James C. Lester
Associate
PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AFFILIATIONS

Jay’s Profile

Jay focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, including commercial business litigation, class actions, mergers & acquisitions litigation, false advertising litigation, and products liability litigation. He has represented clients in matters pending in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

 

Jay’s Experience

  • Defended Nestle Purina Petcare in the Eastern District of Michigan against Lanham Act claims related to the use of images on product packaging. Obtained summary dismissal of all claims. Results was featured in Law360. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal at 889 F. 3d 267 (2018).
  • Representing Internet of Things (IoT) company in appraisal proceeding before the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Defended automobile component manufacturer in commercial dispute related to just-in-time delivery
  • Defended multiple Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases against nationwide lender including a putative class action filed in the Northern District of Illinois
  • Defended university hospital and lead researcher in civil action alleging research misconduct filed in the Northern District of California. Case dismissed after filing Rule 12(b) motion.
  • Defended Fortune 500 printer manufacturer in putative antitrust class action originally filed in the Northern District of Alabama
  • Defended privately held OB/GYN practice in shareholder dispute alleging minority shareholder oppression
  • Obtained partial summary judgment for nationwide contract research organization in indemnification dispute following stock acquisition
  • Defended foundry and machining company in dispute following termination of letter of intent
  • Defended putative class action against manufactured home company filed in the Southern District of Texas
  • Shafron v. Aviva Life and Annuity Co., 2014 WL 763238 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 21, 2014). Court granted Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings dismissing Plaintiff’s negligence and fiduciary duty claims in annuity suitability matter.
  • Pate Flagship, LLC v. Cypress Equities Se., LLC, 88 F. Supp. 3d 1271, 1273 (N.D. Ala. 2015). Commercial dispute involving GO Zone bond proceeds. District Court granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss.

Jay’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

  • Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Section –  Secretary-Treasurer 2017, President-Elect 2018
CONTACT
T 205.254.1225
F 205.714.6609
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Assistant
Brandy McCainey
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
U.S. District Court:Alabama(Northern, Middle, Southern), Michigan(Eastern)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Fourth Circuit, Eighth Circuit
EDUCATION
University of Alabama School of Law (2011, J.D., summa cum laude; Recipient of Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award; Alabama Law Review, Articles Editor; John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; ABA National Moot Court Team; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Hugo Black Scholar )
Washington and Lee University (2008, B.A., magna cum laude)
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

Judge Abdul K. Kallon
United States District Court, in the Northern District of Alabama, 2011-2012

Publication
U.S. Supreme Court Cases May Have Drastic Impact on Consumer Class Actions
Publication
Note, Inculcation into Indoctrination: Predicting Justice Sotomayor’s Impact on Teachers’ Speech in the Public School Classroom
News
MAYNARD, COOPER & GALE, P.C. WELCOMES EIGHT NEW ASSOCIATES TO ITS BIRMINGHAM OFFICE
Sarah S. Glover has joined the firm’s General Litigation practice group. Ms. Glover is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. Ms. Glover is a Hugo Black Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif...