Gray Ritter Graham attorney Don Downing has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.
The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
Don was one of four co-lead plaintiff counsel who in 2018 obtained a $1.51 billion settlement with Switzerland-based Syngenta on behalf of U.S. corn growers in a nationwide class action lawsuit. It is believed to be the largest agricultural settlement in U.S. history.
He previously was a national co-lead counsel representing thousands of U.S. rice farmers and other related businesses in multidistrict litigation over contaminated rice supplies. He led negotiations that resulted in a $750 million settlement for the plaintiffs. Additional settlement payments to affected businesses brought the total settlement payments to over $1 billion.
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Posted in News, March 4, 2019