Areas of Emphasis
  • Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Business Tort Law
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
Distinctions
  • AV-rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Alabama Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013
Education & Honors
  • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., Deans List, Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Teaching Fellow, 1996
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., Geology/ Environmental Studies, 1991
Associations
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Birmingham Crippled Children’s Foundation/Monday Morning Quarterback Club
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Law Practice Management Task Force (2012-Present) Chair
    • Medical Defense & Health Law Committee (2012-Present) Vice Chair
    • Alabama State Membership Committee (2011-Present) Chair
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2010-2012) Chair
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2007-2010) Vice Chair
    • 2011 Midyear Meeting CLE Planning Committee
    • “Think IADC First” Task Force; ADR, Business Litigation, Insurance and Reinsurance, Medical Defense & Health Law, Products Liability, and Trial Tactics Committees
    • Nominating Committee (2011)
    • 2014 Annual Meeting CLE Steering Committee Chair
    • In-House and Law Firm Management Committee (2013 - present) Chair
    • IADC and FDCC Join Law Firm Management Conference (May 9-10, 2013) Co-Chair
  • Rotary Club of Birmingham
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Alabama: Northern, Middle and Southern Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 11th Circuit
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.
Papers, Presentations & Publications
  • 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).
  • Author, Finally…Alabama Makes the Change from Frye to Daubert , IADC Trial Techniques & Tactics Newsletter (July 2011).
  • Panelist, Meeting your Client’s Expectations in Mediation, IADC Midyear Meeting (February 2011).
  • Co-Author, Overcoming the Vanishing Trail: A Lawyer’s Skills Are More Vital Than Ever to Success at Mediation , IADC ADR Committee Newsletter (January 2011).
  • Co-Author, Kawasaki v. Regal-Beloit: The Supreme Court Resolves the Long-Standing Circuit Split Regarding the Law Applicable to Multimodal Shipping Contracts, IADC Environmental, Energy and Maritime Law Committee Newsletter (December 2010).
  • Moderator, Uses of Social Media in Discovery and Trial, IADC Webinar (June 2010).
  • Co-Author,The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007: A Practitioner’s Guide to Resolving Personal Injury Liability Claims by Medicare Beneficiaries, 76 Def. Couns. J. 393 (October 2009).
  • Author, Alabama Has a Difference of Opinion: When Does Testimony by an Out-of-State Engineer Constitute the Practice of Engineering?, IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter (January 2007).
  • Author, What Every Product Manufacturer Needs to Know When Defending a Lawsuit in Alabama, IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter (January 2006)
  • Co-Author, The Basics of Applying Daubert and Frye in State Court, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, 21 (April 2003).

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