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Michael R. Pennington

MEMBER BIO

For more than ten years, Mike Pennington has been voted by his peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, where he is specifically recognized for his skills in defending Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation. He also is recognized in both the Chambers USA and national Super Lawyers listings of top U.S. lawyers.

Mike chairs the Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice Team, and his primary areas of practice include complex litigation, class action defense, financial services litigation, insurance litigation and general commercial litigation. Much of Mike’s practice is devoted to defending financial services litigation, insurance litigation, and class action litigation not just in Alabama, but throughout the Southeast. His clients include Ally, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Fannie Mae, Torchmark Corporation, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Liberty National Life Insurance Company, Untied American Life Insurance Company, MONY Life Insurance Company, The Principal Financial Group, Great American Insurance Company, Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company, AXA-Equitable Insurance Company, United Investors Life Insurance Company, Genworth, Pharmacia, and Monsanto, among others. Mike frequently speaks at seminars around the country on class action litigation and other topics. His most recent speaking engagement was at ACI’s 14th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, which was held in Chicago on July 30-31, 2012.

Experience
Mike has handled class action and mass action litigation, opt-out litigation, financial services litigation, insurance litigation, insurance regulatory proceedings, and arbitration proceedings in a variety of cases across the country including cases in the state and federal courts of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kansas and Kentucky, among others. In addition to defending individual litigation, he has handled the resolution of cases involving hundreds of thousands of class members, thousands of opt out and mass action litigants, and simultaneous mass filings of similar claims in multiple jurisdictions. While much of Mike’s work has been in the area of mortgage servicing litigation, insurance sales practice litigation and other financial services litigation, Mike’s practice has also included dealer disputes, complex commercial contract litigation, toxic tort class actions, securities litigation, and products liability class actions, among other types of litigation.
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Distinctions
The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, 2010-2012
Super Lawyers, Litigation

FIRM INFORMATION

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is a regional law firm with a global perspective. The firm has more than 400 attorneys serving individuals, emerging businesses, and established regional, national and international companies. Clients rely on us for innovative legal services that reflect a deep understanding of their business realities.

We are one of the largest firms in the Southeast, with offices strategically located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. These offices provide an extensive geographic base from which to serve clients on a regional basis, as well as clients located elsewhere in the country and the world. We frequently serve as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and statewide counsel for clients in various industries. Our lawyers work for major construction companies in Europe and Asia, for multinational pharmaceutical companies in New York and California, for major insurance and financial clients in Texas, Indiana, and Alabama and for national tire manufacturers in Tennessee and Georgia.

Our clients work in a broad range of industries, including accounting, automotive, banking and finance, biotechnology, construction, economic development, education, emerging business, energy, equipment leasing, forest products, health care, insurance, manufacturing, materials and aggregate production, media and communications, mining, municipal, project and public finance, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, private equity, public utilities, real estate, retail, steel, technology, telecommunications, textiles, transportation, and venture capital. Each of these sectors presents unique challenges and opportunities, which demand specific legal and business experience. We meet those challenges with client and industry teams combining the talents of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of disciplines. These teams provide strategic solutions tailored specifically to our clients' industries and operations.

As a firm, we believe we have particular strengths and core competencies in the areas of construction, economic development, emerging and family owned businesses, financial institutions and services, health care, intellectual property, litigation, private equity, and real estate.

Whether we are helping our clients acquire real property, defend lawsuits, raise capital, comply with regulatory requirements, enter new markets, obtain and defend intellectual property rights, develop and distribute products and services, or merge or divest businesses, we treat our clients' problems as our own. When our clients are faced with disputes, we help them find the fastest and most effective solutions.

Our clients' opinions matter the most. That is why we are proud to be in the top 25 percent in the BTI Client Relationship 100 which ranks law firms for client service and value based on recommendations from nearly 300 in-house counsel from Fortune 1000 companies. Our attorneys are also ranked 19th in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2011, another recognition of the superior service and efficiency we consistently provide for our clients. Likewise, American Lawyer Media’s annual surveys of in-house counsel have listed Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as a “Go-To Law Firm” for leading financial services and technology companies. We believe that the depth of quality of our lawyers distinguishes us as a law firm: 157 (39%) of our lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers in America; 59 (15%) of our lawyers are recognized in Chambers USA; 34 (12%) of our lawyers are members of the prestigious American Colleges in their respective practice areas; and 4 of our lawyers are former United States Supreme Court clerks. In each of these cases, the percentages and relative number of lawyers so recognized are among the highest in the nation.

With our deep roots and expanded regional reach, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is perfectly positioned to provide you with quality legal services in the fastest-growing region of the United States and beyond.

CONTACT INFORMATION

(205) 521-8391
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COMPANY INFORMATION

1819 5th Ave N Ste 200 Birmingham, AL 35203

PRACTICE AREAS

Appellate Advocacy, Civil Rights, Commercial Litigation, ERISA, Life, Health & Disability, General Litigation, Insurance Fraud and Suspicious clai, Insurance Law, Mass Tort, Products Liability

DRI COMMITTEES

Commercial Litigation
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Insurance Law
Intellectual Property Litigation
Life, Health and Disability
Product Liability

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