Trial Lawyer

Attorney John W. Haley grew up in Birmingham, and has been practicing law for the past 35 years. As a child, John’s father—a sharecropper’s son who became a lawyer and ultimately a judge—instilled in him the belief that a career in law was the best profession one could have. John followed his father into the legal world and is grateful for his father’s example and the opportunities he has enjoyed.

After serving in the military and attending the Cumberland School of Law, John became one of the founding members of Noojin, Haley, and Ashford in 1975. For several years, he handled any case that came through the door—divorces, DUIs, collections, involuntary commitments, criminal matters, bankruptcy, probate, and tort cases. When his firm became part of Hare Wynn in 1980, John had the wide breadth of legal experience to handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as complex commercial and business litigation.

John has been married to his wife Sandy for more than 45 years, and has a beautiful, grown daughter. He loves animals, and is the “proud parent” of a pit bull and a poodle. John loves to be outdoors, and includes boating, kayaking, and sailing as a few of his favorite activities.

When he is not on the water or in the courtroom, John enjoys serving his community. He has served on the board of trustees for the Presbyterian Home for Children for over 10 years, and has also served on the board of directors for Spring Valley School helping students with learning disabilities.


John was born in a section of Birmingham known as Pratt City, where he attended public schools and graduated from Ensley High School. Wishing to broaden his life experience, he left the state to attend Tulane University. After graduation, he served in the U.S. military and thereafter completed his legal training at Cumberland School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude.

  • Tulane University, 1971
  • Cumberland School of Law, 1975

Notable Work

John Haley loves being in the courtroom and has tried hundreds of cases—a feat that many young attorneys today may never experience. John was a founding member of Noojin, Haley & Ashford, which in 1980 became part of Hare Wynn. For the next 15 years, John handled a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases. He also handles the appeals of most of his cases and has argued before the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on numerous occasions.

John’s practice grew in the 1990s to include many class action lawsuits in the corporate world, including a case against BP Oil for discriminatory pricing and a later similar claim against Shell Oil. He has represented more than 3,000 pharmacists in a collective action against CVS for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, and was also lead counsel in a class action alleging overcharges associated with mortgage foreclosures. He litigated with Caremark for more than four years to recover contract benefits for a former executive. At trial, the jury returned punitive damages against Caremark based upon representations made by its CEO, Richard Scrushy. In one of his most publicized cases, John was co-lead counsel in a derivative action on behalf of HealthSouth Corporation against its former CEO, Richard Scrushy, its investment banker, UBS, and others arising from the multi-billion dollar fraud at HealthSouth from 1996 until March of 2003.


  • Alabama, 1975
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


  • Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • International Society of Barristers


John was editor of The Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal for over 10 years and was later elected its president. He was elected a member of the International Society of Barristers in 1994. For his work as a leading business litigation lawyer, Attorney Haley was selected to the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers® list. This tremendous honor is given to no more than 5% of actively practicing lawyers each year.

  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • AV Preeminent® Rating Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected to Super Lawyers (2010 - 2018)

Attorney Haley has also been recognized as an Alabama 2019 Benchmark State Litigation Stars award recipient. He was chosen for his role as a litigator for general commercial cases, medical malpractice claims, and securities cases.


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Awards & Accolades

  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25
  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers 2018
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
  • 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
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
  • National Featured Verdict
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyers

Our Results

  • $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

  • $410,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $410 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases...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

  • $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

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  • $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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