When John J. “Jack” Dalton becomes president of the American College of Trial Lawyers in the fall of 2008, the Troutman Sanders partner will continue the organization’s focus on encouraging civility in courtrooms. The showboating of a few, he says, has smeared the image of trial lawyers across the country.

“Trial lawyers suffer as a group from the antics of some,” says Dalton, “We don’t as a generic entity enjoy a great reputation, but we do a lot of good.”