Jere Beasley selected among Alabama’s 12 most influential people

posted on:
January 26, 2009

author:
Wendi Lewis

Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley has been selected as one of “Alabama’s 12 most influential people” by a panel of editors at the New York Times Regional Newspapers in Florence, Gadsden and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

According to the story in the Tuscaloosa News, editors attempted to choose people based on their ability to protect and promote their interests, taking into account factors such as the positions they hold, competence and experience, including accomplishments to date. The News says editors also took into account input from state leaders and experts in various fields.

According to Lonnie Strickland, professor of strategic management at the University of Alabama graduate school of business, the 12 men named to the list all show a unique vision and a willingness to take risks.

Beasley’s selection to the list comes as the firm celebrates its 30th anniversary. He founded the firm in 1979, after serving as the state’s Lieutenant Governor. Now his firm, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., is one of the country’s leading plaintiff’s law firms, and has represented hundreds of thousands of people.

The story quotes Matt McDonald, a Mobile lawyer and group counsel for the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee as saying “Beasley is the last of the populist ‘stick-up-for-the-little-guy, going-to-get-those-big-guys’ lawyers” who epitomizes trial lawyer success.

Among the firm’s successes named in the story are the $11.9 billion jury verdict in the Exxon Mobil case on behalf of the State of Alabama; the $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement; a $700 million environmental settlement over PCBs in Anniston; and a $581 million predatory lending verdict.

In the story, Beasley credits his mother with instilling in him the values that guide his practice and his firm, which operates under the motto, “helping those who need it most.”

“I learned you have to treat people right,” Beasley said.

Also named to the list are David Bronner, Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Systems of Alabama; AEA Executive Secretary Dr. Paul Hubbert; Robert Lowder, Chairman and CEO, Colonial Bancgroup, Inc.; Charles McCrary, President, Alabama Power Co.; Jerry Newby, President, Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA); Malcolm Portera, Chancellor, Univeristy of Alabama System; Joe Reed, Associate Executive Secretary, Alabama Education Association; Bob Riley, Governor, State of Alabama; Dowd Ritter, Chairman and CEO, Regions Financial Group; Nick Saban, Head Football Coach, University of Alabama; and Richard Shelby, U.S. Senator.

The full article is available here: Beasley named as one of 12 most influential Alabamians

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