Danielle Ward Mason Joins The Firm As An Associate
We are pleased to welcome a new associate, Danielle Ward Mason, who joins the firm’s Mass Torts section. Danielle will work with section head Andy Birchfield in the investigation of claims involving dangerous drugs and medical devices. She graduated cum laude from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2007. Danielle interned at the Federal Defender Middle District of Alabama during law school (November 2007-April 2008) and worked as a court-appointed defense lawyer for the Federal Defender Middle District of Alabama following her graduation. The Montgomery native came to the firm in June.
Danielle attended Jefferson Davis High School and graduated from Auburn Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1999. In 2001, she received a Masters of Business Administration. Danielle began a career in commercial banking, but says “my heart was always calling me to the practice of law” and that being a lawyer has always been what she wanted to do. Folks who know Danielle well tell us that she has “a love for people and a genuine passion for the law.” When interviewing with our firm, Danielle told Cole Portis that being in our firm would allow her to “get really invested in a cause and work and fight for that cause.” That’s what attracted her to the firm. As Danielle says, “our work means something” and here she could “really make a difference in the lives of people.”
Danielle is married to Dwan R. Mason, and they have two sons, Jordan, 12, and Jaxon, two and a half. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family in her free time. She enjoys public speaking, and while at the Federal Defender’s office, Danielle spoke to a variety of groups regarding the importance of public interest law, particularly public criminal defense. She also serves as a guest judge for the Jones School of Law intra-school mock trial competitions, including the Greg Allen Mock Trial Competition that is held at the school every year. Danielle is an avid reader, writes poetry, and enjoys physical activities including swimming, weight lifting, and aerobics. She has been a member of a local church, but she and her family are looking for a new church home at present. We are pleased to have Danielle join the Beasley Allen family.
Kimberly Youngblood came to the firm in July of 2007 as the System Software Specialist. In this position, she troubleshoots issues with any of the software in the firm, researches new software and rolls out the software updates for the computers in the firm. In addition to these duties, she designs, creates, implements, and administers Microsoft Access Databases for the firm. Examples are the report database for this Report and the Vioxx information database. Kimberly also loads documents received through document productions for cases into Concordance for several of the departments within the firm, such as the case involving Medicaid fraud, Vioxx, 3M, and Hot Fuel. As a member of IT, Kimberly also assists in all other capacities needed to ensure the technical aspects of the firm are maintained.
Kimberly is married to Steve, who also works for the firm in the Information Technology Department. They have three children, two sons and one daughter. Stephen Jr. (21 years old) graduated from the Police Academy earlier this year; Christoper (19 years old) is in training for management with CVS; and April (18 years old) is working at Lowe’s in Wetumpka and will be starting college in the fall.
Before coming to Beasley Allen, Kimberly worked for Regions Financial Corporation in the Technology Division for nearly ten years. She has received specialized training in several aspects of IT and business, including but not limited to Project Management, Microsoft Office Products, and recently, SQL Database and Microsoft System Center training.
Kimberly and Steve enjoy the water and they visit Lake Jordan or Lake Martin quite often to ride their jet skies. They are members of Cains Chapel United Methodist Church. We are most fortunate to have Kimberly, a very good employee, with the firm.
Ellen Royal has been with us for five years. Currently she is a Legal Secretary to Chad Cook in our Mass Torts Section. In this position, Ellen makes initial contacts with new clients, handles client and referring lawyer calls and correspondence. Because Chad is the lawyer who handles all inquiries regarding injuries related to pharmaceuticals or medical devices not currently being investigated by the firm, Ellen helps with these calls and correspondence.
Ellen was originally involved with the Welding Rod Litigation, making initial contact with new clients. In October 2004 she was moved into a staff assistant position and in May 2005 was moved to legal secretary where she currently works.
Ellen has two sons, Thomas, 21, who is serving with the 101st Airborne Air Assault as an MP in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and Matthew, 13, who is now in heaven with his Lord and Savior. Ellen is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Prattville where she serves as secretary of the WIC Board, on the Pastoral Search Committee, a member of The String Section (prayer shawl ministry), and a member of the Adult Choir. She enjoys going to the theater, listening to classical music, knitting, exploring antique shops and flea markets and serving in her church. Ellen is a very good employee and we are blessed to have her with the firm.
Sarah Martinez, who has been with the firm for four years, currently serves as Secretary to Clay Barnett in our Consumer Fraud Section. Sarah is working on the Medicaid fraud cases in several states, including in Alabama. She is married to Cutberto Martinez and they have two daughters, Esperanza (three years old) and Yolanda (seven months). Sarah enjoys spending time with her family & friends, traveling and being outdoors. Sarah is a very good employee and we are fortunate to have her with us.
Bilinda Hines, who has been with the firm for over six years, currently works on updating and maintaining the Beasley Report mailing list. The list now consists of 54,000 people. Before taking on the mailing list project, Bilinda worked first as a secretary and then as a legal assistant in our Consumer Fraud section.
Bilinda is married to David, who works at Jack Ingram as a service advisor. They have three children: Haley (ten), William (two) and Joshua (two months). She has served as a Girl Scout Leader for the past five years. She also enjoys shopping, and enjoys weekends at Lake Martin with the family. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Prattville. Bilinda is a very good employee and performs a valuable function for the firm. We are fortunate to have her with us.
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