Lyn Pruitt, a senior litigation partner for Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C., has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Pruitt was inducted at the Academy's Annual meeting on February 24.
Chartered in 1954, the Academy is dedicated to the administration of justice and promoting the rule of law around the world. Membership is by invitation-only and limited to 500 U.S. Fellows and Fellows from more than 30 other countries. Prospective Fellows are examined rigorously for their legal skills, character, integrity and trial record.
Attorneys who are invited to be Fellows are recognized for their demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice over many years. The most distinguished members of the trial bar are identified by a comprehensive peer and judicial review based on character, integrity, professionalism and the highest standards of the civil justice system. The Academy's mission is to promote reforms in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, promote the Rule of Law Internationally and elevate the level of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.
Pruitt's practice emphasizes products liability defense, particularly in the area of pharmaceutical drug and device litigation, class action litigation, as well as other mass tort litigation. She was a member of both national trial teams which successfully tried the first two Bellwether cases in the hormone therapy multi-district litigation.
In addition to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Pruitt is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), where she previously served on the Board of Directors. She has also served on the IADC Trial Academy faculty, and is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Pruitt is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the William R. Overton Inn of Court, American Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI) where she serves on the Public Policy Committee. Pruitt has also been named to Chambers USA, Best Lawyers In America, Super Lawyers, the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, and the Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers. Pruitt was one of ten lawyers named the Best Lawyers 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort/Class Action and Product Liability Litigation.
Pruitt received a juris doctorate with high honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1984, where she was Assistant Editor of the Law Journal and has since taught Trial Advocacy. Locally, she is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association where she currently serves on the Civil Jury Instructions Committee, and previously served as chair of the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and as a member of the Tort Law and Civil Procedure Committees. Pruitt joined Mitchell Williams in 1985 after clerking one year for the Arkansas Supreme Court.