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Stone Pigman Member Wayne J. Lee Assumes the Role of President of the Louisiana State Bar Association

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. member Wayne J. Lee was officially installed as the 63rd President of the Louisiana State Bar Association at its Annual Meeting on June 13, 2003. Mr. Lee becomes the first African-American lawyer to serve as president of the statewide organization.

Mr. Lee joined Stone Pigman in 1974 and became a member of the firm in 1978. He co-chairs the firm's Business and Commercial Litigation practice group and focuses his practice on representing clients in complex litigation including class actions, insurance and multidistrict litigation. Mr. Lee has extensive experience handling complex litigation involving insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims, class actions and extra-contractual liability issues. He has represented insurers in attempts at class-action certification with respect to claims based on underwriting practices and bad faith, and has defended coverage issues and claims in class actions.

Mr. Lee balances his active and successful litigation practice with dedicated work for professional and community organizations. His extensive and far-reaching resume of organizations, associations, committees, boards, memberships, appointments, elected positions and honors reflect his esteemed character and devotion to his profession and community.

Mr. Lee's commitment to the LSBA dates back to his first years at Stone Pigman when partner Phillip A. Wittmann encouraged him to get involved as a way to get to know other lawyers and give back to the profession. Mr. Lee has since held numerous positions including membership in the House of Delegates, 1997 - present, and the Board of Governors, 1993-96; chair of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee, 1997-99, Continuing Legal Education Program Committee, 1991-93; and ad hoc member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee. He has received two President's Awards, first in 1993 for his work as chair of the Continuing Legal Education Program Committee, and again in 1998 for his work as co-chair of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee.

In addition to his involvement with the bar association, Mr. Lee was a member of the Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board and served as chair of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group. He was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education, 1989-94. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, Ltd., a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Tulane University Inn of Court and serves on the Advisory Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review. He is also a member of the Louis A. Martinet Society and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Lee is a member of the American, National, Louisiana, New Orleans and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations.

Mr. Lee received his law degree in 1974 from Tulane University School of Law, where he was chosen to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors, 1972-74. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane in 1971.

Founded in 1929, Stone Pigman has earned its reputation by hiring the best and brightest legal talent to represent national, regional and local businesses in a full range of litigation and business matters, including corporate, securities, real estate, intellectual property, health care, tax and estate planning.

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