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July 9, 2000


Attorney Joseph A. Quinn Jr., Laflin, a principal in the Northeastern Pennsylvania law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C., has been elected to The Inner Circle of Advocates.

The group describes itself as the most prominent and exclusive association in the United States legal community with membership limited to 100 trial lawyers throughout the country. The stringent requirements for membership include at least 50 courtroom victories and multiple verdicts in excess of one million dollars each on behalf of this clients.

"Because our membership is limited to only 100 members nationwide, we always have ten times more applicants then we have positions," said Don Keenan, past president of the Inner Circle.

"We looked at many qualified applicants in the state of Pennsylvania and chose Joe Quinn as the best of the best. Joe demonstrated to our governing board that he possesses fearless tenacity, coupled with excellent trial skills and proven success in the courtroom. Membership in the Inner Circle is attributed to his great successes. We look forward to Joe as a contributing member."

The Inner Circle meets once a year and regularly conducts conference telephone sessions to share intelligence on new trial techniques, expert witnesses and other litigation strategies. There are six trial lawyers in of Pennsylvania who are members of the Inner Circle and Mr. Quinn is the only one not from Philadelphia. He is the first from Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Attorney Quinn is also the only trial lawyer from Northeastern Pennsylvania who is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He also is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Order of Barristers. The American Board of Trial Advocates recognizes trial lawyers throughout the country who have displayed courtroom skill and integrity and who have spent considerable time assisting other attorneys in achieving a higher level of technique in the art of courtroom advocacy.

He was one of the first group of attorneys in the country certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and has remained certified since September 1, 1980. Attorney Quinn has also been recognized in every edition of the legal guide titled "The Best Lawyers in America."

Mr. Quinn is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and has served two terms as a member of the board of governors of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served as a member of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee, having been appointed to that committee by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

He has also served as a committee member for the Disciplinary Board for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and is a past chairman of the Civil Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Judicial Reform Commission by former Governor Robert P. Casey, served as chairman for the Nominating Commission of Luzerne County for eight years and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial and United States Attorney Nominations for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.