The law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., as well as Principal & Founder Jere L. Beasley; Principal & Lead Products Liability Attorney J. Greg Allen; and Principal & Mass Torts Section Head Andy D. Birchfield were ranked in Band 2 in the Litigation practice area. The rankings were announced today and will be included in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA guide.
About the firm, Chambers says: “What the team is known for: Well-regarded Montgomery firm with a strong track record representing plaintiffs on product liability, wrongful death and personal and catastrophic injury claims against companies in the manufacturing, automotive, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Also represents plaintiffs in environmental matters against corporate polluters.”
Highlights noted by Chambers also include Beasley Allen’s work on behalf of the State of Mississippi against Watson Pharmaceuticals in connection with the state’s ongoing Medicaid Fraud litigation against pharmaceuitcal companies. Chambers also spotlighted our representation of a client in a lawsuit against Key Safety Systems after the death of our client’s daughter due to a faulty seat belt.
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 more than 35 years since he began with the intent of “helping those who need it most.” Since that time, Beasley Allen has earned the reputation as one of the country’s leading firms involved in civil litigation on behalf of claimants, having represented hundreds of thousands of people. Among Beasley’s notable verdicts is the largest verdict against an oil company in U.S. history against Exxon Mobil, $11.9 billion.
Greg Allen is the firm’s Lead Products Liability attorney. Greg has been involved in hundreds of product liability cases resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. On March 20, 2015, Greg received a verdict tin Mobile, Ala., for a young man paralyzed in a heavy truck rollover. The jury awarded $18.8 million, $5 million of which was punitive damages. He entered into a high/low agreement while the jury deliberated, resulting in payment to the client of $14 million. There were partial settlements before trial for confidential amounts. Sources told Chambers, “He tries big cases and has a terrific reputation as an all-around fine lawyer.”
Andy Birchfield manages the firm’s Mass Torts section and was most recently the co-lead attorney on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the federal Actos litigation multidistrict litigation (MDL), which recently announced a $2.4 billion settlement. He was also co-lead attorney on the PSC for the federal Vioxx litigation MDL, which resulted in $4.85 billion in settlements and verdicts.
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