Julia Ann Beasley
Julia Ann Beasley is a Shareholder in our firm’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Section. She handles cases involving catastrophic injury and death caused by the negligence of others. Julie also handles cases involving defective products. Recently, she has settled several cases for substantial amounts, including the following:
• A case against a trucking company whose driver was traveling at an excessive speed, causing a collision so horrific that it ripped the car in half, killing the driver and its passenger;
• A case involving a permanent injury to a construction worker who fell in a hole (leading to a 21 foot concrete shaft) which had no warning and no secure cover;
• A case against a beer company in a wrongful death action when its driver negligently ran over a 5-year-old boy on a bicycle after making a delivery at a convenience store;
• A case in Tennessee against a day care owner for negligent supervision of an 18-month-old child, which led to the child’s death after she was left unattended in a highchair. A forensic medical expert confirmed that the child suffocated after becoming stuck between the tray and the highchair.
Julie has been selected for inclusion on the 2012 Best Lawyers in America list, published by U.S. News & World Report; and to the prestigious Super Lawyers list in 2012 and 2013. She is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar (where she participates in the Volunteer Lawyers Program), American Association for Justice and Alabama Association for Justice.
Julie attended Huntingdon College, where she played tennis on scholarship. Following her graduation in 1985 with her B.A. degree, Julie worked for American Airlines, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth for two years. When Julie returned to Alabama, she worked for our firm as a legal assistant. She says Judge Sharon Yates encouraged her to go to law school. Julie took the LSAT, was soon enrolled at Cumberland School of Law, and earned her J.D. from Cumberland in 1992. Julie still keeps in touch with one of her favorite professors at Cumberland, Governor Albert P. Brewer.
Julie is a member of The Fresh Anointing House of Worship and is involved in many charity events in the community and other non-profit organizations. She competes on a local and national level in cutting horse competitions with her horses, including “Duallin in the Snow” who is called Vern. Currently, Julie owns 9 quarter horses and enjoys having friends and family come to her barn to see and ride the horses. She is also a member of the National Cutting Horse Association. Currently, Vern, who is Julie’s favorite is ranked 19th in the world in the $15,00 Novice/Non-Pro class.
Julie is a member of the UAB Health Center Advisory Board, serves as a Trustee of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition and is a member of the Cumberland School of Law Advisory Board. Julie is a very good lawyer, who works hard for her clients, believes in their cases, and gets good results for them.
Kendall Dunson grew up in LaGrange, Ga., and graduated with honors from LaGrange High School in 1989, serving his senior class as president. He was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Georgia (UGA). Kendall earned a degree in Corporate Finance from UGA. While at UGA, Kendall was being elected president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
A recipient of the Calloway Scholarship, Kendall is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. He is licensed to practice in both Alabama and Georgia. Kendall has participated in numerous legal and community organizations, including a task force charged with reconfiguring Alabama’s method of rendering legal services to the State’s underprivileged population. Kendall says it was not any individual who influenced him to become a lawyer, but rather it was the role of law in history. He says his study of American history, and realizing how critically important the legal system is in this country, led him to the law.
Before coming to Beasley Allen, Kendall worked in the litigation section of a prominent defense firm for two and a half years. In our firm, Kendall practices in the areas of Product Liability, General Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation cases involving defective industrial machinery. Kendall has handled a large number of cases and works hard to see that clients were adequately compensated. He also wants to influence corporations to design and manufacture safer products. The following are a few of Kendall’s notable cases.
• Kendall was a member of the trial team that handled a wrongful death case against a corporate defendant resulting in a multi-million verdict, the largest jury verdict in Selma, Ala. The suit influenced the corporate defendant to outfit its entire fleet of trucks with audible backup alarms.
• Kendall also handled a school bus crash case in Huntsville, Ala. Four students were killed and a number of others injured. That suit resulted in the cancellation of the contract between the County and the company that was responsible for safely transporting students to school.
• Most recently, Kendall was lead counsel in a maritime lawsuit resulting in a $5.75 million verdict in Mobile, Ala., for the children who lost their father.
• We wrote about the case in Montgomery County where 7 occupants of a van were burned to death in a fiery highway crash.
Kendall has served as the president of both the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Capital City Bar Association. He recently completed a term as a Board Member for the National Bar Association. Kendall served on the Board of the Montgomery County Bar Association until he was elected to the Executive Committee. He is Past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association having the distinct honor of being its first African-American President. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and serves on the Diversity Committee. Kendall is a Martindale Hubbell AV rated lawyer and was named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list in 2012 and 2013.
Kendall regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on the topics of product liability, industrial accidents and defective machinery. He also takes time from the busy practice of law to speak to high school and grade school students about the law, the importance of attending college, and ways in which they can achieve success in the future. Kendall says he really enjoys speaking and reading to public school children.
Kendall is a charter member of the 100 Black Men of Birmingham. He currently sits on the Boards of the YMCA of Montgomery and Child Protect. While Kendall says he enjoys all his service in the community, the mission of Child Protect really touches his heart. Kendall believes in the purpose of this organization, which is protecting and helping children who have been physically and/or emotionally abused.
Kendall is married to Samarria Munnerlyn Dunson, who is also a lawyer and is the Assistant General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Public Health. Kendall and Samarria have three children. The Dunsons worship at both First Baptist Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Kendall is a very good lawyer and we are most fortunate to have him in the firm.
Heidi Bowers, who has been with the firm for 12 years, is a Legal Assistant in our Consumer Fraud Section. In this position, she works on employment law cases, qui tam (false claims) cases, breach of contract and bad faith cases. Heidi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University of Montgomery in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Public Safety. She also has a Legal Assistant Certificate. Heidi enjoys participating in 5ks, 10ks and half-marathons. She is an active member of Taylor Road Baptist Church, where she teaches the 1-year-olds Sunday School Class. Heidi is a very hard worker, who is dedicated to the clients she works for in their cases, and we are blessed to have Heidi with the firm.
Theresa Perkins, who has been with the firm for 14 years, works as the Legal Assistant for Graham Esdale in our Personal Injury/Products Liability Section. Theresa handles claims against manufacturers for defective products and personal injury cases. Her job duties include helping with the drafting of complaints and responding to discovery requests and preparing and organizing cases for trial.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) and a Legal Assistant certificate from AUM. Theresa has been married to Scott Perkins for 18 years. Scott is a senior officer with the State of Alabama, Board of Pardons and Paroles. Scott and Theresa have one daughter, Katie Rose, who is 11 years old and in the fifth grade at St. Bede School. Katie Rose keeps her parents busy with school activities, cheerleading and softball. The family are members of St. Bede Church. Theresa enjoys outdoor activities and exercising including bike riding, church activities and spending time with family. She is a very hard worker who is dedicated to the clients she works for in their cases. We are blessed to have Theresa with us.
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