Class Action

Burr & Forman litigators have assisted a variety of clients with class actions at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts around the country.

Our experience includes: attacking the merits of the named plaintiff’s claims, litigating class certification issues under the class action rules, advising in regard to publicity and public relations issues, handling appeals of class certification rulings, conducting merits and class discovery, negotiating class-wide settlements, overseeing the process for court approval and notice to the class, and handling objector’s claims, and collateral challenges to certification.

Our Attorneys

W. Michael Atchison
Counsel ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5168
(205) 278-5842
Bryan Balogh
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5469
(205) 278-9764
Bryan
Edward Bowron
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8216
(251) 344-9696
Edward
Stephen Bumgarner
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5355
(205) 244-5611
Stephen
Martin Burke
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5447
(205) 244-5613
Martin
Jennifer "Ginger" Busby
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5341
(205) 244-5614
John Chiles
Managing Partner ~ Ft. Lauderdale, Florida|
(954) 414-6203
(954) 414-6201
John
John Coleman, III
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5167
(205) 244-5623
John
Betsy Collins
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8207
(251) 706-2414
Betsy
Graham Cotten
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5259
(205) 244-5604
Graham
Benjamin Coulter
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5420
(205) 458-5643
Benjamin
Daniel Dietrich
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5710
(813) 357-3508
Daniel
David Elliott
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5324
(205) 244-5631
David
Ashby Fox
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4294
(404) 214-7927
Ashby
Lisa Geiger
Staff Attorney ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6644
(321) 249-0522
Lisa
Gerald Gillespy
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5348
(205) 244-5644
Gerald
Gregory Harley
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4243
(404) 817-3214
Gregory
Tony Harlow
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5122
(205) 278-9795
Tony
Victor Hayslip
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5255
(205) 244-5656
Victor
Brent Hitson
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5391
(205) 244-5649
Brent
Kwende Jones
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4242
(404) 214-7393
Kwende
Justin Kelly
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5452
(205) 244-5610
Justin
Joseph Letzer
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5212
(205) 244-5671
Joseph
Michael Lucas
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5204
(205) 244-5673
Michael
Briana Montminy
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3249
(615) 724-3394
Briana
Stephen Price
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3223
(615) 724-3290
Stephen
Robert Rutherford
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5286
(205) 458-5100
Robert
Shea Sullivan
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4268
(404) 214-7924
Shea
Joshua Threadcraft
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5132
(205) 413-8701
Joshua
Rik Tozzi
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5152
(205) 278-6948
Rik

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Class Action

    Lead counsel for health insurer in defense of putative class action by a group insurance subscriber alleging unfair denial of claims by women seeking certain cancer screening and treatment. Dismissed and affirmed on appeal.
  • Class Action

    Represented major telecommunications company in a nationwide class action involving claims of improper activation of stolen devices resulting in successful defeat of class certification.
  • ERISA

    Represented trustees and administrators of employee stock ownership plan ("ESOP") to defend allegations brought by class of plan participants alleging breaches of fiduciary duties under ERISA and otherwise.
  • Class Action

    Lead counsel for national pharmacy chain in defense of putative class action claim under Robinson-Patman Act alleging disparate pricing for non-insured consumers. Dismissed.
  • Securities Litigation

    Counsel for Respondent in the 2008 United States Supreme Court decision, where the Supreme Court held against private "scheme liability" claims under the federal securities laws. Public commentators call it the most important Supreme Court business decision in a decade.

Events

April 13, 2015
John Chiles to Speak at the American Conference Institute's 22nd National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation
December 17, 2014
Bryan Balogh to Co-Chair and Speak at the Cumberland School of Law Class Action and Business Litigation Seminar
October 23, 2014
Rik Tozzi to Speak at the National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation
September 22, 2014
Rik Tozzi to Speak at the Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Conference