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Michael Roberts |  Jennifer Emmel |  Steven Mezrano |  Robert Hawthorne |  Gregory Denny |  William Powell |  Erik Heninger |  Dana Gibson Taunton |  Gregory Zarzaur |  Judge Roman Shaul
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Don’t miss our annual seminar covering Tort Law from top-to-bottom! Gain practical advice from our legal experts on hot topics in Alabama Tort Law including wrongful death damages, medical malpractice post-Roe, artificial intelligence, and more. Whether you represent the plaintiff or defendant, attend the seminar and pick up valuable practice tips that can help you handle the case for your client and lead to a winning verdict.



Michael Roberts's Profile

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Mr. Roberts received his B.A. from Samford University and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law. He practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and consumer litigation. He is the author of Alabama Tort Law (7th Edition) (Lexis 2021) and the treatises, Alabama Tort Law (4th Edition) (Lexis 2004), Alabama Tort Law (3rd Edition) (Lexis/Michie 2000), Alabama Tort Law (2d Edition) (Michie 1996) and the Alabama Tort Law Handbook (Michie 1990), and their respective annual supplements, and Chapter 68, Fraud, ATLA's Litigating Tort Cases (Thomson-West 2003). Mr. Roberts has written various articles on tort and litigation topics in the Alabama Law Review, Cumberland Law Review, the Alabama Lawyer, and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal and is a frequent speaker at CLE seminars. He served as Law Clerk to Presiding Judge L. Charles Wright, Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama. Mr. Roberts has served with the Etowah County Bar Association (past President and past Secretary-Treasurer); the Alabama Law Foundation; The Alabama Lawyer (Editorial Board); the Alabama Association for Justice (Amicus Curiae Committee, Executive Committee); Inns of Court; and the American Association for Justice. He serves as an arbitrator in cases through the American Arbitration Association. He has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2001, and was the recipient of the 2003 Walter P. Gewin Award from CLE Alabama.

Jennifer Emmel's Profile

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Jennifer joined Beasley Allen in 2013 and primarily focuses on cases consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey federal court involving the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer as a member of our Mass Torts Section.  Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in biology, with a double minor in physics and chemistry, from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She went on to obtain a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in biomedical science with a focus on molecular oncology.
In graduate school, Jennifer won graduate research awards for oral presentation of research, first in neuroscience and later in molecular oncology. Her work earned her travel fellowships, and she was invited to present her research at international conferences in Paris and Mexico City. Subsequently, Jennifer spent two years in Boston with a consulting company specializing in mergers and acquisitions.  She earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2009, and is a member of the Washington State Bar. While in law school, she interned at the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office in the property, major crimes and domestic violence divisions and gained courtroom experience including serving as lead counsel on a multiple-felony trial. Jennifer then moved to northern Alabama and associated with a law firm, working in the areas of criminal and family law.  She is a college-level educator, and has taught courses as an adjunct in biology, chemistry, medical terminology and anatomy.

Steven Mezrano's Profile

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Steven grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and received his undergraduate degree in public relations. Before applying to law school, he worked for several public relations and marketing firms. He attended Birmingham School of Law and received his license to practice law in 2008.

Since starting his legal career, Steven has handled a diverse practice, starting in a domestic relations and criminal defense firm, then moving into personal injury litigation at Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C., where he was promoted within four years to firm management. 

Robert Hawthorne's Profile

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Trey grew up in Trussville, Alabama, and went to college at Auburn University, where he majored in Finance. After graduating from Auburn, Trey was awarded an academic scholarship to attend law school at the University of Alabama.
Trey joined Gaines Gault Hendrix in 2014, and focuses on personal injury, construction defect, and telecommunications infrastructure litigation. However, prior to joining the firm, he handled cases in a wide variety of areas, ranging from bankruptcy and family law to catastrophic personal injury, class actions, and appeals before the 11th Circuit. He has worked on matters as small as drafting standard wills and incorporating single member LLCs to matters as large as the administration of mass tort settlements of over $140 million. As a result, Trey has a working knowledge of nearly every area of law he might encounter.  He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Trussville, along with his daughter, Devon, and two stepdaughters, Averi and Adalyn. Outside the office, Trey is an avid supporter of all things Auburn and loves the outdoors. He has worked with the Arthritis Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the United Way, and is an active member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

Gregory Denny's Profile

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Gregory Denny has served as Chair of both the AAJ Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability sections and was the first chair of the Birmingham Bar Workers’ Compensation section. He currently serves as chair of the Alabama Board of Legal Specialization. His practice is concentrated in the areas of workers’ compensation, social security disability and automobile tort litigation. Mr. Denny has written numerous articles and organized several conferences on Alabama Workers’ Compensation law. He also has served as chair of the U.A.B. Philosophy Department’s Advisory Committee.

William Powell's Profile

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William V. Powell, Jr.:  Mr. Powell’s primary areas of focus have been in the field of Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, SSI and claims for Personal Injuries. Mr. Powell has served as President of the Birmingham Bar’s Workers’ Compensation section and of the Alabama Associations for Justice Workers’ Compensation Section.  Mr. Powell is a member of a member of the  the National Organization of Social Security Representatives (NOSSCR),, and a member of the Alabama State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. Mr. Powell h has spoken at various seminars on issues dealing with Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation law..He currently serves as a Deacon at Independent Presbyterian Church.

Erik Heninger's Profile

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After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Erik attended  Birmingham-Southern College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in  English. Shortly thereafter, his path into law became evident as he  graduated from Cumberland School of Law and received his Juris Doctor  degree in 2001. Erik is a member of the State Bars of Alabama, Georgia  and Mississippi and maintains a consistent presence in each state. The  majority of his practice is devoted to representing individuals and  businesses in civil litigation. While civil litigation is the vehicle  through which he works, Erik’s passion is helping people who suffer from  catastrophic injuries such as severe brain and spine damage.

Dana Gibson Taunton's Profile

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Dana joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in 1998 and has handled complex  business and commercial litigation and products liability and personal  injury litigation. Currently, she focuses her practice in the areas of  product liability and personal injury.   Many of her product liability cases have resulted in multi-million  dollar settlements for her clients. She further acts as the lead  appellant attorney for the firm’s Product Liability/Personal Injury  Section.   Dana, born and raised in Butler, Alabama, received her law degree in  1993 from the University of Alabama School of Law. She worked as a law  clerk for the Honorable Ira DeMent, United States District Court for the  Middle District of Alabama.  Prior to joining Beasley Allen, she worked for a prominent defense  firm and had a brief stint with the State of Alabama Attorney General’s  Office.

Gregory Zarzaur's Profile

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Gregory Zarzaur, Esq. is the founding member and lead trial attorney at  The Zarzaur Law Firm. For the past twenty years, Greg has almost  exclusively represented individuals that have been injured by the  criminal or otherwise wrongful conduct of others. He is one of a handful  of Alabama attorneys that is a recognized member of the National Crime  Victim Bar Association and he is dedicated to increasing awareness for  crime victim rights and assisting such victims in maximizing any  recovery they may be entitled to under the law.

Judge Roman Shaul's Profile

Judge Roman Shaul Related Seminars and Products

Judge Shaul has co-authored a number of papers and seminar topics concerning Predatory Lending and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He often speaks at Continuing Legal Education seminars on both topics. He has won several important appellate victories for consumers over their fight to stay out of arbitration.  Judge Shaul is very active in the Young Lawyers Division of the Alabama State Bar and is currently serving as President of that organization. He has represented the State of Alabama at several National Bar Association Conferences. Judge Shaul is also a recent graduate of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum. Judge Shaul is involved with a number of civic and charitable organizations. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Appleseed Foundation, a non-partisan, multi-issue advocacy organization that seeks to identify root causes of injustice and inequality. The organization seeks to craft practical and lasting solutions through legal advocacy, community involvement and policy expertise. Judge Shaul is also co-chair of the Alabama State Bar's "Wills for Heroes" program, offers free wills to first responders, i.e., police, sheriff, fireman and emergency medical personnel.


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