Chris Boutwell, who joined our firm’s Toxic Torts Section in 2008, represents clients in what are referred to as “toxic torts” cases in numerous state and federal courts. He has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of individuals whose health and property have been harmed by the intrusion of toxic substances onto their property. Chris had this to say about his work:
All of the lawyers at Beasley Allen truly care about their clients and are committed to fighting to hold large, impersonal corporations accountable when they harm innocent people in the name of corporate greed. The most rewarding part of my job is when I can see the look of relief in my client’s face when I tell them we have resolved their case and righted the wrong they have suffered.
Currently, Chris is heavily involved in the multi-district litigation (MDL) resulting from the 2010 British Petroleum/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Chris’s clients include businesses and owners of real property along the Gulf Coast whose property or economic interests are being harmed by the catastrophic, far reaching effects of the oil spill.
Chris is also an integral part of the MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee’s science team which is made up of top environmental attorneys from around the nation. As part of the science team, Chris and his colleagues are working to amass the scientific evidence necessary to define the types and extent of harm the oil spill is inflicting upon the pristine Gulf Coast environment and the potential economic toll of that damage.
In addition to his work in the BP litigation, Chris is the lead attorney in our cases involving Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (UST). In these cases, Chris represents property owners whose health and property are being injured by toxic petroleum contaminants, including benzene (known to cause cancer in humans), toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, and MTBE, that leak from USTs, usually from a convenience store or other gasoline sales or storage facility. Chris’s UST clients include people who live or own property near leaking USTs, residents who obtain drinking water from wells near a leaking UST and nearby businesses affected by a UST leak. Over the past few years, Chris has successfully recovered damages for numerous clients harmed by leaking USTs.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as Assistant District Attorney for Alabama’s Second Judicial Circuit, where he gained extensive trial experience in both jury and bench trials. Chris also served as the lawyer for the Butler County Department of Human Resources. In his work with that department, he fought to protect abused and neglected children. Born and raised in Greenville, Ala., Chris said he always wanted to be a lawyer. “As early as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” he said. “I liked the idea that I could make a difference in the world by fighting for and defending the rights of people who cannot do it for themselves.”
Chris graduated from the University of Alabama in 1992 with a B.S. Degree in Commerce and Business Administration. While at Alabama, he served as President of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. After ten years of managing a family owned sales business, Chris decided to attend Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While there, he served as Executive Editor of the Jones Law Review, completed an externship as a judicial clerk at the Alabama Supreme Court, and received recognition for Best Scholastic Achievement in 11 classes. Chris also received the Ronald A. Canty Memorial Scholarship which was awarded by our law firm. In 2005, Chris graduated magna cum laude, was number one in his class, and was awarded the James J. Carter Scholarship Award.
Chris and his family live in Montgomery where they attend the First United Methodist Church. Chris is a very good and hard-working lawyer. He is totally dedicated to his work and to his clients. We are blessed to have Chris with us.
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