RFBN partner Scott Nelson was formally recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocates, which welcomed him as a member of its Illinois chapter. ABOTA membership is available by invitation only to “those trial lawyers of high personal character and honorable reputation” who have served as lead counsel in the requisite number of jury trials which have gone to verdict. ABOTA is a national association with members from all 50 states. Its members are experienced trial lawyers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the fundamental right to a jury trial in civil matters as provided by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. The organization ‘s membership includes equal numbers of trial attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants. ABOTA is also dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and civility among the trial bar. Because of ABOTA’s recognition of the importance of an independent judiciary, it vigorously defends judges who have been unfairly criticized.