Adams and Reese Partner Ron Sholes was recently named President of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, an organization of approximately 1,700 Louisiana attorneys who are primarily engaged in the defense of civil litigation.
Sholes previously served as First Vice President of the organization. The LADC was founded in 1963 to provide a vehicle for a sharing of ideas and an enhancement of the education and training of its members. It provides its members with key educational opportunities, such as a monthly newsletter reporting on recent developments in the law of interest to members, and eight educational programs which provide members with the opportunity to earn up to approximately 75 CLE credits each year. The LADC also functions as the voice of its members in public service, working with its members and with other organizations to improve the speedy administration of justice in Louisiana courts.
Sholes is a former district judge in the Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans. His civil litigation practice at Adams and Reese includes class action, mass torts, environmental disputes and business litigation, among other matters. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury Litigation and also in Louisiana Super Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
In the professional community, Sholes serves as the president of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation; on the Loyola Law School Board of Visitors; on the Board of Directors of the Dryades YMCA; on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation board; and Court Rules Committee of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
He is a member of the professional assessment committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association and past president of the 4th and 5th Circuit Judges Association and of the Louisiana District Judges Association.
Sholes is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Gillis Long Public Service Award; the Milton Sheen Award in recognition of leadership, fellowship and service; and the Judicial Pacesetter Award.
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with offices strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200". The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 250" list of the nation's largest law firms.