Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has mushroomed from its Birmingham, AL roots to the point where it today maintains a stronghold on the Southeast legal market. "Bradley Arant is the big player around here and any major case will most likely find its way to them first," says a peer. While its footprint may be regional, the firm's work extends well beyond its home turf and its lawyers elicit admiration from national players.
One such practitioner, Tripp Haston, is active national counsel for Bayer in several cases, and also serves as statewide counsel for Intuitive Surgical in ongoing products liability/medical malpractice litigation concerning its da Vinci robotic surgical device. Partner Kevin Newsom enjoys the admiration of competitors who cited his experience as a clerk for a Supreme Court Justice and for the government at state level, along with his "specialization in appeals and trial work." Newsom handles a case for Pfizer concerning its Reglan product in an important matter that looks poised to define the terms of innovator liability with respect to adverse events arising from the use of generic drug products. "Those who think that appeals do not require a special focus should learn from Kevin," insists a peer. "He has got real appellate finesse."