John W. Haley
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
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.