Randy Aliment has begun a one-year term as chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, concluding in August 2012.
Mr. Aliment, a partner at Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC, will focus his term on a year-long initiative involving disaster preparedness and response. The initiative will include a series of podcasts, teleconferences and live programs on issues arising out of disasters caused by terrorism, negligent acts, natural events and threats to cyber-security and will cover issues of preparedness, risk management, recovery and response, liability, insurance, claims and litigation.
The initiative kicked off with 10 teleconferences/webinars in September to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It will also deliver 10 podcasts throughout the year including two general-themed podcasts and two podcasts before each of the section's live programs during section meetings in Seattle, New Orleans, Charleston and Chicago.
Mr. Aliment's practice focuses on commercial law advice, business litigation and higher education law. He has represented clients in numerous state and federal courts and before administrative bodies in several states and Canada, and he has negotiated agreements on behalf of clients involved in commercial transactions in Europe, the Middle East and China. He collaborates extensively with his firm's Chinese affiliate, Duan & Duan, working in their offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong in his representation of U.S. and Chinese entities in transactions, agreements and joint ventures. His experience includes serving as national coordinating counsel in mass tort litigation, securities fraud litigation and contract negotiations on behalf of sports figures.
Mr. Aliment has been recognized by the Seattle Met Magazine as a "Top Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation for 2010. Aliment's Martindale-Hubbell's rating is "AV Preeminent" -- the highest peer-review rating available. In addition, he has been recognized as an outstanding Pacific Northwest lawyer by several publications, including Washington Law & Politics Super Lawyer (several years), Seattle Magazine (2007); Seattle Business Monthly (2007) and Washington CEO magazine (2006).
Mr. Aliment has served as one of four ABA delegates to the council of the UIA International Association of Lawyers, headquartered in Paris. He also serves on the Washington State Bar Association International Law Section Executive Committee and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.