Last week in Houston Texas, the President of the American Bar Association awarded a prestigious “Presidential Citation” to Gerard McDermott QC.
Born in Ashton, Gerard has been recognised as one of the leading Personal Injury barristers in the country. He was notably awarded Personal Injury Silk of the Year in 2012 by Chambers and Partners.
In June 2014, he was presented with the award of ‘Excellence in Legal Care’ by the Spinal Injury Association.
Gerard practices on an international level and regularly recovers millions of pounds for badly injured clients. Most recently, he obtained £2m compensation for a cyclist from Mossley who suffered traumatic brain injury following a road traffic accident.
Over 25 years ago, Gerard was admitted as an Attorney in New York and has since established a strong link with Bob Clifford; one of the most successful Personal Injury Attorneys in the U.S. Gerard has dedicated much time liaising work between the American and English bar and he regularly attends meeting and conferences all over the world.
The Citation recognises Gerard’s exceptional service to the American Bar Association over the years. It specifically commends his contributions to the run up to the ABA’s celebration of the 800th Year Anniversary of the Magna Carta to be held in London in June 2015. It also recognises Mr McDermott’s efforts in planning the ABA meeting in 2000 as well as his “steadfast loyalty and unwavering devotion to the ABA”.
As a member of chambers in London and Manchester, Gerard’s main base is at his own chambers on Stamford Street in Stalybridge. He employs aspiring barristers as legal assistants to help them prepare for a successful career at the bar. He intends to extend his operations soon to offer a full legal service to English nationals injured at home or abroad.