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Eleventh Circuit                                                                          Highly recommended firms

                                                                                          Balch & Bingham
                                                                                          Balch      &     Bingham      comes       highly
                                                                                          recommended for Eleventh Circuit appellate
Presented in the Eleventh Circuit are issues not frequently seen in other US              litigation in Alabama, and is also
Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Here, in the Southeast and in the Gulf South,           recommended in Georgia. The firm employs
                                                                                          about 250 attorneys from offices in
the Eleventh Circuit has been protective of the public purse, declining to chip           Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and DC. The
away at official and sovereign immunity. As in the Fifth Circuit, global warming          firm’s largest practices are in the areas of
and environmental disaster cases, such as litigation arising from hurricanes and          personal injury and property damage
the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, have provided opportune litigation patterns         litigation, in both defense and prosecutorial
for firms involved in insurance litigation. Interstate water litigation is another        capacities. Other practice areas litigated by
                                                                                          the firm include issues surrounding the Gulf
highly litigated issue in the Eleventh Circuit.                                           oil spill, environmental and sustainability,
                                                                                          labor and employment, and dozens of others.
Eleventh Circuit litigation                  Samuel Franklin
                                             Lightfoot Franklin & White                   The firm’s appellate practice group is staffed
                                                                                          by attorneys who have argued and won in
firms – Alabama                              Edward Haden                                 several federal circuits over the course of
                                             Balch & Bingham                              decades. Specific issues argued include
Highly recommended                                                                        punitive damages, class actions, challenges to
                                             Bernard Harwood                              agency actions, and constitutional issues.
Balch & Bingham                              Rosen Harwood                                   The appellate group offers a vast array of
                                                                                          services including briefing and arguing
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles    Mitchell Henry
                                                                                          appeals, consultation on appellate matters,
                                             Webster Henry Lyons White Bradwell & Black
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                                                              post-trial judgment motions, amicus briefs,
                                             Thomas Keene                                 moving to set aside default judgments,
Christian & Small                            Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett           mooting attorneys in preparation for
                                                                                          appellate      arguments,     petitions     and
Copeland Franco Screws & Gill                John Leach                                   applications for rehearing, appealing agency
                                             Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse        decisions, and involvement at the trial level to
Cunningham Bounds                                                                         prepare the record in anticipation of appeal.
                                             Matthew Lembke                               David Boyd and Ed Haden are both
Lightfoot Franklin & White                   Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                 recommended in their circuits for appellate
Maynard Cooper & Gale                                                                     advocacy. Boyd brings his more than three
                                             Drayton Nabers
                                                                                          decades worth of litigation experience to
                                             Maynard Cooper & Gale
Lightfoot Franklin & White                                                                inform his appellate strategy. In the course of
                                             Kevin Newsom                                 his numerous and extensive representations,
Starnes Davis Florie                         Bradley Arant Buoult Cummings                Boyd has been involved in corporate,
                                                                                          governmental, and individual matters in both
                                             Sybil Newton                                 state and federal courts. Over the 14-year
                                             Starnes Davis Florie                         expanse of Haden’s career, he has worked in
                                                                                          both the private and public sectors. He has
                                             Robert Segall                                been involved in over 30 appeals, and often
Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse
                                             Copeland Franco Screws & Gill                files amicus briefs in impactful litigations.
Rosen Harwood
                                             Deborah Alley Smith                          Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles
                                             Christian & Small                            Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles
Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett
                                             Robert Spostwood
                                                                                          maintains an “impactful and effective”
Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury                                                               plaintiff’s practice through its litigation
                                             Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury
                                                                                          involving business and environmental issues,
Taylor & Taylor                                                                           personal injury, consumer fraud and products
                                             Sharon Stuart
                                             Christian & Small                            liability. The firm was founded in 1979 and
Webster Henry Lyons White Bradwell & Black
                                                                                          since then has built one of the nation’s largest
                                             Dana Taunton                                 plaintiff practices. Beasley Allen operates out
                                             Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles    of Montgomery and since its inception has
                                                                                          maintained a practice respected by attorneys
Eleventh Circuit litigation                  David Wirtes                                 and clients alike. The firm successfully
                                             Cunningham Bounds                            litigates cases nationwide and currently holds
stars – Alabama                                                                           the US record for largest verdicts or
                                                                                          settlement in a general consumer fraud case
Lee Bains                                                                                 involving oil and gas, in a general
Maynard Cooper & Gale                                                                     pharmaceutical case involving Vioxx, in a
                                                                                          general environmental case involving PCBs,
David Boyd                                                                                and a general consumer fraud case involving
Balch & Bingham                                                                           a sales finance scam.
Rhonda Chambers
                                                                                             Dana Taunton comes recommended by her
Taylor & Taylor                                                                           peers. She received her degree from the
                                                                                          University of Alabama in 1993, and clerked

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     for the Honorable Ira DeMent on the United        Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, appellate           the board of the Federal Defender’s program
     States District Court for the Middle District     courts in other jurisdictions, and have               for the United States Middle District of
     of Alabama. She brings this experience and        handled cases before the US Supreme Court.            Alabama. In February 2011, Segall was also
     her previous defense work to Beasley Allen,       The firm’s appellate attorneys specialize in          named by Best Lawyers as the “Montgomery
     adding strength to the firm’s litigation bench.   preparing post-verdict briefing, meticulously         Best Lawyers Appellate Lawyer of the Year”
                                                       prepared oral arguments, and amicus curiae            for 2011.
     Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                      briefs for cases in which they are not directly
     Bradley Arant Boult Cummings maintains            involved but where their clients have a               Cunningham Bounds
     offices in several federal circuits, including    significant interest. “The firm has represented       Cunningham Bounds is based in Mobile and
     Washington DC. The firm also comes highly         us for over 10 years. We chose to stay with           mainly represents plaintiff’s interests in a
     recommended in the Fifth and Sixth Circuits.      them because of their reasonable fees and             variety of matters such as medical
     “I chose to retain Bradley Arant based on         excellent results. As litigation counsel that         malpractice, products liability, and class
     personal referrals, experience, and prior         engages hundreds of firms nationwide, I               actions on behalf of individuals and groups
     record. The firm’s appellate team offers          would include Christian & Small in the upper          who have been personally and professionally
     exceptional writing and advocacy experience,      tier of firms I deal with,” raves a client.           affected by the explosion of the Deepwater
     and they get results. Other firms don’t              Deborah Alley Smith, managing partner of           Horizon oil rig and spill in the Gulf of
     compare,” says a client of two years. Bradley     the firm, comes recommended in the Eleventh           Mexico. In these practice areas, the firm
     Arant’s appellate attorneys litigate in all 13    Circuit for her “adept and refined appellate          maintains an active appellate practice led by
     US Court of Appeals and the US Supreme            advocacy skills.” Smith divides the majority          David Wirtes, who comes recommended by
     Court. The firm’s appellate lawyers handle all    of her time at the firm between post-verdict          local peers.
     practice areas, including general commercial,     briefing and arguing and preparing the firm’s            In accordance with the firm’s practice of
     class action, products liability, labor and       trial litigators to ensure that the trial record is   community and public interest involvement,
     employment,         intellectual     property,    properly preserved in preparation for                 Wirtes is active in several professional
     environmental, banking and finance,               possible appeal. Sharon Stuart devotes the            organizations outside of his activities at the
     bankruptcy, health care, media, tax, and civil    majority of her practice to civil trial work          firm. He is a member of the Mobile County
     rights.                                           and arbitration, with a focus on complex              Bar Association, Bench and Bar Conference
        While the Alabama Bar does not recognize       commercial and insurance litigation,                  Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution
     an appellate “speciality” per se, it is a point   pharmaceutical and medical device products            Committee, and Grievance Committee, and
     of pride for the firm that about half the         liability. In these specific practice areas, she      has served in a leadership role in several. He
     lawyers in the appellate group spend the          comes recommended by her peers for                    is also a member of the Alabama Supreme
     majority of their time on appellate matters.      appellate advocacy. “Sharon Stuart is                 Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of
     Bradley Arant is often retained by the            incredibly competent and knowledgeable in             Appellate Procedure. Wirtes has lectured
     Alabama government, and in 2010, the State        the area of litigation, and has been willing to       extensively, including on issues relating to
     of Alabama retained the firm to represent it      learn the nuances of the body of law                  appellate litigation.
     in an environmental appeal to the US Court        governing our cases to better represent our
     of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The appeal     interests. We have used other firms in this           Lightfoot Franklin & White
     arose when State of North Carolina filed a        type of litigation, and what sets Christian &         Specializing in civil litigation, Lightfoot
     suit alleging that emissions from coal-fired      Small apart is their willingness to come into         Franklin & White garners respect from peers
     power plants located in Alabama and               and learn about our world, rather than                for its “superior business model, with
     Tennessee caused a “public nuisance” in           making us fit some template,” said a client.          litigation at the forefront and tremendous
     North Carolina. A federal district court in                                                             appeals capabilities,” and from clients for its
     North Carolina imposed an injunction on the       Copeland Franco Screws & Gill                         “commitment to exceeding expectations and
     out-of-state plants, ordering them to abide by    Copeland Franco Screws & Gill operates out            subject matter expertise.” One such satisfied
     stringent emissions limitations. The cost of      of its office in Montgomery. In addition to           client was DuPont, who not only chose
     complying with the injunction would have          maintaining its appellate practice, the firm          Lightfoot as one of the primary firms DuPont
     exceeded $1 billion. Represented by Bradley       also operates in practice areas involving tax         retained when the company whittled its
     Arant, the State of Alabama intervened in the     law, administrative law, domestic relations,          primary law firm network down from 350 to
     Fourth Circuit and succeeded in convincing        general civil litigation, personal injury, and        40, but also bestowed its annual DuPont
     the court of appeals to vacate the district       wrongful death, amongst others.                       Legal Award, based on exceeding and
     court’s injunction. The firm boasts                  Robert Segall is a member of the American          embracing all the tenets of the DuPont legal
     formidable bench strength and depth.              College of Trial lawyers and comes                    model, on Lightfoot for 2011. Trial and
     Matthew Lembke and appellate group leader         recommended by peers in the state for his             appellate “titan” Samuel Franklin continues
     Kevin Newsom, located in the firm’s               appellate litigation skills. Segall earned his        to be “an undeniable presence,” earning
     Birmingham office, regularly spearhead the        LLM from Harvard Law School in 1973, and              almost unanimous peer accolades. “Sam
     firm’s largest and most high-profile federal      his practice is comprised almost exclusively          Franklin is well known and well respected by
     appeals inside and outside of the Eleventh        of litigation. Throughout his career he has           the judges in Alabama and at the Ninth
     Circuit. Lembke and Newsom are former             handled cases for both plaintiffs and                 Circuit level. He brings the wisdom of a
     United States Supreme Court clerks. Lembke        defendants. Although his preference is for            ‘senior statesman’ while bringing fresh
     is also a member of the American Academy          plaintiff representation in business and              perspective to his written and oral arguments.
     of Appellate Lawyers, and Newsom is the           personal injury, Segall has litigated impactful       It’s a winning combination that is very
     former Alabama solicitor general.                 United States and Alabama constitutional              persuasive.”
                                                       law cases. He has extensive knowledge of the             For the past several years, Lightfoot has
     Christian & Small                                 local Alabama court and Eleventh Circuit              been defending BASF Corporation in
     Christian & Small primarily represents            Court of Appeal rules, having litigated before        litigation pending in Alabama and West
     defendants and also handles a fair number of      all state and federal courts in Alabama, the          Virginia. The cases in Alabama concerned the
     cases on behalf of plaintiffs. The firm was       United States Eleventh Circuit Court of               consolidated claims of approximately 1600
     founded in 2000, and its lawyers regularly        Appeals, and the United States Supreme                individual miners, each of whom alleged that
     handle appeals in the state appellate courts,     Court. Making substantial contributions to            they developed asthma or asthma-like
     the Alabama Supreme Court, the US Court of        public interest law, Segall presently serves on       symptoms because of their exposure to mine

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roof consolidation products containing an         offer a broad defense practice including         Eleventh Circuit litigation
isocyanate      called      methylenediphenyl     personal injury, professional liability,
diisocyanate (MDI). Lightfoot was also            products liability, premises liability,          firms – Florida
defending a similar case involving 99             employment litigation, automobile and
additional miners filed by the same plaintiffs’   vehicular litigation, construction litigation,   Highly recommended
attorneys in West Virginia. The Alabama           environmental litigation, and other business
litigation at one time had nine additional        torts. The firm also defends insurance           Akerman Senterfitt
codefendants and the plaintiffs alleged           companies. Founding member Bernard
various conspiracies existed among the            Harwood comes highly recommended in              Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
various codefendants. In the Alabama case,        Alabama for his appellate advocacy skills.
several hundreds of depositions were taken,                                                        Carlton Fields
hundreds of thousands of documents were           Taylor & Taylor
                                                                                                   Greenberg Traurig
produced, and dozens of experts were              Taylor & Taylor is recognized for
identified by both sides and deposed. In          representing the rights and interests of         Podhurst Orseck
addition, the Alabama litigation went to the      individuals and businesses throughout the
Alabama Supreme Court on at least five            entirety of a litigation. Located in Alabama,    White & Case
different occasions challenging various           the firm specializes in bank and insurance
procedural issues. Significantly, one of these    fraud, wrongful death, personal injury, auto
appeals by defendants resulted in the transfer    accidents and spinal cord injury cases.
of the case to a different and more favorable     Rhonda Chambers litigates appeals for the        Recommended
venue. Ultimately, in July 2010, the firm was     firm, and she has focused her career on civil
                                                                                                   Joel Perwin
able to resolve all of the claims against BASF    appellate litigation for more than 20 years.
in both forums.                                   Chambers has experience arguing appellate        Alters Law Firm
                                                  matters before Alabama appellate courts, the
Starnes Davis Florie                              Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the       Foley & Lardner
Starnes Davis Florie is a Birmingham-based        United States Supreme Court. Her dedication
firm with two offices in Alabama. The firm’s      and contribution to the profession extends       Broad and Cassel
appellate lawyers are specialists in this         beyond the courtroom; she has been involved
capacity, representing mainly defendants. The     in legal organizations such as the Standing      Ross & Girten
firm handles appeals in both federal and state    Committee on the Alabama Rules of
courts. Sybil Newton heads the firm’s             Appellate Procedure. She is also a prolific
Appellate and Written Advocacy Group and          writer and lecturer on appellate law.
has practiced with the firm for over 20 years.
Newton maintained an active trial practice        Webster Henry Lyons White Bradwell &
before joining Starnes, and in this capacity      Black
she defended primarily medical malpractice        Webster Henry Lyons White Bradwell &
actions across Alabama. In addition to her        Black maintains a highly effective appellate
representative matters, Newton has been           practice where partner, Mitchell Henry comes
retained by non-litigants to intervene as         recommended by peers in appellate advocacy.
amicus curiae. Newton also served as the          He is involved in the firm’s civil litigation,
firm’s Administrative Partner for six years       insurance, wrongful death, product liability,
and was appointed by the Supreme Court of         trucking defense, agricultural law, and trial
Alabama as a member of the Standing               practice. Henry has also worked to enrich the
Committee on Alabama Rules of Appellate           appellate bar and legal traditions through
Procedure for the term of March 2009 –            efforts outside of the courtroom. He has
October 2012.                                     conducted continuing legal education
   The firm’s appellate acumen is largely         seminars on litigation and trial advocacy
informed by experience garnered by                skills for the Alabama Bar Institute, the
individual members of the firm through            National Business Institute, and other
judicial clerkships with the Alabama Supreme      groups. Henry handles all aspects of appellate
Court, the United States Court of Appeals for     practice, including mandamus, certiorari
the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the          petitions,    amicus     briefs,    rehearing
United States District Court for the Northern     applications and oral arguments. The firm
District of Alabama. Over the course of the       handles appeals originating from their own
past year, Starnes Davis has been involved in     trial work, and they are often called upon to
a number of highly impactful cases including      consult or take over matters that were
The Health Care Authority for Baptist             handled by other firms at the trial stage. The
Health, an Affiliate of UAB Health System.        firm’s appellate attorneys are licensed to
                                                  practice before the United States Court of
Recommended firms                                 Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the
                                                  United States Supreme Court.
Rosen Harwood
Rosen Harwood litigates mainly business and
commercial cases, but offers a wide range of
legal services and representation in diverse
practice areas such as automobile accidents
and major environmental and industrial
torts. The firm’s attorneys, licensed in
Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia,

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     Eleventh Circuit litigation            Highly recommended firms                           Fellow and former President of the America
                                                                                               Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In addition to
     stars – Florida                        Akerman Senterfitt                                 handling appeals in tort, products liability,
                                            Over the course of the past 12 months,             business       disputes,    securities      laws,
     Raoul Cantero                          Akerman Senterfitt’s business has remained         constitutional, insurance, antitrust, and
     White & Case                           strong despite the economic downturn and its       employment discrimination cases in state and
                                            debilitating effects on the legal profession. In   federal courts, she has also appeared as amici
     Joel Eaton                             addition to the former clerks and members of       curiae in several matters. Warner was the first
     Podhurst Orseck                        the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers          Solicitor General of Florida and practices
                                            that populate the firm’s appellate roster,         primarily in the areas of business litigation and
     Arthur England                         Akerman’s appellate team also includes a           real estate litigation, including commercial
     Greenberg Traurig                      former Chief Judge of the United States Court      contract disputes, leases, construction
                                            of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, a former      litigation, inverse condemnation, and land use,
     Katherine Giddings                     Florida Supreme Court Justice, a former Chief      zoning, and environmental litigation.
     Akerman Senterfitt
                                            Judge of the First District Court of Appeal, and
     Christopher Kise                       a former Chief Judge of the Third District         Greenberg Traurig
     Foley Lardner                          Court of Appeal.                                   Greenberg Traurig maintains dozens of
                                               Katherine Giddings who works in the             locations worldwide. The firm’s appellate
     Wendy Lumish                           Tallahassee office, is one such individual. As a   practice has secured some impressive recent
     Carlton Fields                         board-certified appellate attorney and former      victories, including one as counsel to Lorillard
                                            Florida Supreme Court law clerk, Giddings is a     Tobacco in the US in the appeal reversing a
     Eileen Mehta                           star of the firm’s practice and comes              $145 billion award. In addition to serving as
     Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod   recommended by peers. She is currently             lead counsel in a number of cases, the firm is
                                            representing the Florida Home Builders             also known for its involvement as amicus
     Joel Perwin                            Association in the Florida District Court as       curiae, having recently written the amicus brief
     Joel S. Perwin                         amicus curiae in an appeal over the esoteric       cited extensively in the Supreme Court’s
                                            issue of arguably illusory contractual clauses.    decision in the University of Michigan
     Beverly Pohl
     Broad & Cassel
                                            In 2009 she represented Meridian Yachts            affirmative action cases. The firm’s appellate
                                            before the Eleventh Circuit US Court of            practice is staffed in part by a former Florida
     Barry Richard                          Appeals in an appeal examining the issue of        Supreme Court Chief Justice and a former
     Greenberg Traurig                      whether Dutch law governed litigation              Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of
                                            involving accidents occurring on the high seas.    New York. Greenberg’s appellate team is
     Bruce Rogow                            The firm maintains a strong presence in the        frequently involved as all stages of the
     Alters Law Firm                        Southeast and Gulf South, but operates from        litigation, including pre-trial as part of
                                            offices across the country.                        appellate strategy.
     Stephen F Rosenthal                                                                          Arthur England and Barry Richard come
     Podhurst Orseck                        Carlton Fields                                     recognized by their peers as “artful, adept
                                            Maintaining a 40-member appellate group,           appellate advocates.” England is a former
     Gary Sasso
                                            Carlton Fields has Florida’s largest group of      Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court,
     Carlton Fields
                                            lawyers devoted exclusively to an appellate        and his prime function at the firm is litigating
     Elliot Scherker                        and trial support practice. The firm’s             appeals pertaining to constitutional matters,
     Greenberg Traurig                      appellate attorneys handle appeals arising out     commercial litigation, and administrative
                                            of their own case work, as well as                 law. Richard is roundly recognized as one of
     Sylvia Walbolt                         consultation on and representation of matters      the country’s leading advocates and appellate
     Carlton Fields                         handled by other trial attorneys. The firm         attorneys. Richard is licensed to practice law
                                            offers a full range of appellate services,         in Florida, New York and the District of
     Laurie Waldman Ross                    including amicus briefing and pro bono             Columbia. He has successfully argued three
     Ross & Girten                          representation.                                    major cases before the US Supreme Court
                                               Boasting an impressive bench depth and          and numerous cases before the Florida
     Thomas Warner                          strength, the firm comes highly recommended        Supreme Court and all lower state and
     Carlton Fields
                                            by peers in the circuit for appellate advocacy,    federal appellate courts in Florida. He is also
                                            but Gary Sasso, Wendy Lumish, Sylvia               a charter member of the American Academy
                                            Walbolt, and Thomas Warner are consistently        of Appellate Lawyers.
                                            recommended by their peers for their refined
                                            appellate advocacy skills. Sasso is admitted to    Podhurst Orseck
                                            several federal circuit courts of appeal and to    Podhurst Orseck is a litigation boutique, with
                                            the US Supreme Court. He has argued appeals        appellate litigation constituting a large
                                            on myriad of issues including business fraud,      portion of the firm’s business since its
                                            federal and state constitutional claims,           inception in 1967. The firm has a total of
                                            products liability, personal injury, insurance     eight partners, and two are devoted
                                            coverage, national bank regulation, employ-        exclusively to appeals. Half of the appeals
                                            ment discrimination, federal occupational          handled at the firm are federal cases, and this
                                            safety and health regulation, eminent domain,      work is limited to three very specific practice
                                            county taxation, and public utilities law.         areas. The first is aviation, a form of mass
                                            Lumish represents manufacturers in products        tort practice, which is generally litigated in
                                            liability cases and litigates extensively in the   federal court because the issues usually
                                            arena of medical malpractice and personal          involve highly complex multi-district appeals
                                            injury. Lumish chairs the firm’s Appellate and     and multi-forum parties. The firm also
                                            Trial Support Practice Group. Walbolt is a         handles complex plaintiff’s cases involving

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class actions and general business litigation.      Recommended firms                                     Eleventh Circuit litigation
Finally, a large portion of its practice is
devoted to wrongful death tort cases.               Joel S Perwin                                         firms – Georgia
   Stephen Rosenthal and Joel Eaton come            Joel Perwin of Joel S Perwin PA has extensive
recommended by their peers in the circuit for       representative appellate experience in                Highly recommended
appellate litigation. Rosenthal litigated trials    constitutional and civil rights litigation, as well
for 10 years before focusing his practice almost    as in commercial litigation. He comes                 Alston & Bird
exclusively on appeals. He possesses the rare       recommended by his peers in the circuit for
skill set allowing him to excel at both trial and   appellate litigation and has served as a member       Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
appellate litigation, understanding that they       and officer of many professional organizations,
require different approaches. Eaton has             including as Chairman of the Amicus Curiae            King & Spalding
appealed cases in all the Florida appellate         Committee, and of the American Civil Liberties
courts and across the Fifth and Eleventh            Union of Florida. Prior to launching his own
Circuits. He is a prolific writer on issues         appellate firm in 2004, Perwin was a                  Recommended
pertinent to modern appellate practice, and         shareholder of the Miami law firm Podhurst
makes substantial academic and professional         Orseck. Perwin has handled commercial                 Ashe Rafuse & Hill
contributions through his writings. Podhurst        appeals for domestic and international clients,
has been involved in a significant number of        major domestic and international corporations,        Balch & Bingham
federal appeals over the course of the past year.   US government entities and foreign
The firm represented parties in Kaufman v.          governments. Perwin has also served as                The Barnes Law Group
Swire Pacific Holdings in the Eleventh Circuit      Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary
                                                                                                          The Bernstein Law Firm
in 2011, and in Cox v. St. Joseph’s Hospital        Committee; Associate Counsel to Vice
and Vreeland v. Aerolease of America before         President Walter Mondale; Assistant United            Cook & Connelly
the US Supreme Court.                               States Attorney in Washington DC; and law
                                                    clerk to the Honorable Bailey Aldrich of the US       Garland Samuel & Loeb
White & Case                                        Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
White & Case was founded in New York in                                                                   Strickland Brockington Lewis
1901 and currently maintains 37 offices             Foley & Lardner
worldwide. Former Justice Raoul Cantero in          Foley & Lardner maintains a comprehensive
the firm’s Miami office comes recommended by        appellate practice, with seasoned attorneys
his peers in the Eleventh Circuit for his           effectively handling or preparing for appeals
appellate advocacy. He is board-certified by the    at all stages of the litigation. The firm’s
Florida Bar in appellate practice is informed by    appellate practitioners have the capacity to
his impressive career trajectory. Cantero began     respond to dispositive motions at the trial
his career in private practice in south Florida,    level in order to ensure a properly preserved
specializing in civil and criminal appeals.         record in anticipation of appeals, they serves
During this 14-year time period, Cantero            as consultants for other attorneys handling
handled more than 250 appeals and more than         appeals, file amicus briefs on cases where the
100 oral arguments in all five District Courts of   outcome might affect a client’s interest, and
Appeal of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court        of course, they handle post-verdict motions.
and several US Courts of Appeals. Having            The group’s attorneys are admitted to the US
served on the Florida Supreme Court, he also        Supreme Court, and most federal courts
serves on the committees of numerous                throughout the country. Christopher Kise
professional organizations, and he has been an      comes highly recommended and serves as co-
adjunct professor at Florida State University       chair of the Foley’s appellate practice. Prior
College of Law.                                     to joining Foley, Kise served as Solicitor
  Cantero’s recent appellate victories include      General handling the state’s major trial and
the representation of QBE Insurance in an           appellate litigation on wide ranging subject
appeal of a $25 million jury verdict to the         matters. In this capacity, Kise built a keen and
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At issue         incisive appellate insight which adds strength
was whether the insured, a pair of                  to the firm’s bench.
condominium buildings attempting to collect
under an insurance policy for alleged hurricane
damage, was entitled to replacement cost value
damages under the policy, which required that
the insured complete actual repairs prior to
receipt of such damages, even though no actual
repairs had been completed. The insured
asserted that QBE’s failure to advance payment
under the policy prevented its compliance with
the terms of the policy and excused its
performance under that policy provision.

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     Eleventh Circuit litigation                        Law Firm Rainmaker” in its 2010 “Best of            Second Amendment case where the US
                                                        the Best” edition of Diversity & The Bar.           Supreme Court addressed whether the right
     stars – Georgia                                                                                        of an individual to “keep and bear arms”
                                                        Bondurant Mixson & Elmore                           protected under the Constitution’s Second
     Roy Barnes                                         Bondurant Mixson & Elmore handles                   Amendment is incorporated by the Due
     The Barnes Law Group                               appeals originating organically from its own        Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
                                                        trial work, as well as appeals for clients          and applies to the States. On June 28, 2010,
     Brenda Joy Bernstein                               represented by different counsel at trial. The      the Supreme Court ruled in the clients’ favor
     The Bernstein Law Firm                             firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants      and adopted the theory emphasized by the
                                                        at the federal and state levels, and has been       NRA at oral argument. In State of Florida v.
     Emmet Bondurant                                    involved in several bet-the-company appeals.        US Department of Health & Human
     Bondurant Mixson & Elmore                          Bondurant Mixson successfully reversed on           Services, argued in the Eleventh Circuit, the
                                                        appeal a $457 million judgment in a                 firm represented Florida and other states
     Michael Bowers                                     contractual dispute over whether their client,      filing suit seeking declaratory and injunctive
     Balch & Bingham
                                                        Weyerhauser, had agreed to indemnify                relief against the Patient Protection and
     Jeffrey Bramlett                                   Paragon Trade Brands for a patent                   Affordable Healthcare act on grounds that
     Bondurant Mixson & Elmore                          infringement claim. In another matter, the          the Act is unconstitutional. Opposing counsel
                                                        firm successfully defended a $454 million           was the US Department of Justice.
     Bobby Lee Cook                                     judgment the firm obtained against Time
     Cook & Connelly                                    Warner in appeals to both the Georgia               Recommended firms
                                                        Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court.
     William Hill                                       Here, the firm prevailed against former             Balch & Bingham
     Ashe Rafuse & Hill                                 Solicitor General Ted Olson.                        Balch & Bingham comes recommended for
                                                           Emmet Bondurant is a highly regarded trial       Eleventh Circuit appellate litigation in
     Anne Lewis                                         and appellate litigator. For more than 45           Georgia, and its appellate practice group is
     Strickland Brockington Lewis                       years, he has been representing both plaintiffs     staffed by attorneys who have argued and
                                                        and defendants at all phases of litigation. He      won in several federal circuits over the course
     Ray Persons
     King & Spalding
                                                        often tries and appeals cases involving             of decades. Specific issues argued include
                                                        antitrust law, patent, securities, trade secret,    punitive damages, class actions, challenges to
     Donald Samuel                                      professional malpractice, and complex               agency actions, and constitutional issues. The
     Garland Samuel & Loeb                              corporate disputes in both federal and state        appellate group offers a vast array of services
                                                        trial and appellate courts. Throughout the          including briefing and arguing appeals,
     Richard Schneider                                  entirety of his career, Bondurant has been          consultation on appellate matters, post-trial
     King & Spalding                                    involved with and served extensively on             judgment motions, amicus briefs, moving to
                                                        community and professional organizations.           set aside default judgments, mooting
     Bernard Taylor                                     He has committed a portion of his career to         attorneys in preparation for appellate
     Alston & Bird                                      pro bono litigation in matters involving the        arguments, petitions and applications for
                                                        death penalty, habeas corpus and other civil        rehearing, appealing agency decisions, and
     Michael Terry
                                                        rights and constitutional cases.                    involvement at the trial level to prepare the
     Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
                                                                                                            record in anticipation of appeal. Michael
     Chilton Varner                                     King & Spalding                                     Bowers is the former attorney general of
     King & Spalding                                    King & Spalding maintains its appellate             Georgia, and joined Balch & Bingham in
                                                        headquarters in Washington DC, but still            1998, adding bench strength to the firm’s
                                                        retains a highly recommended appellate              appellate practice. He comes recommended
                                                        practice in its home base of Atlanta. King &        by his peers in Georgia for Eleventh Circuit
     Highly recommended firms                           Spalding’s appellate lawyers practice at both       appellate litigation. In his capacity as state
                                                        the federal and state level, with experience        attorney general, Bowers represented the
     Alston & Bird                                      handling appeals in the US Supreme Court            state in judicial review of all capital felony
     Alston & Bird has a staff of over 800              and in all of the federal courts of appeals. n      cases,    investigated     and     prosecuted
     attorneys. Of these, 65 have served as law         addition to coming highly recommended by            governmental misconduct, and represented
     clerks for trial court and appellate judges at     peers, King & Spalding is also highly               all executive branch state agencies and
     the state and federal level. The firm handles      recommended by its clients. “We required a          offices.
     appeals in state and federal courts in virtually   firm with a recognized stature and knowledge
     every practice area including contracts, torts,    of process and procedure to represent us
     securities, employment, antitrust and              before the US Supreme Court in very
     constitutional law. In addition to appealing a     complex proceedings involving an adverse
     case, Alston’s appellate attorneys often file      state court decision,” says one client. Another
     amicus curiae briefs on behalf of clients. The     cheers, “I would rank King & Spalding as
     firm also consults in appeals for attorneys of     one of the best both in advocacy and client
     record, and handles appeals for cases handled      service.” In particular, Chilton Varner comes
     by different counsel at the trial level.           recommended by peers in the Eleventh
        Bernard Taylor, although chair of the           Circuit for her abilities as appellate counsel in
     firm’s Products Liability group, comes highly      representation of large automotive, pharm-
     recommended for appellate litigation by his        aceutical, and medical device manufacturers
     Eleventh Circuit peers. Taylor has extensive       in mass tort litigation, class actions, and
     litigation experience and is a fellow of the       MDL litigation.
     American College of Trial Lawyers. Taylor             In the past year, the firm has handled
     has also been recognized by Minority               several high-profile appeals. In McDonald v.
     Corporate Counsel Association as a “Leading        Chicago, the firm prevailed in a landmark

                                                            ELEVENTH CIRCUIT


          One Southeast Third Avenue, 25th Floor
          Miami, FL 33131
          Tel:       (305) 374.5600
          Fax:       (305) 374.5095
          Web:       www.akerman.com
          National litigation practice group chair: James M Miller
          Offices: Boca Raton, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Las
          Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Naples, New York, Orlando, Palm
          Beach, Salt Lake City, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tysons Corner, Washington,
          D.C., and West Palm Beach.

          About Akerman:
          Akerman Senterfitt is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United
          States by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2011) in number of lawyers
          and is the leading Florida firm. With 500 lawyers and government affairs
          professionals, Akerman serves clients throughout the US and overseas
          from 19 locations. We have been recognized for our practice in the areas
          of corporate, banking, finance, taxation, bankruptcy, litigation, real estate,
          environmental, insurance, healthcare, government affairs, and labor &

          Litigation Practice Group:
          Akerman lawyers serve as national, regional, or special trial counsel, often
          handling high-profile and complex litigation and appeals. Recognized
          nationally by US News—Best Lawyers in the General Commercial Litigation
          category and as a national tier one law firm for International Arbitration, our
          lawyers have vast experience in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation,
          including actions involving banking, securities, healthcare, insurance, real
          estate, and construction. Akerman represents clients in a variety of areas
          including business disputes, class action defense, consumer finance
          litigation, complex securities litigation and regulatory proceedings, white-
          collar and criminal investigations, products liability and mass torts,
          healthcare litigation, intellectual property litigation, and bankruptcy.
          Our team is also handling high-profile class actions and cases involving
          consumer finance and fraud litigation. With a market leading banking law
          practice, Akerman represents global financial institutions throughout the
          US in a wide range of litigation activities, including regulatory litigation,
          consumer finance litigation, inter-creditor disputes, as well as all aspects of
          foreclosures, workouts, bankruptcy, enforcement of loan agreements, and
          guarantees and asset seizures.
          Akerman is also recognized as a leading international arbitration law firm,
          with lawyers representing US-based businesses and foreign entities as
          parties to litigation before US federal and state courts, and in arbitration
          proceedings under the auspices of a wide range of arbitral bodies. In
          addition, Akerman lawyers have significant experience in domestic and
          international dispute resolution for the construction industry, with vast
          project experience in public infrastructure and energy.
          Akerman's appellate lawyers have served as counsel of record or lead
          counsel in both federal and state appellate courts, obtaining precedent-
          setting decisions. Our team includes a former chief judge for the United
          States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and former Florida
          Supreme Court Justice, as well as former chief judges for Florida's First
          and Third District Courts of Appeal.


     Balch & Bingham LLP is one of the premier business counselors in the southeastern United States. Since our founding nearly 90 years ago, the firm has
     grown to encompass more than 250 lawyers in six regional offices, all combining business-first insight with legal excellence to resolve client concerns
     before they become expensive legal problems. Litigation is Balch & Bingham’s largest single practice, with almost 90 attorneys whose trial law skills
     represent business clients in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels and regulatory forums throughout the country. Our litigators handle
     virtually every type of complex commercial dispute, and are widely recognized by professional peers for trial law skills that support the litigation, mediation,
     arbitration or settlement strategy that best meets our clients’ needs.

     These are the key areas of Balch & Bingham litigation emphasis.
     •   Appellate. Balch & Bingham lawyers have handled thousands of appeals                  in the Southeast, we have handled hundreds of litigation and administrative
         of our own trial cases and those of other firms in both federal and state             disputes for banks, finance and mortgage firms and other major finance-
         courts, including punitive damage cases, class actions, challenges to                 related companies.
         agency actions, and constitutional issues.                                        •   Health Law. Our firm advises healthcare clients in wide variety of legal and
     •   Business. Our business dispute representation focuses on complex                      regulatory issues, including certificate of need, reimbursement and antitrust
         commercial litigation across the Southeast, with special emphasis on                  disputes.
         financial institution, energy and utility, and real estate controversies.         •   Labor & Employment. Having tried more than 100 state and federal court
     •   Civil Rights. Our litigators are at the forefront of civil rights law,                cases, and resolved hundreds more arbitrations, Balch & Bingham has vast
         representing clients in high-profile constitutional disputes that emphasize           experience defending employers against individual plaintiff claims and
         voting, employment, housing and education.                                            nationwide class and collective actions.
     •   Class Actions. We have represented banks, corporations, utilities,                •   Product Liability & Casualty. For decades our firm has defended and
         accounting firms, and many other entities in nationwide and statewide class           prosecuted a wide range of high-profile products liability, wrongful death,
         actions, with across-the-board strength from class certification challenges           accident and medical malpractice cases, often involving catastrophic
         to effective negotiation and settlement.                                              injuries and loss.
     •   Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy. Throughout the Southeast and                     •   Real Estate. Balch & Bingham is a top choice in Alabama and the
         nationwide, Balch & Bingham represents creditors, distressed companies,               Southeast for clients involved in disputes over the purchase, sale, financing,
         and other major parties in Chapter 11, restructuring and default                      construction, leasing, title and development of real estate.
         proceedings.                                                                      •   Securities. We represent securities clients in FINRA arbitrations, broker-
     •   Energy. Our nationally recognized, full-service energy practice includes              dealer disputes, state and federal securities litigation, and regulatory
         litigation and regulatory representation on behalf of energy and public utility       proceedings involving the Securities & Exchange commission and other
         companies.                                                                            federal and state agencies.
     •   Environmental. From state trial courts to the United States Supreme               •   State & Local Government. Balch & Bingham has a long history of
         Court, Balch & Bingham has defended business clients and coalitions in                representing all branches of state and local governments – including
         every kind of environmental lawsuit and enforcement action.                           constitutional officers, and state, county, and municipal governing bodies
     •   Financial Services. With one of the most comprehensive such practices                 and officials – in litigation and administrative controversies.

     We are proud that eight Balch & Bingham litigators have been singled out by Benchmark Litigation for their professional skill and the results they have
     achieved for clients. A brief summary of their accomplishments illustrates our firm’s substantial dispute resolution strengths.
     •   S Allen Baker (Products Liability). For the past 30 years, Mr. Baker has          •   Eric B Langley (Commercial Litigation). Mr. Langley’s extensive business
         defended personal injury and death cases arising out of product liability,            litigation practice includes banking, intellectual property and class action
         negligence, and toxic and environmental torts.                                        controversies and emphasizes representing electric utilities in joint use
     •   Charles A Burkhart (Products Liability). Mr. Burkhart defends companies               matters.
         from many business sectors in personal injury and product liability claims,       •   Alan T Rogers (Products Liability). Chair of the firm's Executive Committee
         including toxic tort litigation and cases that allege e-coli exposure or              and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Rogers
         catastrophic injury and death.                                                        represents professionals and companies from many business sectors in
     •   J Russ Campbell (Commercial Litigation). As Chair of the firm’s Litigation            cases before juries, judges, arbitrators and appellate courts.
         practice, Mr. Campbell focuses on complex commercial disputes where               •   R Bruce Barze Jr. (Future Star). Mr. Barze has nearly 20 years of
         banks and financial institutions face allegations of fraud, misrepresentation,        experience handling business, insurance, and environmental litigation and
         negligence or securities law violations.                                              defending personal injury and wrongful death cases, often as regional or
     •   Michael L Edwards (Commercial Litigation). A Fellow in the American                   national coordinating counsel.
         College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Edwards represents financial, health care,          •   Clark Cooper (Future Star). Although his primary focus is on creditor and
         professional service, manufacturing and energy companies in products                  lender rights matters, Mr. Cooper also represents business clients in
         liability, malpractice, intellectual property and technology disputes.                construction, class action, fraud and insurance, and wrongful death lawsuits.

                                                           Alabama       Georgia    Mississippi   Washington, DC
                                                                        www.balch.com     205.251.8100

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings is a regional law firm with a global perspective.        Whether we are helping our clients acquire real property, defend lawsuits, raise
The firm has more than 370 attorneys serving individuals, emerging businesses,        capital, comply with regulatory requirements, enter new markets, obtain and
and established regional, national and international companies. Clients rely on       defend intellectual property rights, develop and distribute products and
us for innovative legal services that reflect a deep understanding of their           services, or merge or divest businesses, we treat our clients’ problems as our
business realities.                                                                   own. When our clients are faced with disputes, we help them find the fastest
                                                                                      and most effective solutions.
We are one of the largest firms in the southeast, with offices strategically
located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and the District of        Our clients’ opinions matter the most. That is why we are proud to be in the top
Columbia. These offices provide an extensive geographic base from which to            25 percent in the BTI Client Relationship 100 which ranks law firms for client
serve clients on a regional basis, as well as clients located elsewhere in the        service and value based on recommendations from nearly 300 in-house
country and the world. We frequently serve as national coordinating counsel,          counsel from Fortune 1000 companies. Our attorneys are also ranked 19 in
regional counsel, and statewide counsel for clients in various industries. Our        the BTI Client Service A-Team 2011, another recognition of the superior
lawyers work for major construction companies in Europe and Asia, for                 service and efficiency we consistently provide for our clients. Likewise,
multinational pharmaceutical companies in New York and California, for major          American Lawyer Media’s annual surveys of in-house counsel have listed
insurance and financial clients in Texas, Indiana, and Alabama and for national       Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as a Go-To Law Firm for leading financial
tire manufacturers in Tennessee and Georgia.                                          services and technology companies. We believe that the depth of quality of our
                                                                                      lawyers distinguishes us as a law firm: 144 (39%) of our lawyers are listed in
Our clients work in a broad range of industries, including accounting,
                                                                                      Best Lawyers in America; 57 (15%) of our lawyers are recognized in
automotive, banking and finance, biotechnology, construction, economic
                                                                                      Chambers USA; 37 (10%) of our lawyers are members of the prestigious
development, education, emerging business, energy, equipment leasing, forest
                                                                                      American Colleges in their respective areas of expertise; and four of our
products, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, materials and aggregate
                                                                                      lawyers are former United States Supreme Court clerks. In each of these
production, media and communications, mining, municipal, project and public
                                                                                      cases, the percentages and relative number of lawyers so recognized are
finance, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, private equity,
                                                                                      among the highest in the nation.
public utilities, real estate, retail, steel, technology, telecommunications,
textiles, transportation, and venture capital. Each of these sectors presents         With our deep roots and expanded regional reach, Bradley Arant Boult
unique challenges and opportunities, which demand specific legal and                  Cummings is perfectly positioned to provide you with quality legal services in
business experience. We meet those challenges with client and industry                the fastest-growing region of the United States and beyond.
teams combining the talents of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of
disciplines. These teams provide strategic solutions tailored specifically to our
clients' industries and operations.
As a firm, we believe we have particular strengths and core competencies in
the areas of construction, economic development, emerging and family owned
businesses, financial institutions and services, healthcare, intellectual property,
litigation, private equity, and real estate.

Birmingham Office                           Huntsville Office                         Montgomery Office                        Washington DC Office
One Federal Place                           200 Clinton Avenue West,Suite 900         Alabama Center For Commerce              1615 L Street, N.W., Suite 1350
1819 Fifth Avenue North                     Huntsville, AL 35801-4900                 401 Adams Avenue, Suite 780              Washington, DC 20036
Birmingham, AL 35203                        Tel:     256.517.5100                     Montgomery, AL 36104                     Tel:   202.393.7150
Tel:    (205) 521-8000                      Fax:     256.517.5200                     Tel:   334.956.7700                      Fax:   202.347.1684
Fax:    (205) 521-8800                                                                Fax:   334.956.7701
                                            Jackson Office
Charlotte Office                            One Jackson Place                         Nashville Office
Bank of America Corporate Center            188 E. Capitol Street, Suite 400          Roundabout Plaza
100 N. Tryon Street, Suite 2690             Jackson, MS 39201                         1600 Division Street, Suite 700
Charlotte, NC 28202                         Tel:    601.948.8000|                     Nashville, TN 37203
Tel:     704.332.8842                       Fax:    601.948.3000                      Tel:     615.244.2582
Fax:     704.332.8858                                                                 Fax:     615.252.6380

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                                                                                         DEBORAH ALLEY SMITH
                                                                                                              CHRISTIAN & SMALL
                                                                                                              505 North 20th Street
                                                                                                              1800 Financial Center
                                                                                                              Birmingham, AL 35203
                                                                                                              Tel:       205-250-6627
                                                                                                              Fax:       205.328.7234
                                                                                                              Email:     das@csattorneys.com
     BILZIN SUMBERG                                                                                           Website: www.csattorneys.com
     1450 Brickell Avenue, 23rd Floor
                                                                                         Debbie Smith has devoted her 26-year practice to civil litigation with a
     Miami, Florida 33131
                                                                                         primary emphasis on appellate and post-verdict proceedings. She is the
     Tel:       (305) 374-7580
                                                                                         head of the firm’s appellate, post-verdict and briefing practice group, which
     Fax:       (305) 374-7593
                                                                                         provides representation both in matters that the firm handles at the trial
     Web:       www.bilzin.com
                                                                                         level and for clients seeking specialized assistance in dealing with
     Number of Attorneys: 95                                                             preservation of error issues at trial or at the post-verdict and appellate
     Firm Overview:
     Bilzin Sumberg is a commercial law firm, serving domestic and                       During her career, Ms. Smith has been involved in over 200 post-judgment
     international clients with timely and efficient counsel, and unmatched depth        and appellate matters in state and federal courts. She has argued
     and breadth of experience in a variety of industries. The firm views each of        numerous cases before the Alabama and federal appellate courts and has
     its clients and the matters in which it represents them as unique and of            also briefed and argued cases before the United States Supreme Court,
     paramount importance, shouldering each issue as its own. The firm has               including the successful argument of Murphy Bros., Inc. vs. Michetti Pipe
     been recognized for its practice in the areas of commercial finance,                Stringing, Inc., 526 US 344 (1999).
     corporate and tax, environmental, government relations, international, land
                                                                                         In addition to maintaining a comprehensive post-verdict, appellate and
     use, litigation, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy, and wealth
                                                                                         briefing practice, Ms. Smith currently serves as the firm’s managing partner.
                                                                                         She has also served as a member of Christian & Small’s executive
     Litigation Overview:                                                                committee, and as the firm’s general counsel. Ms. Smith is actively involved
     Bilzin Sumberg's litigation group is a nationally-recognized practice, with         in the state and local bar associations and the Defense Research Institute,
     broad civil trial and litigation experience in litigation planning and analysis,    and has served on numerous committees for each organization. She has
     ADR (including arbitration and mediation), trial and appeal. The team               recently completed a three-year term on the executive committee of the
     handles cases involving antitrust, business torts, class actions, contract          Birmingham Bar Association, and currently serves as a member of the
     disputes, construction, eminent domain, ILSA, products liability, real estate       board of directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Ms. Smith is a
     disputes and securities litigation. In addition, the group has significant          frequent lecturer on procedural and appellate issues, has served as an
     experience in representing clients in regulatory disputes before various            adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law, and serves on the
     federal and state agencies.                                                         Alabama Supreme Court’s standing committee on the Alabama Rules of
                                                                                         Appellate Procedure.
     The litigation group is an integral component of Bilzin Sumberg's
     international practice, a multidisciplinary team that represents domestic and       Ms. Smith has been recognized consistently as a leader in the legal
     international clients ranging from individual investors to large, privately-held    profession. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Law
     and publicly-traded companies. The team, which also includes attorneys              and Commercial Litigation, listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for Appellate
     from the corporate & tax, government relations, land use, real estate,              Law 2008-2011, was named a Top Attorney in Birmingham magazine
     restructuring & bankruptcy and wealth preservation groups, routinely                2009-2011 for Appellate Law, has been named Best of the Bar by
     handles complex cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers              Birmingham Business Journal, has been listed as one of the Top 25
     and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings; tax and wealth                 Women Lawyers in Alabama in 2008- 2011, a list comprised of the women
     preservation planning; franchise, distribution, technology and intellectual         lawyers who receive the highest number of points in the Alabama Super
     property licensing and other commercial arrangements; environmental,                Lawyers nomination, research and blue-ribbon review process, and is listed
     permitting and other regulatory activities; and cross-border litigation             as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation.
     matters and international disputes before US courts and international
     arbitration panels.

     The litigation attorneys are often engaged in appellate work, and have
     argued appeals in all Florida appellate levels, including the Florida Supreme
     Court, as well as numerous federal circuit courts of appeals throughout the
     United States. Notably, Bilzin Sumberg's appellate attorneys handled the
     trial and appeal that set the standard for diversity jurisdiction in class action
     cases in the Eleventh Circuit in relation to the amount in controversy by

     In addition, the firm's attorneys are regularly recognized by national legal
     rankings, including Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and
     Benchmark Litigation.

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400 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-3200
Tel:      (205) 581-0700                                                        1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 2400
Fax:      (205) 581-0799                                                        Birmingham, AL 35203
Web:      www.lightfootlaw.com                                                  Tel:      (205) 254-1000
                                                                                Fax:      (205) 254-1999
Managing Partner: Adam Peck                                                     Web:       www.maynardcooper.com
Number of partners: 35
                                                                                Managing partner: Mark L. Drew
Number of other attorneys: 26
                                                                                Appellate practice area chair: Maibeth J. Porter
Areas of Practice: 25% product liability/pharmaceuticals/medical devices;
                                                                                Firm Overview:
20% commercial litigation; 25% environmental and mass torts; 5% medical
                                                                                Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C. serves clients across a broad range of practice
malpractice defense; 5% NCAA compliance; and 20% catastrophic injury.
                                                                                areas through offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery,
                                                                                Alabama. With over 200 lawyers, the firm offers a full array of services to a
About the Firm:
                                                                                broad and diverse client base consisting of Fortune 500 companies as well
Lightfoot Franklin & White, LLC was founded on January 15, 1990 and
                                                                                as closely held companies, partnerships, professional associations, charities
presently has over 60 lawyers. Our size allows us to provide the best of all
                                                                                and individuals. The firm's services include litigation, corporate law, banking
worlds for our clients — the resources and technology of a nationwide firm,
                                                                                and commercial law, real estate law, antitrust, public finance, estates and
and the efficiency and individuality of a regional firm.
                                                                                trusts, governmental relations and affairs, government contracting, taxation,
In order to concentrate on what we do best, our attorneys focus solely on       intellectual property, health care, securities law, labor law, environmental law,
civil litigation matters, with the exceptions of also assisting clients with    bankruptcy law and white collar criminal defense. Although Maynard
environmental compliance advice, issues concerning white-collar crime,          Cooper's primary practice area is within the State of Alabama, the firm
NCAA compliance matters, and conducting internal investigations. We             routinely represents its clients regionally, nationally and internationally.
handle all types of civil litigation in state and federal courts across the     Maynard Cooper is proud to have lawyers that have served in prominent
United States, and our primary areas of practice include commercial             leadership roles. One of our lawyers is a former Chief Justice of the
disputes, product liability, antitrust, consumer fraud, appeals, intellectual   Alabama Supreme Court, and another has served as Legal Advisor to a
property, catastrophic personal injury and death, environmental/toxic torts,    former Governor of the State of Alabama. Maynard Cooper also has
class actions, professional malpractice, securities fraud, employment and       several attorneys that have served in leadership roles within bar
communications.                                                                 associations and professional associations which include:
                                                                                • Two Past Presidents of the 400,000 member American Bar Association
Main Areas of Practice:                                                            (ABA), only three lawyers from Alabama have ever held this prestigious
• Appellate                                                                        position;
• Business Litigation                                                           • Past Chair of the ABA House of Delegates, the ABA’s second highest
• Catastrophic Injury                                                              office;
• Environmental and Mass Torts                                                  • Past Chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section;
• Medical Malpractice                                                           • Three Chairs of the ABA's Litigation Section.
• NCAA Compliance
• Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices & Healthcare
• Product Liability                                                             Appellate Practice Overview:
                                                                                Maynard Cooper offers an experienced and full-service appellate and post-
Clients:                                                                        verdict practice which includes the expertise of former Alabama Supreme
Lightfoot Franklin & White represents numerous Fortune 500 clients in a         Court Chief Justice, Drayton Nabers. Our litigators frequently handle appeals
broad range of industries. Our clients have interests spanning the globe,       in the Alabama and federal appellate courts, which cover a broad range of
comprising some of the largest corporations in the United States and            subjects including: Insurance, Consumer Fraud, Business Fraud, Commercial
abroad as well as universities across the country. Our clients are involved     Litigation, Labor, Securities, Bankruptcy, Oil and Gas, Products Liability,
in industries as diverse as product, chemical, and pharmaceutical               Insurance Coverage, Lender Liability, Tax, Wills and Trusts.
manufacturing, communications and media, insurance and financial
services, healthcare, and energy, and they rely on us to be there when it       On a number of occasions, Maynard Cooper has assumed responsibility
matters. Some representative clients include: Chartis (formerly AIG), BASF,     for the post-verdict and appellate phase of a case in which clients, using
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Deere, EI du Pont de Nemours, Emerson Electric,           other trial counsel, had received company-impacting adverse verdicts.
ExxonMobil, General Electric, Hyundai Motors, and JPMorgan Chase.               Working with trial counsel where desired, the firm’s work has resulted in
                                                                                the reduction or reversal of trial court rulings, including multi-million dollar
Practice Area Contacts:                                                         jury verdicts, the granting of new trials, and negotiated resolutions for far
• Appellate                                              Chris King             less than the underlying judgment amounts.
• Business Litigation                                    Sam Franklin
                                                                                Our lawyers have also prepared amicus curiae briefs for appellate cases
• Catastrophic Injury                                    Lee Hollis
                                                                                presenting significant issues in which our clients have a special interest.
• Environmental and Mass Torts                           Johnny Johnson
• Medical Malpractice                                    Mike Bell              In addition to the filing of briefs, and presentation of oral argument before
• NCAA Compliance                                        William King           trial and appellate courts, Maynard Cooper’s services include mock oral
• Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices & Healthcare          Harlan Prater          arguments before impartial “judges” or panels, as well as assistance with
• Product Liability                                      Jere White             post-trial mediation.

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                                                                                       RAOUL G CANTERO
                                                                                                            WHITE & CASE
                                                                                                            Southeast Financial Center
                                                                                                            200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
                                                                                                            Miami, Florida, 33131-2352
                                                                                                            Tel:        (305) 995- 5290
                                                                                                            Fax:        (305) 358-5744/5766
                                                                                                            Email:      rcantero@whitecase.com
                                                                                                            Web:        www.whitecase.com

                                                                                       Former Justice Raoul G Cantero is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice.
                                                                                       Mr. Cantero leads the Miami Appellate Practice, in addition to focusing on
                                                                                       cross-border disputes relating to Latin America. Since 1995, he has been
                                                                                       board-certified by the Florida Bar in appellate practice. He is also a
                                                                                       certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the
     940 Concord Center                                                                International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
     2100 Third Avenue North
                                                                                       Appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 2002 by then-Governor Jeb
     Birmingham, AL 35203
                                                                                       Bush, Mr. Cantero was the first justice of Hispanic descent and one of the
     Tel:      (205) 986-3620
                                                                                       youngest ever to sit on the court. In his six years as a justice, he heard
     Fax:      (205) 986-3639
                                                                                       hundreds of appeals and authored well over 100 majority, concurring and
     Web:      www.spotswoodllc.com
                                                                                       dissenting opinions, by definition involving precedent-setting and evolving
                                                                                       areas of law. For example, Mr. Cantero authored the court's opinion
                                                                                       invalidating the gaming compact executed by Governor Charlie Crist with
     Your Goals Are Our Goals                                                          the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its unanimous opinion holding that the
     At Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC, we understand the big picture.                waiver of the Florida homestead exemption in an unsecured agreement is
     We strive to be strategic lawyers who listen to the needs of our clients and      unenforceable. Mr. Cantero was also the sole dissenter in a decision of the
     maximize available resources to meet those needs. Our value-driven                court holding that under the Federal Arbitration Act, a party may avoid
     approach applies when we are working on either side of a dispute. When            arbitration by arguing that the contract in which the arbitration clause is
     representing the corporate defendant, we use efficient staffing, the latest       contained is illegal — a decision the United States Supreme Court later
     technology and outsourcing to achieve excellent and cost-effective results.       reversed, thus adopting Mr. Cantero’s position.
     When representing the corporate plaintiff, we will often do so on a
     contingent-fee basis, which allows the client to protect its rights               Mr. Cantero chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s commission on
     aggressively without incurring expenses and fees unless we are successful.        professionalism for six years. He also has been an adjunct professor at
     In all cases, the ultimate business goals of our clients dictate our actions      Florida State University College of Law.
     from the beginning to the end of any dispute.
                                                                                       Before his court appointment, Mr. Cantero was in private practice for 14
     The firm was formed in April 2001 and represents a corporate clientele in         years in South Florida, specializing in civil and criminal appeals, during
     complex litigation. We have represented clients in both trial and appellate       which he handled more than 250 appeals and more than 100 oral
     courts across the country in class actions; transportation matters;               arguments in all five district courts of appeal of Florida, the Florida
     commercial disputes; antitrust, securities, business torts, contracts and         Supreme Court and several US Courts of Appeals. He also chaired the
     other corporate litigation; employment and civil rights actions; false            City of Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board for four years.
     advertising cases; insurance coverage disputes; lender liability claims; and
     unfair competition matters. We also have extensive experience litigating          In 2007, Mr. Cantero was honored by the Cuban American Bar Association
     commercial matters within the state of Alabama.                                   (CABA) with the creation of an endowment in his name. The Justice Raoul
                                                                                       G Cantero III Diversity Enhancement Scholarship at Florida State
     Our unique business model, combined with the talent and experience of             University was created to financially assist those who share in CABA’s
     our trial and appellate lawyers, allows us to provide high-quality legal          mission to promote equality of its members and increase diversity in the
     services at a fraction of the cost associated with other firms. If you’re ready   judiciary and in the legal community.
     for a firm whose goals are your goals, we’re ready to help.
                                                                                       Representative Appeals as Counsel:
                                                                                       • Penzer v. Transportation Ins. Co., 29 So. 3d 1000 (Fla. 2010)
                                                                                       • Honeywell Intern., Inc. v. Guilder, 23 So. 3d 867 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
                                                                                       • Nack Holding LLC v. Kalb, 13 So. 3d 92 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
                                                                                       • MCI Express. Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., 832 So. 2d 795 (Fla. 3d DCA
                                                                                       • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. v. Hagan, 813 So. 2d 167 (Fla. 5th DCA
                                                                                       • Verizon Florida, Inc. v. E. Leon Jacobs, Jr., et al, 810 So. 2d 906 (Fla.
                                                                                       • Hagan v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 804 So. 2d 1234 (Fla. 2001)

                                                                                       Community Recognition
                                                                                       • Florida Legal Elite (Appellate Practice), Florida Trend, 2011


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