Adams and Reese Partner Mark Surprenant (Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1977) has been appointed the 2010-2011 Chair of the Louisiana State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Surprenant's one-year tenure commences with the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of ACTL in Washington, DC, on September 26th, and continues through the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, on October 23, 2011.
The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to maintain and improve the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. There are currently more than 5,700 Fellows across the U.S. and Canada, and fellowship to is extended only by invitation to those experienced trial lawyers 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.