February 25, 2013

Jenner & Block Partner Robert L. Byman was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers as Treasurer, for 2012-2013.  Mr. Byman, who was elected to Fellowship in the ACTL in 1992, has been a longtime leader in the College. From 2008 to 2012, he served as a regent, assigned to the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. As a regent, he also acted as a liaison to the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bulletin, Federal Civil Procedure, and Public Defenders Committees. 

Mr. Byman has also been chair of the Regents Nominating Committee, the Ad Hoc Committees on Judicial Independence and Judicial Compensation, and the Federal Civil Procedure Committee.

Fellowship in the ACTL is limited to one percent of the active bar in any given state and is by invitation only, to attorneys who have distinguished themselves in trial practice for at least 15 years and who are recognized for the highest ethical and moral standards.  The College is the only organization to which every justice of the Supreme Courts of the United States and Canada has accepted honorary membership.  Past presidents of the College include such outstanding lawyers as former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell.

Mr. Byman represents clients in complex commercial cases on diverse issues ranging from patents and intellectual property, securities and commodities, and civil rights to contractual disputes concerning such fields as construction, insurance, financing, franchising, and corporate acquisitions.  As lead trial counsel, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever in the State of Connecticut; he served as lead counsel to the Firm's Chairman, Anton R. Valukas, in his capacity as Examiner in the Lehman Bankruptcy.  Mr. Byman also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator, and mediator.

News of the election was announced in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bulletin, the ACTL’s official publication.