(Jackson, MS / July 8, 2015) Baker Donelson is pleased to announce that La'Verne Edney has been elected a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and of the National Black Lawyers - Top 100, two invitation only national legal organizations.
A shareholder in Baker Donelson's Jackson, Mississippi office, Ms. Edney has significant trial experience in state and federal courts, and has tried to verdict numerous cases. She routinely defends against claims alleging medical negligence, breach of contract, premises liability, products liability, bad faith insurance, employment discrimination and legal malpractice. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Edney is a certified mediator and currently serves as a bar commissioner for the state of Mississippi. She also serves on several of Baker Donelson's committees, including the Women's Initiative, the Diversity Committee and the Recruiting Committee.
Ms. Edney is an active member of the Mississippi Bar, which recognized her with a Distinguished Service Award in 2012. She is also a member of the American, Fifth Circuit, Capital Area and Magnolia Bar Associations, and of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, which named her the "Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year" in 2011. Ms. Edney is a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law, and was named the school's "Young Lawyer of the Year" in 2010. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Mississippi College, Mississippi Children's Home Services, Magnolia Speech School, the Greater Jackson Partnership Chamber and the Mississippi Center for Justice.
Founded in 1957, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is dedicated to fostering improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to ensure more effective representation of litigants, benefitting the general public by more efficient administration of justice consistent with the traditional principles of litigation. Members of the ABOTA are trial lawyers of high personal character and honorable reputation who have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion as lead counsel.
The National Black Lawyers - Top 100 is an honorary organization comprised of attorneys from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as lawyers, while promoting diversity in the profession. The organization is dedicated to providing services and opportunities to members in a manner that will enhance the quality of legal services provided in the American legal system.