Thomas J. MethvinPrincipal & Managing Attorney | Fraud
Tom Methvin was born in Eufaula, Ala., in 1963. After graduating from High School with honors, Tom graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Finance in the Business School. He then earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala., in 1988 and began his legal career at Beasley Allen that same year. Tom's family has been lawyers, judges and other elected officials in Alabama for over 200 years. Tom always knew he wanted to be an attorney.
From a very early age, Tom has had a heart for those whom the Bible calls "the least of these." Tom's father was a great influence in this area. Tom remembers his father stating that "one of the worst things someone can do is to take advantage of the illiterate, the ignorant, or the uneducated." Based on this life experience, Tom began his legal career at Beasley Allen representing victims of consumer fraud, many of whom were illiterate or uneducated.
Tom is a national spokesman for the rights of consumers and the law that applies to their rights. He has appeared on "Good Morning America," "The O'Reilly Factor," and on all the major networks to discuss these issues. He also has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week Magazine, and Fortune Magazine.
He was the lead lawyer in a landmark predatory lending case involving a door-to-door sales and finance scam. The verdict of $581 million is the largest predatory lending verdict in American history. As a result of this litigation, the defendant finance company left the State of Alabama.
Tom was also co-counsel in other consumer fraud cases resulting in verdicts of $50 million, $45 million, $34.5 million, $25.4 million and $15 million. Tom has tried a total of 13 cases that have resulted in verdicts in excess of $1 million.
Since 1998, Tom has been the managing attorney of the firm. He helped organize the firm into sections based on types of cases. This has allowed our lawyers to concentrate in certain areas and to be on the cutting edge in their field. He has helped Beasley Allen become a national powerhouse in representing victims of wrongdoing. In 2010, the firm was named among Alabama's Largest Law Firms by Business Alabama magazine.
In 2002, Tom was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 40 Litigators in the country under the age of 40. Tom also was named by the Montgomery Advertiser as one of the "Top 40 under 40," which is a list of the top 40 business leaders in Central Alabama under the age of 40.
In July of 2007, Tom was featured in Fortune Magazine as one of America's Premier Lawyers. Tom was also featured in Business Alabama Magazine. Also in 2007, Tom was chosen by Birmingham Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Alabama in the field of personal injury and mass torts. Tom has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Since 2006, he has been selected every year for inclusion in on the Best Lawyers in America list. He was also named the Best Lawyers 2014 Montgomery Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year. Tom also is included on the Chambers USA Leading Lawyers list for 2010. He was named to Lawdragon 2010.
In 2011, the Birmingham Business Journal named him a "Leading Lawyer of Alabama." He also was selected by The Trial Lawyer magazine as a 2011 member of The Round Table: America's 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers. This selection places him among the top 100 civil plaintiff attorneys in the United States. He was named to The American Lawyer "Top Lawyers" list.
Tom is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated attorney.
Tom has been an active member of the Alabama State Bar Association, serving on the Board of Bar Commissioners for nine years and the Executive Committee for two years. Tom became President of the Alabama State Bar in July 2009, where he served through July 2010. While Bar President, Tom's focus was on Access to Justice and increasing pro bono services to those in need.
The Thomas J. Methvin Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award was established in 2009 by the Montgomery County Bar Association. The Award was named in honor of Tom Methvin for his dedication to providing pro bono legal services to the less fortunate in our community and for his leadership, advocacy and support of the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Program. The Award recognizes annually an MCBA lawyer who devotes significant time and energy to providing pro bono service to the less fortunate and providing leadership within the VLP community, both locally and statewide. The winner of the Thomas J. Methvin Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award is selected by the MCBA Board of Directors after seeking nominations from the MCBA community and the Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Tom is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation, which promotes access to justice for the poor. He is also President of the Montgomery Cumberland Law School Club. He is a former member of the Finance Committee for the Access to Justice Commission, which was founded by the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to find new ways to provide access to justice for the poor in Alabama. In 2014, Tom was presented with the Harold Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award, which honors individuals who through their leadership and commitment have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving pro bono services to our state's poor and disadvantaged.
In 2009, Tom was selected as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Fellows are nominated by their peers.
Tom is a former President of the Montgomery County Bar Association (1996) and the former President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association (1996), and a current member of the Alabama Association of Justice Executive Committee and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Tom is a member of the Board of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, which oversees the Montgomery County Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Tom is a member of the Cumberland Law School Advisory Board.
Tom is Past President of the Board of Directors for Brantwood Children's Home, a home for abused and neglected children, and still active in support of the organization and the children it serves; he also serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Advisory Panel, which helps fight the terrible disease of CF. In 2009, he received the Sheena Diane Ayers Humanitarian Award for his longtime service and support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2014, Tom was selected as the March of Dimes Citizen of the Year. He also is a member of the River Region United Way Tocqueville Society.
- Alabama and U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama (1988)
- Montgomery County Bar Association (President, 1996)
- Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1996)
- Alabama State Bar (President, 2009-2010)
- Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar (1998 to 2007)
- Executive Council of the Alabama State Bar Association (2002 - 2003; 2005 - 2006)
- Alabama Association for Justice f/k/a Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (Executive Committee)
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Christian Legal Society
- Public Justice Foundation
- Federal Bar Association Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
- Super Lawyers
- AV Rated
- Best Lawyers
- Best Lawyers 2014 Montgomery Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Chambers USA - Plaintiff Litigation - Alabama - Band 2
- Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (J.D., 1988)
- University of Alabama 1985 (B.S. degree from The School of Business with a major in Corporate Finance)
- Tom Methvin featured on WSFA as March of Dimes Citizen of the Year
- Beasley Allen Helps Spread The Joy For Joy To Life Foundation
- Tom Methvin Speaks With WAKA About Joy To Life Event
- Tom Methvin to serve as President of Alabama State Bar
- Beasley Allen presents Nick Saban with gift for Nicks Kids Foundation
- The Law Business Insider with Jere Beasley - April 09, 2009
- Tom Methvin discusses foreclosure assistance with WTSU
- Tom Methvin discusses foreclosure assistance with APT
- Program helps homeowners avoid foreclosure
- Tom Methvin Discusses Alabama State Bar Program to Assist Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
- Brantwood Childrens Home New Tennis Court
- Tom Methvin on Brantwood Childrens Home
- Tom Methvin Discusses the Record Whirlpool Verdict
- Tom Methvin on Single Vehicle Accidents
- Tom Methvin Announces the Firm's Support of the Ban Asbestos in America Act
- Alabama State Bar 2010 Annual Meeting Program
- Jones Achieves Milestone with ABA Accreditation
- Dramatic Rise in Alabama Foreclosure Filings Underscores Need for State Bar Program
- Madison County VLP Making Great Strides
- Mobile VLP, The Gold Standard
- Birmingham VLP works to meet needs of poor in North Central Alabama
- Thank You, Volunteer Lawyers!
- Pro Bono Week, Just the Beginning of Emphasis on Access to Justice
- Thank You, Legal Services!
- Access to Justice, Now More than Ever
- ASB Responds to Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis
- 2006 Civil Law Update
- How to Spot a Product Liability Claim
- Preparing Yourself to take an Experts Deposition
- The Present Status of Consumer Fraud Litigation
- Trial Lawyers and the Biblical Basis For What We Do
- Winning Big Verdicts Against Fringe Market Sellers
- Mortgage Fraud
- When Business Needs a Trial Lawyer
- The Workup of a Debit Insurance Fraud Case
- The Workup of a Consumer Credit Fraud Case
- Survey of Predatory Lending Theories
- Predatory Lending
- Legal Professionalism Then And Now
- Law Of Unfair Competition
- Fraud In Alabama
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