LAGUNA HILLS,  CA—Founding Partner Douglas M. DeGrave of Poliquin & DeGrave LLP, was elected as the 2013 President  of the California American Board of Trial Advocates Chapter (CAL-ABOTA), a legal professional organization with over 1,500 members and eight chapters statewide, that fosters improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy.

A Villa Park resident, DeGrave, 58, was sworn in as CAL-ABOTA President by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye during the CAL-ABOTA Conference on November 9, 2012 at the Mauna  Kea Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

DeGrave  says of his installation, “I am honored to serve CAL-ABOTA as president for 2013.  This is a difficult time for the judicial branch and our system of civil justice.  There are people, some of whom even serve in government, who have forgotten that the judicial branch is a co-equal branch of government, not a lesser department.  We hope to change that misunderstanding of our constitution.”

Responsibilities of  the CAL-ABOTA president include elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy as trial lawyers in the legal profession.

DeGrave  was also named OC Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by ABOTA.

ABOUT DOUGLAS M. DEGRAVE: Named to the list of Southern California’s Super Lawyers in L.A. Magazine from 2007 through 2012, DeGrave is a Founding Partner with Mark Poliquin of Poliquin & DeGrave LLP, a litigation firm with six attorneys, based out of Laguna Hills, CA. DeGrave is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served as President of the Orange County Chapter, President of CAL-ABOTA and as a member of the ABOTA national board of directors. He is also a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and the Orange County Bar Association. As a member of the National Board of Trial Advocates, he is one of only 100 lawyers certified as a civil trial specialist in California.

ABOUT AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES: ABOTA is a legal professional organization that fosters improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy. The association is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.