Jere L. Beasley, Principal & Founder of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has been selected as one of the 2016 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. This year marks the fourth time he has been named to this prestigious list. Being a member of the Lawdragon 500 is one of the most elite honors in the law profession. Recipients of this honor are determined by a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms and an online nomination form.
Jere Beasley, the senior member of Beasley Allen, has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962. During his career, he has tried hundreds of cases. Beasley’s numerous courtroom victories include landmark cases that have made a positive impact upon our society. One such case prompted a major automobile manufacturer to recall its unsafe vehicles, while another made a major tractor manufacturer put rollover protection on all of its tractors. Still another prompted a major insurance company to seek out thousands of its policyholders who had been wronged in an effort to correct their policies.
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. It has been 37 years since he began with the intent of “helping those who need it most.” Today, the firm is known as Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., and is still located in Montgomery, Ala. The driving force behind Beasley’s success has been his intense commitment to his clients. He is, without a doubt, one of the leading trial lawyers in the entire country and a leading advocate for those who have been wronged. He has appeared as a lecturer throughout the country at numerous legal seminars and other events.
Most recently he was lead counsel in the trial of Jaqueline Fox v. Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., where a jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for injuries resulting from the use of its talc-containing products. The jury awarded Ms. Fox’s estate $72 million after agreeing the products contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer.
In addition to his trial practice, Beasley is actively involved in many civic endeavors, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Lions Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2006, he was named “Citizen of the Year” by the March of Dimes. He has been personally involved with the agency since the early 1980s. In January 2010, he was selected as the recipient of the Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club’s Commitment to Service Award, recognizing his dedication to helping others and improving the community and the River Region.
Jere is married to the former Sara Baker of Adamsville, Ala. They have three children – son Jere Jr. and daughters Julia Anne Beasley and Bee McCollum – and six grandchildren – all girls! Jere is an avid follower of Auburn University sports and Boston Red Sox baseball. He is an active member of St. James United Methodist Church, where he serves as a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).