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Brian is honored to represent individuals, businesses, and even the Commonwealth, in litigation across Kentucky and the country. When Brian’s children ask what he does at work, he explains to them that when something bad happens to a family, he makes sure they are taken care of, and that it is a privilege to do so.

Brian has represented individuals, small business, states, and Fortune 100 companies in a broad range of litigation. Brian focuses on nursing home abuse and neglect cases, serious personal injury cases, qui tam cases and complex litigation.

Brian has been practicing law since 2007, and he joined Hare Wynn in 2011 after working at one of the largest law firms in the southeast. Brian graduated from Auburn University summa cum laude with a degree in civil engineering and spent time in San Francisco working for one of the world’s largest oil companies. However, he soon decided to attend law school and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007. Prior to entering private practice, Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Currently, Brian is admitted to the Kentucky and Alabama bar. When he is not at work or traveling for work, he is at home helping with the kids and enjoying their many activities. Also, now that his kids are getting a little older, he enjoys taking them outdoors to the Red River Gorge or other wonderful places in Kentucky.

Education

In law school, Brian served on the managing board of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for those who graduate in the top 10% of their class.

  • Auburn University, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2002
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2007

Notable Work

Brian, along with several other Hare Wynn lawyers and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, secured a $25 million settlement for the Commonwealth in a consumer protection case. Recently, Brian was part of a team of Hare Wynn lawyers that secured an $8 million verdict in a nursing home case in Kentucky. Other notable work consists of:

  • Johnson v. Caremark RX, L.L.C. and AIG; $310 Million Corporate Fraud Settlement
  • State of Alaska v. Merck & Co. Inc; $15.25 Million Settlement
  • State of Montana v. Merck & Co. Inc; $16.7 Million Settlement
  • KY Nursing Home; $1.25 Million Confidential Settlement
  • Gail Griffin Smith v. Treyton Oak Towers; $8 Million Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Verdict
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Merck & Co. Inc; $25 Million Settlement

Admitted

  • Kentucky
  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice

Awards

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars? Mid-South Award

Videos

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News

  • Dying Vet's Nurse Laughs as He Dies in Nursing Home

    World War 2 Veteran James Dempsey died earlier ... READ MORE

  • Is It Possible to Appeal a Personal Injury Claim?

    When someone is hurt by another person’s negligent ... READ MORE

  • Federal Government Initiative Strips Rights from Nursing Home Abuse Victims

    The Federal Government has taken steps to stop ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Announces Addition of New Partner in Lexington, Kentucky, Office

    Hare Wynn is pleased to announce that Brian M. ... READ MORE

  • Deaths on Kentucky Highways Are On the Rise - Here's Why

    If you’ve driven on Kentucky roads and highways ... READ MORE

  • One Crucial Way Nursing Homes Fight You in Court

    At Hare Wynn, it is our honor to represent ... READ MORE

  • New Investigations Raise Questions about Xarelto

    The makers of Xarelto (rivaroxaban), a top-selling ... READ MORE

  • Understanding Kentucky's PIP Benefits for Automobile Accidents

    If you have ever been injured in an automobile ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn Co-hosts the Kentucky Justice Association's 2016 Litigation Skills CLE

    Kentucky Managing Partner, Matt Minner, was ... READ MORE

  • Hare Wynn's Brian Vines Speaks at Nursing Home Litigation Conference in Lexington

    Brian Vines was honored to speak along with other ... READ MORE

Unparalleled Honors

  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award

Brian M. Vines Results

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  • $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 ...More

  • $25,000,000 Consumer Protection

    A lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of The Commonwealth of Kentucky against Merck pursuant to the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act has been settled for $25 ...More

  • $16,700,000 Consumer Protection

    A lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Montana against Merck & Co. as a result of its promotion of the blockbuster drug, Vioxx, has been settled for $16.7 ...More

  • $15,250,000 Consumer Protection

    Hare Wynn served as national counsel in a lawsuit on behalf of consumers involving the drug Vioxx that resulted in a $15,250,000 recovery.More

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 trial was the first of a number of class actions 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

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