A Career of Endorsing Structured Settlements
"For the almost 40 years I've been practicing,
structured settlements have played an integral role
in the positive outcome of many cases I have settled."
- William T. "Bill" Robinson III, Esq. -
Last month, members of the National Structured Settlements Trade Association were treated to a keynote address from the incoming president of the American Bar Association, William T. "Bill" Robinson III at its annual meeting in La Jolla, California.
Mr. Robinson has been included among the "Best Lawyers in America" every year since 1997 and is a founding board member of the Appellate Judges Education Institute.
During his lunchtime speech, Mr. Robinson expressed his strong support for structured settlements as a negotiation tool and as a benefit that adds "real and lasting value" for plaintiffs.
He went on to share the story of a client he represented that settled a medical negligence case via a structured settlement. His client, a young woman who was dying of cancer as a result of the misreading of a tissue slide, settled with a structure designed to provide for her two young sons after her passing. "She settled with peace of mind. She died satisfied she had done the best for her boys."
Mr. Robinson also praised the professionalism of the structured settlement industry and extolled the value of interjecting the topic early in the settlement process.
In addition to his strong support for structured settlements, he also explained the problems confronting our justice system as a result of, among other things, the delays in the judicial appointment process.
The legal community is privileged to have a leader of Bill Robinson's experience and passion serving as the ABA's next president. The structured settlement industry is proud to know this esteemed body has chosen such a strong advocate of structured settlements to lead it.
Best wishes for continued Struccess!
Dan Finn, CPCU, CSSC
Certified Structured Settlement Consultant
PS I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the ABA's next president has had a bit of an edge to aid in his understanding of structured settlements. Bill's son, Tay, is a structured settlement professional based out of Crestview Hills, Kentucky!