Gibson Vance | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Gibson Vance practices in Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Personal Injury and Consumer Fraud sections, concentrating in actions against those who negligently or intentionally harm others. His clients include individuals and small businesses. Currently, Gibson represents the Alabama State Bar as its Bar Commissioner for the 15th Judicial Circuit. He also serves on the Alabama State Bar Elections, Ethics, and Government Relations Committee and the Alabama Legislative Business Litigation and Complex Litigation Study Committee. Gibson previously served as President of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ).

He is an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association where he has served as President and President of its Young Lawyer’s Section. He also served as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors for several years. Gibson is a member of the Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He was awarded the ALAJ’s Spirit Sword/President’s Award, the AAJ’s New Lawyer’s Division Joe Tonahill Award, and the AAJ’s Wiedemann & Wysocki Award. Gibson has also been selected to the invitation-only National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

J. Cole Portis | Principal & Personal Injury Section Head

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Cole Portis serves as the Section Head of Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section. He represents mothers and fathers who lost their children, spouses who lost their life-long mates, and severely injured children who will be unable to care for themselves due to unreasonably dangerous and defective products. In order to encourage the engineering and manufacture of safe consumer products, Cole prosecutes companies that manufacture defective automobiles, aircraft, ATVs, farm equipment, logging equipment, textile machines and other products. Cole and his staff have successfully handled hundreds of cases that were tried or resolved for more than $1 million. More importantly, Cole and his staff are blessed to be able to counsel and care for their clients.

Cole is a Past President of the Alabama State Bar and is married to the former Joy Mikell of Millbrook, Alabama. Cole and Joy have four daughters and six sons. They are strong advocates for adoption and foster care. They have adopted seven of their 10 children and are foster parents.

D. Michael Andrews | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Mike Andrews joined Beasley Allen in 1998 and is a Principal in the Products Liability Section where he focuses his practice on complex litigation including aviation cases. He has represented people seriously injured in aviation crashes, and the family of those killed in both civilian and military airplane and helicopter crashes. Several of his cases have resulted in seven-figure settlements.

Currently, Mike is leading the firm’s efforts to investigate the Boeing 737 MAX crashes at the request of families of several victims. He represents family members of victims in the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash. Mike also has written a book on the subject to assist other aviation lawyers, “Aviation Litigation & Accident Investigation.” The book offers an overview to the practitioner about the complexities of aviation crash investigation and litigation. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated attorney and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 10 Aviation Attorneys.

Leah Chege | Principal & Founder

Chege Law Firm

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Leah Chege is the principal and founder of Chege Law Firm, a Civil and Immigration practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on Accident & Injury law as well as Business and Family based Immigration law. Leah’s international experience and insight into the Immigration System are invaluable assets that she brings to her clients and the legal community. She has extensive experience counseling Corporations to secure work visas for specialized employees, Immigration document compliance and best practices. She has also represented many individuals and families to obtain different visas to legally enter the United States, renew non-immigrant visas, helped hundreds of foreigners become permanent residents in United States and eventually acquire United States Citizenship. Having gone through the immigration process to become a United States Citizen, she understands that system well. In 2017, she gave a CLE presentation on Immigration Law Best Practices before members of Alabama Lawyers Association in Florence, Alabama.

Leah is passionate about Accident & Injury law and often sponsors community meetings to educate people on what to do after an accident. She represents individuals who have been injured in various accidents to recover for their injuries and lost wages. She also represents minor plaintiffs in Pro Ami hearings around the state. Most recently, she helped a family recover for their injuries, lost wages and property loss after an apartment fire. A native of Kenya, Leah loves travelling and has been to different countries and applies her diplomacy training and global view in all she does.

Floyd Anthony “Tony” James | President

Tony James Aviation Investigations, LLC

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Tony James is a former Federal Aviation Administration Senior Air Safety Investigator, Investigator in Charge, IIC, who has investigated more than 1,000 aviation accidents and incidents worldwide. He is the President of Tony James Aviation Investigations, LLC. A few of Tony’s notable investigations include: American Airlines Flight 1420, Malaysian Airlines Flight – MH-370, Asiana Airlines Flight 214, United Airlines Flight 93, TWA 800, Egypt Air 990, Alaska 261, Carson Helicopter S-61N and JFK Jr. He also consults on aviation safety and security matters for airlines, federal agencies and private corporations. Tony holds an ATP for Multiengine and Single Engine, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Commercial-Glider, type rating certificates for GIV, LR-JET,SD-3, BH-206, CE-500, BE-300, BE-1900 and DHC-8; FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Gold Seal, Airplane Single and Multiengine, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Glider, Instrument Airplane and Helicopter.

He is an FAA Certified Ground Instructor, Basic, Advanced and Instrument and FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher. Tony was designated by the FAA to act in the capacity of a Pilot Examiner for the purpose of conducting the practical examinations, and issuance of pilot certificates for Private, Commercial, Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Multiengine and All Flight Instructor Ratings. His Flight Time is in excess of 15,000 hours accumulated over 50 years’ experience in commercial and general aviation flying. Tony has as Accident and Violation Free record. He has taught at Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Florida; Odessa College, Odessa, Texas; and the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While employed at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Tony was awarded the Astronauts’ prestigious Silver Snoopy Award.

Jere L. Beasley | Principal & Founder

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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In January 1979, Jere Locke Beasley considered his options for making a future in Alabama’s Capital City, Montgomery. With a lifelong love of politics and a spirit for public service, he had served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor George Wallace, and had filled the Governor’s shoes briefly while Wallace recovered from an assassination attempt.

In 1978, Beasley made a bid for the Governor’s spot on a permanent basis, but was defeated in the race. He decided to hang out his shingle as a private practice lawyer. He believed working as a plaintiff’s lawyer would allow him to continue his mission of service. Today, the firm operates as Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., and is the largest plaintiff’s law firm in the country whose offices are located in one city, and a leader in civil litigation on behalf of claimants, having successfully represented hundreds of thousands of people. Beasley was recently named to the Lawdragon Hall of Fame.

Kendall Dunson | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Kendall joined the firm in 1998. He is past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, which was formed in 1915. He was the first African American to serve in this role. He is past president of the Alabama Lawyers Association and has also served as president of the Capital City Bar Association. He recently completed a term as a Board Member for the National Bar Association. At Beasley Allen, Kendall practices in the areas of Product Liability, General Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation cases involving defective industrial machinery. Kendall has worked on numerous cases with goals of compensating clients for their losses and influencing corporations to design and manufacture safer products.

Most recently, Kendall has been involved in several multimillion dollar lawsuits, including a $24.75 million verdict in a premises liability case; an $18.79 million verdict in a commercial truck product liability case; a $5.75 million verdict for the children who lost their father in a maritime lawsuit; and a $4.7 million verdict in a seat belt failure case. He and his Beasley Allen law partner Mike Andrews also recently secured an $8 million jury verdict on behalf of a woman seriously injured when her Volkswagen suddenly accelerated out of her control and crashed.

Honorable Sarah Stewart | Associate Justice

Alabama Supreme Court

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Sarah Hicks Stewart, a long-time resident of Mobile, was elected in November 2018 to serve as an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. She is the daughter of Reginald and Suzanne Hicks. Her only brother, Charlie Hicks, was an attorney in Mobile until his untimely death in 2014. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School in 1992, Justice Stewart practiced law with Hand Arendall LLC, Ezell & Sharbrough LLC, and finally with her brother, Charlie. As a lawyer, Justice Stewart was the first female president of the Mobile Young Lawyers and served on many local and state bar committees.

Justice Stewart was appointed a circuit judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit by Governor Riley in 2006 and ran for the position three times unopposed. As a circuit judge, Justice Stewart handled thousands of civil and criminal cases, ranging from simple car wrecks to multi-million dollar business disputes and from possession of marijuana to capital murder. During her 13 years as a circuit judge, Justice Stewart served as the co-chair on Professionalism in the Bench and Bar, on the Supreme Court’s standing committee on the Alabama Rules of Evidence, and on many other Alabama State Bar and judicial committees. Justice Stewart was active in the leadership of the Circuit Judges Association, serving as Education Chair for eight years and was elected by her fellow judges in July 2018 as the first female president of the Circuit Judges Association.

Tom Methvin | Principal & Managing Attorney

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Tom Methvin, an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, earned his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1988. Since 1998, he has been the managing attorney of the firm. He was selected to Super Lawyers 2008 through 2012. Methvin is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was ranked Band 2 in Chambers USA Plaintiff Litigation section. He is Past President of the Alabama State Bar. Methvin helped organize the firm into sections based on types of cases. This has allowed our lawyers to concentrate in certain areas and to be on the cutting edge in their field.

He has helped Beasley Allen become a national powerhouse in representing victims of wrongdoing. He was the lead lawyer in a landmark predatory lending case involving a door-to-door sales and finance scam. The verdict of $581 million is the largest predatory lending verdict in American history. In July of 2007, Methvin was featured in Fortune Magazine as one of America’s Premier Lawyers. He was named Beasley Allen’s Lawyer of the Year in 2009.

Dr. David Bronner

CEO Retirement Systems of Alabama

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Dr. David Bronner is the CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, a public pension fund with assets in excess of $40 billion providing benefits for over 358,000 public employees and retirees. RSA is ranked 115 of the world’s top 300 largest private/public retirement funds.

Dr. Bronner earned a Ph.D. and law degree from the University of Alabama where he taught in the Graduate Schools of Business and Education and served as Assistant Dean and Lecturer in the School of Law before coming to the RSA.

Dr. Bronner has been featured in Time, Governing magazine,  The Institutional Investor, The Money Manager, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes Magazine, and Pension & Investment Age for his investment strategies and financial market decisions. In 2003, PlanSponsor magazine named the RSA “Plan Sponsor of the Year.” Recently, Dr. Bronner received the Institutional Leadership Award presented by the International Economic Development Council.

High profile investments to help Alabama thrive are a hallmark of Dr. Bronner, including office buildings in Montgomery, Mobile and New York and the development of eight hotels and conference centers in Alabama. Other investments include Gray Television with 142 TV stations, and Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., with over 160 newspapers that provide free advertising for the state of Alabama.

The venture of which Dr. Bronner is most proud is the Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a collection of 26 championship golf courses at 11 sites that has put Alabama at the top of the list of golf destinations worldwide and helped increased tourism from a $1.8 billion industry to a yearly $15.4 billion industry.

W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III | Principal & Consumer Fraud Section Head

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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When Dee graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he served as a Corporate Internal Auditor for Amsouth Banc Corporation (now “Regions Bank”) from 1985-86. Dee then entered Cumberland School of Law where he was chosen to study “Comparative International Law” at the University Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany in 1988. Upon graduation from law school, Dee served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Patterson, Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals from 1989-90. Dee was then asked to serve as a Staff Attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court under Justice Henry Steagall from 1990-91.

Dee joined the firm in 1991 and 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. Currently he is working in particular on cases involving Medicaid Fraud. In addition to representing clients in litigation, Dee manages the entire Consumer Fraud / Commercial Litigation Section of the firm. He is involved in every case being litigated in this section and on a national level. Dee is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been named to Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, and was Beasley Allen Litigator of the Year in 2008.

Clay Barnett | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Clay Barnett is a member of Beasley Allen’s Atlanta team practicing automotive, heavy equipment and marine defect class action litigation. Clay’s pending cases involve manufacturers GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Terex and Polaris. He joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in 2007 and for 10 years pursued pharmaceutical companies for fraud and Consumer Protection Act violations before transitioning to product defect class actions. As a member of the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, he has secured tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients, both states and consumers.

Clay helped bring the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud class action for consumers whose vehicles were allegedly designed to bypass regulations. The $15 billion settlement for 2.0-liter vehicles is the largest consumer auto-related consumer class action in U.S. history, and among the fastest reached of its kind. He is also part of the Fraud Section team handling a class action lawsuit for economic losses related to potentially defective airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation.

Rachel Boyd | Associate

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Rachel Boyd is an attorney in Beasley Allen’s Consumer Fraud Section, where she handles class actions, antitrust issues, whistleblower claims and Medicaid fraud litigation. Rachel’s practice is focused on class action litigation filed on behalf of life insurance policyholders who have experienced unfounded premium increases. Most recently, Rachel worked with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office and helped secure a $10.3 million settlement in its case against Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc., a Massachusetts-based dialysis company for Medicaid fraud.

The central Illinois native now lives in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the American Association for Justice, 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.

James Eubank | Of Counsel

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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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 his work included prosecuting criminal cases in all state and federal courts across the state, filing civil and administrative actions and advising the Commission on current legal issues.

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 also worked as a senior Deputy District Attorney in the Montgomery County, Alabama, District Attorney’s office where he carried an average caseload of 300-400 criminal cases and participated in over 30 criminal jury trials and 20 criminal and civil bench trials. He handled felony cases from indictment through post-trial proceedings in Circuit Court as well as preliminary hearings in District Court and was the Supervising Attorney over the Civil Asset Forfeiture Division.

Alison “Ali” D. Hawthorne | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Since joining Beasley Allen in November 2010 as an attorney in the Consumer Fraud Section, Ali has focused her practice primarily on complex litigation on a national level. Ali began her career at Beasley Allen working on the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) and McKesson litigations, which seek to recover millions of dollars lost by state Medicaid agencies as a result of fraudulent price reporting by the nation’s largest drug manufacturers. Since the beginning of the AWP and McKesson litigations, Beasley Allen has recovered more than a billion dollars for the states it represents and has made a tremendous positive impact on state agencies throughout the country.

Most recently, Ali has been involved in litigation in multiple states that seeks to recover money on behalf of the states that was paid for pharmaceutical products and devices as a result of fraudulent and deceptive acts against the states. Additionally, Ali is involved in class action litigation involving consumer fraud within the health care and cosmetics industries. Ali received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected as the Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Fraud Section in 2014 and 2015.

Larry A. Golston, Jr. | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Larry joined Beasley Allen in 2000 and prior to working in the Fraud section he worked in the firm’s Business Litigation Section and later the Environmental & Toxic Torts Section. Currently, Larry handles cases involving Fraud, Employment Law, and Business Litigation. His practice is focused on whistleblower litigation, retaliation, wage & hour litigation, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, business fraud and class actions.

Most recently, Larry led the whistleblower case that recovered $14.7 million for Barry Taul. Taul uncovered and reported an illegal kickback and false billing scheme that defrauded the Alabama Organ Center and taxpayers. Larry also helped secure a $30 million settlement agreement in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to settle whistleblower allegations that private contractor U.S. Investigations Services, Inc. (USIS), formerly the Federal Government’s largest provider of security background checks, violated the False Claims Act (FCA). Larry represented former USIS employee Blake Percival, who filed a whistleblower complaint in 2011 alleging USIS violated the False Claims Act in performing a contract with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to perform background investigations of federal employees and those applying for federal service.

C. Lance Gould | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Lance began his legal career with Beasley Allen in 1997. Currently, his practice is focused on whistleblower litigation, wage & hour litigation, and class actions. Lance has authored publications on the Fair Labor Standards Act and the False Claims Act and has been a guest speaker on the issues at both the state and national events. Initially, he focused his practice in the area of consumer fraud litigation, handling actions brought by individuals who were victims of predatory lending practices including mortgage fraud, equity theft, loan flipping and insurance packing.

Lance was a member of the trial team in a landmark case involving a door-to-door sales and finance scam, which resulted in a verdict of $581 million. As a result of this litigation, the finance company quit these types of activities in the state of Alabama. Also, Lance has represented thousands of clients at Beasley Allen resulting in multi-million-dollar settlements and influenced corporations to correct their improper practices. He is a co-chair of the Wage and Hour section of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group.

Andrew “Andy” D. Birchfield | Principal & Mass Torts Section Head

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Andy Birchfield, an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, exemplifies the values that have made Beasley Allen one of the country’s leading firms in civil litigation. Birchfield’s commitment to his clients, his indefatigable work ethic, his integrity, his honesty, and his excellent skills as a trial lawyer have resulted in extraordinary success since he launched Beasley Allen’s Mass Tort practice and was named Section Head. Andy has been involved in cases resulting in settlements and verdicts totaling in excess of $5.4 billion. His efforts were indispensable in heading the firm’s Vioxx litigation.

In April 2005, Andy was chosen to co-lead the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the federal Vioxx Litigation MDL and was lead counsel or co-lead counsel in five Vioxx trials, including one that resulted in a $51 million verdict against Merck. Following that verdict, Merck & Co. agreed to a $4.85 billion settlement for Vioxx litigation. In December 2010, Andy was named one of Beasley Allen’s Litigators of the Decade. He is regularly named to the Super Lawyers list and Chambers USA Product Liability nationwide section. In 2016, Andy was selected to serve on the Beasley Allen Executive Board. Most recently, Andy has served as co-lead counsel in the Xarelto multidistrict litigation.

Joseph VanZandt | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Joseph joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in 2016 as an associate in the firm’s Mass Torts Section. Since then, he has been instrumental in helping his law partner and Mass Torts Section Head, Andy Birchfield, manage the national multidistrict litigation (MDL) for the blood thinner Xarelto and worked on the trial teams for multiple bellwether trials. Currently, Joseph is representing individuals who are suffering from severe nicotine addiction and other physical injuries related to the use of JUUL vaping devices. He also recently filed lawsuits on behalf of school districts seeking to protect students and recover resources spent fighting the vaping epidemic.

Joseph was recently named by The National Trial Lawyers to the Alabama Top 40 Under 40 List, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section, Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Joseph is also a member of the American Association for Justice where he serves as co-chair of the JUUL Litigation Group.

P. Leigh O’Dell | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Leigh O’Dell is a Principal in the firm’s Mass Torts Section and is instrumental in helping guide the section’s work. She is also a member of Beasley Allen’s five‐person Executive Board, which is charged with helping lead the firm into the next generation. Leigh has taken on some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country for their reprehensible actions. She was recently selected to serve as Co‐Lead Counsel of In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, a multidistrict litigation involving more than 9,000 women who are suffering or who have died of ovarian cancer as a result of their exposure to Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower‐to‐Shower products.

Additionally, Leigh is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for multidistrict litigations against six transvaginal mesh manufacturers. She previously handled cases involving adverse side effects of Gardasil, a vaccine manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co. Inc. for the prevention of cervical cancer. Earlier in her career, she spent six years as part of the trial teams for five of the 17 bellwether trials against Vioxx maker, Merck & Co. resulting in a then‐record global settlement with the pharmaceutical giant, which agreed to pay $4.85 billion to resolve all Vioxx‐related claims. Leigh is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including serving on the National Trial Lawyers Association’s executive committee. She was also selected to The National Trial Lawyers’ Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25.

Honorable Doug Jones | D-Alabama

U.S. Senate

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Senator Doug Jones has spent his life working to make Alabama a better place. Born in Fairfield in 1954 to a U.S. Steel worker and a stay-at-home mom, he grew up in Alabama during a period of great change and played a critical part of helping the state and her people overcome some of their darkest days. His early years forged his values and a sense of responsibility to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Senator Jones grew up during the tumultuous era of public school desegregation in Alabama. From a young age, he was drawn to fighting for what is right. He also found a love for politics and organizing through his volunteer work with campus affairs at the University of Alabama and in a statewide campaign to modernize Alabama’s court system.

After graduating from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, he worked as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Howell Heflin. Following his stint in Washington, Senator Jones served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1980-1984. He left government service in 1984 and was in the private practice of law in Birmingham, Alabama, until President Bill Clinton nominated him to the position of United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate in November 1997 and he served as U.S. Attorney until June 2001. It was while serving in that position that Senator Jones successfully prosecuted two of the four men responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church – finally bringing full justice and closure nearly 40 years after the attack that killed four young girls. Along with taking on the Ku Klux Klan, he indicted domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph and prosecuted other criminals who sought to use fear, hatred, and violence to inhibit the rights of others.

Since his election to the Senate in a special election held on Dec. 12, 2017, Senator Jones has brought that lifelong passion for justice and commitment to service to his role in the United States Senate. He understands that public service is a privilege that comes with the responsibility of making the country better for all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds or political views. He will continue to fight to increase access to affordable health care for every Alabamian and to make sure that every child in every ZIP code has access to high-quality education. He will fight for responsible economic development to ensure that both businesses and their employees prosper in Alabama.

John E. Tomlinson | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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John Tomlinson is a member of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Toxic Torts Section where he handles occupational and environmental toxic tort cases. He currently works on litigation involving cancer victims with occupational and environmental exposure to benzene. John also represents individuals who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma related to the commercial application of Roundup/glyphosate.

Previously, he played a significant part in assisting the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) in its settlement negotiations with BP over its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. John is a past president of the Montgomery County Association for Justice and is a member of the Alabama State Bar, American Bar Association and Alabama Association for Justice. He was selected as Beasley Allen’s Lawyer of the Year for the Toxic Torts Section in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

William “Will” Sutton | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Will Sutton represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, centering on products liability, mass torts, and environmental toxic tort cases. Currently, he represents individuals who have been severely injured from lithium-ion battery fires and explosions in consumer electronics. He also represents a number of cities and counties in the nationwide opioid litigation.

Recently, Will began representing individuals in the national multidistrict litigation (MDL) for 3M Combat Arms military earplugs. He was selected for the Top 40 Under 40 designation by the American Academy of Attorneys for the Personal Injury Law section in Alabama for 2019. Additionally, he has been selected to The National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40 for Civil Plaintiffs.

Ryan Kral | Principal

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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Ryan Kral joined the Toxic Torts Section in October 2011. He is currently assisting local governments in addressing harms posed by the nation’s opioid epidemic. Ryan also represents water systems against companies alleged to have polluted their water supply with perfluorinated chemicals. In addition, he investigates cases where individuals have suffered severe lung injuries either while on the job or in other capacities. These injuries are wide-ranging and can affect anyone, as the lungs are the only internal organ constantly exposed to the outside environment.

Ryan was selected for the Top 40 Under 40 designation by the American Academy of Attorneys for the Personal Injury Law section in Alabama. He was also selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40 for Civil Plaintiffs.

Christy Crow | President

Alabama State Bar

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Christy Crow is the 144th President of the Alabama State Bar. She was licensed to practice law in 1997 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law. Growing up in the north Alabama community of Hamilton, Christy Crow’s earliest memory in life is of being in a courtroom. Not because she had parents that were lawyers but because her father was injured through the gross negligence of another. Seeing the effects that the gross negligence has on the family of a victim inspired Christy to dedicate her life to helping others.

She joined the firm of Jinks, Crow & Dickson in Union Springs (Bullock County) in 1997. Since then she has become known throughout the State as a fierce lawyer in the Courtroom and in arbitral settings. Christy has represented consumers with problems with industrial equipment failures, site-built and manufactured home construction defects, breach of contract, commercial construction, automobile lemon law and breach of just about any warranty that has been issued to a consumer. Christy is called upon by other lawyers throughout the state when they have arbitration issues and has spoken at the AAJ Legends of Litigation continuing education seminar on arbitration.

She continues to focus on helping individuals who have been injured or had loved ones killed because of the wrongdoing or negligence of others or because of shortcuts taken by manufacturers of defective products, and those injured as a result of road defects, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and heavy equipment. She has represented clients throughout the state of Alabama and in Georgia. Christy previously served as the President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar, Vice President of the Alabama State Bar, a member of the Executive Committee of the Alabama State Bar under two presidents, a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners, and Treasurer of the Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar. She also is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys.

Roman A. Shaul | General Counsel

Alabama State Bar

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Roman Shaul was born and raised in Tuscaloosa County. He attended undergraduate, graduate and law school at the University of Alabama. Roman practiced law in Tuscaloosa for a couple of years then practiced with the Montgomery, Alabama, firm of Beasley Allen for 17 years.

Roman was appointed to the state court bench to serve as a Circuit Judge in Montgomery County and was unopposed for his election to a full term. In June of 2018, Roman resigned his judgeship to become the General Counsel of the Alabama State Bar.

Robert Thornhill, MS, LPC | Director

Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program

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Robert Thornhill received his BS degree in Psychology from Troy University Montgomery in 1983. He later returned to Troy University and received his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Development in 1992.

He has met all the standards of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), and a Certified Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC).

Mr. Thornhill has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse for the past 20 years. He served as the Clinical Coordinator for the Alabama Physician Health Program from January of 2009 through September of 2012.

He was appointed Director of the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program on October 1, 2012. Mr. Thornhill oversees program operations including coordinating evaluations, assessments and monitoring services.

Mr. Thornhill is very happily married to his wife of 34 years, Cindy Rose Thornhill, and is the proud father of their two grown children, John Taylor Thornhill and Robert Willis Thornhill. John is a Chiropractor and Professor at Life University in Marietta, GA and is married to Robin Steele Thornhill. They have two precious daughters, Willow Rose Thornhill and River Lee Thornhill. Robert Willis is a High School Teacher in Raleigh, NC.

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