An active trial lawyer with a career spanning sixty years, Mr. Webster conducted a broad range of civil and criminal trials in 16 states and the District of Columbia. His trials included cases involving business fraud, securities fraud, contract actions, both for injunctions and damages, real estate matters, insurance coverage, employment litigation, both individual cases and class actions, aircraft and helicopter crashes, medical malpractice, products liability cases involving automobiles, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, toxic torts, the defense of legal malpractice cases for lawyers and law firms, and libel. He served as an arbitrator and as arbitration counsel in matters under the AAA Commercial Arbitration and the NASD Rules. He was listed in the Best Lawyers in America since its first edition in 1983 and was ultimately listed in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability, and White Collar Criminal Defense.

He was also retained and testified in actions in federal courts in which he qualified as an expert in complex civil litigation involving parallel grand jury proceedings, administrative debarment and simultaneous civil litigation, and in matters involving the reasonableness of legal fees.

Among many notable cases, Mr. Webster served as lead trial counsel for over 1,000 flood victims of the Buffalo Creek, West Virginia mining disaster.

Mr. Webster was a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and served as Chairman of its Legal Ethics Committee, Member of its Board of Directors, and President. Mr. Webster was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Judicature Society, The Barristers (Past President), and The Counsellors.

Mr. Webster served as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at Georgetown University Law Center, an instructor in Trial Practice at Catholic University Law School, and taught a semester course in ethics at the University of Virginia Law School. He appeared and lectured at the Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Florida Law School, Emory University Law School, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He served as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and appeared on programs sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute; D.C. Bar; ABA Section of Litigation; Georgetown University Law Center; Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association; the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia; the Law Journal SeminarsPress; the Legal Times; the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association; State Bar of Georgia; the West Virginia Bar; Close-Up Foundation; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Trade Commission; and the Consumer Federation of America.

Mr. Webster received an A.B. (1955) from Providence College, where he served two four-year terms on its Board of Trustees and as Trustee Emeritus, and a J.D. (1958) from Georgetown University Law Center (first in the class) where he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 1976 by the Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1958 and the Maryland Bar in 1998. In 1959, he joined the law firm of Hogan & Hartson where he remained until 1967. He was a founding partner in the law firm of Williams & Connolly until 1981 when he joined Nussbaum, Owen & Webster. In 1989 he joined Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, where he practiced until 2009, when he joined Webster Book.

Areas of Practice

Litigation and Appeals

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 1958
U.S. Federal Courts, 1958
U.S. Supreme Court, 1968
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1958
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1968
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
J.D.
Honors: First in Class

Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island
A.B. – 1955

Honors and Awards

Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers in America: White Collar Criminal Defense

Best Lawyers in America: Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation

Best Lawyers in America: Plaintiffs’ Products Liability Litigation

Best Lawyers in America: Products Liability Litigation Defense

Providence College Faithful Friar Award

Georgetown University Alumni Achievement Award