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Managing Partner & Experienced Trial Attorney

Leon Ashford has been a trial lawyer for more than 40 years and has been the managing member at Hare Wynn for over 20 years. Throughout his career, Leon has a proven record of consistently obtaining multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements for his clients, their families and their small businesses. With great success in representing clients in complex litigation involving catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death, he has also been called to represent family-owned and closely held businesses in litigation where generations of success were on the line. When the stakes are high, he feels strongly that experienced trial lawyers and a team approach bring success in these cases for his clients.


Leon and his wife, Barbara, have been married for over 40 years. They have three children – David, Ben, and Laura – and four grandchildren – all boys! He is Alabama’s biggest fan, he loves to cook, and is an active member of Canterbury United Methodist Church. Leon has a big heart for others and proudly serves on the Advisory Board of Nick’s Kids Foundation, which is a foundation started by Nick and Terry Saban to promote and support children, family, teacher and student causes in the spirit of faith, giving and community (www.nickskidsfoundation.org).

Education

Born in 1948 and raised in Athens, Alabama, Leon was the first in his family to receive a college education. He attended the University of Alabama on an Athletic Scholarship as a student trainer and earned his undergraduate degree in 1970. That same year, he was lettered by Coach Paul W. Bryant and became a member of the University of Alabama “A” Club. Encouraged by Coach Bryant to attend law school, he then earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1973.

  • University of Alabama: B.S., 1970
  • University of Alabama School of Law: J.D., 1973

Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Contract Disputes
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence
  • Automobile, Motorcycle and Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Notable Work

    Notable Work

    Leon has remained close to Alabama’s athletic department, representing two former head football coaches and the former women’s gymnastics coach. In 1994, the University administration and Office of General Counsel asked Leon and the firm to represent the faculty athletics representative before the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee. In the first successful appeal in NCAA history, the good name of the faculty athletics representative was cleared and many of the sanctions against the athletic department were overturned. He has also represented the current head-coach and members of his staff.

    Admitted

    Admitted

    • Alabama, 1973
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
    • United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

    Affiliations

    • Alabama Association for Justice
    • Alabama Bar Association
    • Alabama Law Foundation
    • American Association for Justice
    • American Bar Association
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Birmingham Bar Association
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Awards

    Leon is now the senior and managing partner in the firm – one of the South’s oldest and most respected. He has obtained dozens of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients and continues his work today with cases including a variety of senior injuries and wrongful death.

    Honored by his peers as a trial lawyer, Leon 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.”

    Leon has been recognized by his peers for his ability, professionalism, and integrity. According to Best Lawyers®, these “Lawyer of the Year” honors reflect the highest level of respect. Since 2008, he has been named one of the top 10 attorneys in the State of Alabama by Super Lawyers magazine and was featured on its cover in 2009. For many years, he has also been profiled by Chambers USA as a “Tier 1” trial lawyer for personal injury and business litigation. Benchmark Plaintiff includes Leon as a “Litigation Star” in its national ranking of personal injury lawyers.

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    News

    • Leon Ashford Featured In The Birmingham Business Journal's Who's Who In Law

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    • Hare Wynn Attorneys Highly Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

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    • Eleven Hare Wynn Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

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    • National Law Journal Names Hare Wynn Verdict as Top 100 for 2013

      The National Law Journal recently announced that ... READ MORE

    • Judge Ralph Cook Becomes City Attorney for Birmingham

      Judge Ralph Cook will be leaving Hare Wynn in ... READ MORE

    • Hare Wynn Selected as "Best Law Firm" by U. S. News - Best Lawyers

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    • Hare Wynn Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America¬© 2014

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    • Hare Wynn Recognized by Chambers USA

      Hare Wynn was recently recognized in the 2013 ... READ MORE

    • Samples Inducted Into American College of Trial Lawyers

      Hare Wynn Partner, Shay Samples , was recently ... READ MORE

    • Benchmark Litigation Honors for Hare Wynn

      Eight Hare Wynn attorneys have been recognized as ... READ MORE

    • Hare Wynn Attorneys in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ranking

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    • National Law Journal Selects Hare Wynn as One of Top Plaintiffs' Firms in United States

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    • Leon Ashford Recognized by Birmingham Business Journal

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    • Hare Wynn's 2011 Super Lawyers

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    • Meds IV Media Coverage

      Hare Wynn is moving forward with the filing of ... READ MORE

    • Seven Hare Wynn Lawyers Recognized By Their Peers

      Mike Ermert, Scott Powell, Leon Ashford, John ... READ MORE

    • Hare Wynn Lawyers Named as Best Lawyers in America

      Six lawyers from Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton were ... READ MORE

    • Hare Wynn Hosts Party for Alabama Young Lawyers Section

      Hare Wynn hosted an afternoon Beach Party for the ... READ MORE

    • Hare Wynn Participates in the Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off

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    • Leon Ashford named as the "Birmingham Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year" for 2010

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    • Three firm attorneys honored in the Benchmark Litigation's Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys for 2009

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    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

    D. Leon Ashford Results

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    • $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 ...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 ...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

    • $8,500,000 Aviation Engine Failure

      Wrongful death airplane crash. This defective product lawsuit alleged that the small plane crashed due to a defective crankshaft in the engine. The plane crashed on ...More

    • $8,000,000 Nursing Home Abuse

      A Louisville, Kentucky jury returned an $8 million verdict in a nursing home abuse and neglect suit against Treyton Oak Towers, a nursing home in Louisville, ...More

    • $3,000,000 Pipeline Explosion

      Pipeline explosion resulting in wrongful death. Client was operating his pickup truck when the interstate highway beneath him exploded due the a gas pipeline ...More

    • $1,850,000 Brake Failure

      A customer took his vehicle to the Ford Dealership service department for repair of the cruise control. An employee took the vehicle on a test drive after repairs ...More

    • $1,550,000 Truck Accident

      A Kentucky man suffered orthopedic injuries after a collision with an 18-wheeler on an interstate roadwayMore

    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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