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Firm History

AV Preeminent

Founded in 1989

The firm was founded in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia by C. Michael Evert, Jr. and Michael N. Weathersby. Drawing upon their experience as trial lawyers, Evert and Weathersby created a boutique civil litigation firm focused on excelling in emerging products liability and toxic tort arenas. In 2000, our Athens, Georgia office was opened when partners William D. Harvard, Rikard L. Bridges and Ivan A. Gustafson joined the firm. Edward F. Houff joined the firm in 2006 and opened our Baltimore, Maryland office and the firm name changed to Evert Weathersby Houff.

Highest Rating

Evert Weathersby Houff ("EWH") and each of its principals have received and maintained Martindale-Hubbell's highest legal ability, ethical and general recommendation rating -- the "AV" rating. EWH attorneys come from a broad and diverse background, each bringing critical skills to the nationwide trial and litigation management practice of the firm.

Leadership & Strategy

EWH has played prominent leadership and strategic roles in both local and national litigation for several Fortune 500 companies named in asbestos-related personal injury, products liability, premises liability and property damage claims. As national trial counsel and as national coordinating counsel to these companies, EWH has consistently provided creative, cost-effective and thoughtful legal representation, ranging from day to day management to high level strategic planning.

Trial Experts

EWH lawyers are experienced and seasoned. They have served as trial counsel in numerous individual cases and consolidated trials. EWH principals have served as lead counsel in trial formats ranging in size from individual cases or small group consolidations to massive and complex consolidated "common issues" trials governing more than 8,500 cases. EWH has acted as lead counsel in individual and consolidated trials occurring in all parts of the nation, including the primary focus jurisdictions of toxic tort litigation: California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. The consolidated trials alone represent tens of thousands of claims tried to verdict by the firm's partners and involving many months of actual trial time. The trial experience and success represented by EWH attorneys is second to none.