Jim defends manufacturers and distributors on matters in the pharmaceutical, medical device, construction and trucking industries. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in personal injury litigation.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1981
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Alabama: Northern, Middle, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic Involvement

  • Altamont School Board of Trustees
    •  Past President
  • Altamont School Board of Trustees
    • Past Vice President
  • Altamont School Board of Trustees
    • Headmaster Search Committee
      •  Past Chair
  • Altamont School Board of Trustees
    • Ten-Million-Dollar Campus Development Committee
      • Past Chair
  • Cahaba River Society
    •  Past President
  • Cahaba River Society
    •  Past Vice President
  • Cahaba River Society
    • Board of Directors
      • Past Member
  • Birmingham Canoe Club
    • Board of Directors
      • Past Member

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1995-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2018
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2011-2018
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2011-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2016-2017
    • Alabama Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Member of the team selected as nationwide Product Liability Firm of the Year, 2018
  • The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers
  • Registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster

Education & Honors

  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1981
  • Amherst College, B.A., English, cum laude, 1975

Experience

  • Defense of matters on behalf of manufacturers and distributors in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
  • Defense of matters on behalf of manufacturers and distributors of equipment used in the construction, trucking, farming, mining and timber industries.
  • Defense of manufacturers and distributors of products in a number of other industries including: toxic chemicals, tires, foods, gas and electric appliances, roofing materials, motor vehicles, specialized military equipment, firearms, propane tanks, computer software, and industrial trash compactors.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Committee Co-Chair, "Current Issues in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation," American Bar Association Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Conference, November 18, 2005, November 16, 2006; November 14, 2008; November 12, 2009; November 11, 2010; November 17, 2011; November 16, 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Alabama section of 50-State Survey on Plaintiff’s Medical Care and Treatment- Discovery and Evidentiary Issues," Products Liability Committee, ABA Section of Litigation (2010).
  • Co-Author, "Alabama section of Federal Jurisdiction Based on Removal: A 50-State Survey, A Report of the Pharmaceutical Subcommittee of the Products Liability Committee," Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2009).
  • Co-Author, "Alabama section of Consumer Class Action 50-State Survey," Products Liability Committee, ABA Section of Litigation (2008).
  • Program Co-Chair & Panel Moderator, "Valuing Settlement: How Much Is It Worth?" Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Litigation & Policy, American Bar Association Pharmaceutical Conference, November 14, 2007.
  • Co-Author, "Alabama section of Update on Punitive Damages Claims: A 50-State Survey," Products Liability Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (2007).
  • Co-Author, "Alabama and Mississippi sections of 2005-2006 State Warnings Liability Survey," Products Liability Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2006).
  • Author, "Alabama section of the Restatement Sections Specifically Applicable to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Cases in State Court: A 50-State Survey, A Report of the Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Biologicals Subcommittee of the Products Liability Committee," Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2004).
  • Panel Moderator, "The Sulzer Hip and Knee Implant Litigation: A Class Action Settlement that Worked," Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Litigation & Policy, American Bar Association Pharmaceutical Conference, November 20, 2003.
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