The award will be presented to Mulligan April 27 during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting 80th Anniversary Gala at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Mulligan is co-founder of the Law Offices of Mulligan and Banham, a San Diego firm that specializes in catastrophic injury cases arising from medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, car accidents and other personal injury cases, as well as legal malpractice claims. Her practice is limited to representation of consumers in catastrophic cases arising out of medical negligence, personal injury and elder abuse actions. In addition to maintaining her private law practice, she serves as co-council with other law firms and frequently teaches courses in medical malpractice, legal malpractice trends in personal injury law and trial techniques.
“Jan Mulligan is one special person and dear personal friend to many of us. Likewise, Jim Carroll was the same. It is with great honor and pride that Jan Mulligan is the recipient of the 2013 James K. Carroll Leadership Award. Jan’s accomplishments and work on behalf of the ABA and TIPS are remarkable. Jan is the past Chair of the Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force, a Chair of the Law & Medicine Committee (both for TIPS and ABA) and has served on the ABA House of Delegates both as the San Diego County Bar and TIPS Delegate for over 14 years. She was also on the TIPS Council for 9 years. She is a dedicated leader and one that has a passion for TIPS, in the recruitment of new, young and diverse lawyers and the civil justice system. She was a close and very dear friend with Jim Carroll and for that reason, I know that Jan will cherish this award forever,” said TIPS Chair, Dick Semerdjian of San Diego.
Mulligan obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. In 1981, she graduated with honors from the University of San Diego School of Law where she distinguished herself on the National Team and the Moot Court Board. Upon graduation, she became a distinguished member of the Order of the Coif. Mulligan is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and all California state and federal courts.
From 1980 to 1981, Mulligan served as a judicial intern for Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, then presiding judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During law school, she clerked for the Office of the Attorney General, State of California, Licensing Division, where she worked exclusively on the revocation of health care professionals’ licenses.
Mulligan served as a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, past chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Medicine and Law Committees, a member and past chair of the ABA Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability, past chair of the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Judicial Endorsements Committee and a past member of the Board of Management of the Y.M.C.A. (Mission Valley Branch). She is a sustaining member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.
She is also a past president of the San Diego Inn of Court and serves as a Master of the Louis B. Welsh Inn of Court. Mulligan has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association (1988-1990), the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (1987-1991), Lawyers Club (1986-1989) and the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Litigation Section (1995-1998). She has also received various awards including being named a Super Lawyer (2006-2012); Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (2008); San Diego County Bar Association award for service to the legal profession (2006); The Lawyer’s Club Belva Lockwood Award for Contributions to the Legal Profession (2001) and the 2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards for “Bringing Law to Latvia” from the San Diego Press Club.
The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.