MONTGOMERY, ALA. (December 14, 2011) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announced Dec. 14 that Shareholder Rhon E. Jones was selected as the firm’s Litigator of the Year. The annual recognition is presented to the attorney who demonstrates exceptional professional skill throughout the course of the year and best represents the firm’s ideal of “helping those who need it most.”

In addition to selecting the overall “top attorney,” Beasley Allen recognized excellence in each of its sections, naming the Lawyer of the Year in each. Honorees for 2011are LaBarron N. Boone, Personal Injury Section Lawyer of the Year; H. Clay Barnett, Fraud Section Lawyer of the Year; Navan Ward, Jr., Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year; Chris D. Glover, Product Liability Section Lawyer of the Year; and Christopher D. Boutwell, Toxic Torts Section Lawyer of the Year.

“We are blessed to have lawyers in our firm who work hard for their clients and who always put their clients’ interest first. This has to be a priority for all of us,” Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley said. “The lawyers who received the awards this year were recognized for exceptional performances in their respective areas of expertise. Each recognizes that their being honored could never have happened without lots of hard work by other lawyers and support staff in their section. I am proud and personally honored to be a part of the Beasley Allen team.”

Rhon Jones joined Beasley Allen in 1994 and is currently head of the firm’s Toxic Torts Section. He is one of 15 attorneys chosen to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the multi-district litigation related to the BP Oil Spill. This litigation is related to the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast. The explosion resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and created a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

In addition to the work on the BP cases, Rhon Jones is currently seeking co-class counsel designation in Tennessee over the TVA coal ash dike failure, and has recently been certified class counsel in New Jersey over contaminated drinking water, as well as in Kansas against several major oil companies over the pricing and energy content of gasoline. Rhon has taught Torts at Jones School of Law in Montgomery, and he is a regular speaker at national, regional and state seminars on various subjects for both plaintiff and defense counsel. He has authored more than 25 articles and papers for publication.

Rhon has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers 2009, 2010 and 2011; and has been selected for inclusion on the 2011 and 2012 Best Lawyers in America lists, published by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, he was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Montgomery Litigation – Environmental Lawyer of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”

He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, where he teaches Sunday school. Rhon is married to the former Deanne Rawls, and they have four children.

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