We are pleased to announce the co-litigators of the year for 2013 at Beasley Allen are Kendall Dunson and Navan Ward, Jr. In the past several years, these lawyers have done an excellent job for their clients and for the firm. They have done especially well during the past year. We are most appreciative of their dedication and hard work.
The Litigator of the Year award is presented to the lawyer who demonstrates exceptional professional skill throughout the course of the year and best represents the firm’s ideal of “helping those who need it most.” This year two lawyers were chosen to receive the award. As usual, it was difficult to make the selection since there were so many other lawyers who had performed very well during the year.
Kendall works in the firm’s Personal Injury / Products Liability section. He has worked on numerous cases aimed at compensating clients for human losses and also at corporations to manufacture safer products. Kendall was a member of the trial team that tried a wrongful death lawsuit against a corporate defendant resulting in a $2.5 million verdict, the largest jury verdict in Selma, Ala. That verdict influenced the corporate defendant to outfit its entire fleet of trucks with audible backup alarms.
Kendall handled the bus accident case in Huntsville, Ala., that involved in the death of four students and numerous injuries to other students. The suit resulted in the cancelation of the contract between the County and the defendant, which was responsible for safely transporting students to school.
Kendall was also lead counsel in a maritime lawsuit resulting in a $5.75 million verdict for the children who lost their father. He was co-counsel in a products case tried with Chris Glover in Georgia recently that resulted in a $4.639 million verdict.
Navan works in the Mass Torts Section. Currently, Navan is the firm’s lead lawyer in the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, which involves thousands of victims who have defective hip implants causing severe pain, metal poisoning, and in some cases revision surgery. These defective hip devices are manufactured by various companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics, among others.
Navan was selected to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for the DePuy Hip Implant Recall Multi-District Litigation (MDL), as well as to the PSC for the Pinnacle hip replacement MDL. He also serves as Co-Chair of the DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Navan also has been selected to serve on the PSC for the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implants Product Liability Litigation. He Navan was involved in the recent $2.475 billion settlement from DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for claims involving the defective ASR hip implant parts, which is part of the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation.
Navan was also heavily involved in with the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) litigation, representing hundreds of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer as a result of ingesting these combination hormone medications. His trial team was responsible for obtaining a $72.6 million verdict for three hormone therapy clients in a case that was tried in Philadelphia.
Beasley Allen also selected Lawyers of the Year in each of the firm’s four sections. Those lawyers selected were:
Chris Glover, Personal Injury Section Lawyer of the Year
Chris is currently working on cases involving 18-wheelers and heavy truck accidents, as well as single-vehicle crashes. Chris was part of the trial team that secured a $4.639 million verdict from a Georgia jury against seat belt manufacturer Key Safety Systems. This was an extremely important verdict in the automotive industry because the verdict rendered was against a component level manufacturer (Key Safety Systems) rather than the automobile manufacturer.
Chad Stewart, Fraud Section Lawyer of the Year
Chad is focused primarily on Medicaid Fraud Litigation, and he has been involved in several multi-million dollar settlements, as well as a $38.2 million dollar verdict. These cases, referred to as AWP cases, have been successfully handled in eight states.
Leigh O’Dell, Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year
Leigh is working on cases involving transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh, also known as bladder sling, is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Complications include erosion of the device into vaginal tissue resulting in pain, incontinence, infections and hemorrhaging. Many women have required multiple surgeries to remove the mesh. Some cases have been involved fatalities. Leigh was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for all four ongoing multidistrict litigations, filed against mesh manufacturers American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Johnson & Johnson, and C.R. Bard.
John Tomlinson, Toxic Torts Section Lawyer of the Year
John is currently involved in the pursuit of claims for several individuals and businesses against BP and other responsible parties as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He has worked long and hard on behalf of his clients in the BP litigation. John has spent a tremendous amount of time in New Orleans where this litigation is being tried.
Each of these four lawyers has done an excellent job in their section. We are very thankful for them and for their hard work and dedication to their clients.
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