Bradley Partner Ed Sledge Receives IADC's Richard L. Neumeier Excellence in Service Award

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Bradley is pleased to announce that Edward S. Sledge IV, a partner in the firm’s Birmingham office, has received the Richard L. Neumeier Excellence in Service Award from the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the preeminent, invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.

Presented to Mr. Sledge at the IADC’s 2023 Annual Meeting, the Richard L. Neumeier Excellence in Service Award recognizes a single IADC member for exceptional contributions to the IADC.

Mr. Sledge received the award in recognition of his devoted service in a leadership role to the IADC’s annual Trial Academy at Stanford Law School, for which he served as director-elect in 2022 and serves as director in 2023. The IADC’s Trial Academy is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills. With participation from more than 20 esteemed faculty members and program speakers, dozens of expert witnesses and roughly 100 students each year from throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe, the seven-day, intensive workshop blends faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation in the setting of a mock trial.

Mr. Sledge also serves as president of the IADC’s Foundation Board. The IADC Foundation supports the rule of law and access for all to a fair and just legal system through education and research, strategic partnerships, and relevant projects.

Mr. Sledge has a wide range of trial experience in high-stakes, bet-the-company disputes for a variety of corporate clients and private equity groups nationwide. He regularly represents financial services clients in connection with finance-related litigation, including the defense of class actions, lender liability, securities, and RICO claims. In addition to commercial disputes, he litigates product liability matters, consumer finance and intellectual property disputes, and insurance coverage matters, as well as personal injury and wrongful death matters. He and other Bradley attorneys serve as national trial counsel for a unit of a Fortune 50 corporation. Mr. Sledge also is a frequent lecturer and author on civil litigation and trial issues.

Founded in 1920, the IADC has members who hail from six continents, 47 countries and territories, and all 50 U.S. states. The core purposes of the IADC are to enhance the development of skills, promote professionalism, and facilitate camaraderie among its members and their clients, as well as the broader civil justice community. For more information, visit