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Methvin, Thomas J.

Firm Name
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
Business Street Address
218 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL, USA, 36104
Business Mailing Address
PO Box 4160 Montgomery, AL 36103
Telephone
334-269-2343
Fax
334-954-7555
E-mail
Law School Attended/Attending
Cumberland School of Law
Methvin, Thomas J.
Tom Methvin was born in Eufaula, Alabama in 1963. After graduating from High School with honors, Tom graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Finance in the Business School. He then earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 1988 and began his legal career at Beasley Allen that same year. Tom's family has been involved in the practice of law for over 200 years. Tom always knew he wanted to be an attorney. From a very early age, Tom has had a heart for those whom the Bible calls "the least of these." Tom's father was a great influence in this area. Tom remembers his father stating that "one of the worst things someone can do is to take advantage of the illiterate, the ignorant, or the uneducated." Based on this life experience, Tom began his legal career at Beasley Allen representing victims of consumer fraud, many of whom were illiterate or uneducated. Tom is a national spokesman for the rights of consumers and the law that applies to their rights. He has appeared on "Good Morning America," "The O'Reilly Factor," and on all the major networks to discuss these issues. He also has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week Magazine, and Fortune Magazine. He was the lead lawyer in a landmark Predatory Lending case involving a door-to-door sales and finance scam. The verdict of $581 million is the largest Predatory Lending verdict in American history. As a result of this litigation, the defendant finance company left the State of Alabama. Tom was also co-counsel in other consumer fraud cases resulting in verdicts of $50 million, $45 million, $34.5 million, $25.4 million and $15 million. Tom has tried a total of thirteen cases that have resulted in verdicts in excess of one million dollars. Since 1998, Tom has been the managing shareholder of the firm. He helped organize the firm into sections based on types of cases. This has allowed our lawyers to concentrate in certain areas and to be on the cutting edge in their field. He has helped Beasley Allen become a national powerhouse in representing victims of wrongdoing. In 2002, Tom was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 40 Litigators in the country under the age of 40. Tom also was named by the Montgomery Advertiser as one of the "Top 40 under 40," which is a list of the top 40 business leaders in Central Alabama under the age of 40. In 2006, Tom was honored by his peers by being chosen one of the Best Lawyers in America. In July of 2007, Tom was featured in Fortune Magazine as one of America's Premier Lawyers. Tom was also featured in Business Alabama Magazine. Also in 2007, Tom was chosen by Birmingham Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Alabama in the field of personal injury and mass torts. Tom has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers for 2008 and 2009. Tom has been an active member of the Alabama State Bar Association, serving on the Board of Bar Commissioners for nine years and the Executive Committee for two years. In 2005-06, Tom served as Vice President of the Alabama State Bar, and as President-Elect 2008-09. Tom became President of the Alabama State Bar Association in July 2009, and will serve in this capacity through July 2010. Tom is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation, which promotes access to justice for the poor. He is also President of the Montgomery Cumberland Law School Club. He serves on the Finance Committee for the Access to Justice Commission, which was founded by the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to find new ways to provide access to justice for the poor in Alabama. In 2009, Tom was selected as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Fellows are nominated by their peers. Tom is a former President of the Montgomery County Bar Association (1996) and the former President of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association (1996), and a current member of the Alabama Association of Justice Executive Committee and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Tom currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Brantwood Children's Home, a home for abused and neglected children; he also is on the Board for Let God Arise Ministries, a prison ministry, and serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Advisory Panel, which helps fight the terrible disease of CF. Tom is married to the former Amy Agee of Birmingham, and they have two teenage sons, Rucker and Slade.