The Coaching Career of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn

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Gus Malzahn

A court-appointed special administrator, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who has helped administer more than $2.5 billion in settlements throughout his 32-year legal career. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn Tigers college football team.

Since 2013, the Tigers have been coached by Arkansas native Gus Malzahn, who has led the team to a 59-40 win-loss record, including a 5-1 record through the first six weeks of the 2017 season. Regarded as one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, Malzahn served six seasons as an offensive coordinator with Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn before accepting the head coach position with Arkansas State in 2012. He led the team to a 9-3 record that season and was subsequently hired as head coach by Auburn.

In his first year as head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn led the team to a 12-2 record. He earned numerous coaching awards, including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year, after becoming only the third coach in SEC history to win a conference championship in his first season at a school. The last person to accomplish the feat was John Vaught of Ole Miss in 1947. While the Tigers lost in the BCS National Championship that season, it has since participated in three consecutive bowl games, including the Birmingham Bowl, which it won in 2015.


Three Prominent Auburn Alumni in the NFL

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Karlos Dansby

An Alabama-based attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Edgar “Ed” Gentle has administered over $2.5 billion in settlements as a court-appointed special master. Before completing his law degree, Ed Gentle earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University. A passionate college football fan, he counts Auburn as his favorite team.

More than two dozen Auburn alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters as of the start of the 2017 season. While quarterback Cam Newton is arguably the most well-known, several others have enjoyed successful careers, including:

Karlos Dansby, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama. Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he has accumulated 42 quarterback sacks, 19 interceptions, 20 forced fumbles, and six touchdowns in his 14-year career.

Dee Ford, a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. A fourth-year defensive end who has 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, he had a breakthrough campaign in 2016, recording a career-high 10 sacks and 38 tackles.

Greg Robinson, a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. A 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive tackle who was selected second overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, he played three seasons with the Rams before joining the Detroit Lions prior to the 2017 season.

Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-Winning Season at Auburn University


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Cam Newton

Attorney Edgar “Ed” Gentle is chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services and a partner with a Birmingham, Alabama, law firm. Prior to earning his juris doctor, Ed Gentle received a bachelor’s in biology from Auburn University. An avid college football fan, he attends multiple Auburn games each season.

As of the start of the 2017 preseason, 42 former Auburn players were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, but no player is more prominent than quarterback Cam Newton. The 2015 NFL MVP has recorded a combined 184 touchdowns (136 passing and 48 rushing) over his six-year career. The Carolina Panthers superstar was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft following a spectacular season at Auburn University in which he won the Heisman Trophy as the most valuable player in all of college football.

A native of College Park, Georgia, Newton attended the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, but played sparingly. He enrolled at Auburn in 2010 and, through 14 games as the team’s starting quarterback, threw for 2,854 yards and rushed for 1,473 yards. The dual-threat athlete scored a combined 51 touchdowns, which ranked first in the country.

Four Auburn Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

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Montravius Adams

A treasurer for the Alabama Democratic Party, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an experienced attorney and one-third stockholder of Custom Cable Services. Before earning a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Ed Gentle completed a bachelor’s in biology at Auburn University in 1975. To this day, he remains an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers football team.

Heading into the 2017 season, 43 Auburn Tiger alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, four of which were selected in the 2017 NFL draft. Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player to be selected in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with pick No. 93. Through four years with Auburn, Adams recorded 147 tackles, 19.5 of which were for a loss of yards, and 10.5 quarterback sacks. He also had three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Injury-plagued linebacker Carl Lawson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with pick No. 116 after an impressive 2016 campaign in which he recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks.

The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive back Rudy Ford with pick No. 208 in the draft. The safety led the Tigers in tackles in 2014 and 2015 and, upon being drafted, signed a four-year rookie deal worth over $2.5 million. Finally, defensive back Josh Holsey was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. After recovering from a pair of ACL tears, Holsey was healthy in 2016 and had a team-high 10 pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.

Alabama Law Student Wins Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

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Gonzalo E. Rodriguez

Since 1992, attorney Edgar (“Ed”) Gentle has served as partner at Gentle Turner Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Ed Gentle graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law, which recently announced that one of its students has won the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.

Every year, the American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL’s) Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section holds the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The goals of the competition are to promote scholarship and expose students to AALL and the field of law librarianship.

A rising third-year Alabama Law student, this year’s winner was Gonzalo E. Rodriguez, who wrote Protecting Inland Waterways, from the Institutes of Gaius to Magna Carta. In the essay, he discusses how ancient Rome, England, and the Visigothic Kingdom managed water resources. The essay required extensive research of climatic and political aspects of these civilizations to examine how they protected their waterways.

In recognition of his achievement, Mr. Rodriguez received a cash prize of $500 and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses to present his essay at the AALL’s annual meeting.

Looking for Alaska – John Green’s Classic Coming-of-Age Novel

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Looking for Alaska

Ed Gentle is a well established Birmingham, Alabama, attorney who serves as court neutral. Engaging as special master and administrator, he has facilitated several major mass tort settlements over the decades. An avid reader, Ed Gentle is currently working his way through the novels of John Green, from Paper Towns to Looking for Alaska.

Published in 2005, the latter novel cleverly bridges genres and features a protagonist Miles Halter who finds meaning in the deathbed sayings of famous figures. Leaving home to attend boarding school, Miles is in search of the Great Perhaps, a deathbed term that poet Francois Rabelais used for what might follow life. He is soon joined in this quest by Alaska Young and his roommate Takumi, as the narrative portrays the passion and anxiety of high school life, as well as its small triumphs.

Critically acclaimed upon publication, Looking for Alaska earned the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. Among the other novels that Edgar Gentle recently read was Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman.

Understanding Class Action Lawsuits and Mass Torts

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Class Action Lawsuits and Mass Torts

Birmingham, Alabama, attorney Edgar “Ed” Gentle has held appointed positions in a variety of multi-district litigation cases, including the MDL Blue Cross Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2406). A thought leader in his field, Ed Gentle has presented on a number of mass tort topics, from the administration of local settlements to strategies of selecting lead counsel.

Mass torts are related to class action lawsuits, which involve a group of people affected by a common issue, from vehicle safety defects to customer over-billing. Through consolidating a wide range of claims into a single claim, what would otherwise be a raft of similar cases are efficiently handled within a unified court process. Class action suits usually arise when the circumstance or injury-related compensation is not worth the expense and time of hiring an individual attorney for each plaintiff.

The mass torts handled by Edgar Gentle encompass class actions and a variety of additional legal situations. The most common type of mass tort involves consumers who have been harmed by defective drugs or products on a large scale. These cases tend to be complex and don’t follow a predictable, standardized procedure in court of law, due to the sheer number of claims and factors involved.