vance and they have two children, Carter and Andrew.

In addition to Vance, AAJ's new slate of officers includes President-Elect Gary M. Paul of Waters, Kraus & Paul in Los Angeles; Vice-President Mary Alice McLarty of The McLarty Firm P.C.; Secretary J. Burton LeBlanc of Baron and Budd P.C. in Baton Rouge, La.; Treasurer Rhonda Hill Wilson of the Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson P.C. in Philadelphia; and, Parliamentarian Larry A. Tawwater of the Tawwater Law Firm P.L.L.C. in Oklahoma City.

As the world's largest trial bar, the AAJ (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) works to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. For more information, visit