Jeff's Profile

Jeff has practiced with Maynard Cooper since 1989 and now serves as Managing Shareholder of the 290+ attorney firm. With an active role on the Firm's Executive Committee and Board, Jeff is responsible for the execution of firm strategy, operations, and practice management across an expanding footprint. Jeff has served in various firm leadership roles for the past decade, including as Chief Strategy Officer, Section Head of Litigation, and chairing the Firm's Insurance and Financial Services Litigation practice group for many years. He helped expand the group's presence to a national level, achieving recognition as a "core go-to firm" in the insurance industry, among the top 2% of all law firms nationally, by BTI Consulting Group.

As a litigator, Jeff regularly represents the life, disability, retirement, and property/casualty companies of some of the nation’s largest insurance carriers in class actions, complex claims, sales practices, coverage, rescission, bad faith, and punitive damages matters. He has handled cases in states across the country, as well as in multiple Courts of Appeal. Jeff provides his clients with business and legal advice, as well as strategic trial counsel. He served as national trial counsel in “hot spot” venues in California, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia. In addition, he served as national counsel to a commercial retailer where he successfully defended consumer class actions, commercial cases, and arbitration's throughout the United States.

Jeff is consistently recognized for his litigation and trial skills by Benchmark Litigation, Super Lawyers, and the Best Lawyers in America©. He also previously earned the elite designation of Client Service All Star by BTI Consulting Group. Jeff is a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel and a frequent lecturer on industry trends, compliance, litigation, and trial strategy.

Jeff's Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law (2007-present)
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Who’s Who in Law
  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star, Commercial, Insurance, Dispute Resolution
  • Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation: Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts (2008-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Jeff's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee State Bar Associations
  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel
Civic Involvement
  • Leadership Birmingham Class of 2018-2019
  • The University of Alabama, Member of President's Cabinet
  • Birmingham Project Corporate Leadership, alumni
  • Independent Presbyterian Church, Elder and past Congregational President
  • United Way of Central Alabama, former Campaign Division Chair

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee

U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School (1989, J.D.)

University of Alabama (1986, B.S., magna cum laude)


Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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