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If you were to try and find the top personal injury lawyer in Birmingham, AL on the internet today, most of the time you will run into websites that list or rank those attorneys without much information.

If my wife or one of my kids were injured by a negligent party—and Fob James Law Firm could not handle—who would I hire to represent them? I would hire one of the attorneys listed in this article.

We hope that you choose to reach out to us to talk about your case, but even if you choose not to hire our law firm for your case we want to ensure that you find the right legal representation for your case.

The trial lawyers listed below are tenacious and at the top of their game. They have the skill to obtain settlements or verdicts in imperfect cases (e.g. cases without perfect facts, disputed liability, or causation issues). 

Many of the well-known lawyers in Alabama are no longer trying cases and their results were decades ago. The lawyers in the TV ads typically do not actually litigate cases. The personal injury lawyers on this list are making things happen right now. 

Brett Turnbull

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In my twenties, I lived in Las Vegas and played high stakes No Limit and CAP No Limit Texas Hold’em. When I think of someone on the plaintiff bar that embodies a high-stakes personal injury lawyer—one that can handle trying a 100 million dollar case and not let the stakes or pressure get to him—it is Brett Turnbull. He is fearless and has taken on the biggest cases against the most well-funded companies across the country.  

Brett is well known for obtaining a $25 million dollar verdict against Nissan in a high profile brake failure case on behalf of the victims’ family in California. However, if not more impressive, is a $9 million dollar verdict he obtained in Lee County, Alabama (an extremely tough venue) on behalf of the estate of a young woman who died after being negligently prescribed birth control pills that led to the development of a blood clot in her lung. $9 million dollars in a medical malpractice case in Alabama is absolutely massive. Verdicts like these in non-plaintiff-friendly venues are what separates Brett from the field. 

Brett is also a trail blazer in traumatic brain injury cases. His work in this area has brought a new understanding to what is often a misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and misvalued injury.

Andrew Moak

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Andrew Moak is one of the preeminent trial lawyers in Alabama. If the plaintiff bar was polled to rank the best trial lawyers in Alabama, I would not be shocked if Andrew was number one. What puts Andrew on the Mount Rushmore of  Alabama trial lawyers is his nuclear verdicts and skill in cases that have “bruises” on them. It is one thing to cherry-pick the “best” cases in good venues; however, it takes a whole lot of skill to obtain record verdicts, like Andrew, with imperfect cases in tough venues. 

In a recent case in Morgan County, Alabama, a very difficult venue, Andrew obtained a stunning $25 million dollar verdict in a disputed liability case pedestrian case against an individual defendant. The defendant’s insurance company denied the claim because Andrew’s client was walking the wrong way on street at night while wearing dark clothing. Andrew smartly prosecuted the case on wantonness (recklessness) which negated the defendant’s “contributory negligence” defense.

Recently, Andrew and Brett Turnbull got a 15 million dollar jury verdict on behalf of the estate of a foster child who died after the child was not properly given prescription medication by the foster parents and DHS. This case was filed in 2015 and was laden with legal issues (e.g. immunity) and “bruises” as we call them. Andrew and Brett saw it through and got their client an unbelievable verdict. Andrew should be lawyer of the year after this result.

Kendall Dunson

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I have never personally met Kendall Dunson but based on his reputation I would not hesitate in retaining him to represent a family member in a wrongful death or catastrophic injury case. Kendall’s results in automotive product liability cases speak for themselves and rival any trial lawyer in the country.

Kendall, in particular, has obtained numerous jury verdicts in high stakes defective design and rollover cases. In June 2023, Kendall and his team at Beasley Allen obtained a $8.5 million dollar verdict against Nissan in Mobile. Nissan designed a defective airbag that caused total blindness and permanent damage to plaintiff’s eyes.

Kendall was also part of the Beasley Allen trial team that secured a $152 million dollar verdict in 2019 against Ford. Kendall’s client was paralyzed after a negligently designed vehicle rolled over. The bottom line is Kendall is among the best product liability attorneys in the country, much less Alabama.

Nate Vanderveer

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I have worked alongside Nate in a handful of cases and have always found him to be a professional of the highest caliber and a skilled trial lawyer. We recently recovered millions of dollars on behalf of retirees whose life savings were stolen. 

Nate is one of the best personal injury attorneys in Birmingham because he can litigate many different types of plaintiff cases (e.g., car accident, truck accident, defective drug or device, fraud, medical malpractice) even in the most challenging and anti-plaintiff venues. 

He is also one of just a few attorneys fighting the good fight on medical malpractice cases in Alabama. Most plaintiff firms in Alabama do not handle medical malpractice cases because the law in Alabama makes in virtually impossible for a law firm to be profitable. While most people don’t care about the profitability of a law firm, the reality is that when a law firm can’t afford to litigate a certain type of case, that type of case goes away. That is was has largely happened with medical malpractice cases in Alabama but it has not deterred Nate. I have immense respect for Nate and consider him a mentor.

Drew Ashby

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Drew Ashby is based in the Atlanta area but he deserves to be on any top trial lawyers list. Drew is probably the best product liability lawyer in the country. He is the only plaintiff lawyer that has obtained seven, eight, and nine figure verdicts before the age of forty.

The defective products cases he takes are hard, expensive, highly technical, and take years to push across the finish line. Very few lawyers have the guts, smarts, and tenacity to prosecute defective product cases like Drew.

Take for example a recent verdict where Drew obtained a $200 million dollar verdict. Drew represented a family who lost their son due to a defective design in their Malibu boat. Malibu mocked Drew and his client, and it refused to take responsibility for its negligence by paying a fair settlement.

Though Drew gave Malibu multiple opportunities to settle, Malibu refused to do so. Drew and his team tried the case and knocked Malibu’s teeth out to the tune of $200 million. Now that is a verdict! Follow Drew Ashby because he is helluva gifted trial lawyer, and he just getting started.

Contact a Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney Near Me for Help

At Fob James Law Firm, we would be honored to represent you or a family member injured in an accident. We also want to make sure you hire the right attorney for your particular case. Our job is to help you to the best of our ability and fight for you.

If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of somone’s negligence, you should contact our highly rated personal injury lawyers immediately.

We can determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit or not. It won’t cost you anything to speak with us. You will never pay us anything until we successfully settle or win your case in court.

Our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are experienced, dedicated, and they truly care about you. We treat all of our clients exactly how we would want our own family members to be treated.

Contact us right now at 866-837-1010 or set up a free case evaluation so we can help you.

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Fob James

Fob James obtained a B.S., in software engineering from Auburn University and then continued his education by getting his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. After working for a large regional firm for several years where he obtained awards for both individual and corporate clients, Fob found that his passion was fighting for individuals who have been seriously injured or wronged by others. Fob believes that the jury is the great equalizer to the power and influence that large corporations have in society.