Ben Baker, a lawyer in our firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, has been with Beasley Allen since 2001. As a graduate from Auburn University with a degree in architecture, Ben originally planned to practice construction law so he could combine his knowledge in architecture with a law degree. However, after working his first clerking job at a Plaintiffs’ personal injury firm, he discovered his passion for helping those in need instead of resolving contract disputes in construction.
Ben graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in 1993, and began his law practice in Birmingham. He was a partner in the firm of Hogan, Smith & Alspaugh prior to joining Beasley Allen. Ben says he quickly found his new firm to be unique in that it focuses on ordering its lawyers’ lives as God first, family second and work third. Ben believes his favorite part of practicing law is being able to piece facts together and help families understand how to best help their loved ones.
In December 2008 and 2010, Ben was selected as Beasley Allen’s Lawyer of the Year for the Product Liability Section. In 2012 and 2014, Ben was selected as the firm’s Litigator of the Year. 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.”
Born and raised in Ozark, Ala., Ben is married to the former Kimberly Strag of Philadelphia, Penn. They have one daughter and two sons. Ben is a board member of the Paseo movement in Alabama, which is a worldwide movement of the Anglican Church. Ben and his wife are members of the Christchurch, an Anglican Parish in Montgomery. Ben is also a past board member of the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, a non-profit organization committed to preserving historic structures.
Ben is a tremendously talented lawyer – a hard worker – and he is totally dedicated to his clients. He has handled a number of highly significant cases. We are blessed to have Ben in the firm.
Mike Crow, a lawyer in our Personal Injury and Product Liability Section, handles a wide range of car, truck and premises liability cases. He is especially known for successfully litigating against the “Big Box Stores,” such as Walmart and Home Depot. However, despite his outstanding legal success, Mike was not always interested in becoming a lawyer.
Prior to his going to law school, no one in Mike’s family had been a lawyer or had even gone to college. It wasn’t until his senior year of college when Mike became interested in going to law school. That came about when he was selected to sit on the Grand Jury for a case. From that point on Mike wanted to become a lawyer. Upon graduating from the Jones School of Law, J.D. 1987, he then joined Beasley Allen to work full-time helping those who need it most.
When asked what his favorite part of practicing law is, Mike says he enjoys coming into an unpredictable office filled with different stories, issues and challenges, all in hopes of making a difference in his clients’ lives. Mike says Beasley Allen is different from most law firms in that it is one big family. Not only does Mike believe the firm dedicates itself to our clients, but also to one another in times of need. Mike says he finds that by everybody in the firm focusing on helping one another, it helps put the firm in a better position to help our clients.
Mike is married to the former Marla Taylor of Hope Hull, Ala. They have two children Cade and Carson Ann. The Crow family attends Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Mike is an avid Waterfowl hunter. He also is active in Retriever Field Trials. He judges events across the country and campaigns two of his own Labrador retrievers. Mike is the President of the Montgomery Retriever Club. Mike is a very good lawyer who is totally dedicated to the welfare of his clients. We are blessed to have Mike in the firm.
Anna Pender-Pierce, a veteran of the firm since October 1990, was previously the Executive Assistant to Managing Shareholder Tom Methvin. She now works as the Referring Attorney Liaison for our Mass Torts section. Calling herself the “one-stop shop for lawyers outside the firm,” Anna keeps our referring lawyers up to date on the section’s latest drug litigation. She also sends out intake packets to lawyers wishing to refer cases to the section. She also is responsible for making sure referring lawyers receive the fee split agreements involving their cases the Section has accepted for investigation.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Anna made it through the U.S. Navy at NAS Pensacola, Fla., prior to moving to Montgomery in 1988. Despite having no legal experience, Anna applied for a job and was hired by another local law firm before coming to work at Beasley Allen. After nearly 26 years with the firm, Anna believes her time with Beasley Allen has been an education unto itself and is truly grateful for the opportunity to work for a firm that has had a positive impact on the lives of countless people.
In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading biographies and supporting her favorite sports teams, the Detroit Tigers and the University of Michigan Wolverines. She also enjoys trying out new recipes with her husband John Pierce, to whom she has been married since January 2002.
Ashley Pugh works as the firm’s Litigation Technologist in the Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section. She is also the Secretary to Section Head Dee Miles. Having been with the firm almost 18 years, Ashley first worked in the firm’s Accounting Department. She later moved to work for Managing Shareholder Tom Methvin. In 2006, she began handling trial technology prior to moving full time to her current position in 2011.
A native of Montgomery, Ashley now resides in Mathews, Ala., with her husband Patrick Pugh, who works as a Manufacturing Engineer for Knox Kershaw. Together, the couple has one 12-year-old son, J.P., who is starting the 7th grade at Macon East Academy.
The Pugh family enjoys supporting their son’s hobbies, such as football, dirt-biking and baseball, as well as going fishing together. Ashley and her husband also have a full-time cattle farm, which requires lots of hard work, but yields plenty of reward. They are currently enjoying raising two baby calves on the farm. Ashley enjoys both reading and spending time with her friends when she has free time.
Ashley’s work both prior to and during trial is very important. If a person has never attended a trial involving our firm, they have missed a real treat. The technology involved in a trial is truly high-tech! Ashley does outstanding work and we are most fortune to have her with us.
Megan Robinson joined Beasley Allen in July 2015 as a lawyer working on cases related to dangerous drugs and medical devices. In 2007, Megan graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Psychology. She later graduated from the Jones School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 2014. While at Jones, Megan worked in the school’s Mediation Clinic. She also interned with her father at the Law Office of Allen Moore. Megan works in the firm’s Mass Torts Section.
Megan says her father was always the driving force behind her dream to become a lawyer. She says that as one of the very best trial lawyers, her father was always focused on helping the underdog and doing the right thing. Now that she is a lawyer, Megan says her favorite part of practicing law is helping others like her father has done. She says her best days are the ones when she can go home from work knowing she has made a difference in a client’s life.
Megan says she found Beasley Allen to be the epitome of the firm she’s always wanted to be a part of. She says the fact that our firm fights with a passion for the underdog in the legal system motivates her as a lawyer to do her very best. Megan also says that the firm is dedicated to the same principles that she holds dear and that she wants to help others because it’s the right thing to do.
Megan met her husband, Noah Robinson, while attending Jones School of Law. Noah works as vice president of a manufacturing company in Montgomery. Megan is already a very good lawyer and will continue to get better as she works on some most interesting cases. She is a very hard worker and is dedicated to her clients. We are most fortunate to have her with us.
Joseph VanZandt rejoined the firm this year as an Associate in our Mass Torts section and is currently working on cases related to the blood thinner drug Xarelto. Prior to coming back to Beasley Allen, Joseph worked as a lawyer for Holtsford, Gilliland, Higgins, Hitson & Howard, a very good law firm in Montgomery that does defense work and does it well. We are glad Joseph decided to come back to the firm.
Joseph obtained a broad range of legal experience in law school, working for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, the Elmore County District Attorney’s Office and Judge Truman M. Hobbs, Jr., Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Joseph also previously worked in Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts section, handling cases related to transvaginal mesh.
A graduate from the Jones School of Law, J.D. 2012, Joseph has wanted to become an attorney since 6th grade, stating his desire to help people face problems in life as his main driving force. The decision to work with Beasley Allen was due to the firm’s reputation for extraordinary commitment to each and every client. Joseph finds the practice of law to be a challenging, yet humbling and noble profession.
Joseph and his wife Brittany live in Pike Road, Ala., and are active members at the University Church of Christ in Montgomery. On June 14, Brittany gave birth to a son, Levi James. Joseph is a very good lawyer and a hard worker. He is dedicated to the welfare of clients he represents. Joseph is a real asset to the firm and we are blessed to have him with us.
Having been with the firm since June 1992, Sandra Walters worked her way up the ranks to become the Section Head Administrator of Beasley Allen’s Toxic Torts Section. In this position, Sandra works as the Legal Assistant to Section Head Rhon Jones, as well as managing the Section’s support staff. Sandra is highly skilled in administration of environmental cases. Her work was credited to the success of the State of Alabama v. BP case. Sandra did an excellent job of managing the firm’s activities in that case. Before BP, Sandra was a key contributor in the TVA/Coal Ash, Dupont/NJ, and 3M/Minnesota cases.
Sandra is married to Johnny Walters, and they have three children: Melanie Seithalil, a recent graduate of Auburn University Montgomery; Holly Busler, another outstanding employee of the firm for nearly 14 years; and Hunter Walters, who is currently enrolled as a senior at Auburn University.
Sandra is also a grandmother of four – Taylor Stroh, Drew Stroh, J.P. Seithalil and Pruitt Busler. In her free time, Sandra enjoys exercise and weight training. She often spends time attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and living on her small hobby farm. She says her favorite “character” on the farm is a very comical and affectionate 3-year-old burro.
Sandra’s favorite quote is “Look in the mirror; that’s your competition.” ~Author Unknown. One of her favorite Bible verses is Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Sandra is a very important employee and a tremendous asset to the firm. She does outstanding work in her supervisory role in the Toxic Torts Section. We are blessed to have Sandra with us.
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