Philadelphia, Pa. – November 9, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Bruce W. Ficken, partner and chair of the Construction Practice Group at Pepper Hamilton LLP, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
The induction ceremony at which Mr. Ficken became a Fellow took place on October 22, 2005 before an audience of 950 persons during the 55th Annual Meeting of the College in Chicago, Illinois.
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 5,500 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 administration of justice.
Mr. Ficken has practiced at Pepper since 1973. He served on the firm’s Executive Committee and has conducted major litigation throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before state and federal agencies and boards. A recognized authority in managing risk in construction projects, Mr. Ficken has helped numerous owners and developers with contract documentation, contract and project administration, and dispute avoidance and resolution.
Mr. Ficken is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a member of the Forum Committee on Construction Claims and Disputes Procedures Subcommittee of the Fidelity and Surety Section of the ABA. He is a founding member and program director for the Alliance of Western Hemisphere Infrastructure Professionals.
Mr. Ficken graduated at the top of his class from Dickinson School of Law (J.D. 1973), and received his bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University (1970).
Pepper Hamilton LLP (www.pepperlaw.com) is a multi-practice law firm with 400 lawyers in six states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.