This week Jon Haber, CEO of the American Association for Justice, the country’s largest trial lawyers group, announced he is stepping down.
Haber, who has held the position for four years, said that the time was right for a change at the top, given the current “pro-civil justice President and Congress.”
“Because we are in such a strong position, I have decided this is the best time for me to step down to take on new challenges,” Haber said in a statement. “The new pro-civil justice environment has put the organization in the strongest position it has been in a generation. This time period also presents opportunities for those seeking the next challenge in their careers when it comes to fighting for justice and progressive values. I am considering several very promising opportunities.”
Attorney bloggers on InjuryBoard.com had praise for Haber’s work. “He brought the AAJ into the current century by updating its use of technology and making it appreciate what needed to be done to better advocate the ‘People Over Profits’ philosophy of the organization,” wrote attorney Mike Schneider.
Mike Bryant added: “Jon was the leader in bringing the organization into the advanced technical world. As an organization of and for plaintiff lawyers it is a hard fought battle with insurance, pharmaceutical, and big business interests.”
No word yet on who Haber’s replacement will be.