WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Mary …

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Mary Alexander, a San Francisco-based consumer advocate attorney and former president and political action chair of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), was named president of the Roscoe Pound Institute, a Washington legal think tank devoted to education on civil justice issues.

Alexander, as president of ATLA, the country’s largest trial lawyer
organization, fought for consumer rights under attack by special interests
that put profits over people, and led the battle against White House and
congressional efforts to strip American families of their legal rights.
In her new role, Alexander will work to build upon the legacy of Roscoe
Pound, Dean of Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936 and one of the law’s
greatest educators, and continue the mission to promote access to the civil
justice system through the Institute’s programs, publications, and research
grants.

Alexander, named one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys” in
California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, maintains a widespread reputation
for her commitment to the protection of consumer rights. Some of her landmark
victories as a consumer rights attorney include: obtaining a $13.3 million
verdict for an injured client in Hall v. Yosemite Park and Curry Company,
securing a $4 million settlement in San Francisco Municipal Railway accident,
Landsverk v. CCSF, and obtaining a $4 million settlement in a pedestrian
accident, Ruszak v. State Farm.

Alexander asserted, “I am proud of what I’ve done under ATLA, fighting for
consumers against large insurance companies who don’t treat them fairly;
fighting for the ordinary person; fighting for the voiceless and the
powerless. But educating the judiciary and the public on the legal rights of
victims and consumers in the current political climate is an equally important
and enormous challenge. It’s time to make our message clear.”
While at ATLA, Alexander also helped to create Trial Lawyers Care (TLC),
an effort of more than 1,100 trial lawyers who provided help as volunteers to
the victims of September 11th. ATLA’s movement marked the largest pro-bono
legal effort in U.S. history and represented more than half of the 2900
victims’ families from the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania
attacks.

Alexander will continue to practice plaintiff law in San Francisco as
well as travel to Washington, DC to head the Institute.

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