Meet Gordon Ball
Gordon Ball (born William Gordon Ball in Cocke County, TN, on January 29, 1949) has been practicing law since 1975 as a licensed Tennessee attorney who focuses on consumer rights and antitrust class actions. Ball graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Johnson City, TN, in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1974.
Ball has been admitted to or appeared before a multitude of federal and state courts across the United States, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. He has appeared in courts in well over half of the States.
In the late 1970s, Ball served as an Assistant United States District Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. In 1977, he served as a delegate and Vice President to Tennessee's last Constitutional Convention. He campaigned for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1978 against Jimmy Quillen, and shortly thereafter, returned to private practice where he specialized in the defense of "white-collar" federal prosecutions.
For nearly two decades, Ball has been a pioneer in plaintiff's class action lawsuits on behalf of victims of abuse by powerful corporations. Ball has a long record of successfully litigating cases on behalf of both individuals and classes, particularly in cases involving antitrust violations, such as monopolization and price-fixing. Ball's aggregate multi-billion dollar recoveries have included cases against oil companies, telecommunication companies, health care companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, banks, auto manufacturers, record manufacturers, paper manufacturers, vitamin makers, boat manufacturers, stucco manufacturers and supermarket chains.
Upon settlements in numerous cases in which the presiding court is presented an opportunity to make charitable awards (cy pres awards) to national, regional, state and local charitable organizations, Gordon Ball has been instrumental in seeking the award of residual funds for charities and other institutions, including St. Jude's Hospital, The Wounded Warrior’s Project, the United Way, Public Justice, Boys & Girls Clubs, East Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee Building Fund, and the University of Memphis School of Law.
Ball is currently campaigning for the Democratic nomination in the 2014 United States Senate race. He is clear on his intentions as a candidate for politicians to serve a term, a maximum of two terms and vacate the office for others to run.
- Cosby High School, Cocke County, Tennessee
- East Tennessee State University, B.S. History
- University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humpreys School of Law, J.D.
- Delegate/Vice President of the ‘77 State Constitution Convention
- National Consumer Class Action Attorney
- Assistant United States Attorney
- Criminal Defense Attorney
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