Sustaining Member Spotlight

This month, we spotlight Tom Methvin and Andrew Citrin, two of ATLA's great sustaining members.

Thomas James Methvin

Tom was born in 1963, in Eufaula Alabama. He graduated from the Business School of The University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Corporate Finance in 1985. Tom received his J.D. Degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1988. Tom is currently managing shareholder with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, Alabama. Tom is Past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association and Past President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyer's Association.
Tom is currently a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners for the Alabama State Bar Association, and a sustaining member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Citizen's Advisory Committee, and is on the board of Alabama Lawyers for Children.

Tom practices in the area of consumer fraud and business litigation. He has pioneered consumer fraud and litigation in the country, including such theories of liability as loan flipping, insurance packing-on loans, and yield spread premium (hidden finance charges) on loans. He has been involved in over 50 cases that have resulted in settlements or verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00. Tom was lead attorney on the recent case of Carlisle v. Whirlpool, which resulted in a $581,000,0000.00 judgment in Hale County, Alabama.
Tom was also co-council on Johnson v. Mercury Finance Company, which resulted in a $45,000,000.00 jury verdict; Davis v. Associates, which resulted in a $35,000,000.00 jury verdict; Gallant v. Prudential, which resulted in a $25,000,000.00 jury verdict.

Tom has authored numerous papers, including Preparing Yourself to take an Expert's Deposition; Consumer Fraud Class Actions; Plaintiff's Perspective; Damages Theories and Trial Strategies; The Work-up of a Debit Insurance Fraud Case; Mortgage Fraud; Business Torts from A Plaintiffs Perspective; Binding Arbitration and its Effect on Consumer Finance Cases; Negotiations and Settlements of a Civil Action from a Plaintiff's Perspective; Predatory Lending; and Alabama's Poverty Industry. Tom has also fought for Alabama consumers in tort reform negotiations in the Alabama State Legislature for years. He is an active participant in The Public Citizen and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

Tom is married to the former Amy Agee of Birmingham, Alabama. They have two sons, and the family attends church at Christ Community Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Andrew T. Citrin

Andrew T. Citrin was born in Hollywood, Florida on December 26, 1961. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1983, where he served as President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as an Articles Editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. He also served on the Henry Upton Simms Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Board. Andrew graduated in 1986, cum laude, after which he was inducted into the Curia Honoris Society, by the faculty of the Cumberland School of Law.

During his early years of practice, Andrew focused primarily on personal injury appellate matters. His appellate work consisted of arguing scores of cases before the Alabama Supreme Court, The Alabama Civil Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also served as a frequent lecturer and author on various points of Alabama law, trial, and appellate practice and procedure.

In 1995, he shifted his practice from appellate work to personal injury trial practice. Since that time, he has handled numerous personal injury, wrongful death and fraud cases. In 2001, he formed his present firm, Citrin & McGlothren, P.C., with Michael McGlothren in Daphne, Alabama.

Andrew is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Northern and Southern Divisions of the U.S. District Court of Alabama. He is a member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Mobile and Baldwin County Bar Associations, Alabama State Bar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.