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Breach of Contract, Negligence and Wantonness - $1,790,000.00 Judgment

A Cullman County court entered a $1,790,000.00 Judgment for a Cullman County disabled veteran and her two children against the installer of a modular home. Gaynor St. John and Birmingham attorneys David Marsh and Michael Beard tried this case to an arbitrator involving a modular home manufacturer, dealer, and installer.

The manufacturer and dealer reached confidential settlements with the plaintiff before the arbitrator published his award. In his 18 page opinion, the arbitrator set forth his reasons for awarding compensatory and punitive damages, stating “This case is an eye-opening example of how the current system in Alabama which regulates and oversees the Modular and Manufactured Housing Industry is broken.

A current State regulator and inspector from the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission (AMHC) testified and their sworn testimony was incredible. The system failed at all phases. The retailer, the installer, and the State each, independently of each other, failed the purchaser.” Defense counsel blamed the problems with the modular home on our client.


St. John appointed Chair of the Alabama State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Gaynor St. John was asked by American College of Trial Lawyers President Rodney Acker to serve as the Alabama State Chair for the 2020-2021 term. St. John was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2013. Founded in 1950, the College is comprised of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. St. John is one of four female attorneys in Alabama who have been inducted into the College and the first female attorney to serve as Alabama State Chair.


University of Alabama System chooses new interim chancellor Finis E. St. John

The University of Alabama System has chosen an interim chancellor to replace the retiring of current chancellor Jay Hayes at the end of the month.

Finis E. "Fess" St. John, IV, who currently serves on the UA system's Board of Trustees, will succeed Hayes on August 1.

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Fess St. John named one of the most influential people in Alabama sports

AL.com columnist Kevin Scarbinsky ranked the top 25 individuals he sees as the most influential in Alabama sports in 2017, and St. John is No. 3 on his list. Scarbinsky noted:

A member of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, St. John has influence on both Alabama and UAB as chairman of the board's Athletics Committee. He played a key role in the hires of Alabama AD Greg Byrne and basketball coach Avery Johnson.

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Fess St. John: 50 most powerful

The Yellowhammer Power & Influence 50 is an annual list of the 50 most powerful and influential players in Alabama politics and business — the men and women who shape the state.

This year’s list is being released in three segments: Government officials and politicians, lobbyists and consultants, and today’s segment, business leaders.

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Gaynor St. John: $4.5 million civil verdict

A Cullman County jury handed down a $4.5 million civil verdict Friday against a former Hanceville police officer and the City of Hanceville for a 2009 wreck that killed a 77-year-old woman.

The jury ruled in favor of the estate of the late Annie Mae Butts in the wrongful death suit and found that Billy Clemons, who is no longer a police officer...

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St. John inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers

Cullman Attorney Gaynor St. John has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony took place recently before an audience of approximately 900 persons during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco, California.

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