NLJ-Hot-List_Badge_397x200The Cochran Firm Selected as Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of Fame

The Cochran Firm – Dothan is proud to announce that as a national firm, The Cochran Firm has been selected for Honorable Mention by The National Law Journal for the 2013 Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of Fame. With this honor, The Cochran Firm has been recognized by The National Law Journal three times in the last eight years. In 2005 and 2008 The Cochran Firm was named to The Plaintiffs’ Hot List for their work in successfully representing clients in numerous personal injury and complex litigation cases.

“We are very proud to be a part of a strong and principled firm that has once again received recognition from The National Law Journal,” stated Farrest Taylor, a managing partner of The Cochran Firm – Dothan.

Joe Lane, also a managing partner with the Dothan office of The Cochran Firm, said, “Working with our clients and realizing positive changes for their future has defined the work we do at The Cochran Firm. I am very proud to know The National Law Journal has once again recognized our firm as one of the outstanding law firms in the country.”

Each year, The National Law Journal “takes the pulse of the plaintiffs’ bar by examining its most successful practices” for the annual Plaintiffs’ Hall of Fame list. The publication looks for eligible firms that have an impressive record of results and have continued to represent their clients with exemplary, cutting-edge work.

Farrest Taylor with The Cochran Firm – Dothan was one of a panel of speakers at the legal seminar, Alabama Law Update, Part 1 presented by Troy University Dothan Campus. Presenting Mass Torts Made Practical, Farrest reviewed current, national mass tort cases and how drug companies are able to influence consumers and minimize the potential risks of some drugs with their multimedia marketing campaigns. Farrest then offered a comprehensive insight into mass tort case management during the Multidistrict Litigation claims process.

The professional development course offered CLE credit to area attorneys and was the first of a two-part, professional legal CLE course offered through the university’s Continuing Education Center.

July 16, 2008

Four attorneys with the The Cochran Firm – Dothan were chosen as finalists for the  2008 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Public Justice Foundation.

Farrest Taylor, Joe Lane, Angela Mason and Keith Givens were nominated this esteemed award in recognition for their work as part of the legal team who litigated the environmental class action lawsuit against chemical giant E.I. DuPont.

After nearly four years of litigating Perrine v. DuPont de Nemours and Company, a jury verdict awarded approximately $380 million for a class of 8,000 citizens in and around the town ofSpelter,West Virginia. This was the largest verdict for individuals inAmerica in the last year.

The Trial Lawyer of the Year Award is presented annually by the Public Justice Foundation to the trial attorney or attorneys who have made the greatest contribution to the public interest within the past year by trying or settling a precedent-setting case. Finalists and recipients exemplify how trial lawyers use their skills and determination to create a more just society.

An extremely complex environmental lawsuit filed in 2004, a team of 20 attorneys spent more than 30,000 hours on the case over a period of four years. In October 2007, the four-phase trial lasted six weeks with the jury finding DuPont liable for its pollution and “wanton, willful and reckless behavior” when it created a 112-acre waste site, putting residents at risk of disease.

Class members were awarded $135 million for 40 years of medical monitoring, $55 million for soil and residential clean-up, and $196 million in punitive damages.

The legal team of attorneys for the DuPont case is one of three finalists for the award given by the foundation this year. Twenty cases were nominated for issues ranging from fraudulent pricing practices by a major pharmaceutical company to Hurricane Katrina victims’ rights.

Also nominated for their work as part of the legal team for the Perrine v. DuPont de Nemours case were Mike Papantonio, Virginia M. Buchanan, Ned McWilliams and Brian H. Barr of Levin Papantonio Law Firm inPensacola, Florida and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of Kennedy & Madonna, LLP in Hurley, New York.