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Edith R. Matthai Receives Los Angeles ABOTA’s Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award

Edith R. Matthai Receives Los Angeles ABOTA’s Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award

Annual award recognizes attorney for professionalism, civility, grace and high moral and ethical standards

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Los Angeles – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Edith R. Matthai has been recognized with the 2024 Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The award was presented at the 2024 President’s Dinner and Installation on Friday, January 19.

The Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award was established in 1993 and is presented annually to the attorney who regularly demonstrates professionalism, civility, graciousness and high moral and ethical standards, as exemplified by Mr. Wenzel. Founded in 1958, ABOTA is an invite-only national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA, its regional chapters and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Ms. Matthai is exceptionally skilled in understanding the needs and viewpoints of each party in a case—a skill that is vital for alternative dispute resolution—and approaches each case with balance, creativity and a keen eye for finding a solution. Ms. Matthai leads with integrity and compassion, which reinforces the respect held for her by her peers within the legal community. We congratulate her on this well-deserved award.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Ms. Matthai has over 45 years of experience representing clients in complex and high-profile matters. She is renowned within the legal community for her tremendous skill as a trial lawyer and her breadth of experience and creativity. Throughout her career, she has represented hundreds of lawyers and law firms, from solo practitioners to AmLaw 100 firms, in professional liability actions. She has evaluated and litigated a wide variety of matters relating to professional liability, insurance bad faith, commercial litigation, real estate, product liability and personal injury.

More information about the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA can be found here.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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