I mentioned Corey Maze from the Attorney General’s office and his work in the case. Corey did an outstanding job in this matter. I feel compelled to mention that state employees – and that includes lawyers – get very little credit for the hard work they do. Sometimes they are even criticized simply because they are state employees. Even the legislative leadership seems to have forgotten the importance of the Attorney General’s office. For example, the office’s operating budget has been sharply reduced and that is most difficult to understand. I can say without reservation that there are a number of outstanding lawyers in the Attorney General’s office. We cannot say enough about their efforts in the state’s case.
Corey, in particular, is an extremely talented and hard-working lawyer. He has a passion for appellate and oral advocacy. Corey worked hard on the state’s case and did a tremendous job. It was a real pleasure for all of our lawyers and staff to work with Corey. He should get lots of credit for helping to settle Alabama’s case.
Win Sinclair, who worked with Corey and the staff at the Attorney General’s Office on the state’s case, also did a great job. He too should be commended for his efforts. All of our lawyers at Beasley Allen enjoyed working with the Attorney General and those two lawyers from his office. The joint effort really paid off for the state. It was our pleasure to work with and support the Attorney General and his lawyers. It was a prime example of a exceptional team effort that really paid off and resulted in a great settlement for Alabama. .
Finally, I want everybody to know that Cooper Shattuck played a key role in the BP litigation. Cooper’s input and his guidance throughout very important in the State’s case. He was legal counsel for Gov. Bentley and was named early on to head the Governor’s Task Force on the BP oil spill. Later Cooper was named General Counsel for the University of Alabama System and left Montgomery. Fortunately, he was allowed by the University to continue to work on the BP case. His interaction with Gov. Bentley and the lawyers at Beasley Allen played a critical role in the handling of the case and in the final result. Cooper was hands on for both the economic and environmental sides of the case. I can say without reservation that Cooper did a tremendous job in every respect in this matter. His common sense approach, coupled with great litigation skills, played a major role in the success of the state’s case.
David Byrne, the current Legal Advisor, also stayed closely involved in the case. His help is greatly appreciated. David Byrne followed Cooper as counsel for Governor Bentley. His vast experience with major litigation was extremely helpful in our preparation of State witnesses for deposition and trial. Despite the many things his job involves, David always found time to work with our lawyers on witness preparation and on a myriad of other issues related to case preparation. As I knew from having dealt with him, David is an excellent lawyer and a good man. In fact, many call him “a lawyer’s lawyer,” and that’s a very high compliment. Gov. Bentley is fortunate to have a man like David as his trusted legal advisor.
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