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
  • 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
  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2385 (Coordinating Counsel, Bellwether Discovery Team).
  • In re: Accutane Litigation, Superior Court of N.J., Case Code No. 271 (Core Discovery Team).
  • Miller Trucking, LLC, et al. v. APAC-Midsouth, Inc., et al., Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. (Trial Counsel)
  • Packaging Corp. of America v. ILS, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ala. (Trial Counsel).
  • Pemco Aviation Grp., Inc. v. Certex of Ala., Inc., Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. (Trial Counsel).
  • Taylor v. Battenfeld GloucesterEngineering Co., Inc., Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Ala. (Trial Counsel)
  • Hunter v. West Fraser, Inc., 129 So. 3d 286 (Ala. 2013).
  • J.I.T. Services, Inc. v. Temic-Telefunken RF Engineering, LLC, 903 So. 2d 852 (Ala. 2000).
  • Product lines defended include all-terrain vehicles, automobiles, bar sealers, blow mold machines, concrete anchor lifting systems, extruders, gas valves, hydraulic transfer cars, HVAC systems, kerosene heaters, medical devices, mobile cranes, commercial electrical controls systems, overhead cranes, pharmaceuticals, PVC pipe, power tools, power regulators, soot blowers, stainless steel wire rope, toasters, televisions, tractors and underground mining equipment.
Papers, Presentations & Publications
  • Author, "Collaboration: Part of Pharmaceutical Industry's New Normal," Pro Te: Solutio, 2014 Publication Forthcoming.
  • 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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