Mike Pennington’s practice includes class actions of every type, defense of insurers in sales practice, high-stakes litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in defending commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, and bet-the-company litigation. He has also been recognized in the Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers listings of top U.S. lawyers.
More than 25 years ago, Mike helped establish the firm’s Class Action team. Although he has defended class actions of virtually every type, his practice also includes a variety of other financial services, insurance, and general commercial litigation in Alabama and throughout the country, and he has defended class actions in both state and federal courts.
Mike’s past and present clients include Monsanto, Ally, Inc., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ocwen Financial Corporation, Torchmark Corporation, Liberty National Life Insurance Company, Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company, Infinity Property & Casualty Company, Rite-Aid Corporation, Bank of America, N.A., Great American Insurance Group, United Investors Life Insurance Company, MAPCO, DiTech, and GFC Lending, among others. Mike also served as counsel to Alabama’s former Gov. Bob Riley, and is currently retained to advise the state of Alabama and the attorney general’s office in various civil matters.
Mike has spoken on class action litigation and other litigation topics for the ACLI, ABA, and ALFA, as well as at numerous seminars across the country. He chairs the DRI’s Class Action Task Force and serves on the steering committees for DRI’s annual Class Actions Seminar and the American Law Firm Association’s biannual Insurance Roundtable. Mike recently spearheaded the drafting of DRI’s comprehensive written comment to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on the upcoming Rule 23 amendments, and provided testimony to the committee regarding the amendments. He also served as a principal drafter of the DRI’s letter to the House Judiciary Committee supporting five major class action reform efforts contained in H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.
Mike is an attorney-member of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC), and a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).