D. Leon Ashford
Managing Partner, Trial Lawyer
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).
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
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.
- 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
- 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
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.” More recently, Leon has been recognized by The Birmingham Business Journal as a finalist in the 2017 CEO Awards. Most recently, he was selected for the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers® listing for his work as a personal injury attorney.
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. In 2019, he was also chosen as an Alabama 2019 Benchmark State Litigation Stars award winner for his work in general commercial, product liability, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases. And B-Metro Top Flight Attorney Hall of Fame; 2019.