HGD is excited to announce that attorney Jeanie Sleadd is being honored by This is Alabama as one of the “Women Who Shape the State for 2019.” This is Alabama will recognize and celebrate the 2019 class of Women Who Shape the State on November 14 at a luncheon at The Club. This year’s luncheon will honor thirty Alabamians making a difference in their community. These women are united in their commitment to driving movements, businesses and industries that change lives and make a difference in our state. Raised in Eufaula, Alabama by two teachers, Jeanie Sleadd learned the value of hard work early in life. That doggedness carried on through her adult years and now, as a class action attorney, she represents people from all over the country who have been injured by products or betrayed by their employers. “One of my most impactful cases is currently going on in my ‘backyard,’ so to say,” Sleadd says. “I represent over 100 residents from the historic Fountain Heights community who are suffering from environmental injustices.” Outside of her career, Sleadd also advocates for Alabama youth and improving public education. Biggest woman power moment: “There hasn’t been a single ‘woman power moment,’ but a progression, an acknowledgment, and an acceptance that I can be a leader, should be a leader, must be a leader. One of my most empowering moments practicing was at a hearing where on one side were 30 attorneys—30 male attorneys—and on the other side just me.” Jeanie practices in the firm’s mass tort group with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. In addition to mass torts and class actions, Jeanie represents clients in an array of matters including product liability, worker’s compensation, FELA, wrongful death, slip and falls, contract disputes, and ERISA cases. Jeanie received her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Jeanie is a member of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, serves as the President of the Young Alumni Council for her alma mater, and sits on the Downtown YMCA Advisory Board.