Congratulations to Nilan Johnson Lewis President Amanda Cialkowski, who has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier legal associations in North America.
Amanda was inducted at a Feb. 25 ceremony in Key Biscayne, Florida. Supporting her at the event were her longtime NJL, and now ACTL colleagues, Mike Nilan, Brian Johnson, and Don Lewis.
Amanda first arrived at the firm in 2000, and practices in NJL’s Product Liability and Complex Torts and Business Litigation groups. After receiving her honor, she noted: “I was thrilled and honored to be inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and it’s a testament to the firm’s commitment to excellence. What made it all the more special is that three of my mentors accompanied and cheered me on. These extraordinary men have been champions in every sense of the word, investing in me personally and professionally for the last 23 years. They went to bat for me with clients and colleagues to give me opportunities to gain the knowledge and experience to become the trial lawyer I am today.”
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Amanda joins approximately 5,800 ACTL members, a population including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those ascending to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.