MONTGOMERY, ALA. (June 7, 2012) – The law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., as well as founding shareholder Jere L. Beasley, managing shareholder Thomas J. Methvin and shareholder Andy D. Birchfield, Jr., have been ranked among the best law firms and lawyers in America, according to Chambers and Partners. The rankings were announced today, included in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA guide.
The guide ranks the firm of Beasley Allen at No. 1 in Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff for the state of Alabama. Founding shareholder Jere L. Beasley was selected as No. 1 in Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff for the state of Alabama. Managing shareholder Thomas J. Methvin was ranked at No. 2 in Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff in the state of Alabama. Shareholder Andy D. Birchfield, Jr., was ranked at No. 3 in Litigation: Product Liability in the nation.
Jere Beasley established a one-lawyer firm that officially opened on Jan. 15, 1979, and he filed his first case on behalf of the practice on Jan. 17, 1979. Now, it has been 30 years since he began with the intent of “helping those who need it most.” Today, Beasley Allen is one of the country’s leading firms involved in civil litigation on behalf of claimants, having represented hundreds of thousands of people. Among his notable verdicts is the largest verdict against an oil company in U.S. history against Exxon Mobil, $11.9 billion.
Tom Methvin 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 has tried a total of thirteen cases that have resulted in verdicts in excess of one million dollars. He has served as managing shareholder of the firm since 1998.
Andy Birchfield manages the firm’s Mass Torts section and was the co-lead attorney on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal Vioxx litigation MDL. He was lead or co-lead counsel in five Vioxx trials, including one that resulted in a $51 million verdict against Merck. To date, Andy has been involved in cases resulting in settlements and verdicts totaling in excess of $5.4 billion.
Chambers and Partners, based in London, England, has been publishing the world’s leading guides to the legal profession since 1990. The company has a team of more than 130 full-time researchers who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world. This intensive, continuous research identifies the world’s leading lawyers and law firms – those that perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients. Chambers’ reputation is based on the independence and objectivity of its research.