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Phillip A. Wittmann Receives the 2005 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award in the Fifth Circuit

Stone Pigman is pleased to announce that managing partner Phillip A. Wittmann has received the 2005 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award in the Fifth Circuit. The award is designed to honor a lawyer whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.

"Phil is a perfect choice for an award exemplifying professionalism. Too often today, an effective litigator is thought of as someone who is tough--meaning difficult to get along with. Phil is proof that the opposite is true. He never fights over unnecessary issues. He just insists that the merits of his client's case, either as plaintiff or defendant, are addressed and decided. He's also well prepared when the judge turns to the plaintiff and says, 'Call your first witness.' Now that's an effective litigator-- and a thoroughly professional one," said Jay Gulotta, Chair of the Litigation Section of Stone Pigman.

Wittmann joined Stone Pigman in 1961 and is the chair of the firm's Management Committee. His practice is concentrated in class actions and complex multidistrict litigation. Wittmann graduated from the Tulane University School of Law in 1961, where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa and served on the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors. He received his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in 1956.

Founded in 1929, Stone Pigman has earned its reputation representing 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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