The Cochran Firm
Keith Givens has been a civil trial lawyer for consumers and injury victims for over twenty-nine years. Keith was a finalist for the 2008 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, as recognized by the Public Justice Foundation for his work on the environmental case of Perrine v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company. The trial of the Perrine case resulted in a $390 million verdict, the highest consumer verdict in the U.S. for the year.
As a senior partner of The Cochran Firm, Keith serves as a member of The Cochran Firm's management team for national operations. Keith has been a board certified civil trial lawyer (1989-2009) who has concentrated his practice in the area of personal injury and wrongful death. Currently, he focuses his practice on truck accident cases, product claims, and complex litigation. Keith obtained the state of Alabama's highest verdict for a single wrongful death ($25 million) against a drunk driver and lounge, for the death of a lawyer killed while jogging. He was also the attorney for plaintiffs in a $700 million settlement of an environmental case involving PCB, the largest settlement in the history of the state of Alabama.
Keith is past president of The National Trial Lawyers legal association, an invitation only association of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. He is currently an Executive Committee Member of The National Trial Lawyers and a member of the Editorial Board for The Trial Lawyer, the largest distributed magazine for Trial Lawyers.
The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register recognized Keith for his outstanding achievements, legal ability and professional ethical standards by awarding him an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating™ in the practice areas of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Products Liability. An AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating™ is the highest rating of professional excellence and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.
Keith is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, and the Florida Bar Association. He has been a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (currently known as The Alabama Association for Justice), where he has served as president-elect (2000) and president (2001). Keith also served as president of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, and he was president of the Southeast Alabama Trial Lawyers Association for two years. He has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar Association (1989 – 2009) and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1990 – 2007). He is a sustaining member and has served on the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Keith was the recipient of the Al Sansone Service Award, the highest award of service recognized by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA).
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Keith earned undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Business Administration. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law where he was a finalist in the John A. Campbell Moot Court competition. In 2004, Keith was named by the University of Alabama as the first Howell Heflin Guest Lecturer. He currently serves on the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Board of Directors. As an author and speaker, he has written and spoken on a wide range of topics concerning trial skills.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Civil Rights||Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Defense, Civil Rights Section 1983, Disability Discrimination, Disabled Access, Disabled Rights, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Handicapped Rights, Human Rights, International Human Rights, Personal Rights, Prisoners Rights, Prisoners Rights Class Actions, Public Interest Law, Race Discrimination, Reproductive Rights, Sex Discrimination, Womens Rights|
|Elder Law||Age Discrimination, Elder Abuse, Elder Care, Elder Rights|
|Environmental Law||Air Pollution, Air Quality, Brownfields Redevelopment, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Chemical Regulation, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Coastal Environmental Law, Earth Movement, Endangered Species, Environmental Administrative Law, Environmental Arbitration, Environmental Auditing, Environmental Bankruptcy, Environmental Business Law, Environmental Class Actions, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Contamination, Environmental Corporate Law, Environmental Cost Recovery, Environmental Criminal Defense, Environmental Criminal Law, Environmental Diseases, Environmental Dispute Resolution, Environmental Due Diligence, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Insurance, Environmental Insurance Claims, Environmental Insurance Coverage, Environmental Insurance Defense, Environmental Legislative Practice, Environmental Lender Liability, Environmental Liability, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Mediation, Environmental Penalties, Environmental Permitting, Environmental Real Estate, Environmental Regulation, Environmental Reinsurance, Environmental Risk Management, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Gas Pollution, Groundwater Contamination, Habitat Conservation, Hazardous Materials and Substances, Hazardous Materials Management, Hazardous Materials Transportation, Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Waste Liability, Hazardous Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Permits, Hazardous Waste Regulation, Indoor Air Quality, International Environmental Law, Landslides and Subsidence, Medical Waste, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, Nuclear Waste, Oil Pollution, Oil Spills, Pesticide Regulation, Pollution, Property Remediation, Protected Species, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Sick Building Syndrome, Solid Waste, Solid Waste Disposal, Solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Regulation, Superfund, Toxic Chemicals, Toxic Substance Liability, Toxic Substance Regulation, Toxic Substances, Underground Storage Tanks, Water Pollution, Water Quality, Wetlands Protection, Wetlands Regulation, Wildlife Law|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice|
|Medical Malpractice||Birth Trauma, Chiropractors Malpractice, Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice, Dental Malpractice, Dental Malpractice Defense, Failure to Diagnose, Gynecology Malpractice, Medical Disciplinary Proceedings, Medical Liability, Medical Malpractice Defense, Medical Negligence, Medical-Legal Law, Medication Errors, Mental Health Professionals Malpractice, Nursing Liability, Nursing Malpractice, Nursing Negligence, Obstetric Malpractice, Oncology Law, Optometric Malpractice, Orthopedic Malpractice, Pediatric Malpractice, Pharmacists Liability, Physicians Professional Liability, Physicians Rights, Physicians Risk Management, Podiatric Malpractice, Psychiatric Malpractice, Psychology Malpractice, Psychotherapy Law, Surgeons Liability, Wrong Site Surgery|
|Premises Liability||Inadequate Security, Negligent Security, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security, Private Security Litigation|
|Products Liability||Airbag Injury, All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability, Automotive Crashworthiness, Automotive Design Liability, Automotive Products Liability, Automotive Restraints, Automotive Warranty Law, Bicycle Products Liability, Biomedical Products Liability, Blood Bank Liability, Breach of Warranty, Breast Implant Litigation, Chemical Explosions, Chemical Products Liability, Dalkon Shield Litigation, Diet Drug Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Defense, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Drug Contamination, Elevator Liability, Engineering Products Liability, Environmental Products Liability, Escalator Liability, Explosions, Firearms Litigation, Flammable Fabrics, Food Borne Disease, Food Products Liability, Gas Explosions, Heart Device Litigation, Heavy Equipment Products Liability, Industrial Products Liability, Lemon Law, Manufacturers Liability, Motorcycle Products Liability, Office Equipment Products Liability, Product Defects, Product Failure, Product Recall, Product Safety, Product Warning Labels, Products Liability Arbitration, Products Liability Defense, Products Liability Insurance Coverage, Products Liability Mediation, Products Liability Subrogation, Propane Products Liability, Recreational Products Liability, Recreational Vehicle Products Liability, Seat Belt Injury, Tire Defect Litigation, Tire/Rim Mismatch, Tobacco Litigation, Vaccine Injury, Vehicle Rollovers, Warranty Law, Welding Products Liability|
|Toxic Torts||Asbestos Defense, Asbestos Litigation, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Chemical Exposure, Latex Allergy Litigation, Lead Poisoning, Mesothelioma, Mold Litigation, Occupational Cancer, Occupational Disease, Pesticide Litigation, Radiation Injury, Silicosis Litigation, Toxic Exposure, Toxic Tort Class Actions, Toxic Tort Defense|
|Workers Compensation||Black Lung, Defense Base Act, Federal Workers Compensation, Industrial Insurance, Workers Compensation Appeals, Workers Compensation Arbitration, Workers Compensation Defense, Workers Compensation Mediation, Workers Compensation Self Insurance, Workers Compensation Subrogation|
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