Young Lawyers Section

Jesse Anderson - President

Jesse Anderson
Mr. Anderson is a Montgomery native who graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Economics. He later received his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law. He sat consecutively for the Alabama and Tennessee bar exams and was admitted to both.  While in law school at Cumberland, Jesse served on the Student Bar Association and the Honor Court. He served as President of the Student Bar Association in 2010. Jesse was awarded a selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges in 2011, and was the recipient of the American Law Institute and American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award.

Jesse was recently elected as the President of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers, and will serve in that role through 2016. He also serves on the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Executive Committee and is a past Chairman of the Montgomery YMCA Boys Work Committee.

His practice includes a broad range of civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on insurance defense. Jesse is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Montgomery County Young Lawyers Chapter.  Jesse is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, as well as all Courts in the State of Alabama and Tennessee, including the Alabama Supreme Court and Tennessee Supreme Court.

Alison Hawthorne - Vice President

Alison Hawthorne
Ali Hawthorne has been an attorney with the Beasley Allen law firm since November 2010.  Since joining Beasley Allen as an attorney in the Consumer Fraud Section, Ali has focused her practice primarily on complex litigation on a national level. Ali began her career at Beasley Allen working on the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) and McKesson litigations, which seek to recover millions of dollars lost by state Medicaid agencies as a result of fraudulent price reporting by the nation's largest drug manufacturers.
Since the beginning of the AWP and McKesson litigations, Beasley Allen has recovered more than a billion dollars for the states it represents and has made a tremendous positive impact on state agencies throughout the country. Most recently, Ali has been involved in litigation in multiple states that seeks to recover money on behalf of the states for the reimbursement of unapproved and/or ineffective drugs.  Additionally, Ali is involved in class action litigation involving consumer fraud within the health care industry.  Ali focuses much of her practice in the areas of antitrust, unfair and deceptive trade practices, false claims, and consumer fraud.
Since becoming an attorney in 2010, Ali received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for attorneys. She was also selected as the 2014 Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Fraud Section.
Ali is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in both Alabama and Georgia. Ali is currently serving as Vice President for the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and is on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Association for Justice. Additionally, she is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Montgomery County Bar Association and MCBA Women's Section, the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program and is on the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court.  Additionally, Ali is extremely involved in her community, serving as Charter Member and Treasurer of the Pike Road Lions Club, as well as serving on the Young Professional Advisory Board for Hope Inspired Ministries.  Ali is also a trial team coach for the Catholic Prep School YMCA Youth Judicial Trial Team.
Ali received her B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University in 2007, and her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Ali was a senior editor of the Faulkner Law Review, an appointed member of the Jones School of Law Board of Advocates, a Knabe Scholar for all three years, and graduated on the Dean's List. Ali was also a member of her law school's trial team. In 2009, Ali was recognized as one of the nation's finest oral advocates, receiving the award for Best Opening Statement in a national trial tournament. Additionally, Ali's team finished as national finalists in the 2009 Lone Star Classic National Trial Tournament.
Ali is originally from Kennesaw, Ga., where she worked for several Atlanta attorneys before moving to Montgomery, Alabama. She is married to Raymond James Hawthorne, Jr., of Montgomery, Alabama.  Ray is an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit in Autauga County. They are members of First United Methodist Church located in downtown Montgomery.

Brannon Reaves - Secretary/Treasurer

Brannon Reaves
Brannan W. Reaves practices with Webster, Henry, Lyons, Bradwell, Cohan & Black, P.C.  Brannan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama and a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.  While in law school, Brannan was a member of both the Alabama Law Review and the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board.  Brannan is admitted to practice before all state courts in Alabama, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Alabama, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  Brannan's practice concentrates on a broad range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on insurance, corporate, business, and professional liability defense. Brannan has been extensively involved in the first-party and third-party property and casualty claims throughout Alabama. Brannan also represents a wide range of professionals (pharmacists, nurses, teachers, etc.) before many of Alabama's governing administrative agencies on licensing and certification matters.  Brannan resides in Montgomery with his wife, Meredith, and their dog, Bear.

Allen Sheehan - Past President

Allen Sheehan was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended Rhodes College and was a four year letterman for the football powerhouse Rhodes College Lynx. He went on to graduate from Cumberland School of Law where he was a member of the law review and trial board. Allen joined Capell & Howard, P.C. in 2007 and is a shareholder of the firm. His practice can best be described as general litigation. Allen practices in both the State and Federal Court where he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil actions. He also has experience in DUI defense and other smaller criminal matters.

Allen is involved with the volunteer lawyers program as well as the Montgomery Kiwanis Club.


Will Cunningham - Board Member


Beau Darley - Board Member

Beau Darley joined Beasley Allen in August 2011, in the Mass Torts section, where he is working on cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR hip system, which was recalled in August 2010.
He earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University in 2007. While at Auburn, he was a Student Ambassador for Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and a member of Alpha Zeta Honorary Agricultural Fraternity. As an ambassador, he represented the College at various alumni events and handled alumni communications. Additionally, he was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity and served as Alumni Relations Chairman.
Beau attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2011. He was a member of the Cumberland National Trial Team, and was a member of the team that won the AAJ Regional Trial Competition in Dallas, Texas, in February 2010. He also was a member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board, a Quarterfinalist in the Parham Williams Freshman Trial Competition, and a Quarterfinalist in the James O. Haley Summer Trial Competition.
Prior to beginning law school, Beau was a Management Associate at Superior Bank’s corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., and an Intern at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
During law school, Beau was a Law Clerk for a plaintiff’s firm in Birmingham, Ala. during his second summer and entire third year of law school. Additionally, he served as a Law Clerk for Legal Services of Alabama and was a Law Clerk for Judge J. Scott Vowell, Presiding Judge of Alabama’s 10th Judicial Circuit.
He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.
Beau also is a team captain on the YMCA Boys Work Committee, which raises money for the Montgomery YMCA, and he is an active member on the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Committee, which awards high school student athletes who excel in athletics and exhibit Christian leadership.
Beau is married to the former Nikki Irvin of Montgomery, and they attend First Baptist Montgomery.

Landon Eley - Board Member

landon eley

Charlie Hawthorne - Board Member

Charlie is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He attended Auburn University, where he was a third generation Auburn student in his family. He received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the College of Math and Science.  In May 2013, he graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Charlie was heavily involved with the trial advocacy program serving on the Board of Advocates Executive Council from 2011-2013 and was a finalist at several National Trial Competitions while in law school. Charlie briefly practiced general civil litigation and criminal defense following his admission to the Alabama State Bar before going to work for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office under Daryl Bailey.  Charlie has been an active volunteer with the Montgomery County Bar Association since his admission, helping organize and operate several charity events. Charlie serves as a Board Member for the Montgomery County Bar Young Lawyers Section.

Elliott Lipinsky - Board Member

Elliot Lipinsky
Elliott Lipinsky is a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Saint James School and The University of Alabama. Currently, he is an assistant district attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Elliott and his family are deeply involved in the river region and look forward to many more years of service. Please feel free to contact Elliott with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
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