Beasley Allen has named Alyssa Baskam, Rachel Boyd Minder, James Eubank, Brittany Scott and Soo Seok Yang as new Principals.
Alyssa Baskam is an attorney in the Atlanta office representing individuals injured or families whose loved ones were killed by no fault of their own. In her career, Alyssa has represented individuals who were victims of nursing home or other inpatient facility abuse or neglect, individuals and families in product liability suits, professional negligence suits, and cases resulting from individual negligence. Alyssa attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She was a Public Service Scholar recipient, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated in 2011 with honors. She earned her law degree from Emory Law School, where she graduated with honors in 2014. Alyssa is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) where she serves as an Executive Committee member, Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Division, and is a member of the Women’s Caucus. She is an alumna of GTLA’s LEAD program. Alyssa is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association where she serves as a Board Member for the Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers, and she is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Rachel Boyd Minder is an attorney in the Consumer Fraud Section handling class actions, antitrust issues, whistleblower claims and Medicaid fraud litigation. Rachel was part of the team that recently secured a $38.2 million settlement for a settlement class consisting of more than 10,750 policyholders of Banner Life Insurance Co. and William Penn Life Insurance Co. universal life insurance policies. Rachel’s practice continues to focus on insurance cases, including cases involving unfounded cost of insurance increases. The National Trial Lawyers organization has named Rachel a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer. Rachel is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the American Association for Justice, Federal Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, Psi Chi International Honor Society in psychology, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Program. Rachel also serves as a Board Member for The Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. Rachel graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois Springfield in May 2012 with a B.A. in political science and psychology. She then earned her J.D. from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2015.
James Eubank is a lawyer in the Consumer Fraud Section and is handling cases involving bank fraud, insurance fraud, and violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Prior to joining the firm, James worked as an Associate Counsel and Assistant Attorney General at the Alabama Securities Commission where he was appointed as Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) in the Northern District of Alabama to prosecute a case in U.S. District Court involving securities fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud. These complex securities fraud cases often involved multi-million-dollar schemes perpetrated against investors. James is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association (MCBA) where he currently is a member of the organization’s Volunteer Lawyers Program. Previously, James served on the Board of Directors for the MCBA. James is a graduate of The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. Following law school graduation, James served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Charles N. Price, Montgomery, Alabama, Circuit Judge.
Brittany Scott joined Beasley Allen in October 2014 as a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section and is a member of the Atlanta team. Brittany has served as part of a team of attorneys who took three talcum powder cases to trial that were awarded more than $172 million total. Brittany earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Medicine, Health, and Society, and a minor in Sociology. Brittany then graduated cum laude from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in May 2014, where she was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. Brittany was copy editor for the Cumberland Law Review. Brittany also graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham in May 2014, earning a Masters of Public Health, which has provided her with a unique perspective on the health care issues involved with her cases. Prior to joining Beasley Allen, she clerked for the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. In 2016, Brittany was appointed to the Alabama State Bar’s Law School and Legal Education Task Force. She currently serves on Cumberland School of Law’s Alumni Admission Board.
Soo Seok Yang joined Beasley Allen in 2009 in the firm’s Mass Torts Section. Starting with Fosamax, he has been involved in various defective drug and medical device Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs), including metal-on-metal hip implant and transvaginal mesh cases. For the past five years, Soo Seok has been focusing on the national MDL for the blood thinner Xarelto, where he worked on the trial teams for multiple bellwether trials in both state and federal court and was instrumental in helping his law partner and Mass Torts Section Head, Andy Birchfield, manage the MDL and settlement. Currently, he is actively involved in the MDL regarding JUUL, serving as a member of the Discovery Committee. Soo Seok is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He was selected for the Alabama State Bar’s Leadership Forum (Class 13) and was the recipient of the 2019 Chad Stewart Award. Born in South Korea, he first came to the U.S. as part of the U.S. Congress-Korea National Assembly Exchange Program with Congressional Internship in 2006. Soo Seok graduated with meritorious commendation from Handong Global University with degrees in political science and English. He then served as an intelligence officer in the Korean Air Force at the Korean Combat Operations Intelligence Center at the Osan Air Base and worked with the U.S. 7th Air Force. Soo Seok graduated cum laude from Handong International Law School, a Christian law school that teaches U.S. common law in English, also located in South Korea. He was the Lead Articles and Acquisitions Editor for the Regent Journal of International Law and was selected to represent the school’s moot court team in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. After graduation, Soo Seok moved to Montgomery and interned for the Honorable Justice Tom Parker of the Alabama Supreme Court. He and his wife both passed the Alabama Bar Examination in 2008 and became the first few Korean Alabama attorneys. Before joining Beasley Allen, he pursued his LL.M. degree in intellectual property law at the George Washington University Law School with an emphasis on trademark and copyright. Soo Seok served as the executive director of the Korean American Association of Greater Montgomery and is a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Wilson YMCA in Montgomery, Alabama.
“Our new Principals have demonstrated a firm commitment to their clients and the firm over the years,” said Beasley Allen Managing Attorney Tom Methvin. “I am proud to work beside each of them and admire their hard work and dedication to pursuing justice and demanding accountability on behalf of our clients.”
Additionally, Beasley Allen has named Tiffany Birley (Mass Torts), David Diab (Toxic Torts), Sydney Everett (Mass Torts), Tucker Osborne (Toxic Torts) and Mitch Williams (Consumer Fraud) as new Associates.