Law School - Alabama, University of
Bar Admission - 9/28/1989
Law Office Locations:
Geographic Areas Served:
All Alabama Counties, Beasley Allen also handles cases throughout the United States.
Graham Esdale's primary responsibilities are in the areas of products liability and workplace injuries.
Areas of Practice:
Alabama, U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama (1989)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1989)
Birmingham Bar Association
Mobile County Bar Association
Montgomery County Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
American Association for Justice
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (Executive Committee)
South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
Trial Lawyers for Public
Graham Esdale obtained his B.S. degree in Marketing from Auburn University before going to law school. After graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1989, Graham Esdale started his law career with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office where he was involved in over 150 trials. He was a member of the homicide and sex abuse division, which focused on the prosecution of these complicated and sensitive crimes.
Graham Esdale left the District Attorney’s office in 1994 to enter civil practice where he chose to focus on products liability and workplace litigation. Graham Esdale left Birmingham in the fall of 1996 to join Beasley Allen. His primary responsibilities have been in the area of products liability and workplace injuries.
Graham Esdale was named one of America’s “Best Lawyers” by U.S. News & World Report for 2011 and 2012. He was also recently elected to the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is a distinct recognition and privilege. ABOTA is a national organization comprised of both Plaintiff and Defense trial attorneys and is committed to the preservation of trial by jury. To be eligible for consideration, a lawyer must have tried at least 20 civil jury trials to verdict as lead counsel.
Graham Esdale has been involved in the firm's tobacco litigation and other notable cases including a $114.5 million verdict against a bucket truck manufacturer and a $3 million verdict against Alabama Power Company involving an electrical accident.
Graham Esdale is a leader in the investigation of claims of personal injury and death related to Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA). Graham Esdale was one of the first attorneys in the country to file a lawsuit against Toyota alleging that Sudden Unintended Acceleration caused a personal injury and wrongful death. In January of 2010, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. announced the suspension of manufacturing and sales of many of its bestselling models after a series of safety recalls involving millions of vehicles. The recalls involved both Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and mainly had to do with the problem of sudden unintended acceleration. Graham Esdale had been actively investigating SUA problems for about two years prior to the first recall, which happened in September 2009. Graham Esdale traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Congressional hearings.