Heidi Bowers, a native of Elba, Ala., has been with the firm for 15 years and currently works as a Legal Assistant in our Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section. Although Heidi has previously worked in the both Mass Torts and Personal Injury Sections, she is now tasked with working on whistleblower claims and employment law claims, which covers a broad range of cases. The whistleblower claims are increasing at a record case. She also works on sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, and retaliation cases.
Heidi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University of Montgomery in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Public Safety. She has also earned her Legal Assistant Certificate. In her free time, Heidi enjoys being on the water and quilting. She is a very hard working, dedicated employee who puts the clients’ interest first. We are fortunate to have Heidi with us.
David Byrne is a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section. He is currently assisting clients with claims against pharmaceutical and medical device companies. David is primarily working at this juncture on litigation related to Xarelto blood thinner, Transvaginal Mesh injuries, as well as Hormone Replacement Therapy class action litigation in California.
Prior to moving to Mass Torts, David practiced in the firm’s Environmental & Toxic Torts section, where he has handled numerous complex environmental cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has also been actively involved in litigation related to the BP Oil Spill disaster. Additionally, David’s cases have involved such wide-ranging topics as drinking water contamination, toxic air emissions, contaminated waste water discharges, toxic exposure, improper landfill activities, petroleum spills, medical monitoring claims and soil and groundwater contamination.
During the course of his environmental practice, David has represented individuals, businesses and municipalities, and assisted numerous clients in obtaining multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts. In 2003, David was involved in the landmark $700 million toxic tort settlement with Solutia, Monsanto and Pharmacia over PCB contamination in Anniston, Alabama.
In connection with the BP Oil Spill litigation, David has assisted the State of Alabama and numerous counties and cities in Alabama and northwest Florida that have been damaged by the disaster. In addition, David recently served as co-lead counsel in the federal trial against the Tennessee Valley Authority over the company’s catastrophic release of more than 1 billion gallons of coal ash sludge from an impoundment at its Kingston Fossil Plant. Our lawyers represent hundreds of individual property owners and businesses who were damaged when the Kingston impoundment ruptured on December 22, 2008, and released an enormous wave of toxic coal slurry into local neighborhoods and the Watts Bar Reservoir. The environmental ramifications of the TVA spill have been enormous and cleanup is slated to cost more than $1 billion and continue for years to come.
David is a 1989 graduate of the Citadel where he served on the Cadet Honor Committee. In 1992, he obtained his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. During his time at Cumberland, David was elected to the positions of Chief Justice of the Student Honor Court and Director of the Student Trial Advocacy Board. David’s peers elected him Best Student Advocate in 1991.
Following graduation, David served as a Deputy Alabama Attorney General and as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert Varner and Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Judge John M. Patterson. Before joining Beasley Allen, David was a partner with the Montgomery, Ala., law firm, Beck & Byrne, P.C. As a matter of interest, his former partner George Beck is now the U.S. Attorney in Montgomery for the Middle District of Alabama.
David currently serves as the Chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Federal Court Practice Section. David is a past-president of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on the Board of the Federal Bar Association (Middle District of Alabama Chapter). David is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Alabama Association for Justice and is a Master Bencher with the Justice Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court. In 2009, David was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Alabama Bar’s Federal Practice Section Task Force. He was named to the Best Lawyers in America list.
David is a regular speaker at state, regional and national environmental law seminars. Most recently, he served as a speaker and faculty member for the HB Litigation Coal Ash & Slurry Contamination seminar and the American Association for Justice’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Litigation seminar.
David and his wife Betty Bobbitt have been married for 22 years, and they have two children. The family attends First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. David is a very good lawyer and an extremely hard worker. He cares deeply about the clients he works for. We are blessed to have David with in the firm.
Tracie Harrison began working for Beasley Allen in September 1999 in the Toxic Torts section of the firm. For the past three years, Tracie has served as legal assistant to Parker Miller, a lawyer in our firm’s Environmental/Toxic Torts Section. Tracie is highly skilled in the management of large document production databases, and her work proved essential in the management of the State of Alabama vs. BP case. Before BP, Tracie was a key contributor on the Carbon Black, Aniston Monsanto PCB, 3M Minnesota and TVA Coal Ash Spill litigations. Currently, Tracie assists Parker with the day-to-day management of his BP personal injury, seafood and business economic loss client bases, as well as with clients suffering debilitating severe lung injuries.
After graduating from Southern Academy in Greensboro, Ala., Tracie went on to attend both Shelton State Community College and Wallace Community College to receive a degree in nursing. She is currently a student at Judson College in Marion, Ala., with dreams to attend law school.
Tracie has been married for 21 years to her husband, Nick, and they have one son, Hayden. Tracie is also a 2nd recommended black belt in Taekwondo and trained in both Bo Staff and Escrima/Kali. In her spare time, Tracie enjoys reading and cooking for her family. Tracie is a very good, hard-working and dedicated employee. We are fortunate to have her with the firm.
Jake Jeter started working at Beasley Allen as a summer intern in 2009 through 2010 before becoming a Staff Attorney in the Consumer Fraud section. Jake learned after an accident that left him paralyzed at a young age how lawyers are in a unique position to assist others with their legal problems. His decision to stay with Beasley Allen was due to the firm’s many experienced attorneys and support staff, allowing him to better help those in need.
Jake attended Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) where he graduated with a B.S. in Finance in 2008. He then went on to earn his J.D. at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in May 2011. While attending law school, Jake served on the Honor Court from 2008-2011, and was the Honor Court Chief Justice from 2010-2011. During his time at Jones, Jake and his service dog Phoenix were featured in a national advertising campaign for Milk-Bone, a major sponsor of the Canine Assistants program.
Jake is a member of the Alabama State Bar, American Association for Justice, Montgomery County Association for Justice and the Montgomery County Bar Association. Jake has a light sport pilot’s license and really enjoys flying, hunting and fishing. His favorite part of practicing law is being trusted by clients to help solve their legal issues and navigate the tangled web of the law. Jake is a very good lawyer who is dedicated to helping folks who need help. He is a very hard worker. We are blessed to have Jake with us.
Ben Locklar has been with Beasley Allen since 2005, but wasn’t always an attorney. Upon graduating high school, Ben joined the Montgomery Police Department and later went on to become a sworn police officer. However, after being chosen to play the role of a lawyer during a mock trial in 8th grade, Ben maintained his dream of eventually becoming a lawyer. After graduating from Auburn University Montgomery, Ben left his job as a police officer and moved to Birmingham to attend Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he earned his J.D. in 1989.
As a lawyer in our Personal Injury / Products Liability Section, Ben has handled several cases, many of which resulted in six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts. Ben’s favorite part of practicing law is helping people with the complexities of the law. He has found that his relationship with the Lord allows him to help obtain justice on behalf of his clients. Ben says that Beasley Allen is a great environment for him to practice law because of our firm’s extended resources, name recognition and positioning in the legal community. This allows Ben the opportunity to work on a variety of cases. He says Beasley Allen is a family that holds true to its motto of “helping those who need it most.”
Ben has served in a number of leadership roles on various boards, such as the editorial board for The Docket, a publication of the Montgomery County Bar Association, as well as the board of trustees of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association.
Ben is married to Lisa Matthews Locklar and has three daughters – Katie, Sarah Beth and Greyson. Ben and his family are members of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. During his free time, he enjoys his horses at his small farm in South Montgomery and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Ben is a very good lawyer who totally is dedicated to his clients. We are blessed to have Ben in the firm.
Pam Murphy has worked at Beasley Allen for 15 years and has been serving as a Medical Records Coordinator for Melissa Prickett since 2005. In her position, Pam is required to order medical records for all of the files within the firm’s Mass Torts section.
Pam has one son and a daughter-in-law, Kelly and Shea Murphy, and two grandchildren, Wilson and Ella. She also has two dogs, Jack and Boxer, who are her best friends at home. Pam’s sister, Deborah Drinkard, also works in the firm as a Medical Records Coordinator.
Pam is a hard-working employee who is dedicated to her work and the clients she serves. When Pam is not working at the firm, she enjoys working in her yard, taking rides to the country and spending time with her family. She is also a fan of Alabama football and NASCAR racing. We are most fortunate to have Pam with us.
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