Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “highly recommended” firm in Alabama. This is the highest distinction that Benchmark Litigation provides. In addition to this honor, Maynard Cooper attorneys H. Thomas Wells Jr., Lee E. Bains Jr., and John N. Bolus, are listed as “Local Litigation Stars”.
Benchmark Litigation is the only publication to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide’s results are derived after a six-month research period and are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on their peers. Law firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide.
H. Thomas Wells Jr. is Chair of the Firm’s Environmental and Products Liability Practice Group. Mr. Wells’ trial practice concentrates on complex mass tort, environmental and product liability cases, often handling the defense of class actions or mass consolidated cases throughout the South. He has handled cases in Alabama, Virginia, California, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and the District of Columbia. Mr. Wells is former President of the American Bar Association and past Chair of its Litigation Section. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America®. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Wells was listed as one of the Top Ten attorneys by Alabama Super Lawyers®.
Lee E. Bains Jr. is a shareholder in Maynard Cooper’s Birmingham office. His practice focuses primarily on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on class action litigation, punitive damages litigation, life insurance marketing litigation, antitrust litigation and business tort and commercial litigation. Mr. Bains regularly handles cases in all the federal courts in Alabama, has handled cases in virtually every county in the state of Alabama, routinely handles appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit, and is frequently responsible for class action cases and complex litigation throughout the United States. Mr. Bains has appeared as an attorney of record in cases that have resulted in more than 75 published opinions.
John N. Bolus is Chair of the firm’s General Litigation practice group. Mr. Bolus has broad experience in commercial litigation, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions, individual and class-wide insurance and annuity cases, and a variety of other types of cases, whether individual, class action, or mass action. Those cases have included allegations of fraud, misappropriation, or lender liability, complex contractual disputes, business ownership disputes, and business interference claims, among other types of claims. Mr. Bolus has defended these actions in state and federal courts across Alabama, the Southeast, and in many other states across the country. Mr. Bolus has also been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America®, and is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell.