TROY - Former lieutenant governor and nationally prominent trial lawyer Jere Beasley will provide the keynote address at Troy University's fall commencement on the Troy Campus, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.
Some 400 students representing 28 U.S. states and one territory, and 16 other nations, are expected to participate the in the exercises, which do not require tickets for attendance.
Beasley was the state's 22nd lieutenant governor, who served as acting governor of Alabama from June 5 to July 7, 1972 while Gov. George C. Wallace was recovering from an assassination attempt in Laurel, Maryland. He served as lieutenant governor until 1979.
He is the senior member of Montgomery's Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. law firm, and has earned a national reputation for winning large awards, including an $11.8 billion punitive damage award against Exxon Mobile Corporation on behalf of the State of Alabama. One of the nation’s leading civil litigation firms, Beasley Allen employs more than 250 people, and 60 attorneys.
Beasley has been profiled in Time Magazine, Business Week, and many other noted publications. He has tried more than 30 cases that have resulted in verdicts greater than $1 million, including 15 verdicts that exceeded $10 million. He is also regularly included in The Best Lawyers in America, a traditional database of more than 16,000 lawyers in 30 specialties, all of whom have been chosen as "the best" by their fellow attorneys. He was also named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Montgomery Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year."
Beasley also has been selected to "Alabama Super Lawyers" for 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; Chambers USA Leading Lawyers list for 2010 and the Lawdragon 500, Leading Lawyers in America rankings for 2010. Jere, along with Beasley Allen Shareholder W. Dee Miles, was recognized by Business Alabama magazine on its 2012 list of the 10 largest Alabama jury awards in the past five years, for their work on the AWP/Medicaid Fraud litigation.
He has been selected as a finalist for Public Justice's 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year, along with the other members of the trial team, for his work in the verdict against Toyota in Bookout, et al v. Toyota that was tried in Oklahoma City, Okla., in October 2013. This award is given by Public Justice to the lawyer or trial team making the most outstanding contribution to the public through precedent-setting litigation in the last year.
In March 2011, Beasley was honored by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) with the "War Horse" award. This recognition celebrates the nation's most outstanding trial lawyers. Acknowledged leaders in their communities, the recipients have been active in practice for more than 30 years, demonstrate outstanding skill as trial advocates, and show exceptional commitment to furthering the cause of justice.
He also was selected by The Trial Lawyer magazine as a 2011 member of The Round Table: America's 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers. This selection places him among the top 100 civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys in the United States.