Six Hare Wynn Attorneys Listed on 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff List

Birmingham – April 8, 2020 – Six attorneys at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP have earned a coveted spot on the 2020 Lawdragon 500 list of the Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America.

Hare Wynn’s lawyers listed on this year’s Lawdragon 500 include: D. Leon Ashford; Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Ralph Cook, Michael D. Ermert, Matthew C. Minner, S. Shay Samples and Scott A. Powell

This is among the most elite distinctions in the legal profession.  Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” recognizes the leadership and actions of attorneys who are shaping the practice of law in their respective areas.  Less than than .01% of all lawyers in the United States were included as a member of the Lawdragon 500 and honorees were chosen based on a combination of peer nominations, online submissions and research conducted by Lawdragon’s editorial team.

The Lawdragon publisher states that, “Each and every member of the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America is remarkable. They face the longest odds every day to stand up for what they believe in. Much is made of their victories – when a merchant of toxic chemicals, for example, is held accountable against all odds. Sparse notice is given to the cases that get away, where an overwhelming defense or impossible case leaves them alone, end of the day.


The Plaintiff Consumer 500 range from coast to coast, counseling grieving family members, finding pathways to justice for those who have been harmed or killed. Among them are lawyers who have won billions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies and other purveyors of dangerous products. Fearless counsel who take on the toughest sexual abuse cases. An attorney who is at this moment advising someone who mourns a brother lost to the pandemic, a mother fallen ill.”

Hare Wynn’s verdicts and settlements on behalf of deserving clients have set records at home in Alabama and Kentucky, as well as around the United States. The award is one of the most prestigious honors in the entire legal industry and recognizes lawyers who are more than skilled; they are the very best in their profession. The list includes luminaries from every corner of the profession, including United States Supreme Court Justices, the United States Attorney General, top Supreme Court litigators and other elite attorneys in private practices from both sides of the bar.

“We are honored to be recognized among this distinguished group,” said Leon Ashford, Hare Wynn’s managing partner.  “This honor belongs to the team of lawyers and staff at Hare Wynn that make the results obtained for our clients possible– our clients are the real winners.”

With offices in Alabama and Kentucky, Hare Wynn is in its second century of practice as a firm devoted exclusively to plaintiff’s litigation on behalf of individuals, businesses and governmental entities.  The firm has been recognized by The National Law Journal  as one of the top plaintiff’s firms in the United States in being named to the “Plaintiff’s Hot List” and the “NLJ Elite Trial Lawyers” list of the top 20 plaintiff firms in the country.

About Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP

In its second century of practice, Hare Wynn is one of the most respected plaintiffs’ litigation 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 Kentucky 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 1800’s, 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 government entities.

Most recently, the magnitude of the firm’s litigation success was recognized when Hare Wynn was identified as one of the top plaintiff’s firms in the United States in being named to the National Law Journal’s 2011 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.”

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