Beasley Allen awarded Tyner Helms the 2022 “Chad Stewart Award,” named after Beasley Allen lawyer Chad Stewart, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014 at the young age of 41. The award honors Chad’s spirit of service to God, his family, and the practice of law. Beasley Allen presents the award each year to a lawyer within the firm who best exemplifies the qualities Chad demonstrated in his life and law practice.
As Christians, we are encouraged to look for signs from God of how he can use us to glorify him by helping. Tyner took this mission to heart and performed one of the most selfless acts someone can do for another person. He is an ideal candidate for the Chad Stewart Award.
Last summer, while many people were vacationing, Tyner was recovering from surgery to save a stranger’s life. A few months earlier, during a small group study at the church Tyner and his wife Caitlin attend, another member asked the group to pray for his father, Birmingham lawyer Ernie Cory. Ernie had overcome Hodgkin’s lymphoma years earlier, but the cancer treatment damaged his kidneys. He was on dialysis and in dire need of a kidney transplant.
Ernie’s plight especially touched Tyner’s wife and, after finding out she wasn’t a donor match, encouraged Tyner to get tested. He did and discovered he was a suitable match. He knew the message God was sending him.
A few weeks later, on July 8, Tyner underwent surgery to have one of his kidneys removed and placed in Ernie’s body. Tyner recovered quickly from surgery, and Ernie’s health slowly improved. Within a few weeks, Ernie had regained enough strength to return to work and, most importantly, walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in October.
Donating a kidney isn’t something to take lightly, but Tyner felt safe in God’s hands. He returned to work a new man. Tyner said:
In this day and age, under the right circumstances, people can literally give an organ and save someone’s life, and that’s an incredible thing.
Tyner works in Beasley Allen’s Fraud Section. He handles primarily litigation related to Fiat Chrysler emission cheating software and class action litigation against Voya Financial.
He has received many accolades for his professional work, as well. The National Trial Lawyers recently named Tyner an Alabama Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer, an honor only given to a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. He was also selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in 2022.