Saturday, September 6, 2008

At the Firm


Wolfe Selected as Member of Academy of Trial Advocacy (ATA).
(The following is an excerpt from the ATA news release) Alabama Attorney Selected for Membership in Academy of Trial Advocacy. The Academy of Trial Advocacy (ATA) is pleased to announce that Gulf Coast attorney Mark Wolfe has become a member of the organization. The organization is limited to 1000 members and Wolfe is only the second lawyer in Alabama to qualify for membership. The ATA members are lawyers who represent consumer and injury victims. Not only are members required to have extensive litigation and trial experience, but they also must have had articles published in legal journals, taught continuing education courses for other lawyers in the area of trial advocacy, handled significant or important appellate issues, been involved in public education activities regarding the legal system and been active in charitable activities. John Leighton, a Miami attorney who is the chairman of ATA, said the organization wants lawyers who have demonstrated skill in the courtroom but also excelled in other areas such as public service, teaching, writing and advocating issues on behalf of consumers and injury victims. "Simply put, ATA looks for the best of the best. We want members who are deeply committed to protecting the rights of consumers and injury victims," said Leighton. Wolfe, who was nominated for membership by New Jersey attorney, Larry Simon and sponsored by fellow Alabama lawyer Greg Cusimano of Gadsden, said ATA membership appealed to him for several reasons. "The main thing I liked was the ATA has no membership fees or dues. Day in and day out we receive material from one group or another who want you to buy your way into a super name or title. This is not the case with the ATA," he said. "Also, when I looked at the criteria for membership I realized this organization was looking for people who not only have courtroom and trial experience but who are truly committed to helping the people who we represent. I am very proud to be a member of ATA and I look forward to continuing to help consumers and injury victims in our area," he said. Wolfe is a partner in the law firm of Moore & Wolfe located in Mobile, Alabama. The firm’s primary area of practice is auto-negligence and wrongful death claims and cases.

M&W Lawyers Participate in Medical Seminar. On August 8th, Steve, Mark and Knox participated in a national medical seminar for chiropractic physicians held in Orange Beach, AL. They were part of a panel discussion on medical records and documentation for auto-negligence claims. Wolfe also reviewed his recent paper on computer assisted claim evaluation programs. Those programs are being utilized by more and more liability insurance companies when evaluating auto-negligence claims.

Third Annual M&W Charity Wine Tasting is Sunday, October 26, 2008. The event will go from 2:00 to 5:00 and again be at the Bakery CafĂ© at 1104 Dauphin Street. This year’s beneficiary is the Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP). The program has been providing quality pro bono legal assistance to the low income citizens of Mobile County in civil matters for over 23 years. Over 50% of the Mobile Bar Association members volunteer their time to help with this important program. He program is recognized as the most effective pro bono program in the State and one of the best in the country.
In the past two years the M&W Charity Wine Tasting has raised almost $20,000 for area charity projects. In 2006, the proceeds went to help build a community playground at Central Presbyterian Church in midtown. In 2007, the proceeds went to the ClassAct Program at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The program provides teachers and class rooms at the hospital so patients can stay current with school assignments and receive attendance credit. For more information or to download ticket order forms visit the News page of the M&W web site: or call 251 433-7766.

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