Maynard Cooper & Gale



Labor and employment

Maynard Cooper & Gale is home to approximately 150 litigators spanning across 12 offices. With a four-office footprint in Alabama alone, the litigation team is established as an authority in disputes as national counsel and coordinating counsel on a wide array of industries.  
     Appellate authorities Thomas Thagard and Lee Bains are members of the lead defense counsel team representing Southern Energy Homes in a purported nationwide class action alleging breach of warranty and negligence in connection with the production of manufactured homes that contain certain alleged structural defects. Fellow partner Ted Holt represents MetLife in a putative class action that alleges MetLife breached their contracts and committed fraud by charging pilots “smoker” premium rates, even though the putative class were not smokers. The district court’s order granting MetLife’s motion to dismiss the purported nationwide class action was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that plaintiffs’ breach of contract claims were barred by the statute of limitationsComplex civil litigation authority John Bolus is co-chair of the financial institutions, corporate governance and fiduciary litigation practice. Bolus, along with “dynamic litigator” Stephanie Mays are members of the trial team defending the New York Life Insurance Company and NYLIFE Securities in a suit filed by a former life insurance agent who claims race discrimination and defamation by New York Life in connection with his departure from the company. The high-profile and complex case is set for trial later this year. William Wahlheim is lead counsel to the Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company in an ERISA Complaint in the Western District of Kentucky, alleging a claim for long-term disability benefits and a claim for breach of fiduciary dutyMichael Mulvaney serves as lead defense counsel to Garrison Property and Casualty Insurance Company in a putative nationwide class action that has potential nationwide implications on the insurance industry. Thomas Wells, Jr. defended Dystar in claims filed on behalf of two water and sewer authorities seeking reimbursement of costs for alleged contamination of water supply with perfluorinated chemicals. The team successfully achieved dismissal of Dystar in both cases via motions to dismiss.   
    Beyond Alabama, Maynard Cooper made a significant augmentation in Iowa this year, luring Angel West to its Des Moines office. West, a multi-year recipient on the prestigious honor of placing in Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation, lends a new dimension to the firm’s regional footprint, bringing a commercial litigation, product liability, ERISA and class actions prowess to the firm.