Hirschler is pleased to announce that Richmond-based partner John Walk has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Walk was among 92 fellows honored at the Association’s special Induction Ceremony, which took place before an audience of 561 at the 2020 Spring Meeting of the College in Tucson, Ariz.
“We celebrate John’s inclusion this esteemed group of professionals,” said Courtney Paulk, president of Hirschler. “John joins an elite group of experienced trial lawyers who are leaders in client advocacy. Notably, membership in the College does not exceed one percent of the total lawyer population in any state or province. Since joining the firm in 1980, John has continued to set a great example for his peers and colleagues by providing the highest standards of professionalism, civility and collegiality. We congratulate him on this significant achievement.”
At Hirschler, Walk’s practice focuses on cases arising in connection with the development of real property, including land use, environmental law, eminent domain, property assessment, insurance and contract disputes. He has argued 19 reported Virginia Supreme Court cases – many of which established leading precedents in land use and property taxation.
In addition to his practice, John is active in civil justice reform as a member of the Steering Committee and former Chair of the Boyd-Graves Conference, which brings together attorneys from different types of practices and regions of the state to improve the law. He regularly teaches and writes on topics related to Virginia Civil Procedure, and he has been cited by the Virginia Supreme Court for his work in University of Richmond Law Review. Walk has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law, teaching courses on Virginia civil procedure and advanced trial advocacy, and he served as faculty for the Virginia Supreme Court Professionalism Course and pre-bench training on Virginia Civil Procedure.
Walk earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and his law degree from the University of Richmond.
The American College of Trial Lawyers was founded in 1950 and is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience. There are currently approximately 5,800 members, whose goals are to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.
To view the full list of this year’s inductees, please click here.