The award will be presented to Semerdjian during the TIPS James K. Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square.
“As a past section chair, Dick A. Semerdjian has shown a lifetime of outstanding leadership, decades of dedicated service and endless support to our organization,” said G. Glennon Troublefield, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “Dick is a valuable mentor to many of our section leaders today and we, as a section, are grateful for the path he has paved.”
Semerdjian has been a member of the ABA since 1986, when he began practicing law. In 1994, he was appointed by the State Bar of California to the ABA House of Delegates, where he served for nine years and gained insight into the association’s policy and legislative arm.
Semerdjian’s involvment in TIPS includes serving as a council member and as chair of the Business Litigation Committee. He was a faculty member for the TIPS-American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial Academy in Reno, Nev. In 2009 and 2012, he addressed the TIPS International Law Committee in Tsinghua University and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in Beijing on legal challenges for Chinese companies doing business in the U.S. and on litigation in America. Since 2013, he has served as chair and a member of the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project.
Semerdjian serves on the Judicial Nominations and Evaluation Committee of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. He has also served in various positions with the San Diego County Bar Association including the board of governors and the Client Assistance and Arbitration/Client Relations and Bench and Bar committees. He is a member of the State Bar of California, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (Consumer Attorneys of San Diego), San Diego Defense Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, Association of Business Trial Lawyers and Consumer Attorneys of California.
Semerdjian earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1985 and his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego in 1981. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and all California and federal courts, including Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Federal District Courts.
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The ABA Tort Trial and 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 20,000 members and more than 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 and 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.