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Litigation: General Commercial — Alabama


Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Provides commercial litigation services to an array of clients, ranging from major corporations to small to medium-sized enterprises and private individuals. Experienced handling class actions at the state and federal level, with niche knowledge of the environmental, construction and transportation sectors.

Strengths Peers acknowledge their "high regard for that firm" and speak favorably of the firm's "good lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Bruce Rogers is viewed by peers as an "outstanding" and "very skilled" lawyer. He is known for his accomplishments as a "fantastic mediator" and litigator, whose practice has a considerable emphasis on insurance disputes and business torts.

Alfred Smith is a "good lawyer" who is "very well respected" among market sources. He has nearly 30 years' experience, regularly handling significant commercial and environmental litigation.

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Balch & Bingham LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Impressive, full-service firm with a distinguished dispute resolution practice encompassing litigation, arbitration, mediation and appellate experts. Accomplished record operating in regulated sectors such as healthcare, energy and financial services. In addition to its active cases the team also provides clients with regular in-house litigation training seminars.

Strengths One client highlights the team's ability to build enduring client relationships. They state: "We're very happy with them, we see them as part of our company DNA. It's a very longstanding relationship."

Sources note its strong market reputation, calling it "a solid, go-to firm."

Work highlights Representing a consortium of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans - including WellPoint and Anthem - in a multidistrict antitrust class action with significant ramifications for the continued operation of the Blue Cross Blue Shield federation.

Representing Jefferson County in an ongoing class action involving a challenge to the County's tax laws.

Significant clients Alabama Power Company, Auburn University, BBVA Compass, Daikin America, Chemical Lime Company.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Michael Edwards is an immensely respected litigator who has had a long career representing clients in disputes at the highest levels. He is a well-known figure in Alabama's legal community and widely agreed to be a "fine lawyer."

David Boyd is a standout lawyer in the market who is described as "very practical, with a world of experience." He is well known for his representation of major corporations in big-ticket litigations, including disputes in the energy and construction sectors.

Ed Haden chairs the firm's appellate practice group and is well regarded in this arena. He has an excellent understanding of appellate issues in the energy and financial services sectors.

Alan Rogers is "very well known and respected in the state," and has resumed his full-time trial practice having stepped down as managing partner in January 2017. He is well respected at all levels of the court system and has a great understanding of disputes issues in the healthcare, insurance and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head Russ Campbell possesses a "wide-ranging skill set" in regard to dispute resolution, being an accomplished trial lawyer as well as "instrumental in helping us to develop and implement strategies to avoid litigation," one client observes. He has strong industry-specific expertise relating to the energy and utilities sectors.

Bruce Barze is viewed as a "very good" attorney who possesses "a strong work ethic, while remaining mindful of cost." The core of his practice consists of environmental, product liability and insurance litigation, as well as personal injury matters.

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Premier group of litigation specialists notable for its extensive strength in depth. Team comprises experts in construction, medical malpractice and appellate litigation, in addition to general commercial cases. Represents a number of major national and international pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and healthcare networks in high-value class actions nationwide.

Strengths Sources see the group as "absolutely top-notch, terrific lawyers who always add value to the matters we send them."

Clients have high praise for the firm. One says: "Excellent firm and terrific people. They're very responsive: if we call, we get a response. As good a firm as I have ever experienced."

Work highlights Defended Boeing in a breach of contract claim valued at over $300 million, relating to the maintenance of United States Air Force aircraft.

Trial counsel to Cooper Tire & Rubber in significant product liability proceedings in Georgia. The firm also acts as the company's regional counsel in product liability matters generally.

Significant clients Glenwood Healthcare, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Bayer, Pfizer, Cliffs North American Coal.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman James Gewin has decades of experience in the civil litigation arena, with a core focus on product liability and insurance-related matters. In addition to his litigation practice, he has also recently handled significant arbitration cases.

Matthew Lembke is an impressive practitioner with an excellent reputation for his appellate work and a "deep knowledge of the procedural rules" governing such matters. He is active in healthcare disputes, as well as on toxic torts and environmental contamination cases.

Clients describe Kevin Newsom as a "brilliant" appellate lawyer who can "get us up to speed very quickly, and almost immediately provide good, valuable and strategic advice on our appellate issues."

Mabry Rogers is an immensely respected practitioner with an "outstanding reputation in construction litigation," being widely viewed as a preeminent figure in this field. He also represents clients in arbitration and mediation.

The "very thoughtful" Tripp Haston is a lawyer who "can explain things in a way that's easy to understand and easy to translate into a course of action." He utilizes his experience of the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors in a range of litigation matters.

Michael Pennington is described as a "diligent, hard-working lawyer" who distinguishes himself through his assured handling of multidistrict class actions, particularly in the insurance and financial services fields.

Robert Maddox is noted for his financial services expertise, particular with regard to mortgage litigation. He divides his time between the firm's offices in Birmingham and Washington, DC.

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Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group knows the stakes for your business in every case we litigate. Bradley has more than 225 litigators – comprising nearly half of the firm – who use our firm’s 100-plus years of experience nationally and internationally, in a wide expanse of industries, to provide the premier service and value that our clients require, whether trying cases in a courtroom or negotiating settlements in a boardroom.

We approach cases strategically, providing early case assessments for clients that help direct the course of the matter from preliminary dispositive motions and settlement talks through trial and appeal, if necessary. Should a matter proceed to trial, our lawyers leverage our track record of courtroom successes nationwide, including our success in appellate proceedings, to help clients evaluate the risks of litigation and balance those risks against their specific business goals.

Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group handles matters in nearly every substantive area of law that concerns our business clients, including:

  • Antitrust and unfair competition
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Class actions and mass torts
  • Contract disputes and business torts
  • Environmental and natural resources
  • ERISA and employee benefits
  • Government enforcement and investigations
  • Intellectual property and trade secrets
  • Labor and employment
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence
  • Healthcare
  • White-collar criminal defense

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Burr & Forman LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Best known for its handling of regional and national mass torts, including toxic torts, as well as a range of other matters relating to product liability, catastrophic injury and workplace accidents. Noted for its knowledge of the financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors, with expertise in class actions and contract disputes.

Strengths A source says they "highly recommend the firm. They're very customer service-oriented, a top-notch firm that offers a lot to their clients."

One client spoke at length of the speed with which the group is able to offer its advice, stating: "We were given answers almost immediately as to what the route would be, and that was very comforting. They're confident and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Defended Discover Financial Services in mass actions brought under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Citi, LG Electronics, United States Steel, Rinnai America Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Paul Cavender is a respected attorney who "works hard" and is recognized for his many years' experience and deep subject matter expertise. He is well versed in disputes issues arising from the scientific, medical and engineering spheres and regularly acts on significant mass tort and product liability cases.

Sources note Rik Tozzi as a strong litigator with a "fantastic personality," which contributes greatly to his court presence. His client list includes numerous financial services organizations, and he is active nationally in both litigation and arbitration.

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Christian & Small LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Well-known litigation practice recognized for its broad spectrum of expertise. Offers sector-specific knowledge of the healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, insurance and retail industries, among others. Possesses extensive courtroom trial experience throughout the Southeast region, as well as specialist expertise in appellate matters.

Strengths Interviewees highlight its formidable reputation and trial skills. "They have great standing in the local legal community and are excellent advocates for their clients," say sources.

Sources praise the team's advocacy skills, stating that its "trial work is top-notch."

Work highlights Represented Grandview Medical Center in a $20 million class action defense arising from allegations of data theft against an employee of an independent hospital contractor.

Defense counsel to Fisher-Price and Mattel in a product liability case relating to an infant sleeper product.

Significant clients Nationwide Insurance, Dollar General, Home Depot, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, CRST International.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Christian is a seasoned trial lawyer with an impressive track record in complex commercial disputes. He is best known for his successes on behalf of clients in wrongful death cases and mass torts.

Managing partner Deborah Smith is recognized for her appellate and post-judgment relief expertise, in which arena sources speak of her as "the real deal." She handles matters in a range of industries.

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Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, PC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Full-service, Mobile-based dispute resolution boutique, offering clients assistance with litigation, arbitration and mediation. Possesses an impressive regional reputation. Expertise covers medical malpractice, product liability and appellate work, as well as issues in the financial services and real estate sectors.

Strengths Sources emphasize the quality of its bench, highlighting it as "a good firm with good lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Joseph Babington is described by the market as a "first-rate lawyer" with a "very good reputation" for product liability defense and appellate work. He has over 25 years of experience in these fields and acts for a number of major clients in the pharmaceuticals sector.

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Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Best known for its distinguished representation of national and international automotive manufacturers in defense of product liability claims. Also recognized for its regular handling of insurance-related litigation matters. Advises on matters across the Southeast region, with a growing reputation for medical malpractice litigation.

Strengths Sources note that "the firm's main strength is its depth of knowledge and trial experience in the automotive products liability field. They have lawyers who can try, and win, high-exposure cases of a highly technical nature."

Sources praise the team's in-depth knowledge and customer service. "Their people are top-notch, knowledgeable, always available and up-to-date on trends," assert interviewees.

Work highlights Successfully defended Ford in a product liability trial arising from claims of defective safety features in one of its vehicle models.

Represented Boggs & Boulders Off Road Park & Campground in its defense of claims made by local residents that the park created a noise nuisance.

Significant clients Mitsubishi, Honda, Nissan, Allstate Insurance, Toyota.

Notable practitioners

Peers herald Stan Cash as a "legend of the defense Bar." He is recognized for his many years of experience appearing before the courts on behalf of high-profile clients, and receives particular acclaim for his work in the medical malpractice and product liability realms.

Alan Thomas continues to be noted for his product liability expertise. He handles cases for a number of the firm's largest automotive clients and also has experience before the appellate courts.

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Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. - Litigation

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What the team is known for Impressive, Huntsville-based group whose experience spans litigation, arbitration and mediation. Notable practice in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury defense. Experience representing federal clients, including municipalities, education systems and sheriff departments.

Strengths Sources regard the group as a highly credible and well-recognized team, adding that "they are very good" at what they do.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Beasley is a key contact for clients.

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Leading Birmingham litigation boutique with a deep bench of highly experienced and successful trial lawyers. Especially noted for its product liability work and growing white-collar crime practice, regularly representing clients in cases against the federal government. Typically acts for clients in the manufacturing, insurance, energy and financial services sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the group for its "practical, solution-oriented approach," noting that "they understand the law and its impact on their clients' business."

Interviewees speak highly of the department, widely recognizing it as an "outstanding" team of "well-known and excellent lawyers."

Work highlights Represented AIG, insurer of La Petite Academy, in a claim for $95 million relating to the death of an infant while under the academy's supervision.

Represented South Alabama Brick in its successful appeal against the $12.6 million judgment for compensatory damages previously rendered in response to a workplace injury at one of its warehouses.

Significant clients ProAssurance, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Emerson Electric, Hyundai, GE.

Notable practitioners

Cofounder Samuel Franklin is a highly experienced practitioner whose illustrious career has seen him act regularly for municipalities, as well as for clients in the manufacturing and energy sectors. He is viewed by sources as "a great all-around lawyer with good diplomatic skills and the ability to try cases and be tough when necessary."

Christian King is well thought of by market sources, who describe him as "good at strategy and the drafting of briefs, and good on his feet in the courtroom." He is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer whom peers regard as "a worthy adversary."

Harlan Prater is an accomplished trial lawyer best known for his product liability practice, primarily representing pharmaceutical and medical device clients. He is well regarded in the market, with a "good regional reputation."

Adam Peck is a "tremendous" trial lawyer noted for his product liability and personal injury expertise, including a notable specialty in toxic torts. He also tries high-profile catastrophic injury cases across numerous states.

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C. - Litigation

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What the team is known for Widely recognized litigation practice with a nationwide reach and five Alabama offices to draw upon. Represents some of the state's largest clients in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and insurance sectors.

Strengths Sources note its standing in the Alabama market. "The firm has an excellent reputation and their credibility and high standards are an indispensable assistance, especially to out-of-state counsel," comments one interviewee.

Clients find the team to be "very practical, cost-effective, smart lawyers who understand our business needs and have the answers to our questions before we've even asked."

Work highlights Assisting WestRock with its docket of asbestos litigation, comprising some 683 individual cases across numerous states.

Defending McWane following allegations of price-fixing relating to the sale of ductile iron pipe fittings.

Significant clients Protective Life Corporation, Clayton Homes, Dow Chemical, United States Automobile Association, Regions Financial Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Lee Bains is acclaimed by sources as "one of the foremost class action attorneys in the country." He also has a particularly strong reputation for appellate work.

Described as "very good" by sources, John Neiman is chair of the firm's appellate practice group and garners praise for his accomplishments before the appellate circuits. He is regularly called upon to represent the State of Alabama and the Governor of Alabama.

Michael Mulvaney is noted by sources for his "terrific trial presence and great skills in the courtroom." He has an established national class action practice with major financial services and insurance companies listed among his clients.

Former president of the Alabama Bar Association Maibeth Porter is highly knowledgeable in the fields of banking, insurance and drug and medical device litigation. She has gained further renown for her representation of clients in state and federal investigations.

John Bolus cochairs the financial institutions, corporate governance and fiduciary litigation practice from the firm's Birmingham office. Interviewees consider him to be one of the "go-to" litigation lawyers in the state.

Litigation cochair Thomas Thagard represents clients in complex business disputes across the country, including insurance, antitrust, IP and financial services cases. He is also an accomplished mediator.

John Earnhardt is a "very skilled attorney who combines high-quality, cost-effective representation with the ability to interact well with executives, middle managers and lower-level employees alike." He covers product liability, mass torts and general commercial disputes.

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McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Mobile-based litigation boutique offering impressive trial and appellate services. Represents major corporations in the healthcare and manufacturing industries, with noted sector-specific knowledge in areas such as maritime law. Also covers white-collar crime, product liability and financial fraud matters.

Strengths Clients speak favorably of the team, commenting that "they have always been very responsive, always available and reasonably priced. They do a good job all the way around."

Sources view the firm as providing both quality and value. One says: "The service is always prompt and efficient, and we feel that our money is well spent with this firm."

Work highlights Defended forklift manufacturer JLG Industries following a range of allegations arising from a serious workplace injury.

Successfully acted for Austal USA in a long-running case involving allegations of racial discrimination and bias in the workplace.

Significant clients CSX Transportation, Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, SEACOR Holdings, Southern Light Fiber, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood.

Notable practitioners

Brian McCarthy is championed by sources as "extremely charismatic - he had the jury's attention hanging on his every word." Sources also describe him as "very intellectual" and someone who "gets a handle on what's going on straight away."

Michael Knight has over 40 years of experience appearing before the courts in high-stakes litigation cases. He continues to represent clients in a wide range of matters, including product liability, wrongful death and commercial fraud.

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Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett - Litigation

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What the team is known for Montgomery-centered group with a particularly strong reputation for medical malpractice defense, complemented by a notable commercial litigation team. Acknowledged for its strength in insurance and professional liability disputes.

Strengths Peers in the market say: "They are very good. A good medical malpractice defense firm."

Notable practitioners

Firm president Thomas Keene draws praise from interviewees, who view him as a "terrific" and "excellent lawyer." He is respected for the wealth of experience and technical knowledge he has gained during his four-decade career in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation.

Fred Tyson is well regarded by the market in Alabama with sources describing him as a "fine, fine lawyer." He is recognized for his deep knowledge of, and regular activity in, the medical malpractice defense arena.

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Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Impressive Birmingham boutique. Maintains a distinguished list of clients in the healthcare, insurance and governmental sectors, and is regularly cited by other firms as a preferred choice for conflict-of-interest referrals. Its bench is noted both for its technical expertise and its high levels of academic qualification.

Strengths Sources find the team to be "extremely intelligent and savvy. Their academic skill is very high, they picked up the intricacies of the case quickly."

Interviewees remark that the group is "very talented and capable. They're committed to the cause and work real hard."

Work highlights Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver of Colonial Bank, in pursuit of professional malpractice, gross negligence and other claims against the bank's former auditors.

Acted for Capital Blue Cross, an affiliate of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in an antitrust class action involving claims in excess of $1 billion.

Significant clients National Conference of State Legislatures, ServisFirst Bank, Service Experts, Conrad & Scherer LLP, Air Liquide USA.

Notable practitioners

Robert Spotswood is praised as a "strategic thinker" with a reputation for handling high-stakes litigation. He has broad-ranging expertise on commercial, antitrust, IP and transportation matters. Numerous peers note him as a go-to referral choice in the event of a conflict of interest. One source says: "If I have a conflict, he's who I'd look to, before anyone else."

The "very smart" Kenneth Sansom has experience handling general commercial, employment and transport-related disputes. He is well versed appearing before the state and federal courts.

Michael Sansbury is a "very good" attorney who is viewed as a rising talent within the firm. His broad experience includes a number of notable employment and insurance disputes.

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Starnes Davis Florie LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Impressive firm widely regarded as the preeminent force in Alabama's medical malpractice arena. Also fields an accomplished commercial litigation group. Frequently handles major malpractice cases for some of the region's largest healthcare providers, and maintains an outstanding record of successful trial verdicts. Longstanding reputation for its work representing senior care organizations.

Strengths Sources note that "Starnes Davis Florie lawyers are always well prepared, and they appreciate the importance of effective, yet efficient legal representation. They are great at adapting to the needs of the situation."

Interviewees frequently mention the firm's outstanding reputation in the medical malpractice field. One source says: "They continually try difficult, high-risk medical malpractice cases, with a rate of success that rivals any firm we use throughout the country."

Work highlights Represented Walter Energy in a securities fraud national class action, in which the team obtained a settlement of less than 5% the amount initially sought by the plaintiffs.

Defended ProAssurance in a case involving claims of negligence against an emergency physician following the death of a 29-year-old man.

Represented the Drummond Company in a suit against a Florida-based law firm involving allegations of bribery contrary to the RICO Act.

Significant clients UAB Health Systems, Noland Health Services, Golden Living, Rice University, National Bank of Commerce.

Notable practitioners

Michael Florie is a prolific and highly skilled trial lawyer, and is one of the best-known names in the field of medical malpractice defense, where "people think very highly of him." He has successfully defended a large number of cases over the years, involving the complete array of medical malpractice issues.

Managing partner Robert MacKenzie is a distinguished practitioner with "excellent experience" in this field. Sources also note he is "the most likable guy you'll ever meet - he has a sincerity that endears him to clients and juries." He has a broad practice that covers medical malpractice, product liability and labor and employment, among other areas.

Walter Bates is described by sources as an "incredible attorney who brings to the table a perfect combination of extensive legal experience and genuine likeability." His experience and deep knowledge of the Alabama healthcare market means he "has the confidence of his clients - he knows the ins and outs of medical law."

Michael Wright is a successful and formidable medical malpractice lawyer. Sources praise the way in which he "leaves no stone left unturned," and describe him as a tenacious courtroom advocate. In addition to medical malpractice matters, he also takes on other professional liability disputes, as well as contractual and product liability litigation.

Jay Ezelle is an accomplished lawyer with strong knowledge of commercial and IP law. According to sources, "his ability to quickly comprehend a situation and devise a strategy for moving forward is extraordinary. He has a keen attention to detail and works well with everyone."

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    About the Firm - Starnes Davis Florie: Attorneys at Law

Starnes Davis Florie LLP is a firm of real trial lawyers focused on obtaining the highest value for its clients. While the firm is one of the most experienced in complex litigation in the Southeast and vigorously contests courtroom battles in bet-the-company cases, it also understands that value means more than just winning verdicts. With a lean structure designed to deliver top shelf advice in a cost-effective way, Starnes provides real value by collaborating with its clients to accomplish their goals and enhance their bottom-line.


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Senior Statesmen

Thomas W Christian

Christian & Small LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Christian is a seasoned trial lawyer with an impressive track record in complex commercial disputes. He is best known for his successes on behalf of clients in wrongful death cases and mass torts.

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Senior Statesmen

Michael L Edwards

Balch & Bingham LLP

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Senior partner Michael Edwards is an immensely respected litigator who has had a long career representing clients in disputes at the highest levels. He is a well-known figure in Alabama's legal community and widely agreed to be a "fine lawyer."

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Senior Statesmen

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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Senior statesman James Gewin has decades of experience in the civil litigation arena, with a core focus on product liability and insurance-related matters. In addition to his litigation practice, he has also recently handled significant arbitration cases.

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Balch & Bingham LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Boyd is a standout lawyer in the market who is described as "very practical, with a world of experience." He is well known for his representation of major corporations in big-ticket litigations, including disputes in the energy and construction sectors.

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Samuel H Franklin

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

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Cofounder Samuel Franklin is a highly experienced practitioner whose illustrious career has seen him act regularly for municipalities, as well as for clients in the manufacturing and energy sectors. He is viewed by sources as "a great all-around lawyer with good diplomatic skills and the ability to try cases and be tough when necessary."

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Crawford S McGivaren Jr

Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal

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Crawford McGivaren of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal is a highly regarded practitioner with a "very good reputation as a trial attorney." In the course of his long career he has acted as trial counsel in a wide range of cases, and is noted for his particular knowledge of product liability, consumer finance, employment and insurance law.

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

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Harlan Prater is an accomplished trial lawyer best known for his product liability practice, primarily representing pharmaceutical and medical device clients. He is well regarded in the market, with a "good regional reputation."

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Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP

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Bruce Rogers is viewed by peers as an "outstanding" and "very skilled" lawyer. He is known for his accomplishments as a "fantastic mediator" and litigator, whose practice has a considerable emphasis on insurance disputes and business torts.

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Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Spotswood is praised as a "strategic thinker" with a reputation for handling high-stakes litigation. He has broad-ranging expertise on commercial, antitrust, IP and transportation matters. Numerous peers note him as a go-to referral choice in the event of a conflict of interest. One source says: "If I have a conflict, he's who I'd look to, before anyone else."

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

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Lee Bains is acclaimed by sources as "one of the foremost class action attorneys in the country." He also has a particularly strong reputation for appellate work.

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Cavender is a respected attorney who "works hard" and is recognized for his many years' experience and deep subject matter expertise. He is well versed in disputes issues arising from the scientific, medical and engineering spheres and regularly acts on significant mass tort and product liability cases.

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Starnes Davis Florie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Ezelle is an accomplished lawyer with strong knowledge of commercial and IP law. According to sources, "his ability to quickly comprehend a situation and devise a strategy for moving forward is extraordinary. He has a keen attention to detail and works well with everyone."

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Starnes Davis Florie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Florie is a prolific and highly skilled trial lawyer, and is one of the best-known names in the field of medical malpractice defense, where "people think very highly of him." He has successfully defended a large number of cases over the years, involving the complete array of medical malpractice issues.

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Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Gill of Montgomery firm Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill has attained a strong regional reputation as an effective civil litigator and mediator. He acts as both a plaintiff and defense attorney and is seen as a "very good" practitioner with an impressive niche in construction and insurance litigation.

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very thoughtful" Tripp Haston is a lawyer who "can explain things in a way that's easy to understand and easy to translate into a course of action." He utilizes his experience of the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors in a range of litigation matters.

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McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian McCarthy is championed by sources as "extremely charismatic - he had the jury's attention hanging on his every word." Sources also describe him as "very intellectual" and someone who "gets a handle on what's going on straight away."

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Mulvaney is noted by sources for his "terrific trial presence and great skills in the courtroom." He has an established national class action practice with major financial services and insurance companies listed among his clients.

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Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak

From the Chambers USA guide

Tabor Novak of Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak is singled out as an "exceptional professional" with a range of impressive experience as a commercial and medical malpractice litigator. One source attests to his "terrific demeanor in the courtroom." He is based in Montgomery.

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Peck is a "tremendous" trial lawyer noted for his product liability and personal injury expertise, including a notable specialty in toxic torts. He also tries high-profile catastrophic injury cases across numerous states.

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Michael Pennington

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Pennington is described as a "diligent, hard-working lawyer" who distinguishes himself through his assured handling of multidistrict class actions, particularly in the insurance and financial services fields.

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Former president of the Alabama Bar Association Maibeth Porter is highly knowledgeable in the fields of banking, insurance and drug and medical device litigation. She has gained further renown for her representation of clients in state and federal investigations.

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Balch & Bingham LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Rogers is "very well known and respected in the state," and has resumed his full-time trial practice having stepped down as managing partner in January 2017. He is well respected at all levels of the court system and has a great understanding of disputes issues in the healthcare, insurance and manufacturing sectors.

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Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart" Kenneth Sansom has experience handling general commercial, employment and transport-related disputes. He is well versed appearing before the state and federal courts.

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Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill

From the Chambers USA guide

Based in Montgomery, Robert Segall of Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill is described by one sources as "one of the best lawyers around, for his advocacy and client relations." He has experience as a defense and plaintiff lawyer with understanding of commercial and personal injury law.

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources note Rik Tozzi as a strong litigator with a "fantastic personality," which contributes greatly to his court presence. His client list includes numerous financial services organizations, and he is active nationally in both litigation and arbitration.

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Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Babington is described by the market as a "first-rate lawyer" with a "very good reputation" for product liability defense and appellate work. He has over 25 years of experience in these fields and acts for a number of major clients in the pharmaceuticals sector.

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R. Bruce Barze Jr.

Balch & Bingham LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Barze is viewed as a "very good" attorney who possesses "a strong work ethic, while remaining mindful of cost." The core of his practice consists of environmental, product liability and insurance litigation, as well as personal injury matters.

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Sirote & Permutt PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources praise Robert Baugh of Sirote & Permutt PC for doing a "fantastic job" and being "extraordinarily calm and unflappable" in the courtroom. He is noted by a number of interviewees for the respect in which is held across the market, and regularly assists with insurance and product liability matters.

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

John Bolus cochairs the financial institutions, corporate governance and fiduciary litigation practice from the firm's Birmingham office. Interviewees consider him to be one of the "go-to" litigation lawyers in the state.

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Balch & Bingham LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head Russ Campbell possesses a "wide-ranging skill set" in regard to dispute resolution, being an accomplished trial lawyer as well as "instrumental in helping us to develop and implement strategies to avoid litigation," one client observes. He has strong industry-specific expertise relating to the energy and utilities sectors.

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Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers herald Stan Cash as a "legend of the defense Bar." He is recognized for his many years of experience appearing before the courts on behalf of high-profile clients, and receives particular acclaim for his work in the medical malpractice and product liability realms.

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Waller

From the Chambers USA guide

Birmingham-based Larry Childs cochairs the litigation and dispute resolution group at Waller, and is described as a "top-notch lawyer" with impressive experience in commercial litigation in Alabama and the wider region. He typically represents clients in the manufacturing and financial services sectors.

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Scott Dukes & Geisler, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Carter Dukes of Scott Dukes & Geisler, PC is a highly regarded commercial litigator best known for his work on employment and professional liability matters. He represents clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors, and regularly provides antidiscrimination training to major employers.

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

John Earnhardt is a "very skilled attorney who combines high-quality, cost-effective representation with the ability to interact well with executives, middle managers and lower-level employees alike." He covers product liability, mass torts and general commercial disputes.

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Christian King is well thought of by market sources, who describe him as "good at strategy and the drafting of briefs, and good on his feet in the courtroom." He is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer whom peers regard as "a worthy adversary."

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McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Knight has over 40 years of experience appearing before the courts in high-stakes litigation cases. He continues to represent clients in a wide range of matters, including product liability, wrongful death and commercial fraud.

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Maddox is noted for his financial services expertise, particular with regard to mortgage litigation. He divides his time between the firm's offices in Birmingham and Washington, DC.

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J Michael Rediker

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rediker of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell draws praise as an "effective trial lawyer." He is noted for his litigation practice in the financial services and securities fields, as well as for lecturing and writing widely on commercial litigation issues.

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Scott Dukes & Geisler, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Scott of Scott Dukes & Geisler, PC acts for a number of major clients in the banking, environmental and insurance industries. He is an experienced dispute resolution attorney, with experience of major insurance, financial services and professional liability cases.

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Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alfred Smith is a "good lawyer" who is "very well respected" among market sources. He has nearly 30 years' experience, regularly handling significant commercial and environmental litigation.

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Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Litigation cochair Thomas Thagard represents clients in complex business disputes across the country, including insurance, antitrust, IP and financial services cases. He is also an accomplished mediator.

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Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Thomas continues to be noted for his product liability expertise. He handles cases for a number of the firm's largest automotive clients and also has experience before the appellate courts.

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Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Sansbury is a "very good" attorney who is viewed as a rising talent within the firm. His broad experience includes a number of notable employment and insurance disputes.

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