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John Earnhardt
Shareholder
PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS

John's Profile

John is a Shareholder in Maynard Cooper’s Litigation Section. John also serves as Chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Environmental Practice. He handles commercial, product liability and environmental litigation.

John is experienced in trying jury and bench cases and has led large teams in mass tort and other complex cases. His work as an attorney has led him to represent clients in jurisdictions coast-to-coast including those in California, Louisiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.

John’s talents and accomplishments as a litigator have earned him numerous accolades, including the esteemed ranking as a Leading Commercial Litigator by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Commercial Litigation and in Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense: Products.

John has been fortunate to represent leading companies in multiple industries, including chemicals, utilities, manufacturing, construction and transportation. He is pleased to provide client references upon request.

He earned his J.D. from the Washington & Lee University School of Law, and he holds a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College.

 

“John is a very skilled attorney who combines high-quality, cost-effective representation with the ability to interact with executives, middle managers and lower level employees alike. He covers product liability, mass torts and general commercial disputes.” – Client Testimonial

 

“John is excellent. He is very impressive in court, as he has excellent trial and negotiation skills. He is highly competent.” – Client Testimonial

John's Experience

  • Trial counsel in a wide variety of products liability cases. These cases have involved a range of products including commercial buses, tires, boom lifts, forklifts, surveying equipment, alarm systems, smoke detectors, bathroom exhaust fans, electric control panels, fire extinguishers, liquid petroleum cylinders, x-ray machines and asbestos.
  • Trial counsel in various chemical exposure and toxic tort cases, arising in both products liability and environmental contexts.
  • Trial and appellate counsel for a chemical manufacturer defending more than 1600 consolidated personal injury claims in Alabama and West Virginia related to alleged injuries from exposure to chemicals.
  • Trial counsel in catastrophic personal injury cases arising from workplace accidents, including internal investigation and OSHA response.
  • Trial and appellate counsel in complex commercial and business litigation matters involving contractual disputes, fraud, tortious interference, and lost profit claims.
  • Trial counsel in construction litigation cases.

John's Awards

  • Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Litigation: General Commercial (2017-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation (2013-present), Litigation: Environmental (2018-2019), Product Liability Litigation: Defendants (2017-present), and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions: Defendants (2019)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense: Products (2016-present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense: Products (2011-2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

John's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Inaugural Class of Bar Leadership Forum (2005); Bar Leadership Forum Planning Committee, Class II (2006)
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Grievance Committee, Former Member; CLE Committee, Former Member; Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Eleventh Circuit Historical Society
CONTACT
T 205.254.1204
F 205.254.1999
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Paralegal
Jamie Carnathan
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama, Mississippi
U.S. District Court:Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern), District of Columbia, Michigan (Eastern), Mississippi (Northern, Southern)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, D.C. Circuit
EDUCATION
Washington and Lee University School of Law(1996, J.D.)
Birmingham-Southern College (1993, B.A.)
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

Honorable Joel F. Dubina
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

May 1, 2019
39 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys And 8 Practice Groups Receive Recognition In The 2019 Chambers USA Guide
Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard Cooper) is pleased to announce that 39 of its attorneys and eight of its practice groups have received high marks in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, the industry’s most respected legal rankings publicat...
November 9, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE RECEIVES RECOGNITION IN RECENT U.S. NEWS/BEST LAWYERS “BEST LAW FIRMS” AND SUPER LAWYERS LISTINGS
The recently released edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” positions Maynard Cooper in the National Tier Rankings in 10 areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, L...
August 15, 2018
116 MAYNARD COOPER & GALE ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED IN THE 2019 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA©
Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 116 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their areas of practice in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Included in...
March 29, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE EARNS HIGH RANKINGS IN THE 2018 CHAMBERS USA, AMERICA’S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the firm and many of its attorneys have earned distinguished rankings in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the highly respected referral directory of the...
April 20, 2015
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