David Guin’s law practice emphasizes complex class action, business and financial litigation, including securities, municipal bond defaults, derivative, antitrust and consumer fraud cases. Guin has held an “AV Preeminent” peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for many years. He has been listed in Birmingham Magazine’s listing of “Top Attorneys” in the area of Civil Litigation, and was named Birmingham’s Securities Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America© (with whom he has also been listed for Commercial, Class Action, and Securities Litigation) Guin also is listed in Super Lawyers© (2012-2017) for Antitrust Litigation, Class Actions, and Securities Litigation. Guin serves as an arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).
Guin served for many years on the Editorial Board of Class Action Reports, a bi-monthly Thomson/West publication reporting on all aspects of class action litigation. From 1993-96, he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of NASCAT (National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys). He served from 2010-2014 as the Alabama Chapter President of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), a network of highly credentialed single-discipline boutique law firms around the world.
Guin has taken an active role in developing and commenting upon legislation that affects securities and class action litigation. For example, he was actively involved in the crafting of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), including testifying before the Senate Banking Committee regarding securities class action litigation and the potential effects of the proposed litigation. Similarly, he and his municipal bondholder clients in South Carolina National Bank v. Stone provided comments and testimony at the request of the Senate that aided in the drafting of Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act, which revived claims that had been time-barred by Lampf, Pleva, Lipkind, Prupis & Petigrow v. Gilbertson, 501 U.S. 350 (1991) (a case in which Mr. Guin represented the Bond Investors Association as amicus).
Guin attended David Lipscomb College (now, Lipscomb University) as a National Merit Scholar and graduated in 1982 (cum laude) with a degree in Applied Economics. Guin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law where he served as an editor of the Alabama Law Review. During law school, Mr. Guin was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and was the recipient of the Hugo Black Scholar award. He received several “Best Paper/AmJur” awards. After graduation from law school, Guin served for one year as law clerk to United States District Judge Truman Hobbs, Chief Judge of the Middle District of Alabama, before beginning his securities litigation and corporate practice with the Birmingham law firm of Ritchie & Rediker.
Mr. Guin comes from a family of lawyers and judges. His grandfather (J. Foy Guin, Sr.) practiced as a country lawyer, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in Russellville, Alabama for over 50 years, and his father (Hon. J. Foy Guin, Jr.) served as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama (Birmingham). His son, John Guin, the fourth generation of Guin attorneys (all graduates of the University of Alabama School of Law), now practices law with his cousin at the firm of Campbell Guin in Birmingham (a firm founded by his uncle).
Mr. Guin also is active in community and charitable causes. He served in many leadership roles at Brookwood Baptist Church (Deacon; Chair of Finance Committee; Adult Sunday School Teacher; Church Coordinating Council; Building Community Task Force; Parking Committee; Chair of Building Finance Committee), and before that, at Meadowood Church, and Homewood Church of Christ. He also served as the initial President of the Board of Cahaba Riverkeeper, and as a member of the Board and Advisory Board of 10/40 Connections. He and the entire firm also have been actively involved with Make Way Partners and their “Character in Service” program.
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