MONTGOMERY, ALA. (January 4, 2012) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. is pleased to announce Christopher D. Boutwell, Archie I. Grubb, II; William E. Hopkins, Jr., and William H. Robertson, V, are now Shareholders with the firm.
Chris Boutwell joined Beasley Allen as an Associate in the Toxic Torts section in 2008. He represents clients in numerous state and federal courts and has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of individuals whose health and property have been harmed by the intrusion of toxic substances onto their property. Currently, Chris is closely involved in the multi-district litigation (MDL) resulting from the 2010 British Petroleum/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Chris is an integral part of the MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee’s (PSC) science team which is made up of top environmental attorneys from around the nation. In addition to his work in the BP litigation, Chris is the lead attorney in our cases involving Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (UST). In these cases, Chris represents property owners whose health and property are being injured by toxic petroleum contaminants. Chris earned his B.S. from the University of Alabama in 1992, and his J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2005.
Archie Grubb joined Beasley Allen in October 2009, where he practices in the Consumer Fraud section. Prior to joining Beasley Allen, Archie lived and worked in Columbus, Ga., for the past 6 years. While working for the firm Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP, he practiced defense litigation, then practiced in the area of personal injury litigation at Gary O. Bruce, P.C. Archie’s practice has included the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, criminal defense, and consumer bankruptcy. He was lead or co-counsel in a number of civil and criminal trials. In 2009 to date, he has tried six cases, and in each received an award higher than the settlement offer proposed by the opposing insurance carrier. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama honors program, where he received his degree with a double-major in History and Political Science. He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, and was admitted to practice in Alabama in 2003 and Georgia in 2004.
Bill Hopkins joined Beasley Allen in November 2010, in the Consumer Fraud section. His practice focuses primarily on class action litigation. Bill was born and raised in Bishopville, South Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University where he received his B.S. degree in Textile Chemistry in 1988. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993. During law school he began clerking for the law firm of Whaley, McCutchen, Blanton & Rhodes, LLP, one of the oldest and most prestigious litigation firms in South Carolina, which had originally been founded in 1936. Bill continued to work at the firm after graduation and 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, before joining Beasley Allen. Bill was named one of America’s “Best Lawyers” by U.S. News & World Report for 2011 and 2012.
Bill Robertson joined Beasley Allen as an Associate in 2005, practicing in the firm’s Consumer Fraud section. Bill currently focuses his practice on cases involving mortgage fraud, and specifically those involving fraud with the origination and servicing of mortgages. He also handles other cases as well, such as insurance bad faith; however, the vast majority of Bill’s practice deals with mortgage fraud. He enjoys representing consumers against large mortgage companies who try to defraud their borrowers in several different ways. Bill is very active in the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, and recently served a two-year term as the President of that organization. He currently holds the position of Ex-Officio of the MCBA YLS’ Board of Directors. Bill also takes a leadership role in the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Alabama State Bar (ASB). In May 2010, he was selected to the YLS Executive Committee and served in this position for the 2010-2011 term, and also is serving on the Committee for the 2011-2012 term. Bill was selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Super Lawyers. He graduated from Auburn University in 1999, where he received a B.A. degree in Political Science. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2005.