Three lawyers from Beasley, Allen Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Gibson Vance has been named the Montgomery Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” Leigh O’Dell has been named Montgomery Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” William E. Hopkins, Jr. has been named Montgomery Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
C. Gibson Vance, Shareholder – Vance practices in the firm’s Consumer Fraud section. He is heavily involved in the American Association for Justice, and recently completed his term as President, representing AAJ’s 60,000 members nationwide. He has served on a number of committees including the National Finance Committee, Budget Committee, Legal Affairs, Marketing-Client Services, Membership Oversight, Public Affairs and Key Person Committee. Gibson was recently presented with The Joe Tonahill Award by the AAJ’s New Lawyers Division. He received this award for his outstanding, dedicated services to and support of consumers and the trial bar. Vance also serves as host of the weekly “The Beasley Allen Report” program on WSFA-TV. In 2010, Vance was named one of two Beasley Allen Litigators of the Year. He is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to the Super Lawyers.
P. Leigh O’Dell, Shareholder – Leigh O’Dell returned to the firm in May of 2005 to work in our Mass Torts section. Though Leigh was a lawyer with the firm from 1994 through 1998, she left in 1998 to take a position with Focus on the Family. Currently, Leigh is involved in litigation against drugmaker Merck & Co. on behalf of young women who claim to have been injured by the vaccination Gardasil. She also is working on cases involving transvaginal mesh. Complications from of the transvaginal placement of the mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse and urinary and fecal incontinence. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created MDLs against American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326) and Johnson & Johnson (MDL No. 2327). Since 2010, Judge Goodwin has also been overseeing a MDL against another transvaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc. (In re Avaulta Pelvic Support Systems Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187). Leigh was appointed as a member of the Plantiffs’ Steering Committee for all four MDLs. She is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
William E. Hopkins, Jr., Shareholder – Upon graduating from law school at the University of South Carolina, Bill Hopkins joined the law firm of Whaley, McCutchen, Blanton & Rhodes, LLP, one of the oldest and most prestigious litigation firms in South Carolina. He ultimately became a partner in the firm and then was elected Managing Partner in 2005. Bill and the firm were selected by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to represent the State of South Carolina in lawsuits brought against several pharmaceutical companies regarding their reporting of false and inflated prices for drugs which resulted in overpayments by the State Medicaid and State Health Plan programs, known as the AWP litigation. Bill remained as the Managing Partner until December 31, 2007 when the firm dissolved after 71 years of continuous practice. Bill founded and started a new law firm called McCutchen Blanton Hopkins & Campbell, LLP, where he continued to practice with Thomas McCutchen and Hoover Blanton, two of the most well known and respected leaders of the South Carolina Bar. Bill ran this law firm until November 1, 2010, when he joined Beasley Allen in the Consumer Fraud section with an emphasis on class action litigation. Bill is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell.