Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Principal Andrew E. Brashier was recognized as a 2017 Young Alumni Rising Star for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated an ability to excel personally and professionally while committing time and energy to serve the university and local community.
This is the university’s inaugural award, established by the UAB National Alumni Society’s (NAS) Junior Board. The board selected five young alumni who are 35 or younger and are working within their careers and communities to blaze a path for future generations of young alumni for the honor.
“We congratulate Andrew and are proud of the strides he continues to make in his young career,” said Beasley Allen Principal & Managing Attorney Tom Methvin. “His law practice demonstrates his passion to help clients navigate the civil justice system and his volunteer commitments equally reveal his compassion for people.”
In January, Beasley Allen named Brashier a principal at the firm, primarily for his leadership within the firm’s Whistleblower Litigation Team. The team represents clients involved in class action lawsuits and qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act. He has represented multiple whistleblowers retaliated against for reporting corruption and fraud, including one whistleblower who assisted in recovering $39 million for the federal government. He gives voice to whistleblowers who report fraud to the IRS, SEC and Department of Transportation/NHTSA and frequently writes about the topic.
Brashier is currently handling cases against insurance companies for unjustly increasing policyholders’ cost of insurance. He also handles auto defect class actions such as General Motors’ defective ignition switch and Takata’s shrapnel-shooting air bag inflator. Additionally, he represented consumers and financial institutions harmed by the Target, Home Depot and Community Health Systems data breaches and has spoken nationally on the topic. He has fought for consumers in multidistrict litigation class actions such as Toyota’s sudden unintended acceleration and Ford Navistar’s engine defect.
Earlier this summer, Brashier was selected as a 2017 recipient of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Wiedemann & Wysocki Award. The award recognizes lawyers who demonstrate a deep commitment to the profession’s highest standards and who are passionately committed to the principles of the civil justice system and the mission of AAJ. The National Trial Lawyers also named him to the Alabama Top 40 Under 40 list.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my alma matter for the work I am privileged to be a part of every day,” Brashier said. “I am thankful for the opportunities to represent those who have suffered due to corporate wrongdoing and to assist our clients who have the courage to speak up against fraud. I would not be where I am today without my education at UAB and participation with UAB’s Mock Trial Team.”
Brashier graduated from UAB with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He is a member of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a non-profit advocacy organization for whistleblowers, and regularly volunteers and does pro bono work through the Middle District of Alabama Pro Se Assistance Program. Brashier is also a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association Foundation’s Volunteer Lawyer Service Program.
Among his community involvements Brashier serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Catholic Social Services of Montgomery and formerly as vice-president for the Autauga Interfaith Care Center. He also volunteers as the Chancellor for the Anglican Church in North America’s Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and is a Governance Task Force member with the Anglican Church in North America.
The NAS will celebrate the Young Alumni Rising Star Award winners during a celebration in September.