LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Three Stites & Harbison construction attorneys were honored at the recent 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL) in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 23, 2014.
David B. Ratterman received the Past Presidents’ Award for exemplary service to the College over a period spanning nearly the entire 25-year history of the College’s existence. Cited were Ratterman’s service on the College Board of Governors, service on the steering committees for three international construction symposia co-sponsored with Georgia Tech and Princeton Universities, and service as Chair of special College initiatives focused on providing professional engineering and construction assistance to developing countries in the wake of natural disasters. The Past Presidents’ award is presented once each decade to a senior Fellow of the College felt to warrant special recognition. Ratterman is the third Fellow to receive the award in the 25-year history of the ACCL.
The ACCL is an international organization of invited lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice or teaching of construction law. The ACCL provides advanced professional workshops and educational programs to its Fellows and identifies and contributes to the solution of major construction industry legal problems. Founded in 1989, its mission is to improve and enhance the practice and understanding of construction law and to promote the positive role of lawyers as “friends of the construction project.” College Fellowship currently stands at approximately 200 and includes lawyers from the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and France.
Stites & Harbison is privileged to be one of only three law firms to have had four construction attorneys inducted as Fellows of the College. In addition to Gorham, Hinkle, and Ratterman, Stites & Harbison construction attorney William Geisen of the firm’s Cincinnati/Covington office was inducted into the College in 2010.