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WARN Act Lawyer Vance McCrary

Michael Vance McCrary was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1998. Vance received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 2001. While in law school, Vance clerked for several nationally recognized union-side labor law firms, including the predecessor firm to The Gardner Firm. Vance began work as an associate with the firm upon graduation from law school. He was made a full partner at the age of 30.

His current practice is primarily in the area of labor and employment law, and toxic torts. He is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Alabama and all federal district courts in Alabama, as well as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Vance spends a great deal of his time in the litigation of mass tort, class action, toxic tort and complex product liability claims. He regularly litigates labor and employment cases before state and federal courts. And, he has successfully handled many administrative hearings.

Vance is lead class counsel in several state court class actions in Alabama. He is also co-lead class counsel in many nationwide class cases litigated in the federal district courts and the bankruptcy courts on behalf of claimants seeking pay for violation of the Workers Adjustment Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act. He frequently resolves these matters on behalf of the workers he represents for amounts in the seven to eight figure range.

He has been equally as successful in his litigation of single plaintiff cases. Vance’s successes in single plaintiff cases include a case in which a jury awarded his client in excess of $17,000,000 in damages resulting from a breach of contract and fraud.

He is a member of the American, Alabama and Mobile County Bar Associations. Additionally, he is an active member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee. He is on the Executive Committee of the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past Board Member and current Board Chairman of the Alabama Organized Labor Awards Foundation. In recognition of Vance’s work on behalf of the working men and women of Alabama, the Alabama Organized Labor Awards Foundation, in 2008, gave Vance its ‘Friend of Labor’ award.

Vance was recently selected as a Rising Star in the publication Alabama Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research. Rising Stars names the state's top up-and-coming attorneys. The honor of being named a Super Lawyer Rising Star is reserved for the top 2% of lawyers in each state.

In addition to his work at The Gardner Firm, Vance is also of counsel at the prominent New York City firm Lankenau & Miller, LLP. To find out more about the work that Vance does at Lankenau & Miller, visit

Bar Admissions
 State of Alabama 2001
 U.S. Federal Courts 2001
 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 2002
 United States Supreme Court 2005

 University of Alabama School of Law, 2001

Representative Cases
  Kohlstadt and Braun vs. Solyndra, LLC, Adv. Pro. No. 11-53155 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2011)
  (settlement distribution in 2012 of approx. $3.49M for approx. 858 class members)

  Rose vs. Berkline, LLC, Adv. Pro. No. 11-51993 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2011)
  (settlement distribution in 2012 of $1.36M for approx. 483 class members)

  Brown vs. Woodinville Lumber, Adv. Pro. No. 11-04309 (Minnesota Bankruptcy Court 2011)
  (settlement distribution in 2012 of $188,000 for approx. 80 class members)

  Mantle vs. US Fidelis, Adv. Pro. No. 10-04160 (Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri 2010)
  (settlement distribution in 2012 of $1.45M for approx. 550 class members)

  McGrath vs. Goody's, Inc., Adv. Pro. No. 09-50043 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2009)
  (initial settlement distribution in 2010 of approx. $750,000 for approx. 297 class members)

  Owens vs. Carrier Corporation, Case. No. 2:08-cv-2331 (Western District Court of Tennessee 2008)
  (settlement distribution in 2010 of $2.1M to approx. 774 class members)

  Diaz vs. Mervyns, LLC, Adv. Pro. No. 08-51810 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2008)
  (settlement of $3M with expected distribution in 2013 to approx. 600 class members)

  Price vs. MPC Pro, LLC, Adv. Pro. No. 08-51802 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2008)
  (initial settlement distribution in 2011 of $2.5M for approx. 865 class members)

  McCoy vs. Value City, Adv. Pro. No. 08-01648 (Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York 2008)
  (settlement distribution in 2010 of $1.18M for approx. 290 former employees)

  Koch vs. American Home Mortgage Corp., Adv. Pro. No. 07-51688 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2007)
  (settlement of $6.5M with expected distribution in 2013 to class of approx. 2300)

  Viera vs. Accredited Home Lenders, Inc., Case: 07-719 (Western District of Texas 2007)
  (settlement distribution in 2011 of approx. $2M for approx. 260 class members)

  Austin vs. New Century TRS Holdings, Inc., Adv. Pro. No. 07-50970 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2007)
  (settlement distribution of $2.6M to approx. 1529 class members)

  Rommel vs. Aegis Mortgage, Adv. Pro. No. 07-51693 (Delaware Bankruptcy Court 2007)
  (settlement distribution in 2009 of $1.1M for approx. 1100 class members)

  Grady vs. Quantegy, Adv. Pro. No. 05-08002 (Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama 2005)
  (settlement distribution of $342,833 for approx. 230 class members)