Beasley Allen Law Firm hosted its 13th annual Legal Conference & Expo at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center on Thursday, Nov. 14. This conference welcomes all Alabama lawyers in private practice. Attendees received updates on cases Beasley Allen attorneys have successfully litigated over the past year as well as up-and-coming litigation. The case-review-themed approach reinforces takeaways for conference participants.
This year’s trial track was a fascinating examination of the Boeing 737 MAX litigation. Two separate Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes, one involving Lion Air and the other Ethiopian Airlines, killed 346 people in a span of less than five months. The Lion Air crash occurred in October 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash occurred in March 2019. Beasley Allen lawyer Mike Andrews, who focuses much of his practice on aviation litigation, is representing the families of those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Program speakers included his co-counsel, Leah Chege, from Birmingham, Alabama, and leading aviation accident investigator Tony James, who investigated the 9/11 plane crash in Pennsylvania. Attendees also heard from David Mwashi, the brother of a woman killed on the Ethiopian Airlines crash, and viewed a video provided by her two daughters, reflecting on life without their mom.
“We are excited to bring the latest in personal injury litigation to conference guests and appreciate the opportunity to serve as a resource for our colleagues across the state,” said Beasley Allen attorney LaBarron Boone, who serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.
In addition to the Boeing 737 MAX investigation the conference covered emerging areas of litigation and practice areas crucial to a trial lawyers’ success. Practice areas included Product Liability, Business Litigation, Consumer Fraud, Toxic Torts, Medical Device and Drug litigation as well as Legal Ethics.
The event is the largest of its kind in the state and one of the top five legal conferences in the country. It offers eight hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits certified by the Alabama State Bar.
“It is a pleasure to offer the continuing legal education event for fellow Alabama attorneys each year. Not only are we able to share our firm’s experiences and successes but we able to network and build relationships to encourage growth for the profession,” said Beasley Allen attorney Gibson Vance. “Each year our goal is to offer fresh insights for the Alabama legal community with a focus on case and trial preparation as well as legal marketing tips for private practice lawyers.”
Beasley Allen Principal & Founder Jere Beasley discussed the important role lawyers play in improving society. Additional special guest speakers included United States Senator Doug Jones, Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Sarah Stewart, Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner and Alabama State Bar General Counsel Roman Shaul.
Attendees also had a chance to meet with the nation’s top legal service providers along with this year’s platinum sponsors, Veritext Reporting, Jackson Thornton Valuation and Litigation Consulting Group, and Baker Reporting. Representatives from other legal and community groups, including the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Association for Justice, were available to offer attendees information about how their organizations assist Alabama lawyers.
“It is always an honor to welcome lawyers from across Alabama to Montgomery for the Beasley Allen Legal Conference,” said Dawn Hathcock, Senior Vice President for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Beasley Allen Legal Conference draws around 1,500 lawyers from all over the state and each guest has an opportunity to see Montgomery as a vacation or meeting destination. In addition to those who return to our great city the state’s largest legal conference a huge economic impact in the River Region, estimated to be roughly a million dollars.”
For more information, visit the Beasley Allen Legal Conference page on our website.