Biography

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Alabama: Northern, Middle, Southern
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals
    • 11th Circuit

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Alabama Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013

Education & Honors

  • Samford University, J.D., 1996
    • Dean’s List
    • Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Teaching Fellow
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., Geology and Environmental Studies, 1991

Experience

  • Defended international manufacturer of steel fabricating system in federal court for multi-million dollar property damage claim arising out of massive molten steel spill and involving design defect claims.  Obtained summary judgment in favor of system manufacturer.
  • Defended domestic mobile, all-terrain crane manufacturer in wrongful death case in state court involving claims of design defect.  Obtained summary judgment in favor of crane manufacturer.
  • Product lines defended include all-terrain vehicles, automobiles, bar sealers, blow mold machines, concrete anchor lifting systems, extruders, gas valves, hydraulic transfer cars, commercial HVAC systems, kerosene heaters, medical devices, mobile cranes, commercial electrical controls systems, overhead cranes, pharmaceuticals, PVC pipe, power tools, industrial power regulators, soot blowers, stainless steel wire rope, toasters, televisions, tractors and underground mining equipment.
  • Defended state mental health department in numerous wrongful death and personal injury suits involving residents who sustained injuries from patient-patient or patient-staff incidents.
  • Defended numerous hunting clubs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury claims arising out of hunting accidents.
  • Defended national outdoor advertising company in claims arising out of breach of former advertising executive’s employment agreement.  Obtained summary judgment in favor of advertising company. 
  • Represented air ambulance transport services provider in cyber-squatting and trademark infringement case, resulting in assignment of disputed domain name to transport provider.
  • Defended national dog products manufacturer in trademark infringement suit.  Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturer. 
  • Defendant international national electronic controls manufacturer in trade secrets suit against competitor and former employee.  Obtained injunctive relief against competitor and former employee.

Publications

  • Author, "Collaboration: Part of the Pharmaceutical Industry's New Normal," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 2, 25-31, June 2014.
  • Co-Author, "What Do California, Vermont and Alabama Have in Common?" Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 3, September 2013.
  • Speaker, "Alternative Fee Arrangements & Value Billing," IADC 2013 Annual Meeting, July 8, 2013.
  • Speaker, "The Future of the Legal Services Industry," IADC & FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference, May 10, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "What Do California, Vermont … and Alabama Have In Common?: Innovator-Liability for Brand-Name Prescription Drug Manufacturers," IADC Committee Newsletter (February 2013). 
  • Co-Author, "The Mississippi Supreme Court Issues A Get-Out-of-Jail Card to Unlicensed Engineers Offering Expert Testimony," IADC Committee Newsletter (December 2012).
  • Moderator, "The Decision to Seek Arbitration – Be Careful What You Wish For …," IADC Annual Meeting (July 2012).
  • Moderator, "Why Clients Are Demanding Value and What Law Firms Are Doing (or Not) to Meet The Challenge," IADC Midyear Meeting (February 2012).
  • Author, "Alabama Now Recognizes A Civil Cause of Action for the Wrongful Death of A Non-viable Fetus," IADC Medical Defense & Health Law Committee Newsletter (October 2011).
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