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Leon Ashford has been a trial lawyer for 42 years. Throughout the course of his career,  Mr. Ashford has a proven record of consistently obtaining multimillion dollar jury verdicts and settlements for his clients, their families and their small businesses. Though he has always focused his practice on complex litigation involving catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death, he has recently been called upon to represent family-owned and closely held businesses in litigation which threatened generations of success. When the stakes are high, he feels strongly that an experienced trial lawyer is an integral part of the team approach to litigation of complex business disputes. In addition to his busy law practice, he has been Hare Wynn’s managing partner since 1996.

Born in 1948 and raised in Athens, Alabama, Mr. Ashford was the first in his family to get a college education. He attended the University of Alabama on an Athletic Scholarship as a student trainer and earned his undergraduate degree in 1970. That same year, he was lettered by Coach Paul W. Bryant and became a member of the University of Alabama “A” Club. Encouraged by Coach Bryant to attend law school, he then earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1973.

Mr. Ashford and his wife, Barbara, have been married for forty-five years. They have three children – David, Ben, and Laura – and four grandchildren – all boys! He is an active member of Canterbury United Methodist Church. He also proudly serves on the Advisory Board of Nick’s Kids Foundation.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Business: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%

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  • Donald Patrick McKenna Jr.

    Leon is an amazing trial lawyer, negotiator and problem solver. He does a fantastic job in business "bet the company" litigation, medical negligence cases and significant injury and wrongful death cases. Leon's reputation for honesty, integrity and hard work precedes him wherever he goes and helps him achieve extraordinary results for clients in need.


    Donald McKenna Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP

2025 3rd Avenue North
Suite 800
Birmingham, AL, 35203-3378


ALAuthorized to practice law197308/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerHare Wynn Newell & Newton1980 - 2016
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alabama Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Alabama State BarMemberN/A
Alabama Law FoundationFellowN/A
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American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
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International Academy of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Super Lawyers MagazineThe Influence of Bear Bryant2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of AlabamaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1970