DENVER - MARCH 15, 2016 - Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Kenzo Kawanabe has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony took place recently before an audience of approximately 570 during the 2016 Spring Meeting of the College in Maui, Hawaii.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar in the U.S. and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5800 members in the U.S. and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction), and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Mr. Kawanabe is a partner in the Trial Department of DGS and has years of experience representing clients in contentious disputes, focusing on general commercial, mass torts, products liability, and intellectual property. Mr. Kawanabe teaches at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and dedicates significant time to community service including serving on the Boards of Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Lawyers Committee, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Boettcher Foundation, Denver Foundation, Sakura Foundation, Stapleton Foundation, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Washington, D.C.). He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and was a Boettcher Scholar at the University of Colorado. Mr. Kawanabe served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mary J. Mullarkey, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.