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Partner Michelle A. Parfitt Elected to International Law Society

Michelle Parfitt

Ashcraft & Gerel is proud to announce that Michelle Parfitt, senior partner and a leader in the mass tort field, has been invited to become a Fellow of the prestigious International Society of Barristers.

Created in 1965, the International Society of Barristers is an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers who seek to honor the role of the trial lawyer in our system of justice. One of the society’s principal goals is the preservation of the adversary system and jury trial.  The ISOB brings together attorneys from all over the world including the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Scotland, England, Canada, Australia, and Ireland from both the plaintiff and defense side of the law.  According to the society’s mission statement, the members support the common goals of:

  • Protecting the rights of citizens
  • Protecting the integrity of the Bar
  • Retaining trial by jury
  • Improving and promoting advocacy under an adversary system
  • Recognizing advocacy as a specialty with proper standards in place for those who identify themselves as advocates
  • Demanding and promoting ethical conduct to all parties involved in litigation including attorneys, judges, and witnesses

Fewer than 800 lawyers are members of the International Society of Barristers.  Membership is by invitation only and the extensive screening process considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges.

Michelle A. Parfitt has been a practicing attorney for over thirty years.  She has established herself as a leader in the area of mass torts, with a specialty in pharmaceutical and medical device product liability cases.  Ms. Parfitt has been recognized for her outstanding work by Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers and is a recent recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award.  She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the American Association for Justice.  In addition, Ms. Parfitt is a Board Member for the Counsel for Court Excellence and Past President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC.  

The firm congratulates Michelle on this well deserved invitation to join a world renowned legal society.