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Alabama, Haleyville, Whatley Drake & Kallas Llc

Alabama, Haleyville, Whatley Drake & Kallas Llc

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Whatley Drake and Kallas, LLC is a national plaintiffs' firm, committed to litigation that results in meaningful change. WD&K was formed in Birmingham in 1998 as a successor to the firm of Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley. The Firm has a legacy of serving leadership roles in significant complex class action and derivative litigation, including securities, 401k, healthcare, insurance, employment and mass tort litigation. WD&K also remains devoted to its longstanding representation of unions and workers throughout the United States. Our class action and complex litigation practice was strengthened in 2006 by the addition of a team of experienced class action attorneys in New York City . In 2007, WD&K was one of thirteen firms named to the National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List, the annual list of the country's most prominent plaintiffs' firms. Our national practice includes 48 lawyers across offices in New York City, Birmingham and Boston . Throughout its history, WD&K has been at the forefront in class actions and complex cases across the United States, effecting meaningful change through settlements and verdicts for classes of people, businesses and pension funds. WD&K and its partners have served as co-lead counsel in numerous high profile class actions that have recovered billions of dollars for class members, and have achieved significant corporate reforms. Examples of recent cases in which the Firm served in a leadership role and was extensively involved in the litigation and negotiation of settlements include: In re: Managed Care Litigation (resulting in billions of dollars in cash and value to a class of 900,000 physicians throughout the United States); In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation (settlements with defendants Zurich Insurance Company and Arthur J. Gallagher on behalf of commercial policyholders for in excess of $130 million); In re: Qwest Savings and Retirement Plan ERISA Litigation (approximately $37.5 million); In re: HealthSouth Corporation Securities Litigation ($445 million); In re Denney v. Jenkens & Gilchrist ($81.6 million settlement on behalf of former clients of Jenkens & Gilchrist in connection with illegal tax shelters); In re MedPartners Securities Litigation ($65 million); In re Kmart 401(k) Litigation ($11.75 million). Whatley Drake & Kallas has gained a national reputation for its aggressive litigation style and its quality legal work. A significant aspect of the Firm's resources is its ability to try a complex case. One of the Firm's founding partners, Joe R. Whatley, Jr., is an experienced trial lawyer and is one of the few lawyers representing plaintiffs in complex class action litigation who has tried a class action case to verdict. He won a $1.28 billion jury verdict on behalf of a class of cattle ranchers against Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. in Pickett v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., No. 96-A-1103 -N (M.D. Ala.). Mr. Whatley also won what was at the time the largest wrongful death verdict in Louisiana history in Dunn v. Consolidated Rail Corp., 890 F. Supp. 1262 (M.D.La. 1995). Mr. Whatley's experience in this regard has made him a highly sought after member of plaintiffs' leadership groups in numerous complex and multidistrict litigations. WD&K and its partners have also gained a national reputation for their consistent dedication to the interests of their clients by achieving results which include both compensation to victims of wrongdoing and significant industry reforms.

2001 Park Place North, Suite 1000, Birmingham, AL 35203

Fax: (205) 328-9669

Telephone: (205) 328-9576

Alabama, Haleyville


Class Actions - Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Securities Fraud, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law - Unions, White Collar Crimes, Honors and Awards, National Law Journal's "Plaintiffs' Hot List" 2007, Representative Clients, United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO, Alabama AFL-CIO, Alabama Democratic Party, Int'l Assn of Machinists & Aerospace Workers AFL-CIO Local Lodge 985, Birmingham Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 91 Pension Fund, Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 48 Welfare, Birmingham Building Trade Towers, Laborers' District Council of Ala. Hlth & Wealth Fnd & Educ Training, Carpenter 127 Pension Fund, Health & Welfare & Apprenticeship Fund, Asbestos Workers Local No. 78 Pension Fund, Local 136, Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workrs Health & Welfare Fnd, Operating Eng. Local 312 Hlth & Welfare Fnd & Joint Apprenticeship, Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local 1192, Teamsters & Chauffeurs Union Local 612, The Alabama Association of the Deaf, AFL-CIO, Local 558 Int'l Assn. of Machinist & Aerospace Workers AFL-CIO, Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 559, District 75 Int'l Assn. of Machinist & Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO-CLC, International Union of Operating Engineers, Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 48, International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 24, Local 312, International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers, AFC-CIO, The Pate Companies, Alabama New South Coalition, Jefferson County Citizens Coalition, Representative Cases, ExParte AmSouth Bankcorporation, et al., 717 So.2d 357 (Ala. Sup. 1999), Abbott Laboratories et al. v. Cecil Durrett, 746 So.2d 316 (Ala. Sup. 1998), West Practice Categories, Antitrust Law, Deceptive Trade Practices, RICO Act, Unfair Competition, Consumer Protection, Civil Rights, Class Actions -- Plaintiff, Constitutional Law, White Collar Crimes, Election Campaign & Political Law, Employment Law -- Employee, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employee, Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee, Environmental Law, Health & Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Labor Law, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Litigation & Appeals, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Multidistrict Litigation, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Chemicals & Cosmetics, Medical Products & Devices, Pharmaceutical Products, Securities Law, Securities Fraud & Insider Trading, Toxic Torts, Whistleblower/Qui Tam

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