Defense Cases

THE RICHARD M. SCRUSHY CASE

H. Lewis Gillis served as integral member and spokesperson of the legal defense team for former HealthSouth CEO, Richard M. Scrushy, who was tried in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. The Scrushy case was the first case of its kind, as never before had a CEO been charged under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Gillis ad the Scrushy team successfully defended against the government’s efforts to criminally prosecute Scrushy and to freeze Scrushy’s assets, estimated to total more than $295 million. The strength and delivery of the defense’s arguments and their ability to successfully challenge the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses’ testimony let to a successful acquittal for Scrushy on all criminal charges stemming from the alleged $2.7 billion accounting fraud at the company he founded.
*Our Firm was not involved in representing Richard Scrushy in the subsequent criminal matter in which Mr. Scrushy was convicted.

THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES LITIGATION

In 2001, approximately forty-seven (47) former juvenile detainees filed suit in various state and federal courts claiming that, while being incarcerated at the DYS Chaldville facility, they were physically and/or sexually abused by various DYS employees. The plaintiffs asserted Title IX claims against DYS, and various constitutional and state law claims against DYS supervisors and employees.
Means Gillis Law, LLC was appointed by the Attorney General of Alabama to represent DYS and the supervisory defendants in this complex litigation matter. To date, the firm has been successful in having the supervisory defendants dismissed on the grounds of qualified immunity in the federal courts. Other options for summary judgment are currently pending in the respective courts.
In addition, Means Gillis Law, LLC also represented DYS in a series of Title VII cases that have been filed against DYS by employees who were terminated for their involvement in this matter.

THE WASHINGTON D.C. MARTIN LUTHER KING
NATIONAL MEMORIAL PROJECT FOUNDATION

The firm is proud that Means Gillis Law, LLC  partner Tyrone C. Means serves as a current board member and counsel for the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation (MLK). The Foundation’s mission is to build a monument in memory and in the spirit of the great civil rights leader and humanitarian, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The monument is intended to be a place for visitors worldwide to come and be energized by the late Dr. King’s message of hope, justice, and democracy. The MLK Memorial will be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where numerous American heroes are honored and memorialized.

GOVERNOR

The firm represented the Governor in a Quo Warranto action involving the Board of Trustees at Alabama State University. The firm successfully petitioned the Circuit Court of Montgomery to place the Governor’s appointee to the Board of Trustees, and successfully defended the Order of the trial court before the Alabama Supreme Court.

JOHN WHITE V. CITY OF MONTGOMERY

Means Gillis Law, LLC defended the city and several police officers in a 2003 civil rights case in which a a man alleged that he was wrongfully prosecuted for stealing several thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise from a retailer. After being initially denied summary judgment by the trial court, the defendants appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court, which remanded the case to the trial court with instructions to reconsider its denial of summary judgment. On reconsideration, the case was dismissed on the grounds of qualified immunity.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The firm is currently representing Montgomery County and the former chairman of the County Commission in a case alleging fraud and breach of contract involving the recruitment of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing and the land purchased for the construction of the Hyundai Plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The case is being litigated in the Circuit of Montgomery County.