D. Leon Ashford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP
 | 2025 3rd Avenue North, Suite 800
Birmingham, AL 35203-3331
Phone: 800-568-5330
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

As managing partner at Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP, D. Leon Ashford represents clients throughout Alabama, including Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile and Tuscaloosa. He commits his practice to personal injury and wrongful death, handling cases that involve catastrophic injuries and high-profile or high-dollar incidents.

On an academic scholarship as a student trainer, Mr. Ashford received an undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama in 1970. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1973 from The University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. Ashford is a member of the Alabama State Bar, and he has been admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Suffering an injury as a result of someone else's negligence can be daunting both physically and emotionally. As a trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience, Mr. Ashford has a track record of helping victims through regularly securing multimillion-dollar settlements and awards. He has handled several cases involving The University of Alabama or its staff. Mr. Ashford represented the university’s athletic department in an appeal that resulted in a number of sanctions being overturned, the first such success in the history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

For his work, Mr. Ashford has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as honors for the past two decades as Lawyer of the Year from Best Lawyers. He is a fellow with the Alabama Law Foundation, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Ashford holds memberships with the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%)

Business Litigation (30%)


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2016

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About Leon Ashford

Admitted: 1973, Alabama

Professional Webpage: http://www.hwnn.com/attorneys/d-leon-ashford

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Alabama Law Foundation
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Alabama, 1973

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $25 Million Settlement in Kentucky Vioxx Case
  • $7.5 Million Jury Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case
  • Settlement in Whistleblower Case Against American Family Care

Educational Background:

  • University of Alabama, B.S. 1970

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Private Closely Held Corporations
  • Office Location for D. Leon Ashford

    2025 3rd Avenue North
    Suite 800
    Birmingham, AL 35203-3331

    Phone: 800-568-5330


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