Trust Representing Involved Alabama Lawyers

TRIAL supports candidates who understand and respect the civil justice system.  Established in 1984 to represent the Association's interests in electoral politics, the PAC is overseen by a board of six Trustees elected by ALAJ leadership.  These individuals' continual dedication to the PAC allows TRIAL to maintain its status as a well respected, bi-partisan player in Alabama politics.  


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TRIAL Trustees:
D. Leon Ashford
Toby Brown
Gibson Vance
Jeff Rickard
Rebekah McKinney
Ken Riley
D. Leon Ashford

Leon Ashford has been a trial lawyer for 39 years.  Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Ashford has a proven record of consistently obtaining multi million dollar jury verdicts and settlements for his clients, their families, and their small businesses. Though he has always focused his practice on complex litigation involving catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death, he has recently been called upon to represent family-owned and closely held businesses in litigation which threatened generations of success. When the stakes are high, he feels strongly that an experienced trial lawyer is an integral part of the team approach to litigation of complex business disputes. In addition to his busy law practice, he has been Hare Wynn’s managing partner since 1996.
He earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1973. Honored by his peers as a trial lawyer, Mr. Ashford 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 20 years and in Alabama Super Lawyers since its inception.
Toby D. Brown
Mr. Brown has been lead counsel and co-lead counsel on numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in cases involving products liability, automobile and trucking accidents, medical negligence, industrial accidents, admiralty and maritime law injuries and deaths, environmental pollution and fraud.  Mr. Brown was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He received his B.S. from the University of South Alabama, cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama. 
Mr. Brown is a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers and has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Brown is Past President of the Alabama Association for Justice, formerly known as the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Charter Member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation's "Pioneers for Justice." He is also past President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation. Mr. Brown is listed as one of the leading attorneys in the state by Super Lawyers magazine, and is also recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America®. Benchmark Plaintiff lists Mr. Brown as a "Local Litigation Star" in its Alabama rankings of attorneys. 
Gibson Vance

Mr. Vance received his undergraduate degree from Troy University in 1987 and his law degree from  Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery. After graduating from Jones School of Law, he helped form the Jones School of Law Future Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Vance, is a shareholder in Beasley Allen, and  practices in the firm's Personal Injury and Consumer Fraud sections, concentrating in actions against those who negligently or intentionally harm others.  Mr. Vance served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Association, President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Alabama Association of Justice, and President of the American Association for Justice. He also served as President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation.
Mr. Vance currently serves on the Alabama Judicial Compensation Committee and the Alabama Democratic Advisory Committee, which recommends appointments to the Obama Administration. In addition, he is a a member of the Board of Trustees at Troy University and serves as a University Foundation Board Member. Mr. Vance also hosts the Beasley Allen Report, which airs on Sunday nights. 
Jeff Rickard

At first, Jeff Rickard wanted to be an engineer. His father was an engineer and he saw the profession as challenging and rewarding. Then, he discovered an affinity for words and speaking, which led him to the law. "Both professions require critical thinking," Rickard said. "That was and still is very important to me."

Rickard gives much credit to the advantages of growing up in a small town in Alabama where everybody took care of everybody else. Those were the times and places that one could ride a bike anywhere and play ball until suppertime.

"My high school football coach was a big influence in my life. He taught me about preparation and responsibility," Rickard said. "These are two principles we practice at Marsh, Rickard & Bryan every single day on every single case."

According to Rickard, honesty, believability and the ability to persuade a jury to do the right thing is how the law is practiced at Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.

Rebekah McKinney

Rebekah McKinney earned a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1991. She received her law degree from the University of Alabama School Of Law in 1995, where she was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. 

Ms. McKinney practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, tractor - trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, nursing home negligence, civil rights, wage and hour, complex litigation/class actions, divorce, family law and custody. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice and the Madison County Inns of Court. She has served as the President of the Alabama Association for Justice, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. 

Ken Riley was born and raised in Alexander City, Alabama. After obtaining his business degree at the University of Alabama, Mr. Riley went on to complete his legal studies at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Mr. Riley is perennially recognized as a Super Lawyer, a national peer-nominated publication that names the best attorneys across all 50 states, in the area of Personal Injury Litigation. He has achieved an AV Preeminent rating, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards by his peers. He is also recognized by Birmingham Magazine as one of Birmingham’s “Top Attorneys,” and has received multiple multi-million dollar settlements for his clients. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Riley and his law partner, Kirby Farris, host a legal call-in show, LawCall, every Sunday night on Fox 6 WBRC at 10:30 p.m. LawCall features guest attorneys from across the state of Alabama, and answers live call-in questions on all areas of the law.