Taft Minneapolis partner John Degnan has been elected as Dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM). Degnan is serving as Dean for the 2021-2022 term.
The ACTLM is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bettering the quality of trial advocacy across the nation’s courtrooms and assisting the consumer of legal services in finding experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers. Their purpose is to educate lawyers, judges, and students and foster engagement concerning all phases of civil and criminal trial practice through seminars and meetings, offer legal and practical information on all phases of civil and criminal litigation, and assert public position or statements on current procedural and substantive law proposals and issues.
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Degnan is an accomplished trial lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator who has handled more than 100 jury trials. He represents clients across a number of matters, including commercial and business litigation, legal and medical professional liability litigation and professional licensing matters, product liability, intellectual property litigation, personal injury, and employment law. He also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, court-appointed special master, and e-neutral.
The Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM), established in 1982, came into prominence in 1984 following the landmark decision in In Re Johnson, 341 N.W. 2d 282 (Minn. 1983). In that case, Richard Johnson, a civil trial specialist in the first group of trial lawyers certified by the NBTA, challenged the disciplinary rule which contained a blanket prohibition against specialist advertising. There are now 257 board-certified civil trial specialists in Minnesota and 65 board-certified criminal trial specialists. There are also some specialists certified by the NBTA. ACTLM, having accomplished its initial goal of promoting recognition of NBTA certification, continues to be an effective organization constantly working to improve trial advocacy in Minnesota.