ABOTA former National President Robert G. Vial passes away at age 92 

DALLAS (Oct. 2, 2018) — The American Board of Trial Advocates acknowledges the death of ABOTA Past National President, Robert G. Vial, who passed on Sept. 30, 2018, at age 92. Mr. Vial was ABOTA National President in 1995 and was instrumental in creating TEX-ABOTA, the statewide organization of the association’s Texas chapters. 

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, as an expert marksman who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Mr. Vial earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1950. In the years that followed he developed into a remarkable trial attorney with more than 50 jury trials to verdict in complex, catastrophic cases covering all areas of civil litigation. Recognized for his trial skills, civility and ethics, Mr. Vial was invited to become a member of ABOTA in May of 1978. Over the four decades that followed, he served with distinction as a leader in the Dallas Chapter, TEX-ABOTA and ABOTA National. An Advocate ranked member of the association and a Life Fellow of the ABOTA Foundation, Mr. Vial also served as TEXABOTA president 1991-1994. 

“Bob Vial was one of Texas’ most respected attorneys and a true champion of trial by jury,” said Cynthia McGuinn, ABOTA National President. “His genial nature and commitment to civility in advocacy make him someone we will all miss.” 

Services are pending and information concerning them will be provided when determined.