July 25, 2014

San Francisco lawyer Ronald L. Richman to receive Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award from American Bar Association

CHICAGO, July 24, 2014 – The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor San Francisco lawyer Ronald L. Richman with its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award.

Ronald L. Richman

The award, which recognizes the late Andrew C. Hecker of Philadelphia, is presented to those lawyers who have consistently demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, the qualities of leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments. The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. during the James K. Carroll Leadership & Awards Dinner at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

“During the 20-plus years that he has actively served TIPS, Ron Richman has devoted countless hours to innumerable Section activities, including training the general committee leaders who create the core value of TIPS membership, and as an enthusiastic leader of our membership and diversity efforts,” said Eugene G. Beckham, Chair of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.

Richman,  a senior trial attorney with more than 28 years of experience, is a Shareholder and serves on the Board of Directors at San Francisco firm Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. He frequently litigates, arbitrates and mediates complex civil, commercial, general business and contract disputes in state and federal courts throughout California. In recognition of his skills in resolving complex litigation cases, Richman was nominated and appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court to serve as a panelist for the Court's Early Settlement Program. He was also selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2014, 2013 and 2010 — Business Litigation).

Richman is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and is a member of the ABA, where his involvement includes work with the Long Range Planning Committee (member, 2012-13); Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Scope & Correlation Committee, 2012-13; Vice Chair, Business Litigation Committee, 2012-13; Annual Meeting Arrangements Chair, 2013; Council Member, 2008-11; Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2005-06); Associated General Contractors of California (member); Bar Association of San Francisco (member); Foster City Chamber of Commerce (former member, Board of Directors); San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (member, Public Policy Forum); San Francisco Marine Claims Association (mediation panelist, Early Settlement Program); U.S. Navy Reserve Force (Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1985-88); and University of California, Davis (member, Parent and Family Council).

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 over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization 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.