Hare Wynn Sweeps Legal Categories in Birmingham Magazine’s “Best of Birmingham” Reader’s Poll for 2nd Consecutive Year

Each year, Birmingham Magazine asks its readers to vote on the best of the best in the Magic City.

Readers selected Hare Wynn as “Best Law Firm” and Hare Wynn’s Managing Partner, Leon Ashford as “Best Lawyer.”

Leon Ashford has been a trial lawyer for 42 years. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Ashford has a proven record of consistently obtaining multimillion dollar jury verdicts and settlements for his clients, their families and their small businesses. Though he has always focused his practice on complex litigation involving catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death, he has recently been called upon to represent family-owned and closely held businesses in litigation which threatened generations of success. When the stakes are high, he feels strongly that an experienced trial lawyer is an integral part of the team approach to litigation of complex business disputes. In addition to his busy law practice, he has been Hare Wynn’s managing partner since 1996.

Honored by his peers as a trial lawyer, Mr. Ashford is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Alabama Law Foundation. He has been included in the Best Lawyers in America® for the past 24 years and in Alabama Super Lawyers since its inception. In 2010, Best Lawyers® named him Birmingham “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” and, in 2012, Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation.” According to Best Lawyers®, these “Lawyer of the Year” honors reflect the high level of respect Mr. Ashford has earned among his peers for ability, professionalism, and integrity. For many years, Mr. Ashford has been profiled by Chambers USA as a “Tier 1” trial lawyer for personal injury and business litigation. Benchmark Plaintiff includes Mr. Ashford as a “Litigation Star” in its national ranking of personal injury lawyers.

In its second century of practice, Hare Wynn is one of the top class-action law firms in the country. Hare Wynn’s success has come as a result of the unique opportunity its attorneys have had to become both experienced and successful trial lawyers, as well as legal tacticians. Whether arguing to a jury in a rural county in Arkansas or to the United States Supreme Court, Hare Wynn’s lawyers have a proven track record of success for their clients.

Hare Wynn began in the late 1800s, and, through the firm’s founder, Francis Hare, was instrumental in making plaintiffs’ litigation affordable to those needing high quality representation in significant litigation. Built on a legacy of representing individuals, Hare Wynn continues to build on more than 100 years of successful trial experience in its representation of individuals, Fortune 500 companies, small business and governmental entities.

Most recently, the magnitude of the firm’s litigation success was recognized when Hare Wynn was identified as one of the top plaintiffs’ firms in the United States in being named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List. The Journal honored Hare Wynn as one of 20 firms nationally “that are at the cutting edge of plaintiffs’ work – and giving the defense a run for their money.”

Winners of the Best of Birmingham reader’s poll will be recognized on Sept. 21 at Region’s Field.

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