Managing Partner: Leon Ashford
Number of partners: 11
Number of attorneys: 24
In its second century of practice, Hare Wynn is one of the most respected plaintiffs litigation firms in the country. The firm’s success has come as a result of the unique opportunity its attorneys have had to become experienced, successful trial lawyers, as well as legal tacticians. Built on a legacy of representing ordinary people involved in significant litigation, Hare Wynn continues to build on more than a century of successful trial experience in its representation of individuals, Fortune 500 companies, small business, and government entities. In an age when fewer and fewer cases go to trial, Hare Wynn’s lawyers are still arguing to juries on a regular basis. In just the last three years, ninety percent of Hare Wynn’s lawyers were involved in jury trials. The verdicts in those trials exceeded $100 million.
Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial & Business Litigation:
Hare Wynn represents small businesses and individuals in a variety of business litigation. This area of practice includes representation of commercial rice farmers in a $750 million settlement against Bayer Corporation, a derivative claim against a former CEO, Richard M Scrushy, resulting in a $2.87 billion award – believed to be the largest derivative verdict against an individual in the history of American jurisprudence. In 2016, a settlement in the amount of $310 million was awarded against Caremark and AIG, in a corporate fraud suit, rectifying damages to approximately 20,000 individual pension and retirement accounts. In addition, Scott Powell is currently serving as co-lead counsel in re Syngenta, MDL 2591, where he leads the litigation against Syngenta on behalf of several hundred thousand corn farmers across the United States. In 2017, a jury awarded $217.7 million to Kansas corn producers in the first Syngenta GMO corn class action lawsuit.
Dangerous & Defective Drugs:
The firm has a long history of representing consumers who suffer serious injuries, death or other damages resulting from dangerous and defective drugs placed on the market by pharmaceutical companies. Hare Wynn is a national leader in the representation of states in their efforts to protect consumers from drug manufacturers’ false, deceptive, unlawful and illegal marketing practices aimed at hiding dangers while increasing profits. The firm has recently obtained record consumer protection recoveries in multiple states. The firm regularly works in conjunction with the state’s Attorney General’s office in prosecuting these claims. In recent litigation, the firm took on pharmaceutical giant Merck on behalf of consumers in cases involving violations of states’ Consumer Protection Acts with respect to Merck’s deceptive, false and misleading trade practices in the marketing of its controversial pain killer drug Vioxx. The firm’s experience and advanced information and technology systems division allows consumers to stand toe to toe against the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Hare Wynn has handled numerous noteworthy and groundbreaking cases involving defective products – both in state and federal courts. In addition, two partners have been appointed to leadership roles in the metal-on-metal hip litigation involving multiple manufacturers. The firm recently obtained a $19.1 million dollar verdict against Ford Motor Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Jonesboro, Arkansas, for a young man who was paralyzed in the course of a rollover of his Ford vehicle. This is believed to be a record-setting verdict for the inadvertent unlatching of a seat belt.
False Claims / Qui Tam / Whistleblower:
Hare Wynn has battled on behalf of whistleblowers in federal district courts around the country, as well the United States Supreme Court and the Sixth, Eleventh and DC Circuit Courts of Appeal. To date, the firm has recovered and returned more than $1 billion to the United States Department of Treasury, including $437 million from 18 major oil companies to settle False Claims related to under paying oil royalties to the United States.
The firm is recognized nationally for its work on behalf of injured victims and families whose medical provider has breached the standard of care in diagnosing or treating a medical condition. In the past four years alone, Hare Wynn successfully represented clients in verdicts and settlements totaling more than $66 million in medical malpractice cases.
Motor Vehicle Accidents:
Hare Wynn has handled hundreds of automobile/ trucking accident cases throughout Alabama and around the Southeast. The firm’s investigators have law enforcement experience and are well trained and knowledgeable in interviewing witnesses, locating evidence, and reconstructing what occurred in a motor vehicle automobile collision. They are available at a moment’s notice in these cases.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect:
Hare Wynn’s lawyers take great pride in handling cases on behalf of families whose loved ones have been abused or neglected in a nursing home or long term care facility. As the nation’s population continues to age, the number of residents entering nursing homes is rapidly increasing. It is important that the nursing homes meet their obligations by providing the care necessary to meet the total needs of each resident entrusted to them and not look at each resident as a mere profit center. The civil justice system hold facilities accountable that provide improper care to residents. Hare Wynn takes each complaint seriously and investigates them thoroughly. Numerous Hare Wynn clients have received verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. In Kentucky, a loving family was awarded a jury verdict of $8 million in a case involving the abuse and neglect of their father in a nursing home. Hare Wynn continues to represent families and residents across the Southeast.
Hare Wynn has a long and successful track record of representing clients in wrongful death cases at trial. The firm recently tried two cases under the Alabama Dram Shop Act attaining verdicts of $40 million and $3.75 million. The firm continues to represent the families of individuals who have been killed due to the negligence of others.