Chris has defended a wide variety of product lines ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to consumer, commercial, and industrial products and manufacturing systems. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. 

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Associations

Bar Admissions

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

Civic Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Birmingham, Member
  • St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, Member
  • Crippled Children’s Foundation/Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Member
  • Troop 28 – Greater Alabama Council (Vulcan District), Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Washington & Lee University
    • Birmingham Area Chair, Alumni Admissions Program
    • Alumni Board, 2015-2018

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2014-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2016-2017
    • Alabama Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2015
  • Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2015

Education & Honors

  • Cumberland School of Law, 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
    • Member, Men’s Varsity Tennis (1988 NCAA Div. III National Champions)
    • Inductee, Athletic Hall of Fame
    • Member, National Alumni Association Board of Directors (2015-present) 

Experience

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation  
  • Extensive experience in defending manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, including developing, coordinating and implementing defense strategy in concurrent federal and state court consolidated proceedings, deposing healthcare providers and expert witnesses, and retention, development of and challenges to expert witnesses.  Recent experience includes:
    • In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Sys. Prods. Liability Lit., MDL No. 2327 (S.D.W.V.).
    • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings:
      • MDL No. 2385 (S.D.IL)
      • Superior Ct., Jud. Dist. of Hartford, CT (Complex Lit. Docket),
      • Adler, et al. v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharm., Inc., Louis, MO Circuit Ct.
    • In re: Accutane Lit., Superior Court of N.J., Case Code No. 271.
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Broad experience in defending a wide variety of consumer, commercial and industrial products and manufacturing systems. Recent experience includes:

    • Defended international designer/manufacturer of industrial steel manufacturing system for multi-million dollar property damage claims arising out of massive molten steel spill. Secured summary judgment on product-defect claims.
    • Successfully defended manufacturer of induction furnace in personal injury/wrongful death claim arising out of furnace explosion.
    • Successful defense of electronic controls manufacturer in multiple wrongful death claims arising from catastrophic underground mining accidents.
    • Numerous other product lines defended, including all-terrain vehicles, automobiles, bar sealers, blow mold machines, concrete anchor lifting systems, extruders, hydraulic transfer cars, commercial HVAC systems, kerosene heaters, mobile cranes, PVC pipe, power tools, soot blowers, stainless steel wire rope, televisions and toasters.
  • Business Disputes  
  • Wide-ranging experience representing publicly-held and privately-owned corporations in enforcing and defending wide-ranging claims involving contractual rights, trade secrets, false advertising and trademark infringement.  Recent experience includes:
    • Successfully secured injunctive relief on behalf of national HVAC designer/manufacturer in trade secrets action against competitor.
    • Represented national paper plate manufacturer in false advertising claims against competing manufacturer arising out of national television advertising campaign.
    • Represented air ambulance transport services provider in trademark infringement and cybersquatting claims.
    • Represented national radio station owner in enforcement of non-compete agreement with local radio personality.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Chapter Co-Author, “Liens and Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual (3d Ed. 2016).
  • Co-Author, “Alabama No Longer an Outlier State:  Legislature Says ‘No’ To Innovator Liability,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 3, December 2015.
  • Author, "Thinking Bigger: Broadening Regulatory Strategy For New Medical Devices By Planning For Both Regulatory and Reimbursement Approval"Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer 2015
  • Speaker, "Strategic Planning for Law Firms:  Key Considerations," IADC 2015 Annual Meeting, July 8, 2015.
  • 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). 
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