Beasley Allen lawyer Kendall Dunson has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, a premier professional trial organization in North America comprising preeminent trial lawyers from the U.S. and Canada. Fellowship with the college is invitation-only and the College thoroughly investigates each nominee for admission and selects only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality.
The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.
“It is an honor to become a fellow of this long-established organization that works to maintain the integrity of our judicial system,” Dunson said. “I have spent my career working for people who have been injured or family members of those killed by no fault of their own. It is important to me that everyone has an avenue for recourse should the need arise.”
As a member of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section, Dunson handles product liability, general personal injury and workers’ compensation cases involving defective industrial machinery. He has worked on numerous cases to compensate clients for their losses and influence corporations to design and manufacture safer products. Dunson has been involved in several multimillion-dollar lawsuits. Most recently, he was part of the team that secured a $151 million verdict for Travaris “Tre” Smith who was left paralyzed after the 1998 Ford Explorer he was riding in crashed and rolled over. The jury agreed with Smith in finding that Ford failed to meet its own safety guidelines for the Explorer’s rollover resistance requirement and attempted to cover up the vehicle’s defective design.
Dunson has served as the president of both the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Capital City Bar Association. He is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and was named a 2017 Alabama Law Foundation Fellow. In addition, he served on the Board of the Montgomery County Bar Association until he was elected to the Executive Committee. Dunson is also past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association and has the distinct honor of being its first African American President. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and serves on the Diversity Committee and the Client Security Fund committees, positions appointed by the State Bar President. He served on the Alabama Curriculum Committee for the Board of Examiners, where he authored the new Tort Section and videotaped the presentation to be viewed by all taking the Alabama Bar Exam.
The award-winning attorney also has been regularly selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America Midsouth Super Lawyers lists. Dunson has also been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers.