Beasley Allen Law Firm founder Jere L. Beasley was presented with the inaugural “Charles Jinright Community Service Award” by the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club during the group’s weekly meeting. The award was established to honor its longtime member and city leader Charles Jinright for his many years of service to the Capital City. The award honors recipients who have exemplified professional, volunteer and philanthropic efforts to improve the community and the lives of its residents.
“It is an honor to be recognized along with someone who has dedicated his life to serving Montgomery,” said Beasley. “There are many in Montgomery who have also been committed to making the Capital City what it needs to be, so I am humbled to have been selected as the first recipient of this award. I have been blessed and I try, in every area of life, to bless others.”
Award nominations were reviewed by a nominating committee of Montgomery Capital Rotary Club members. Committee members considered nominees’ contributions to local charities and their support of the community as a whole. The club’s president, Dr. Tom Vocino, believed it was important to recognize Jinright and others in the community who have worked diligently to make Montgomery a place where people can thrive and enjoy life.
“Mr. Beasley was the unanimous choice of the club selection committee as he and his firm have made a large difference in improving the quality of life in Montgomery,” said Vocino. “There are few nonprofit organizations in the city that serve disadvantaged clients that have not benefited significantly from financial and volunteer support from the Beasley Allen Law Firm.”
The award’s namesake, Charles Jinright, is a 30-year member of the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club who has served with distinction for many years as the president of the Montgomery City Council. Among his many accomplishments as a public servant is his widely acclaimed role in bringing minor league baseball back to Montgomery after a long absence and helping land the Hyundai manufacturing plant as an economic driver in the River Region.
“I’m flattered that the club would name an award after me and humbled that the first recipient is Jere Beasley, a man of such high caliber,” said Jinright. “I’m pleased that an award bearing my name recognizes the efforts of people like Jere who are dedicated to making Montgomery a better place to live and work. Improving the world around us is so important and I hope this type of recognition continues well into the future.”
Beasley has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962. He was the youngest (at the time) Lieutenant Governor for the State of Alabama, as part of Governor George Wallace’s administration. Beasley returned to the practice of law in 1979 and opened what is now the Beasley Allen Law Firm. The firm, which began with one lawyer, has offices in Atlanta and Montgomery and employs more than 80 lawyers and over 300 support staff. Under Beasley’s direction, the firm remains committed to its mission of “helping those who need it most.” It is recognized as one of the largest and most successful Plaintiffs law firms in the country, with verdicts and settlements in excess of $26 billion. Many of Beasley’s courtroom victories include landmark cases that have made a positive impact upon our society.
In addition to his trial practice, Beasley is actively involved in many civic endeavors, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Lions Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Among his many awards and accomplishments, Beasley was named “Citizen of the Year” by the March of Dimes in 2006. He has been personally involved with the agency since the early 1980s. Beasley has number of professional recognitions, as well. He is included in the Lawdragon Hall of Fame and was honored by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association with its “War Horse” Award, recognizing him as one of the nation’s most outstanding trial lawyers. Additionally, the firm was one of only 12 in the nation named by Law360 to its Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list in 2015, and was included on the National Law Journal Midsize Law Firm Hot List and the NLJ Elite Trial Lawyers List in 2014. Three of the firm’s 2016 verdicts, involving talcum powder ovarian cancer litigation, were included in the National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts.
The Montgomery Capital Rotary Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has more than 45 members comprising professional business leaders from the greater Montgomery Area. Rotary is a national and international leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders that meet regularly to learn and exchange ideas about issues affecting our community and make a difference in the causes we care about, both locally, nationally and internationally.