(1944 - 2013)
Ron Motley was internationally recognized as one of America's most accomplished and skilled trial lawyers. Over a career spanning more than three decades, his persuasiveness before a jury and his ability to break new legal and evidentiary ground brought to justice two once-invincible giant industries whose malfeasance took the lives of millions of Americans - asbestos and tobacco. Noted for his role in spearheading the historic litigation against the tobacco industry, Mr. Motley served as lead trial counsel for 26 State Attorneys General in the lawsuits. His efforts to uncover corporate wrongdoing and scientific wrongdoing resulted in the Master Settlement Agreement, the largest civil settlement in U.S. history, in which the tobacco industry agreed to reimburse states for smoking-related health care costs. He was a member of the American Association for Justice, served on its Board of Governors, served as chair of its Asbestos Litigation Group, and received their prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award" in July 2010. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, Civil Justice Foundation, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and South Carolina Association for Justice. He founded the Mark Elliott Motley Foundation, Inc. in 2002 in loving memory of his son. The focus of the foundation is to help meet the health, education and welfare needs of children and young adults in the Charleston, South Carolina community.