Beasley Allen shareholders named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

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January 31, 2014

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MONTGOMERY, ALA. (January 30, 2014) –W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III, and Rhon E. Jones, shareholders of law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., have been included in the 2013-2014 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the most elite guide in the legal profession. Recipients of this honor are determined by a process of submissions from law firms, independent editorial research and vetting by peers at the highest level of the U.S. legal profession.

W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III

W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III completed his J.D. at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University and joined Beasley Allen in 1991. He has not only been a pioneer of consumer fraud and commercial litigation nationwide, he has demonstrated great leadership resulting in the firm’s numerous record-setting verdicts for clients in many areas of law. Dee manages the Consumer Fraud / Commercial Litigation Section of the firm. Dee has settled thousands of cases for clients over the years with settlement value exceeding $4 billion.

Dee is a proven leader in complex litigation on a national level in such cases as American General race-based premium multi-district litigation pending in Columbia, South Carolina, Co-lead counsel, GenRe Market Conduct MDL in the United States District Court for the Western Division of Tennessee, as co-lead counsel, lead counsel in the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) Litigation. Beasley Allen has represented eight states, Attorneys General in this ongoing litigation, and continues to fight for states whose Medicaid programs were defrauded by the pharmaceutical industry by reported inflated drug prices. The firm has already settled in excess of $1 billion in identical claims in eight states, obtained more than $460 million in verdicts for the states, and expects to top these figures with more than 30 cases still pending. States the firm has represented or is currently representing include Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah, Kansas, Hawaii and Louisiana.

These average wholesale price cases have made a tremendous positive impact on Medicaid Agencies throughout the country. As a result of this AWP litigation, the federal government and the State Medicaid programs have recognized the gross abuse of price reporting by the pharmaceutical manufacturers in the marketplace. This fraudulent price reporting resulted in huge government waste that has now hopefully been rectified by this litigation.

The AWP cases have led to the “McKesson Litigation” in which Dee is serving as lead counsel in several states and Dee is representing Attorneys General in several states on other pharmaceutical litigation.

Dee has also been appointed by Federal District Judge James V. Selna to serve in a leadership role as the Plaintiffs Liaison counsel in the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration MDL Litigation in the California U.S. District Court and more recently has been appointed in an interim leadership role in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust litigation currently pending before federal District Judge David Proctor in Birmingham, Ala. Dee has also served as lead class counsel in several class actions such as Robertson v. Liberty National Life Insurance Company, Gadson v. American Medical Security Insurance Company and Gouche v. Transamerica Life Insurance Company; just to name a few.

Rhon E. Jones

Since early 2010, Rhon Jones has devoted his law practice to victims of the devastating BP Oil Spill. He currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the BP Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation (MDL). He also serves as class counsel for plaintiffs in the private economic and property class settlement against BP, having played a crucial role in the negotiation for the settlement for all business claims. That settlement, while not capped, has been conservatively estimated to be worth more than $8 billion dollars.

Rhon has also played a major role for the State of Alabama in the BP oil spill. He represents Governor Robert Bentley regarding the economic losses for the State of Alabama from the oil spill, and he is also heavily involved with the Governor for all natural resource losses (NRDA) the state has suffered. He has worked cooperatively with Attorney General Luther Strange, who is representing the State of Alabama in the ongoing trials in New Orleans to determine the fault of BP and other defendants.

Rhon has been involved in cases at Beasley Allen where the total verdicts or settlements are approaching $10 billion dollars. He has played a major role in many of the most significant environmental cases in the United States including a $700 million dollar settlement for thousands of Alabama victims for PCB contamination, continuing work as a Plaintiff Steering Committee member in the Hot Fuel MDL litigation against major oil companies, resolution of a class action involving groundwater contamination in Alabama, a $20 million dollar plus verdict and other settlements over carbon black pollution in Alabama and Oklahoma, continuing litigation against TVA over the breach of a coal ash impoundment, and successful resolution of class action allegations of contaminated drinking water in New Jersey.

Obtaining his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama, Rhon joined Beasley Allen in 1994 and now manages the firm’s environmental cases. He has handled environmental or toxic exposure cases in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Minnesota.

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