Based in metro-Atlanta's Marietta, Georgia, John R. Bevis is a trial lawyer committed to the protection of consumer rights in cases involving exploitation by powerful corporate interests and careless conduct. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida and has successfully provided the mechanism for his clients to recover more than $300 million for personal injuries and corporate wrongs done to them.
As a trial lawyer, Mr. Bevis dedicates his talents to the victims of wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, brain and spinal injuries, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. Examples of his work in these areas include the following notable cases:
Trailer Sway/Vehicle Rollover Litigation: In a rollover and trailer sway case, a Texas physician and his family were towing a 30-foot travel trailer with an SUV near Birmingham, Alabama, when the travel trailer began to sway, causing a violent rollover crash that killed the physician and a passenger. Mr. Bevis successfully represented the surviving spouse and children in a products liability claim against the manufacturers of the SUV tow vehicle, travel trailer recreational vehicle and the anti-sway device manufacturer.
Roof Crush/Vehicle Rollover Litigation: In a roof crush and stability case, a Wisconsin woman was driving an SUV when it slipped on black ice and rolled down an embankment, pinning her inside the vehicle and rendering her a quadriplegic. Mr. Bevis successfully sued the manufacturer contending the roof was not strong enough to withstand a foreseeable rollover crash, securing a recovery that will provide lifelong financial security, and the payment of medical expenses associated with the spinal injury and paralysis.
Medical Malpractice-Bowel Perforation: In a bowel perforation case, a resident of North Carolina underwent a routine colonoscopy. Mr. Bevis successfully represented the widow in a suit alleging that the surgeon ignored the signs and symptoms of a bowel perforation that caused the patient's death. Mr. Bevis successfully represented the widow and his children against the surgeon for failing to meet the medical standard of care that required immediate surgical intervention to repair the bowel leak.
Nursing Home Negligence-Bed Sores: A resident of South Georgia died as a result of an infected bed sore she acquired while in a nursing home. Mr. Bevis successfully established that the medical standard of care required more aggressive wound care treatment that would have prevented the resident's death.
In his consumer practice, Mr. Bevis has also handled numerous class action lawsuits against the lending and insurance industries, which contributed to the Barnes Law Group's selection as a U.S. News ?Best Law Firm? ranking for Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation.
Having been appointed by Governor Roy Barnes as the first Deputy Consumers' Insurance Advocate for the State of Georgia, Mr. Bevis has tremendous insight into insurance industry premium and rating practices affecting the rights of thousands of Georgia policyholders. Representative examples of Mr. Bevis' class action litigation include the following notable cases:
Credit Life Insurance Litigation: Winfred Wood obtained a home refinance loan where the lender included more credit life insurance than was necessary to pay off his mortgage. Mr. Bevis litigated a class action lawsuit that challenged these predatory lending tactics to rob homeowners of their equity. The settlement of the case required the lender to refund homeowners up to $13.5 million for illegal insurance charges.
Health Insurance Renewal Premium Increase Litigation: Danny Kahn purchased small group health insurance before he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The company marketed the coverage as group insurance, but then unlawfully increased the premiums because of Mr. Kahn's individual medical condition. Mr. Bevis successfully litigated a class action lawsuit that resulted in a settlement that provided policyholders with refunds of up to $14 million.
Payday Lending Litigation: Mr. Bevis has successfully pursued several class action lawsuits against payday lenders who charged more interest than the law allows. This litigation is continuing and, so far, his efforts have resulted in payday lenders being required to refund up to $8 million in unlawful interest charges on small loans of $500 or less.
Mr. Bevis received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Team, research editor for the Journal of Land Use & Environmental law, and an intern at the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Bevis completed his undergraduate work as a pre-med microbiology major at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and state and federal courts in Georgia and Florida. Mr. Bevis is a member of numerous trial advocacy groups and has served as a Barrister for Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court. He has made special appearances in cases pending in California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
HONORS AND RECOGNITION
The honors and awards Mr. Bevis has received include, among others: Law School Book Awards: Pre Trial Litigation and Legal Research & Writing Published Author: Issues related to class action litigation and environmental law