Defense Counsel Journal

President's Page - Volume 88, Number 2

Volume 88, No. 2

July 23, 2021

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Andrew S. Chamberlin

Andrew Chamberlin is a trial attorney at Ellis & Winters in Greensboro with a broad national and international practice. Andrew has handled product liability, and catastrophic injury defense cases as well as the prosecution and defense of commercial, construction, and intellectual property disputes.

It is too early to assess the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the years to come, historians will offer their respective conclusions for consideration and debate. It is not the role of the International Association of Defense Counsel to undertake that broader, retrospective analysis. Our role is a narrower one – anticipating and addressing the professional concerns of our members and the clients they serve. In a global crisis, the legal concerns of our clients only grow, and the complexity of the practice of law only increases.

The IADC, each of its members, and each client served by a member, has been forced to adapt to operating in a new reality that limits social contact. Even as we look forward to the distribution of vaccines and a possible end to the pandemic, we must all adapt to another new reality that will emerge. Collectively, we can never stop thinking, we never stop analyzing, and we can never stop learning.

For much of the past thirteen months, the International Association of Defense Counsel has focused its efforts on new ways to communicate with and deliver value to our members. However, I am pleased to say that our transformation as an organization has not meant abandoning traditional methods that continue to deliver value at the highest level. The Defense Counsel Journal has been, and continues to be, a source of pride for the organization, delivering scholarly analysis of issues critical to our membership. I hope you enjoy this edition of a tradition that has continued throughout the pandemic.