S. Shay Samples

About Shay


Shay grew up in Alexander City, Alabama, and has been practicing law for more than 40 years. After establishing his career as a trial lawyer at another prominent firm, Shay came to Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton LLP as a full partner in 1994.
In all his years of practice, Shay has tried hundreds of complex jury trials throughout Alabama, both in state and federal courts. Although he has handled cases involving most areas of civil trial litigation and tort liability, he has dedicated his practice primarily to the representation of individuals and families who were victims of medical malpractice and healthcare negligence. Shay has been the recipient of numerous record million/multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Alabama. During the course of his career, he has obtained more than 100 Million/Multi-Million Dollar jury verdicts and settlements.
For Shay, the personal relationship he develops with his clients is just as important as their professional relationship, and he believes that gaining his clients’ trust and friendship ultimately helps him serve their needs even better.
Shay is deeply dedicated to serving the Birmingham community. For years, he has volunteered alongside his wife, Colleen, at The Red Barn, which provides equestrian therapy for special needs children as well as others with disabilities and special circumstances.

Education

Shay worked his way through college and law school. He attended Alexander City Junior College where he was elected president of the Student Government Association and was named the “Most Outstanding Student.” He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1973 and received his law degree in 1976 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Notable Work

In all his years of practice, Shay has tried hundreds of complex jury trials throughout Alabama, both in state and federal courts. Shay has been the recipient of numerous record million/multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Alabama.

During more than forty years of practice, Shay has received nearly 30 Million/Multi-Million Dollar jury verdicts and more than 100 Million/Multi-Million Dollar verdicts and settlements.

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