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The History of Hare Wynn

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    1890

    G. R. Harsh founds the forerunner of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton

  • The Lexington Standard
    1892

    Lexington Standard newspaper in Kentucky begins publication.

  • 1900

    Cornerstone laid for new state capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Diamonds Discovered in Pike County Arkansas
    1906

    Diamonds discovered in Pike County, Arkansas – the first such deposit in the country.

  • College of Law Established at State University of Kentucky
    1908

    College of Law established at State University of Kentucky.

  • Arkansas State Capital Building in 1915
    1915

    State Capitol building completed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • 1925

    Arkansas Supreme Court upholds women’s right to vote.

  • Francis Hare, Sr.
    1930

    Francis Hare, Sr. graduates from University of Alabama School of Law and joins the Harsh firm.

  • Hattie Caraway Becomes First Woman Elected to United States Senate
    1931

    Hattie Caraway, from Arkansas, becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

  • Development of Poor Appalachian Areas in Alabama and Kentucky
    1933

    Tennessee Valley Authority created to develop resources of poor Appalachian areas in Alabama and Kentucky.

  • Keeneland Association Running Track
    1935

    Keeneland Race Course opens in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • J. William Fulbright
    1944

    J. William Fulbright is elected as United States Senator from Arkansas.

  • 1946

    F. W. Woolworth constructed in Kentucky.

  • Firm Founder, Francis H. Hare, Sr.
    1949

    Firm founder, Francis H. Hare,Sr., is elected President of the Alabama State Bar.

  • 1950

    Francis H. Hare, Sr., helps found the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association.

  • 1954

    Hare Wynn founder, Francis H, Hare, Sr., is elected President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Martin Luther King Jr
    1954

    Martin Luther King, Jr., is installed as minister of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • 1954

    A twelve-year-old Louisville child, then known as Cassius Clay, takes his first boxing lessons, the first step on a journey that would take him to a legendary boxing career.

  • 1957

    The Little Rock school desegregation case brings international attention to the American civil rights movement.

  • Jupiter Rocket
    1958

    Jupiter rocket, built in Huntsville, Alabama, is launched as America places its first satellite in orbit around Earth.

  • Harper Lee
    1961

    Harper Lee of Monroeville, Alabama, wins the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • 1964

    Kentucky’s Colonel Harland Sanders sold his fried chicken business.

  • 1965

    Hare Wynn partner, Neal C. Newell, is elected President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, known today as The Alabama Association for Justice.

  • 1965

    Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama.

  • Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
    1970

    Hare Wynn successfully represents Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in a libel suit against The Saturday Evening Post.

  • Ford Motor Company
    1970

    The firm represents plaintiffs in the landmark Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company case pertaining to fuel system integrity.

  • 1971

    Hare Wynn’s Francis H. Hare, Jr., begins his term as President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, forerunner of the Alabama Association for Justice.

  • Hank Aaron
    1974

    Hank Aaron, from Mobile, Alabama, breaks Babe Ruth’s home run record.

  • Lexington Center and Rupp Arena
    1976

    Lexington Center and Rupp Arena open in Kentucky.

  • 1979

    Hare Wynn partner, Alex Newton, is elected President of the International Society of Barristers.

  • Swine Flu Vaccinations
    1980

    Hare Wynn is one of twelve firms representing plaintiffs in national litigation regarding complications caused by Swine Flu vaccinations.

  • Alva C. Cain President of Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
    1984

    Hare Wynn partner, Alva C. Caine, is elected as President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the Alabama Association for Justice.

  • 1989

    Hare Wynn’s Alva C. Caine, is elected to serve as President of the Alabama State Bar.

  • TWA-800 Plane Crash
    1990

    The firm represents family members of victims who perished in the TWA-800 crash. The resulting investigation was one of the longest in aviation history.

  • 1991

    Last issue of the Arkansas Gazette, the “oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi.”

  • Mercedes-Benz Automobile Assembly Plant
    1993

    Mercedes-Benz announces it will build its first automobile assembly plant in North America, in Vance, Alabama.

  • John H. Haley
    1994

    Hare Wynn partner, John W. Haley, becomes the fifth partner from Hare Wynn elected to serve as President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the Alabama Association for Justice.

  • Amtrack Sunset Limited Case
    2000

    Hare Wynn serves as national co-lead counsel in the Amtrak “Sunset Limited” case, the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak’s history.

  • 2000

    In 1992, when the silicone gel breast implant cases in the federal court system were consolidated into a single multi-district proceeding, one of the firm’s members was appointed co-liaison counsel. Liaison counsel is charged with: facilitating interface between the court and the attorneys representing breast implant plaintiffs nationwide; bringing select motions to the court’s attention, and advising the public on the status of the litigation – among other responsibilities.

  • Scott A. Powell President of Alabama Association for Justice
    2005

    Hare Wynn partner, Scott A. Powell, is elected to serve as President of the Alabama Association for Justice.

  • Ralph D. Cook
    2006

    Hare Wynn’s Ralph D. Cook, becomes the eighth firm attorney to serve as President of the Alabama Association for Justice.

  • 2006

    Hare Wynn partner, Scott Powell, is elected President of the International Society of Barristers.

  • UBS
    2008

    Hare Wynn’s John Haley settles for $133 million against UBS in Tucker v. Scrushy.

  • Don McKenna
    2009

    Scott Powell and Don McKenna named as 2009 False Claims Act Lawyers of the Year by Taxpayer’s Against Fraud Education Fund.

  • 2010

    Francis H. Hare, Sr.,is inducted into the Alabama Lawyers’ Hall of Fame.

  • 2011

    Hare Wynn’s $47,975,000 jury verdict in the Schafer v. Bayer CropScience case is recognized as one the Top 100 Verdicts in America in 2010 by Verdict Search.

  • The National Law Journal
    2011

    Hare Wynn selected to The National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List, an award presented to only 20 firms in the entire country for exceptional work.

  • 2012

    For the second consecutive year, a Hare Wynn jury verdict is recognized as one the Top 100 Verdicts in America in 2011 by Verdict Search and as listed in The National Law Journal.

  • Shell Gas Station
    2012

    Hare Wynn serves as co-lead in the largest False Claims Act case ever filed – U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $110 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases.

  • Richard M. Scrushy
    2012

    Hare Wynn obtains a $2.86 billion judgment in compensatory damages against Richard M. Scrushy, the largest judgment against an individual in history in any American jurisdiction.

  • Bayer Cropscience
    2012

    Hare Wynn represents more than 2,500 rice farmers in a historic $750 million settlement against Bayer Cropscience.

  • 2013

    Hare Wynn Selected for National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs Hot List Hall of Fame

  • Leon Ashford
    2013

    Hare Wynn obtains a $40.25 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case in Jefferson County, Alabama.

  • 2013

    Hare Wynn makes National Law Journal Top Verdict in America list.

  • 2013 Law Firm of the Year
    2013

    Hare Wynn selected “Best Law Firm in America” by U. S. News and World Report.

  • 2014

    Hughston Nichols Selected for Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum

  • 2014

    Hare Wynn Selected to National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers List

  • 2014

    Hare Wynn and Two Other Firms File Class Action Lawsuits in Syngenta Case

  • Matt Minner
    2014

    $25 Million Settlement in Kentucky Vioxx Case

  • Ashley Peinhardt
    2014

    $7.5 Million Jury Verdict in Alabama Medical Malpractice Case

  • 2014

    $1.2 Million Settlement in Alabama Whistleblower Case

  • James R. Moncuss III
    2014

    $500,000 Settlement in West Virginia Wrongful Death Case

  • 2014

    $4 Million Jury Verdict in Alabama Medical Malpractice Case

  • 2014

    Michael D. Ermert is elected as the ALAJ President

  • 2015

    Fourteen Hare Wynn Lawyers Honored in the 2015 list of Super Lawyers

  • 2015

    Hare Wynn Recovers $995,000 for Small Business Client

  • Alabama Supreme Couryt
    2015

    Alabama Supreme Court Affirms $15 Million Dram Shop Verdict

  • Ralph D. Cook
    2015

    Hare Wynn Attorney Ralph Cook Elected Magic City Bar Association President

  • Metal-on-metal hip replacements
    2015

    More than $20 million paid to clients in metal-on-metal settlements

  • Ashley Peinhardt
    2016

    Hare Wynn Attorney Ashley Peinhardt Selected for 2016 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum

  • Best Law Firms
    2016

    Hare Wynn ranked in US News and World Report as 2016 Best Law Firm in ten practice areas

  • Best Lawyers of the Year
    2016

    Eleven Hare Wynn Attorneys Named as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016

  • Mike Ermert
    2016

    Mike Ermert Elected to Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners.

  • AIG
    2016

    $310-Millon Settlement Awarded In Fraud Class Action Against Caremark And AIG

  • Ashley Peinhardt and Tempe Smith Named Top Women Lawyers in 2016
    2016

    Hare Wynn Attorneys Ashley Peinhardt and Tempe Smith Named B-Metro Magazine Top Women Lawyers of 2016

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Our Results

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  • $2,860,000,000 Securities Fraud

    Hare Wynn obtains a $2.86 billion judgment in compensatory damages against Richard M. Scrushy, the largest judgment against an individual in history in any American jurisdiction....More

  • $750,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

    Hare Wynn represents more than 2,500 rice farmers in a historic $750 million settlement against Bayer Cropscience....More

  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

    Hare Wynn attorneys Scott Powell and Don McKenna represent one of four whistleblowers who brought False Claims Act suits against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for off-label marketing of Trileptal and paying illegal kickbacks to doctors in ass...More

  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of investors who had been defrauded...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This was the first of a number of trials against Syngent....More

  • $133,000,000 Securities Fraud

    This was a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of HealthSouth Corporation. It alleged that UBS Securities knew about Richard Scrushy’s accounting frauds at HealthSouth, yet helped Scrushy to continue to make acquisitions and to c...More

  • $110,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $110 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases...More

  • $40,250,000 Wrongful Death

    Hare Wynn has obtained a $40.25 million jury verdict in Jefferson County, Alabama, in a case involving the death of Derric Rush, a Hoover resident killed on his way home from Wednesday night service at the church where he worked....More

  • $40,000,000 Whistleblower

    Healthways Inc. will pay $40 million to end a lawsuit alleging the company’s Diabetes Treatment Center of America received kickbacks for paying doctors to send their patients to hospitals that are the unit’s clients....More

  • $37,500,000 Death of a Police Officer

    Hare Wynn lawyers, Matt Minner and Jamie Moncus, obtained a large punitive damages verdict from a Madison County jury in a case involving the death of a Huntsville Police Officer. The family of slain Officer, Daniel Golden, bro...More

Complex Litigation

Members of Hare Wynn have been rated by their peers as top lawyers in: “Bet the Company” litigation; commercial litigation; securities litigation; business litigation; aviation litigation; employment litigation; whistleblower litigation; products liability; medical negligence; and personal injury litigation.

The firm has been hired by State Attorneys General to represent States against some of the world’s most powerful pharmaceutical companies. Hare Wynn is also proud to have recovered more than $1 billion for the United States of America by representing whistleblowers who exposed and stopped those who would steal from American taxpayers. As part of the firm’s commitment to help clients expose and combat fraud, Hare Wynn obtained a $2.8 billion trial judgment and affirmance on appeal, against former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in a shareholder derivative suit that returned ill-gotten gains to the company.

While we are honored to represent all our clients, we are particularly proud to represent the American farmer. Recently, the Firm represented over 2,500 rice farmers whose crops were contaminated and foreign markets closed when Bayer CropScience allowed the escape of experimental genetically modified rice. The firm also represented a large group of Arkansas hog farmers in a business dispute with a large pork processing company.

Don’t Just Take Our Word

Hare Wynn’s lawyers have consistently been recognized by numerous national organizations, publications and their peers as being among the most successful and experienced courtroom lawyers in the country.

The National Law Journal judged us to be “at the cutting edge of plaintiffs’ work.”

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms in America
  • National Law Journal, Plaintiff’s Hot List
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Law Dragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Birmingham Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Birmingham
  • Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Chambers USA – Ranking of Leading Firms and Lawyers in America
  • Benchmark Litigation – America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys

Hare Wynn Cares About You

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    - D.S

  • Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP We are at peace with the verdict and totally endorse this outstanding law firm.

    - S.B.

  • Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP Best lawyers around!!

    - K.H.

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