Karla Martinez has been with Beasley Allen for two years. She is an Intake Specialist in our Toxic Torts Section. As an Intake Specialist, Karla speaks with clients daily and gathers information for their claims. Karla says she enjoys having the chance to speak to clients and gaining their trust.
An intake specialist job at Beasley Allen is to have initial contact with a client and to obtain all information to build a file and help determine if they meet the criteria required for each specific case. She also helps obtain any additional documentation needed that may require further review by lawyers assigned to the case.
Karla, the oldest of four siblings, has two younger brothers, Angel and Jesse, and a younger sister, Lizabeth. Angel is a firefighter in Montgomery. Jesse and Lizbeth are still in high school.
In her spare time, Karla is a full-time student at South University, studying Criminal Justice. In her “off-time” when not studying, Karla enjoys going hiking or vacationing at the beach.
When asked what she enjoys most about working at Beasley Allen, Karla had this to say:
My favorite thing about working at Beasley Allen is that we have the chance to help people from different backgrounds, and I enjoy creating relationships with them. Beasley Allen is a firm that stands for God above all else, and that speaks volumes about a company.
Karla is a very good employee, whose job is important to the firm and to our clients. We are fortunate to have Karla with us.
Amy Norris is also an Intake Specialist in the Toxic Torts Section. Amy came to the firm in September 2019 and is involved with each new client initially as an Intake Specialist.
Amy has been married to her husband, Andy, for four years. She has a daughter Ashley who is in nursing school and also works at a local hospital. Her son Tyler is an excellent student at Prattville High School and enjoys participating in basketball and football. Amy says she “has a very smart grandson Will,” who is a blackbelt in Taekwondo. In her spare time, Amy loves spending time with her family and traveling to the beach.
When asked what her favorite part of working at Beasley Allen is, Amy says:
Having the privilege of working at Beasley Allen gives me a feeling that I am fulfilling a sense of purpose in helping others in any way I can and however I can, to the best of my ability. I am also grateful for the professional, respectful, and family-oriented atmosphere.
Amy is a very good employee, whose job is important to the firm and to our clients. We are fortunate to have Amy with us.
Jeff Price is a lawyer in the Toxic Torts Section. He joined Beasley Allen in 2012. Currently, Jeff is handling opioid litigation, representing the State of Alabama and the State of Georgia as private counsel. Jeff was recently named by The National Trial Lawyers to the Alabama Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers List, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field.
As part of the firm’s opioid litigation team, Jeff is currently assisting local governments in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee to address the harms posed by the nation’s opioid epidemic. The team also represents the State of Alabama in its opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Endo Pharmaceuticals, and McKesson Corporation and the State of Georgia in its pending lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and wholesale drug distributors. The opioid lawsuits contend the opioid crisis, which has reached epidemic proportions, was created by the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies flooded the health care system with highly addictive drugs, and their deceptive marketing practices misled the public about the drugs’ safety and effectiveness. Responding to the opioid crisis has required local and state governments to sustain economic damages and continue to bear a significant financial burden.
When asked why he chose the legal profession, Jeff said, “I became a lawyer because I believe in justice and fairness, and I like to argue.” He also commented that his favorite part of practicing law is working in a team environment with other professionals.
Previously, Jeff represented individuals, property owners and business owners across the Gulf Coast, helping them recover millions of dollars in compensation for the losses they suffered following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the resulting devastating BP Oil Spill. Jeff enjoys working for the firm because of the opportunities he has had to work on such high-profile cases.
The Montgomery native is also a (nonpracticing) Certified Public Accountant in Alabama. Jeff earned the highest CPA Exam Score for Alabama in the 3rd Quarter in 2012. He graduated with a B.A. from Tulane University and holds a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law and an LL.M. in federal taxation from the University of Miami School of Law.
Jeff is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is a former associate editor of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy at Cumberland. Jeff is married to the former Kathleen Crawley of Prattville, Alabama, where the couple resides and. The couple enjoys spending time with their dog, Lilly.
Jeff is a very good and talented lawyer who is dedicated to the welfare of his clients. We are fortunate to have him with the firm.
Skylar Sawyer is a lawyer in the firm’s Mobile office and she is a member of the firm’s Mass Torts Section. Skylar is part of the litigation team investigating claims by Zantac users who developed certain types of cancers after taking the drug, including liver, bladder, stomach, colon, kidney and pancreatic cancer. Before joining Beasley Allen, Skylar served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office. She also worked for another civil law firm, assisting with personal injury and insurance litigation.
“I wanted to work in a system that strives for fairness and advocates for those who need it most,” Skylar said about her decision to become a lawyer.
Skylar earned a law degree from Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Alabama. Before attending law school, Skylar served Baldwin County families as a Juvenile Probation Officer. She also worked in municipal and county courts as a referral liaison connecting the accused with rehabilitative programs. Currently, Skylar is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Baldwin County Bar Association, the Mobile Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Skylar says:
My favorite part of practicing law is the ability to take on the battles of people who have already fought enough. When clients are in unfortunate, even tragic, situations, the last thing they need is the stress of fighting for themselves in a courtroom. I like being able to give a voice to those who would otherwise be forced to endure more. Taking the weight off someone’s shoulders can be just as priceless as securing the justice they deserve.
Skylar joined the firm in February. She says that soon she learned that Beasley Allen employees share a passion for helping others, both in the courtroom and out. She says that is what sets Beasley Allen apart from other firms. She says:
My introduction to the firm was through my involvement with the Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Public Interest Society at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. I really respected a firm that makes giving back a top priority. It is not just the clients and the community empowered by the firm’s efforts. As an employee, I am empowered to be my best self through the encouragement and examples set by those lawyers and support staff who make up Beasley Allen.
In her free time, Skylar enjoys spending time with her Brittany spaniel, paddle boarding on the bay, and reading a good book.
Skylar is a welcomed addition to our firm. Her background and work experience fits in well with the mission of Beasley Allen. We are very glad that she came with us.
Deirdre Scott has been employed with Beasley Allen for almost a year and a half. She, like Karla and Amy, is an Intake Specialist and is in the Firm’s Toxic Torts Section. Currently, Deirdre is primarily working on the RoundUp cases. She helps make sure the lawyers have all the information needed to build each client’s file.
Deirdre is a mother of three children, JaDarien, Courtlyn and Cristian. Deirdre says that JaDarien is an excellent student and loves all sports and that Courtlyn and Cristian are still in daycare but love gymnastics and ballet. They are members of a Global Church, based out of Georgia, where they spend many weekends as a family.
In Deirdre’s spare time, she says she enjoys binge-watching Netflix, online shopping, working out, reading, planning and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.
When asked what her favorite part is about working at Beasley Allen, Deirdre states:
My favorite thing about working at Beasley Allen has been how I work with a dedicated team. Everyone is so hardworking and inspired to help. Everything is done as a team; I admire that. I have also gained knowledge by working with this company which is a magnificent quality.
Deirdre is a very good employee, who as stated above, is working on litigation involving Roundup. There are currently 3,500 clients represented by Beasley Allen in that litigation. We are most fortunate to have Deirdre with us.