July 11, 2018

Atlanta lawyer Hall F. McKinley, III, to receive ABA Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award


WASHINGTON, July 11, 2018,  — The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Atlanta attorney Hall F. McKinley, III, with its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award, which recognizes a person who consistently demonstrates 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 Chicago during the TIPS Council Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 7-10 p.m. at Shula’s Steakhouse, 301 E. North Water Street.

“The section is grateful to have this opportunity to express our pride in John by presenting him with the 2018 Andrew C. Heckler Award,” said Holly M. Polglase, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “John has worked tirelessly to promote the qualities of leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments.”

McKinley, a partner at Drew Eckl Farnham in Atlanta, has been practicing for more than 36 years with a focus on Commercial Transportation Law, Construction Litigation, General Liability, and Professional Malpractice and Healthcare Litigation. He serves general counsel, in-house legal departments, claims departments, and risk managers in litigating matters in state and federal courts.

McKinley is president-elect for the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) Board of Directors. He has also been appointed to seven committees of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, including serving as chair for the CLE Board Standing Committee and is serving as the Annual Meeting 2018 Program Chair. He has also received two Awards of Excellence from TIPS for promoting diversity in CLE programs and chaired the Diversity and Inclusion program at the TIPS Annual Conference in Philadelphia in May 2015.

He is also listed as a Georgia Super Lawyer and has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell for his high ethical standards and professionalism.  

McKinley received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1981.

Watch a tribute: The Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award

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There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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 over 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.

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