Michael R. Pennington - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Michael R. Pennington

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

For more than ten years, Mike Pennington has been voted by his peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, where he is specifically recognized for his skills in defending Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation. He also is recognized in both the Chambers USA and nationalSuper Lawyers listings of top U.S. lawyers. 

Mike chairs the Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice Team, and his primary areas of practice include complex litigation, class action defense, financial services litigation, insurance litigation and general commercial litigation. Much of Mike’s practice is devoted to defending financial services litigation, insurance litigation, and class action litigation not just in Alabama, but throughout the Southeast. His clients include Ally, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Fannie Mae, Ocwen Financial Corporation, Torchmark Corporation, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Liberty National Life Insurance Company, Untied American Life Insurance Company, MONY Life Insurance Company, The Principal Financial Group, Great American Insurance Company, Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company, AXA-Equitable Insurance Company, United Investors Life Insurance Company, Genworth, MAPCO, Pharmacia, and Monsanto, among others. Mike frequently speaks at seminars around the country on class action litigation and other topics. His most recent speaking engagement was at ACI’s 14th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, which was held in Chicago on July 30-31, 2012.


University of Alabama, BirminghamBA 1979Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1984
DRIALFA InternationalABAAssociation of Life Insurance Counsel

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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

"As in-house counsel for a large insurance company, I have worked with Michael Pennington on many cases over the last 5-7 years. Michael and his firm have represented us in cases ranging from single employee benefit cases to multiplicity disputes involving some of the leading plaintiff's firms in the State of Alabama. The work performed by Michael Pennington has always been timely and effective. His bills have been reasonable. His professionalism has been above reproach. I have referred many cases to him and will do so in the future. I have given his name to other in-house counsel and never received a negative comment from anyone. I have also grown to trust Michael's experience, knowledge, and judgment about the business of insurance. He is one of the lawyers I call when I want to consult on a general legal matter - just to get ideas. He is a valued and trusted advisor. "

"Michael is an expert in class action litigation. His case insight and familiarity with plaintiff's counsel and the local judges adds significant value to a representation."

"Simply put, Mike Pennington is a brilliant lawyer. He has that rare combination of intelligence, common sense, and good judgment. Mike is both an excellent writer and a very effective communicator."

-E. Duncan Hamilton
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Liberty National Life Insurance Company

"Mike is one of the most intuitive and bright people I have ever worked with. He can size up a complex situation very quickly and devise an action plan almost instantaneously. He is a fair-minded person who tries to find a solution to the problem at hand. He is very responsive to contact and follows up quickly. All in all, he is a pleasure to work with during the sometimes trying and difficult circumstances he is guiding us through."

-Rob Jennings
President and COO
Collateral Holdings, Ltd.

"Mike gets to the meat of the coconut. He is sharp as a razor, focused, and, just as important, he is efficient and user friendly."

-John Livingston
Secretary & Counsel
United Investors Life Insurance Company

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Birmingham Metro Area
Michael R. Pennington has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male