Prior to becoming a lawyer at Beasley Allen, Claire Burns worked as a law clerk in the Firm’s Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section for one year. In that role, she assists lawyers with research, and drafted complaints and motions. Clair also helped with client investigations, and performed document review. While serving as a law clerk, Claire was recognized for her performance in the March 2016 edition of The Jere Beasley Report. Prior to serving as a law clerk with the firm, Claire had served as an intern with the Clerk’s Office at the Alabama Supreme Court and with Justice Greg Shaw’s office. She is now working full time as a lawyer in the Section and is involved in class action and antitrust litigation.
Claire says she became a lawyer because, from a young age, she always felt a strong desire to help those who need it most. As a lawyer with Beasley Allen, Claire says she has the opportunity to accomplish her goal. Claire says analyzing a legal problem from all sides is very exciting, and she enjoys mapping out different legal strategies and working collaboratively with the other lawyers in her Section.
Claire graduated summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with B.A. in English Literature. She was a Donald C. Harrison Honors Scholar and a member of BSC’s Leadership Studies program and received several awards and recognitions, including the President’s Leadership Award. During her senior year, she was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
In May 2016, she graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctor from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While in law school, Claire was named a Walter J. Knabe Scholar. She also served as a Student Works Editor on the Faulkner Law review and as a member of Jones’ moot court and trial advocacy competition teams. In 2014, Claire was recognized as the Second Best Oralist at Emory University’s Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition. That same year, she and her teammates were named National Champions at the Mercer University School of Law Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition. Claire is a member of the Hugh Maddox Inns of Court and the Alabama State Bar.
Claire is originally from Biloxi, Miss. When she began her freshman year at Birmingham-Southern College, her parents moved to Prattville. During her free time, Claire enjoys travelling, writing short stories, and playing flute and piccolo. We are pleased to have Claire join the firm as a lawyer and predict that she will be an outstanding trial lawyer.
Angela Byrum began with Beasley Allen in December of 2013 as a temporary worker in our Mass Torts Section. Just five months later, she was hired to work full-time as a Staff Assistant. Now she is assigned to work for Frank Woodson and Matt Munson, lawyers in the section, on a number of different litigations, including Granuflo and Lipitor cases.
Angela’s family is quite large. She describes her parents as being “wonderful” individuals. Her parents, David and Mabarine, have been married for 37 years. Angela also has one biological brother, Adam, who has two beautiful girls of his own – Anna Claire (5) and Bailey Alivia (2). Her adopted sister and best friend, Sandra, her husband Juan and their daughter Dahlia Shayanne; and her other adopted sister Brittany are the only family members she has living nearby.
In her free time, Angela enjoys reading a good book, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She also has a deep appreciation for music. Angela is a hard-working, dedicated employee who enjoys her work. We are fortunate to have her with us.
Allison Hunnicutt joined Beasley Allen in January 2014. She practices in the firm’s Mass Torts Section, and is currently assigned to the Transvaginal Mesh litigation and the Talcum Powder litigation. She received her law degree in 1989 from The Emory University School of Law. Prior to law school, she attended Converse College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Business Administration.
Allison is from Destin, Fla., and has been a trial lawyer for more than 20 years. Her practice areas have included Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Insurance Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Employment Law and Workers Compensation. She was named one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite, as well as a Jacksonville “Top Lawyer” by 904 Magazine.
While practicing in Florida, Allison was named a Florida Super Lawyer every year from 2007 to 2013. She is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell. Allison is a member of The Texas Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association, American Inns of Court, and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Allison says she became interested in being a lawyer when she was 18 years old, and had the privilege of serving on a jury in Okaloosa County, Fla. She says she liked the formality of the courtroom and really enjoyed watching the story unfold, as told by the lawyers who handled the case, as well as the lawyers who provided the defense. She was ultimately selected as the foreperson on the jury. During the course of the trial, she decided that Allison wanted to become a lawyer.
Allison says her favorite part of being a lawyer is helping people solve their problems. Even though the facts of each case are different, and the laws that apply to each case may be different, Allison says there is a “roadmap” for discovery and trial that is followed in every case. She says when the “roadmap” is followed either a bench trial or a jury trial, the truth will be revealed. Allison says that it’s her desire for our clients to prevail, and for justice to be served.
Allison is married to Jeffrey A. Williams of Deatsville, Ala. Jeffrey is a Manufacturers’ Representative and Engineer with Air-Tech of Pensacola. Allison and Jeffrey attend Morningview Baptist Church of Montgomery. She and her husband are members of the Capitol City Corvette Club and enjoy taking road trips all over the Southeast with their car club. Most recently, they visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., for their 22nd Anniversary Party in September and ran their Corvette on the new track at the museum. Allison and Jeffrey also enjoy travel and spending time with their nieces and nephews, including their nephew John, who is currently a student at Huntingdon.
Allison is a hard-working lawyer who is dedicated to her work and to her clients. We are fortunate to have her with us.
Leah Robbins began working at Beasley Allen in September 2013 in our Toxic Torts Section. She is currently the Legal Secretary for Chris Boutwell, who has devoted his practice to protecting the rights of those injured by exposure to toxic substances wrongfully placed in the environment by corporate giants and other polluters. Leah says she shares Chris’ passion for this type litigation.
Leah has been married to her husband Joey for 10 years. Joey works as a National Accounts Facilitator for Rheem Manufacturing. They have three children – Austin, 16, who plays baseball; Andie, 9, who does gymnastics and cheer; and Nathan, 7, who also plays baseball. Leah says her children and family are her biggest accomplishments in life.
Leah says she enjoys organizing “anything and everything” in her free time. She is also an aspiring “do-it-yourself” specialist who loves to take on craft projects alongside her children. Leah is a hard-working, dedicated employee who says she really enjoys her work. We are fortunate to have her with us.
Brenda Russell, who has been a part of the Beasley Allen team since August 2015, is a Legal Assistant, working with Roman Shaul and Clay Barnett in our Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section. She assists Roman and Clay in all aspects of their cases, which involve multidistrict litigation (MDLs), class actions, insurance fraud, and complex pharmaceutical cases.
Brenda attended Troy University Montgomery, and has 15 years’ experience in civil litigation. She started her career in the legal field as a receptionist, where she made it a priority to learn everything she could and work her way up through hands-on experience. Before coming to Beasley Allen, Brenda worked for a civil defense firm.
Brenda’s family moved to Montgomery in the 1970s after her father retired from the U.S. Air Force, so she considers this town her home. However, she says her favorite place is the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her father was born and raised in Banner Elk, N.C., on an apple far, and she and her family often go visit there to get away from the Alabama heat.
Brenda’s pride and joy is her daughter, Sarah, who is 19 and studying to be an Occupational Therapist at UAB. Brenda’s says as a single parent raising a daughter in today’s world, she feels her daughter is her greatest accomplishment – an amazing Christian young lady. She also counts among her family her Golden Retriever, Sam, and four cats all of whom keep her very busy.
When not spending time with her daughter or other family, Brenda enjoys working on her old house, where there is always a project underway. She has a love for old houses that have lots of character, and enjoys antiquing or “pickin’” and collecting dusty vintage pieces to repurpose or restore to their former glory. Brenda is another hard-working, dedicated employee who also says she enjoys her work. We are fortunate to have her with us.
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