Consumer Attorneys of California presented Lawyers of Distinction member, Mary Alexander, Esq. of Mary Alexander & Associates, with the Edward I. Pollock Award which is given “in recognition of many years of dedication, outstanding efforts and effectiveness on behalf of the causes and ideals of consumer attorneys.” Ms. Alexander was recognized for her work on behalf of her clients in the lead paint litigation as well as for her work within the legal community.
A United States Supreme Court Decision in County of Santa Clara v. Atlantic Richfield Co. et al. finally brought 18 years’ worth of litigation to a close and ended the lead paint manufactures challenge to a California ruling holding them liable for knowingly marketing and selling lead paint. The ruling upheld a $409 million award to 10 state jurisdictions to fund lead paint cleanup. Mary Alexander was a critical member of the team that held Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra and NL Industries, Inc. accountable for knowingly selling a product that was harmful to children.
Ms. Alexander’s Bar admissions include: the state of California, the U.S. District Court District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit. Over her illustrious career, Ms. Alexander served as president of CAOC as well as the American Association for Justice (AAJ). As CAOC president, she helped defeat the “Terrible 200’s” which were three props on the California ballot aimed at protecting insurance company interests and harming consumers. Ultimately, all three props were defeated. She was president of AAJ and helped guide the association through a difficult period when business interests had powerful influence in state and federal politics. This award caps a year when Ms. Alexander was recognized as a Top 100 Attorney in California and a Top 30 Plaintiff Attorney in California by the Daily Journal.
Again, congratulations to Ms. Alexander on the recognition! Keep up the great work!