Crowe & Dunlevy attorney honored by American Bar Foundation

OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Bar Foundation (ABF) recently awarded Crowe & Dunlevy attorney William G. Paul the 2011 Fellows of the ABF Outstanding Service Award.

The Outstanding Service Award is given annually to a fellow of the ABF who has, in his or her professional career, adhered for more than 30 years to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.

Paul serves as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. His areas of practice encompass alternative dispute resolution, commercial transactions, corporate governance and trusts and estates law

Paul has served as president of both the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, the American Bar Endowment, the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

Career honors include induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2003, and election to the University of Oklahoma Alumni Hall of Fame. In addition, Paul received the President’s Award from the American Bar Association, as well as the Spirit of Excellence Award for his commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The Oklahoma Bar Association honored him with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Paul is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (alternative dispute resolution).

Nominations for the Outstanding Service Award are made by the national membership of The Fellows, and a final selection of the recipient is made by the officers and ratified by the ABF Board of Directors. Past recipients of the award include James R. Ellis of Seattle, Neal R. Sonnett of Miami, and Brooksley E. Born of Washington, D.C.

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

The ABF is the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than 50 years, the ABF has advanced the understanding and improvement of law through research projects of unmatched scale and quality on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world.

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