Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensive practice with a formidable stable of highly regarded litigators, with strengths handling both state and federal court proceedings nationwide. Offers additional strengths in appellate matters, with a wealth of experience handling appeals before the Eleventh Circuit. Also assists with breach of contract, fraud and negligence cases. Represents some of the state's largest clients in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and insurance sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "This is a wonderful firm that I highly recommend. Its lawyers do great research and writing."

One source says: "The firm’s work has been impressive," adding: "It employs a team approach that is both efficient and effective."

Work highlights Represented Southern Research against allegations of negligence, fraud and scientific misconduct during research.

Notable practitioners

John Bolus
's core expertise includes representing financial services clients in breach of contract and fraud disputes, as well as class actions. Peers note his "solid reputation" for defending clients against securities claims.

Chair of the firm's product liability and environmental practice group
John Earnhardt
is considered by interviewees to be "an excellent litigator and a pleasure to work with." He frequently acts for clients from the manufacturing industry on serious personal injury and environmental contamination disputes.

John Neiman
is acclaimed as "a great writer, and communicator, with the fantastic ability to translate complicated and thorny constitutional issues into everyday English." He is known for his representation of government bodies and corporations in significant litigation and appellate proceedings. One client enthuses: "His brief writing and capacity for strategic thinking are second to none. He is undoubtedly one of the top appellate attorneys in the state."

Lee Bains
advises across a wide range of commercial disputes, including complex class actions and appeals. He regularly represents clients in breach of contract and insurance coverage cases. One source says: "His mastery of the law and of class action issues allows him to navigate them in creative ways that achieve great results."

"Great lawyer"
Maibeth Porter
frequently defends clients from the financial sector in disputes involving securities and corporate governance issues. She commands respect in the market for her regulatory experience and additional capabilities in government investigations at both state and federal levels.

Michael Mulvaney
regularly defends clients against class actions and multiparty litigation. He is well known for his skilled handling of contentious insurance claims.

Thomas Thagard
is noted for his wide-ranging expertise in commercial litigation, including representing clients in disputes involving product liability, IP, securities and fraud, among others. He cochairs the firm's litigation practice.