Trust Representing Involved Alabama Lawyers
TRIAL

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.  

 

What makes TRIAL work is the persistent participation of dedicated plaintiffs attorneys like you. Learn more about becoming a champion for your profession.
 

TRIAL Trustees:
D. Leon Ashford
Toby Brown
Randy Haynes
Gibson Vance
William "Rip" Andrews
Rebekah McKinney
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
Randy Haynes

Randy Haynes is a partner at Morris, Haynes & Hornsby. Randy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1979 from Davidson College where he received a North Carolina Fellow Scholarship. In 1983, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama Law School. While at Alabama, Mr. Haynes was named Outstanding First Year Student and to the Order of the Barristers and was a member of the 1982 Alabama National Moot Court Team.
 
Since 1988, Mr. Haynes has served as Municipal Judge of Alexander City. In addition to the state bar, he is a member of the American Association for Justice, serving on the President’s Council, and the Alabama Association for Justice, serving as President from 2001-2002, and currently as a member of the Executive Committee. Recently, he was inducted as a Fellow into the Alabama Law Foundation.
 
Mr. Haynes concentrates his practice on litigation; his case work primarily involves product liability, railroad, trucking, and wrongful death cases, as well as consumer litigation. 
 
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
William "Rip" Andrews

Mr. Andrews is a partner with the law firm of Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.  Mr. Andrews is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he studied Government. He received his J.D. degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2007. While in law school he was awarded the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers.

Even as a young lawyer, Mr. Andrews has successfully resolved numerous cases at or near the million-dollar mark, tried several jury trials and won a 9-0 decision at the Alabama Supreme Court.   He has focused primarily on cases in the areas of product liability, especially automobile crashworthiness; government immunity; and trade secrets. He is the co-author of the article "Defeating Immunity in Suits Against Law Enforcement in Alabama Courts," that appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of the Alabama Association for Justice Journal.

Before entering law school, Mr. Andrews was active in electoral politics. He served as Senior Press Writer for the Gore/Lieberman campaign in 2000, and worked on the Don Siegelman for Governor campaign in 2001.
 
 
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.