Shareholders Greg Allen and Andy Birchfield receive special recognition as top litigators of the decade for Beasley Allen firm; other firm attorneys recognized as outstanding lawyers of the year

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (December 13, 2010) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announced Dec. 9 that Shareholders J. Greg Allen and Andy D. Birchfield, Jr., have been named as the firm’s Litigators of the Decade. Annually Beasley Allen recognizes its attorneys who demonstrate exceptional professional skill throughout the course of the year and who best represent the firm’s ideal of “helping those who need it most.” The Litigator of the Decade award was created this year to recognize the attorney or attorneys who have demonstrated consistent excellence on behalf of their clients and the firm.

“The two lawyers in our firm who were recognized today for exceptional performances over the past 10 years are most deserving,” said the firm’s Founding Shareholder, Jere L. Beasley. “Each has performed at an extremely high level and has had tremendous results for their clients. All of us at Beasley Allen are blessed to have Greg and Andy on our team. They are not only talented and very hard workers but are good men who recognize that ordinary citizens must be protected when they are injured or abused by powerful entities in corporate America. Greg and Andy have been recognized by their peers as being as good as they come in their respective fields of expertise and I am proud to be associated with them.”

Greg Allen began working with Jere Beasley in 1979, serving as a law clerk while attending Jones School of Law in the evenings. He joined the firm after graduation and today practices in the area of Personal Injury and Product Liability. Greg has won countless victories for his clients and he says what he does for his clients is the best part of his job. In October, Jones School of Law announced it would name a new addition to the law school after him, as the Allen Law Center.

Andy Birchfield joined Beasley Allen in 1996, and was instrumental in developing the Mass Torts Litigation Section in 2000, of which he is now section head. Andy was instrumental in the firm’s Vioxx litigation, and served as co-leader of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the federal Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation. In November 2010, he and his family were recognized as one of the River Region Families of the Year by the Family Guidance Center.

Two lawyers were selected as the firm’s Litigators of the Year for 2010: J. Cole Portis, head of the firm’s Personal Injury and Product Liability section; and C. Gibson Vance, who practices in the firm’s Fraud section and is serving this year as President of the American Association for Justice.

In addition, Beasley Allen recognized excellence in each of its sections, naming the Lawyer of the Year in each. Honorees for 2010 are Richard D. Morrison, Personal Injury Section Lawyer of the Year; Roman A. Shaul, Fraud Section Lawyer of the Year; Russell T. Abney, Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year; Benjamin C. Baker, Jr., Product Liability Section Lawyer of the Year; and John E. Tomlinson, 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, which is very important,” Beasley said. “The lawyers who received the awards this year were recognized for exceptional performances in their respective areas of expertise. Each of the lawyers 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,” he said.

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