When a firearm is defective, any party who designed,
manufactured, tested, imported, or distributed the
weapon can be held responsible by law.
Our attorneys have over 20 years of experience making sure our clients are properly compensated. Gun defect cases can involve any party along the chain of manufacturing and include claims of breach of warranty, inadequate warnings, defective design, and manufacturing defects. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you today.
Larry W. Morris
Larry Morris is the founder and senior partner of Morris Haynes. Mr. Morris received his law degree from the University of Alabama. While at Alabama he was President of the School of Law and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
In 1974, he was elected to the Alabama State Legislature where he served for 4 years. He has been elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 1994, he was named by President Clinton to the President’s Council on International Jurisprudence on which he served for 6 years.
Mr. Morris has served as President of the Alabama Bar Association from 2001-2002, as well as President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and Young Lawyers of Alabama. He has lectured at the American Trial Advocacy Program, the National Masters in Trial seminars, and Florida, Texas and Georgia legal seminars. He was recently listed among America’s 100 outstanding trial attorneys. One of Mr. Morris’ verdicts, received in Tennessee, against a large automobile manufacturer was listed in The National Law Journal’s top 25 verdicts in 2005. Mr. Morris was named by Alabama Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Alabama in 2008 and 2009. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. Mr. Morris served as President of the Alabama Law Foundation and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Justice.
Mr. Morris specializes in personal injury and wrongful death as well as product liability, automobile negligence, tractor trailer litigation and defective products. He also has handled multi-million dollar cases against insurance companies for fraud and other commercial litigation.
He has practiced law for over 30 years and has accumulated judgments and verdicts in excess of $400,000,000. During his thirty plus years he has been involved in approximately 2000 civil cases. He has handled 130 cases in which verdicts or settlements were reached in excess of $1,000,000.
Mr. Morris has been named by Alabama Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Alabama from 2008 to the present.
Randall Stark Haynes
Randy Haynes is a partner at Morris Haynes. Born October 25, 1956, Randy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1979 from Davidson College where he received a North Carolina Fellow Scholarship. In 1983, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama Law School. While at Alabama, Mr. Haynes was named Outstanding First Year Student and to the Order of the Barristers and was a member of the 1982 Alabama National Moot Court Team.
Since 1988, Mr. Haynes has served as Municipal Judge of Alexander City. In addition to the state bar, he is a member of the American Association for Justice, serving on the President’s Council, and the Alabama Association for Justice, serving as President from 2001-2002 and currently as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also the current Chairman of the Tallapoosa County Democratic Party and a past President and Campaign Chairman for the Lake Martin Area United Way. Recently, he was inducted as a Fellow into the Alabama Law Foundation.
Mr. Haynes concentrates his practice on litigation; his case work primarily involves product liability, railroad, trucking, and wrongful death cases, as well as consumer litigation. He has handled numerous cases for families with multi-million dollar recoveries from both trials and settlements, including a recent $3.99 million personal injury verdict in Troup County, Georgia. In addition, Mr. Haynes has also represented several small businesses against insurance companies or large businesses resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Mr. Haynes has been selected to represent multiple District Attorneys in cases brought pursuant to the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Michael Todd Wheeles
Todd Wheeles is a partner at Morris Haynes. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University in 1995, his Master of Science from Jacksonville State University in 1998, and his Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law in 2001.
In 1993, Mr. Wheeles became an Alabama State Trooper, where he became proficient in investigating fatal wrecks. In 1996, Mr. Wheeles joined the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, where he was named “Agent of the Year” in 2001.
Mr. Wheeles is an active member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the Birmingham Bar Association. He was also appointed to act as Legal Counsel to the Alabama Board of Polygraph Examiners by Governor Bob Riley.
Mr. Wheeles is one of the attorneys on the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 list for Alabama, a singular honor. Recent accomplishments include a $1.25 million verdict in Etowah County stemming from an unintended gun discharge case and a $4.5 million verdict in Calhoun County stemming from a Legionnaires disease contraction case.
Jeremy Knowles is a partner at Morris Haynes. He was born in Alexander City on June 30, 1971. A graduate of Benjamin Russell High School, Jeremy attended Auburn University on a Russell Foundation Scholarship. There he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in business/economics in 1993. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1997.
Mr. Knowles is a member of the Alabama State Bar, where he is a part of the Young Lawyer division. Additionally, he is a member of the American and Alabama Associations for Justice, serving on the Board of Governors and in the Emerging Leaders section of the latter. He has also served as an adjunct Professor of Law with a concentration in Constitutional Law at Faulkner University. Mr. Knowles joined the firm in 2003. Since 1997, Mr. Knowles has practiced almost exclusively in the areas of automobile negligence, products liability, automobile crashworthiness, and tractor trailer litigation.
He has worked on some of the largest product liability cases in the country. Mr. Knowles is routinely consulted by national news organizations regarding automobile product liability issues. The total of the verdicts and settlements which Mr. Knowles has attained exceeds $100,000,000.00, including a 2005 verdict that was listed in the National Law Journal as one of the top 25 verdicts in 2005.
The daughter of a former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and a lifelong resident of Alabama, Emily Hornsby was born in Montgomery County on October 20, 1968. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1991 with a double major in English and Business. Ms. Hornsby received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1994.
From 1994-1998, Ms. Hornsby was an associate with the law firm of Pittman, Hooks, Marsh, Dutton & Hollis in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Hornsby temporarily retired from the practice of law from 1998-2001 to be a stay at home mom. From August of 2001 to January of 2004, Ms. Hornsby worked as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama representing the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources in family court in child abuse and neglect cases.
Ms. Hornsby began working with the firm in 2004 and is currently a partner. Recovery amounts for cases that she has worked on for the firm total over $20,000,000.00. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia, identified as B-Metro’s Top Women Attorneys 2018, and is also a member of the Women Lawyers section of the Birmingham Bar and the Alabama Association for Justice. Ms. Hornsby is a sustaining member of The Junior League of Birmingham, an organization that promotes volunteerism and community involvement. As a part of her Junior League membership, she has volunteered with many organizations including Pathways: A Woman’s Way Home and the Teen Court Program at Family Court.
In 2018, Ms. Hornsby was appointed to serve on the Quality of Life, Health and Wellness Task Force of the Alabama Bar Association where one of her goals is to help other lawyers learn the benefits of meditation.
Nancy Eady is a non-equity partner at Morris, Haynes. She has been with the firm since 1991 and practices out of the Alexander City office. Ms. Eady heads the Legal Research Department of the firm, and she has successfully defended many of the verdicts and rulings obtained by the firm’s trial attorneys. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Justice. She was selected by B-Metro as a top attorney in Birmingham in 2016 and as a top women attorney in Birmingham in both 2015 and 2016. Since 2012, she has made numerous presentations for the National Business Institute on various topics, including hearsay evidence, motions in limine, ethics in social media and techniques for electronic searches. She has also spoken about legal writing issues to the Alabama Association for Justice, and at the 2015 “Attorney Technology Conference” CLE hosted jointly by Alabama Law Weekly and Tennessee Attorneys Memo.
Amanda Leigh Luker is a partner at Morris, Haynes and works in the firm’s Alexander City office. A native of Coosa County, Alabama, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2010.
Since joining the firm in 2010, Amanda has performed extensive work in the firm’s research and writing department and has dedicated her practice to representing plaintiffs in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases across the Southeast.
Matthew G. Garmon
Matt Garmon is an associate in the Birmingham office of Morris Haynes, and is a Cullman County native from Bremen, Alabama. Matt graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received his Juris Doctor from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.
While in law school, Matt was a member of Cumberland’s prestigious Herbert Peterson National Trial Team and was a recipient of the Nat Bryan American Board of Trial Advocacy Award. During this time, Matt competed as an advocate on various teams, including a Cumberland team that won the 15th Annual Michigan State University National Trial Competition Championship. In addition to his experience in trial advocacy, Matt worked as a law clerk throughout law school and gained practical experience managing various facets of both civil and criminal cases. He also served in Cumberland’s legal research and writing program as an Abraham Caruthers Teaching Fellow, was Vice President of Cumberland’s Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, and was on the Executive Board of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.
Matt is admitted to practice in both Alabama and Florida and represents individuals who have been wronged in some way through no fault of their own. Matt litigates cases involving a broad range of matters, including defective products, wrongful death, catastrophic injury.
Luke Trammell is an associate in the Birmingham office of Morris Haynes, and is a native of Cherokee County, Alabama. Luke earned his Bachelor of Science from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee in 2014. After college, Luke earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama school of Law. While in law school, Luke was a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and the Criminal Law Moot Court Team. He also participated in the trial advocacy competition program, which is consistently nationally ranked. He earned top marks in Products Liability and several other academic courses.
Luke is admitted to practice in Alabama state and federal courts. He represents individuals who have been wronged in some way in a broad range of practice areas including products defects, legionella pneumonia, wrongful death and other catastrophic and personal injuries. He lives in Homewood with his wife Kathryn.
Taylor Alan Pharr
Taylor Pharr is an associate in the Alexander City office of Morris Haynes. Born April 4, 1988, Taylor earned his Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Alabama in 2010. A year later, he earned his Master of Arts degree from Alabama in 2011. While attending Alabama, Taylor was a member of the football team from 2006-2011. In 2009, Taylor was a player in the Rose Bowl against the University of Texas where the Crimson Tide won the BCS National Championship. While earning his degrees and playing football, Taylor was named Academic ALL-SEC from 2007-2010.
After football, Taylor earned his Juris Doctorate from Birmingham School of Law in 2015. While in law school, Taylor was a member of the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society and finished law school top of his class. In September of 2015, Taylor was admitted to the Alabama State bar.
Since joining the firm in 2015, Taylor has focused his practice on litigation; his case work primarily involves motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and wrongful death cases.
George L. Beck
George joins our firm after serving six years as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Before entering federal service Mr. Beck enjoyed a successful civil and criminal law practice. His thirty-seven million dollar judgment in favor of an insurance company set a jury verdict record in Montgomery County. Equally pace setting was his twenty-five million dollar Federal tort claim award on behalf of children injured by medical negligence. An earlier million dollar verdict had launched Alabama’s modern-day class action law suits on behalf of consumers.
Mr. Beck spends time defending public officials and other businessmen and women accused of white-collar crimes. He has defended officials from all levels of government, from County Commissioner to the office of Governor. George represents a variety of individuals accused of both violent and non-violent crimes.
Mr. Beck actively practices in State and Federal courts and is admitted to the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is the former Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama, and he retired as a Judge Advocate General with the rank of Colonel from the Alabama National Guard’ A graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama School of Law, George lives in Elmore County with his wife, Carlotta. Although a native of the Southeast part of Alabama, known as the Wiregrass, George has tried cases all over the State of Alabama, as well as in neighboring states of Georgia and Florida, even venturing into Texas and North Carolina.
Richard Lucas began his career in law enforcement in 1987, with the Alexander City Police Department. Then he moved to the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department in 1989, serving until 1999 and working as Chief Investigator from 1991-1999. He has also worked as an Investigator at the district attorney’s office in the 5th Circuit for the State of Alabama.
Mr. Lucas has received extensive training in accident investigations and death investigations.
Mr. Lucas became an investigator with the firm in September of 2003. Since then, his investigations have resulted in verdicts and/or settlements exceeding $69 million.
Michael Johnson, Jr.
Mr. Johnson joined the firm in 2009. Mr. Johnson has an extensive background in mechanics. He oversees operations at the MHWK&N storage and inspection facility. Along with overseeing all inspections and assisting investigations, Mr. Johnson is also appointed Process Server in many of the firm’s cases.