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Michael A. Walsh Receives Prestigious Andrew C. Hecker Award from the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Dallas–– Michael A. Walsh received the prestigious Andrew C. Hecker Award from the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is presented annually to the federation member who authors the year's most outstanding article in a federation publication. Mr. Walsh received the award as the author of the article PFAS: Ubiquitous and Persistent Chemicals: Assessing Liability and Allocating Risk which was published in the Spring 2020 edition of FDCC Insights. The article highlights

“… a growing focus of regulatory and judicial attention on a ubiquitous substance once generally recognized as safe but now questioned as pernicious. PFAS users and processors, manufacturers, packers and sellers may look to lessons learned (and some currently being forged) from enforcement and tort litigation concerning other chemicals to understand the risk profile of these chemical in this new regulatory and litigation climate.”

While the breadth and scope of the litigation and regulatory enforcement action to come are currently unknown, we will look at this controversy through the lens of prior similar industry challenges to apply lessons learned and examine strategies that worked and those that failed.”

“I am humbled by this award, knowing the quality of the submissions by my fellow FDCC members, and the enormous effort and hard work that went into giving back to the profession through publishing legal articles.” Michael remarked. “Writing a studious legal article is a daunting task, writing a great one is a herculean task, reached by few. Congratulations Michael.” said outgoing FDCC president Elizabeth Lowell at the virtual FDCC summer meeting award ceremony.

The award honors the memory of Andrew C. Hecker, a senior partner in the Philadelphia law firm Hecker, Brown, Sherry, and Johnson, who died of cancer at the age of 50. Andrew held many positions of responsibility in the FDCC, including serving on the board of directors and chairing the Publications Committee for many years.