David G. Hymer - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

David G. Hymer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 205-521-8289

David Hymer is a trial lawyer who has extensive experience handling and trying high stakes lawsuits for a variety of corporate clients. David’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, which includes a significant plaintiff’s practice on behalf of corporate clients as well as a more traditional corporate defense practice. In addition to his trial work involving business and commercial disputes, David also has substantial courtroom trial experience in environmental, product liability, antitrust, and construction litigation. He has tried over thirty cases to verdict during his career. Clients for whom he recently has handled substantial matters include HealthSouth Corporation, Pharmacia Corporation, Monsanto Company, Caremark/CVS, and Saiia Construction Company.

Most recently, David was lead counsel for HealthSouth Corporation in a trial resulting in a $2.8 billion judgment in favor of HealthSouth against its former CEO Richard Scrushy for damages suffered as a result of fraudulent financial reporting during Scrushy's tenure as CEO.

David also was a key member of the trial team that successfully defended Pharmacia Corporation against personal injury claims allegedly caused by an environmental exposure. At the conclusion of the two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Pharmacia and against five individual plaintiffs who claimed that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) manufactured by the defendant caused them to develop diabetes or arthritis.

David is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of "Bet the Company" and Commercial Litigation, and is listed in Alabama Super Lawyers in the field of Business Litigation. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation's Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a litigation star in the State of Alabama. The National Law Journal also recognized David in its annual listings of the nation’s top defense verdicts for his successful defense of a contractor against claims of defective work during construction of the containment vessel for a nuclear power plant in the State of Washington.

University of AlabamaJ.D. 1985University of AlabamaBS
Board of Bar Examiners, Alabama State BarAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesAlabama Law FoundationAmerican Bar AssociationBirmingham Bar AssociationAlabama Defense Lawyers AssociationDefense Research Institute

Case History

Fannie Wayne v. Pharmacia Corporation — Defended Pharmacia Corporation and Monsanto Company against personal injury claims brought by multiple plaintiffs alleging various injuries due to exposure to PCBs. Following a two week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Pharmacia and Monsanto on all of the plaintiffs'' claims.
Wade Tucker v. Richard Scrushy — Represented HealthSouth Corporation in derivative lawsuit against former CEO in which a judgment in the amount of $2.8 billion was awarded in favor of the Company.
Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Client Comments

"David Hymer has the unique ability to identify the core issue of any complex problem quickly and offer sound, reasoned advice. He is extremely intelligent, but at the same time, practical and creative in his approach to solving problems. David has represented my company and me for over 20 years and when he retires, I think I will also. "

"David represented us in a major case several years ago and did an excellent job. He is client friendly and brings significant experience in handling complex litigation. I would not hesitate to use him again."

"David is one of the finest attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He has done absolutely excellent work in every case he has worked on for the State of Alabama. He is a top notch attorney in every respect."

-Kenneth Wallis II
State of Alabama - Office of the Governor

"I have worked with David on a number of issues over the past several years. David's ability to sort through the clutter of legal arguments and get to the real issues has been a valuable tool in resolving issues quickly and economically. The strength of his character shows through in his conduct and demeanor and creates a positive impression on juries and judges. David is a lawyer to call if you have a "bet-the-company" case."

-Steve Forehand
Vice President and General Counsel
Russell Lands, Inc.

Office Location

One Federal Place
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Business Disputes, Civil Litigation, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, Large Case Litigation)