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     Local litigation firms                      Local litigation stars                               Charles Burkhart
                                                                                                      Balch & Bingham
                                                                                                      Products Liability
     Highly recommended                          Greg Allen
                                                 Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles            J Russ Campbell
     Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles   Products Liability                                   Balch & Bingham
                                                                                                      Commercial Litigation
                                                 LaBella Alvis
     Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
                                                 Christian & Small                                    Stanley Cash
     Cunningham Bounds                           Products Liability                                   Huie Fernambucq & Stewart
                                                                                                      Personal Injury
                                                 Leon Ashford
     Hare Wynn Newell & Newton                   Hare Wynn Newell & Newton                            Thomas Christian
                                                 Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice,          Christian & Small
     Lightfoot Franklin & White
                                                 Personal Injury, Products Liability                  Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Product
     Marsh Rickard & Bryan                                                                            Liability
                                                 James Axon
                                                 Starnes Davis Florie                                 Ralph Cook
     Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett          Products Liability                                   Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
                                                                                                      Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice,
     Starnes Davis Florie                        Lee Bains Jr                                         Products Liability, Securities
                                                 Maynard Cooper & Gale
                                                 Appellate, Commercial Litigation                     Robert Cooper
                                                                                                      Christian & Small
     Recommended                                 Allen Baker                                          Products Liability
                                                 Balch & Bingham
     Balch & Bingham                             Products Liability                                   Ernest Cory
                                                                                                      Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris
     Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O’Neal    Walter Bates                                         Personal Injury
                                                 Starnes Davis Florie
     Christian & Small                           Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, Products    Robert Cunningham
                                                 Liability                                            Cunningham Bounds
     Copeland Franco Screws & Gill                                                                    Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury,
                                                 Jere Beasley                                         Products Liability
     Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris               Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles
                                                 Personal Injury, Products Liability                  Michael Edwards
     Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse                                                            Balch & Bingham
                                                 Andy Birchfield                                      Commercial Litigation
                                                 Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles
     Huie Fernambucq & Stewart
                                                 Products Liability                                   Michael Ermert
                                                                                                      Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
     Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne                  Joe Bird                                             Medical Malpractice
                                                 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
     Maynard Cooper & Gale                       Intellectual Property                                Michael Florie
                                                                                                      Starnes & Atchison
     McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge            John Bolus                                           General Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, Medical
                                                 Maynard Cooper & Gale                                Malpractice, Products Liability
     Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury                 Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Securities
                                                                                                      Samuel Franklin
                                                 Paul Bolus                                           Lightfoot Franklin & White
                                                 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                         Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,
                                                 Insurance                                            Securities
                                                 Gregory Breedlove                                    James Gewin
                                                 Cunningham Bounds                                    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
                                                 Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury,   General Civil Litigation
                                                 Products Liability
                                                                                                      Richard Gill
                                                 JR Brooks                                            Copeland Franco Screws & Gill
                                                 Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne                           Commercial Litigation, Insurance
                                                 Appellate, Commercial Litigation
                                                                                                      John Haley
                                                 Joseph “Buddy” Brown                                 Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
                                                 Cunningham Bounds                                    Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice,
                                                 Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury,     Securities
                                                 Products Liability
                                                                                                      Tripp Haston
                                                                                                      Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
                                                                                                      Products Liability
                                                                                                      Frederick Helmsing
                                                                                                      Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse
                                                                                                      Products Liability, White-Collar Crime


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James Huckaby
Christian & Small
                                                        James Newman
                                                        Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse
                                                                                                               Future stars
Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability,   Medical Malpractice, Products Liability
Securities                                                                                                     Bruce Barze Jr.
                                                        Donna Pate                                             Balch & Bingham
Robert Huffaker                                         Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett                      Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Employment           David Cain Jr.
Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Insurance      Litigation                                             Cunningham Bounds
David Hymer                                             Harlan Prater
                                                                                                               Clark Cooper
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                            Lightfoot Franklin & White
                                                                                                               Christian & Small
Commercial Litigation                                   Products Liability
John Johnson                                            James Pratt                                            William “Buddy” Cox
Lightfoot Franklin & White                              Hare Wynn Newell & Newton                              Lightfoot Franklin & White
Products Liability                                      Commercial Litigation, Products Liability
                                                                                                               Annie Dike
Thomas Keene                                            Stanley Rodgers                                        Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse
Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett                      Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
Personal Injury, Products Liability                     Appellate, Insurance, Personal Injury, Products        Jay Ezelle
                                                        Liability                                              Starnes Davis Florie
Christian King
Lightfoot Franklin & White                              William Roedder                                        Richard Gaal
Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability    McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge                       McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
                                                        Commercial Litigation, Insurance
Michael Knight
                                                                                                               Lee Hollis
McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge                        Alan Rogers
                                                                                                               Lightfoot Franklin & White
Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Property        Balch & Bingham
Law, Wrongful Death                                     Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Insurance,
                                                                                                               Angela Holt
                                                        Products Liability
George Knox                                                                                                    Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne                              Shay Samples
Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation                 Hare Wynn Newell & Newton                              Matthew Minner
                                                        Medical Malpractice                                    Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
Eric Langley
Balch & Bingham                                         Bobby Segall                                           Michael Pennington
Commercial Litigation                                   Copeland Franco Screws & Gill                          Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
                                                        Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury
John Leach                                                                                                     Kenneth Perry
Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse                   Randal Sellers                                         Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Commercial Litigation, Products Liability               Starnes Davis Florie
                                                        Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Products Liability   Archibald Reeves
Matthew Lembke
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                            Clarence Small, Jr                                     McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
Appellate, Commercial Litigation                        Christian & Small
                                                                                                               Stephen Rowe
                                                        Commercial Litigation
Eugene “De” Martenson                                                                                          Lightfoot Franklin & White
Huie Fernambucq & Stewart                               Robert Spotswood
Commercial Litigation                                   Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury                            Patrick Shegon
                                                        Employment Litigation, Insurance                       Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett
David Marsh
Marsh Rickard & Bryan                                   D Alan Thomas                                          Deborah Smith
Personal Injury, Wrongful Death                         Huie Fernambucq & Stewart                              Christian & Small
                                                        Products Liability
Joseph Mays                                                                                                    Sharon Stuart
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                            Glenn Waldrop                                          Christian & Small
Antitrust, Securities, White-Collar Crime               Lightfoot Franklin & White
                                                        Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property,          D Alan Thomas
Jerry McDowell                                          Securities
McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge                                                                               Huie Fernambucq & Stewart
Commercial Litigation                                   Thomas Wells, Jr                                       Arnold “Trip” Umbach
Crawford McGivaren                                      Maynard Cooper & Gale                                  Starnes Davis Florie
Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O’Neal                Commercial Litigation, Products Liability
Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Securities                                                             Forrest “Skip” Wilson
                                                        Jere White                                             McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
Michael McKibben                                        Lightfoot Franklin & White
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                            Appellate, Commercial Litigation
Antitrust, Commercial Litigation
Hobart McWhorter
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, Securities



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     Alabama                                                                                                 of HealthSouth Corporation, who were
                                                                                                             victims of HealthSouth’s massive fraud
                                                                                                             scandal. One competitor maintains that “they
                                                                                                             go the extra mile for any client who’s been
                                                                                                             hurt, brand-name company or individual.”
     With disgraced former CEO Richard Scrushy in prison and the last outstanding                                Peers note that “‘litigation star’ applies to
     claims getting settled, the securities fraud scandal that rocked Birmingham-based                       [the whole firm].” Robert Cunningham is
                                                                                                             called “fearless, in and out of court.” Gregory
     HealthSouth is finally receding into history. However, in the wake of this still-                       Breedlove is called “well regarded and well
     fresh memory, Alabama now faces a host of other contentious issues: Jefferson                           liked, tough yet personable” while Joseph
     County’s default on $3 billion in bond debt related to a stalled sewer improve-                         “Buddy” Brown is said to have “probably
     ment project, unemployment higher than the national average, a thorny tax sys-                          made some enemies, but doesn’t let that stop
     tem, a sweeping anti-gambling crackdown on popular electronic bingo venues,                             him – he wins!” Steve Olen is regarded as “one
                                                                                                             of the sharpest lawyers” for his commercial
     and, most recently, the havoc wreaked on the state’s Gulf Shore region due to the                       and bankruptcy practice. David Cain is tipped
     BP oil spill. All of these issues and more promise to keep quality Alabama litiga-                      for future star status, although one peer opines
     tors in high demand this year.                                                                          that “this won’t be the case for long. He’s on
                                                                                                             the way up, watch for him.”
     Highly recommended firms                             Washington, and it has grown to over 370
                                                          attorneys strong. The firm did lose key            Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
     Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles            litigator Julia Cooper in 2010, but peers          Birmingham-based plaintiffs’ firm Hare Wynn
     Founded in 1979, Beasley Allen Crow                  observe that “they’re still not hurting for        Newell & Newton offers its services in
     Methvin Portis & Miles has built a formidable        litigation talent.”                                aviation, medical malpractice, products
     plaintiffs’ practice through concentrations in          Antitrust and general commercial litigator      liability, mass torts and securities fraud, and
     business and environmental litigation,               James Gewin provides lead counsel in the           has chalked up multimillion-dollar verdicts on
     personal injury, consumer fraud and products         firm’s representation of three defendants in       behalf of clients in each of these categories.
     liability. Operating out of Montgomery, the          separate putative nationwide class actions,        “These are honest-to-goodness trial lawyers,”
     firm has earned a reputation statewide for           alleging that the defendants willfully violated    states one peer. In July 2010, the firm obtained
     achieving record-setting victories, including        the provisions of the Fair and Accurate Credit     a $48 million judgment against Bayer
     billion-dollar verdicts against oil and              Transactions Act by printing more than the         CropScience on behalf of a group of Arkansas
     pharmaceutical companies. The firm has also          permitted information on a consumer credit         rice farmers who were hurt after rice prices
     chalked up the largest predatory lending             card receipt. The firm defeated class              plummeted in 2006 upon news that Bayer’s
     verdict in US history; a jury awarded over           certification in the first case in January 2010,   experimental strain of genetically altered rice
     $580 million in a case against a fraudulent          dramatically reducing its clients’ exposure.       escaped into the commercial market. Scott
     finance company that was soliciting customers        Co-lead counsel in this litigation was Dylan       Powell served as lead counsel on the case.
     to buy satellite dishes on bogus credit cards.       Black, who is also providing co-lead counsel,           Leon Ashford earns almost unanimous
        Much of the firm’s success is attributed to its   along with Joe Mays, in the firm’s defense of      praise from the Alabama legal community.
     founder and undisputed lead litigator Jere           Jefferson County against an effort to place its    One peer describes him as “an outstanding
     Beasley, a “feared” trial lawyer who one peer        sewer system in receivership due to alleged        lawyer,” while another says “he wins million-
     describes as “a legend.” Another peer observes       defaults on the County’s $3.2 billion in bond      dollar verdicts like clockwork.” Ashford
     “He was rumored to have been slowing down            debt. The firm defeated this effort in federal     reinforces this praise with significant victories
     but I’ve seen no evidence of it. He seems busier     court and is presently litigating at the state     in the personal injury and medical malpractice
     than ever.” Beasley’s practice focuses on            court level where the matter was re-filed. Peers   fields. John Haley also commands attention
     personal injury claims, and he has been              acknowledge that Matthew Lembke is “not            for his success as lead plaintiff in the trial that
     responsible for some of the firm’s biggest wins      just a future star, he’s really become a player”   brought down Richard Scrushy in the
     in this area. Most recently, however, Beasley        for his commercial and appellate practice.         HealthSouth fraud, securing a verdict totaling
     has been involved in escalating several class-       Lembke’s roster of high-profile clients includes   $2.8 billion. Haley’s team in the Scrushy
     action cases related to the Transocean oil spill     AstraZeneca, HealthSouth and Cooper Tire.          litigation included Ralph Cook, who in
     on behalf of Gulf Coast residents and                                                                   September 2009 obtained a $3 million
     businesses against defendants of BP,                 Cunningham Bounds                                  judgment against Ningbo Yunhaun Electronics
     Halliburton, and Cameron International.              Mobile-based plaintiff firm Cunningham             Group Corporation on behalf of a couple that
     Products liability specialists Greg Allen and J      Bounds is described by one peer as “the            died in a house fire started by one of the
     Cole Portis made news in March 2010 when             embodiment of the cliché ‘dynamite comes in        defendant’s defective electrical cords. Future
     they successfully convinced a Montgomery             small packages.’ They are a small group of         star Matthew Minner also assisted Cook in
     County court to order Ford Motor Company             superior trial lawyers.” Renowned regionally       this litigation. In July 2010, James Pratt was
     to award $2.75 million to the estate of a            for its medical malpractice and products           chosen as President Elect Designate for the
     woman who was killed in 2007 when the roof           liability work, the firm is gaining noteworthy     Alabama State Bar, a role he will serve in for
     of her Ford Explorer collapsed during a              status for its work in other areas as well, most   the ensuing 12 months before assuming the
     rollover crash.                                      recently and most notably for an ever-growing      role of president of the Alabama State Bar.
                                                          group of class-action cases being brought on
     Bradley Arant Boult Cummings                         behalf of fishermen, restaurants, and other        Lightfoot Franklin & White
     Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, while the              individuals and groups that have been affected     Lightfoot Franklin & White focuses strictly on
     product of the 2009 merger of Boult                  as a result of the explosion of the Deepwater      civil litigation, with the occasional exception
     Cummings Conners & Berry and Bradley                 Horizon drilling rig and the subsequent oil        of environmental or white-collar investigation
     Arant Rose & White, traces its roots back to         spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The firm also         matters, and in this capacity, peers regard the
     1871. Headquartered in Birmingham, the               scored a significant victory in April 2010,        firm as “phenomenal, just top-drawer.”
     firm’s activities are conducted through three        when it obtained a settlement totaling $133.5      Formed in 1990, the firm has grown to over
     Alabama offices as well as one each in               million from UBS Warburg and Ernst &               60 litigators practicing at the trial and
     Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and           Young on behalf of a class of bond purchasers      appellate level.

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   Samuel Franklin has, over the course of 37       care and environmental cases. Although the          scandal. Labor and employment litigator
years of litigating, shifted his focus from a       firm suffered the loss of key litigator Robert      Arnold “Trip” Umbach receives client praise
products liability-oriented practice to one         “Mike” Brock to the Washington, DC, office          for his “strength in defending clients against
concentrating more on commercial litigation         of Covington & Burling in early 2010, peers         employment lawsuits and his reliable and
matters, ranging from class actions to federal      note that “while Mike Brock was a great             practical advice to human resource
securities cases to claims of breach of fiduciary   litigator, there are enough others [at the firm]    professionals, all with a high level of service
duty. Franklin, who is unanimously praised by       to successfully cope with his loss.”                and efficiency.”
peers, is local co-counsel on the team                   Senior partner Thomas Keene is still
defending UBS Warburg in the fallout from the       acknowledged for his personal injury and            Recommended firms
HealthSouth case and also represents an             products liability practice, but peers note that
investment bank involved in the litigation          “[the firm is] developing its next level of         Balch & Bingham
surrounding Jefferson County’s default on           younger talent as well.” Two such attorneys, L      Founded in 1922, Balch & Bingham today
sewer debt. Harlan Prater is called “an             Peyton Chapman III and William S Haynes,            includes over 250 attorneys and counselors in
outstanding attorney, one of the best trial         made news in April 2010 upon successfully           its six offices throughout Alabama,
lawyers, head and shoulders above the rest”         defending a hospital and registered nurse in a      Mississippi, Georgia and Washington DC.
by a satisfied client. Prater and Chris King,       medical malpractice and wrongful death case         Peers note “They have a lot of good people
both called “heavy hitters” by peers, scored a      involving a patient who was seen and treated        there.” The firm concentrates a good deal of
big win for Novartis in October 2009, when          in the hospital’s emergency department for an       its practice on products liability and personal
the Alabama Supreme Court reversed $274             allergic reaction. The patient subsequently         injury but also litigates matters including
million in judgments entered in favor of the        sued for allegations related to the failure to      antitrust, commercial litigation, and
state of Alabama against Novartis and two           properly record information that was                intellectual property In March 2010, Bruce
other pharmaceutical companies. The state           communicated to the hospital by the patient’s       Barze and Todd Lowther obtained summary
had alleged that the drug companies                 primary care physician, as well as allegations      judgment in a wrongful death case pending in
overcharged the state for prescription drugs        that the co-defendant emergency physician           the US District Court for the Northern District
for Medicaid recipients. John Johnson, revered      failed to properly address the patient’s chest x-   of Alabama in which the plaintiff’s decedent
for his portfolio of high-profile client work, is   ray findings, failed to order appropriate lab       was killed when he fell off the rear riding step
representing BP as Alabama counsel in the           studies, and improperly discharged the patient      on a garbage truck manufactured by the firm’s
litigation that has resulted from the April 2010    from the hospital. Robert Huffaker is               client, and the plaintiff sued for breach of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of          recommended for his litigation of contractual       implied warranties of merchantability and
Mexico.                                             and business disputes and antitrust, securities,    fitness for a particular purpose. The trial court
                                                    fraud, and insurance matters. Patrick Shegon        determined that, due to an unqualified
Marsh Rickard & Bryan                               is tipped as a future star for his representation   witness, the plaintiff could offer no admissible
Marsh Rickard & Bryan is a five-partner             of health care providers.                           evidence of defect or breach of warranty.
litigation boutique concentrating primarily on
personal injury, products liability and business    Starnes Davis Florie                                Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O’Neal
disputes. Formed in 1996, the firm has earned       Starnes Davis Florie, the new name for the          Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O’Neal
notable mentions from the Alabama legal             former Starnes & Atchison firm, devotes its         traces its origins to 1887, making it one of the
community and, due to an overwhelming level         entire practice to litigation. Founded in 1975,     oldest and most familiar firms in the state. The
of peer feedback, has leapt in this year’s          the firm underwent a significant change in          firm’s practice areas include bankruptcy,
rankings to highly recommended status. “They        May 2010, when former name partner and              commercial litigation, environmental law,
are huge in trial law talent, and they should be    key litigator Michael Atchison departed to join     employment law and railroad law, and it
highly recommended,” offers one peer, while         the Burr & Forman firm as counsel. Peers view       maintains a policy of customizing its legal
another states, “You should have them on            this as “a potential setback” but also note that    teams on a case-specific basis for optimal
speed-dial in the event that you get hurt in        “Starnes is fortunately deep with talent and        results. Cabaniss Johnston’s client roster
Alabama because they will fight for you.”           has a strong local reputation, so they will         includes such high-profile clients as Wachovia
    Much of the firm’s success is attributed to     survive.” Clients concur, with one enthusing:       Bank, Sodexho, International Paper, and BP
founding attorney David Marsh, who is               “I only regret that I cannot duplicate them for     Amoco Chemical Company. Litigator
recognized as “an excellent trial lawyer, totally   counsel in other states!” With one office in        Crawford        McGivaren       is   continually
at home in the courtroom.” One competitor           Birmingham and another in Mobile, the firm          recognized as an established force at the trial
notes that Marsh “treats every last personal        has extended its footprint beyond Alabama.          and appellate levels in antitrust, insurance and
injury case with all the attention of a Wall        One client notes “Starnes was recommended           personal injury/toxic tort litigation.
Street lawyer defending a financial institution     to me by a top New York law firm, which
in a bet-your-company case.” In October             speaks volumes about their reputation.”             Christian & Small
2009, Marsh successfully achieved a                    Michael Florie receives numerous accolades,      Formed in 2000, Christian & Small, while still
confidential but “substantial” settlement on        with one peer observing “In Atchison’s              a relatively new firm, is garnering favorable
behalf of a couple who sued Birmingham’s St         absence, Florie, along with Randal Sellers, are     recognition and a steady stream of clients
Vincent’s hospital for performing an                the key lynchpins there now.” In addition to        extending all over Alabama, throughout the
unauthorized autopsy on the fetus of the            chalking up several recent victories in medical     Southeast and beyond. The firm handles a
couple’s miscarried infant, as well as              malpractice and wrongful death cases, Florie is     broad spectrum of cases including antitrust,
improperly storing said fetus prior to its          also currently representing affiliates of           appellate, bankruptcy, commercial litigation,
cremation.                                          Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in numerous lawsuits        products liability, and securities matters.
                                                    arising from the $400 million leveraged             Thomas Christian and LaBella Alvis are both
Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett                  recapitalization of Bruno’s, a regional             noted for their medical malpractice and
Based in Montgomery, Rushton Stakely                supermarket. Assisting Florie in this litigation    products liability work, respectively, while
Johnston & Garrett has been active since 1890       is Jay Ezelle, who a client calls “smart and        James Huckaby attends to a commercial and
and today offers defense services in personal       knowledgeable, with a great demeanor for            securities litigation practice. Deborah Smith
injury, insurance, professional malpractice,        dealing with judges.” Ezelle also represented a     and Sharon Stuart earn future star status for
antitrust, business and shareholder disputes,       consortium of investment banks in cases             their appellate and commercial litigation
products liability, fraud, employment, health       relating to the fallout from the HealthSouth        practices, respectively.

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     Copeland Franco Screws & Gill                       Leach is noted for his products liability and        The firm’s diverse practice portfolio covers
     A newcomer to this year’s Alabama rankings,         personal injury work.                                antitrust, appellate, civil litigation, intellectual
     Montgomery-based Copeland Franco Screws                                                                  property, products liability, and white-collar
     & Gill is regarded by peers as “a small but         Huie Fernambucq & Stewart                            crime. Lee Bains is known as a “great talent”
     formidable litigation powerhouse.” Accolades        Trial law firm Huie Fernambucq & Stewart             and “true go-to litigator” for his complex civil
     are especially strong for Richard Gill and          makes its debut in this year’s rankings as a         litigation work and mass tort practice. He also
     Bobby Seagall, who are both members of the          result of an outspoken group of peers                defends numerous class actions while acting as
     American College of Trial Lawyers and who           weighing in on the firm’s litigation prowess.        national class counsel for the life insurance
     have “very good relations with the bench in         Founded in Birmingham in 1952, the firm has          components of one of the world’s largest
     Montgomery”. One peer states, “You can’t go         a “formidable and well known products                insurers. John Bolus is also recognized for his
     wrong with these guys. If I needed a lawyer, I’d    liability practice.” In particular, peers point to   work in insurance litigation and alternative
     call Richard first and Bobby second.” Seagall       litigators Eugene “De” Martenson and Stanley         dispute resolution work.
     recently successfully represented a health care     Cash for their trial skills. In December 2009,
     client that was seeking to overturn a decision      the firm helped Ford Motor Company win a             McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
     of the State Health Planning and Development        defense verdict in a Cobb County, GA, lawsuit        McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, based in
     Agency, which would have allowed a                  filed by a motorist in a 2006 Ford Explorer          Mobile, represents international, national,
     competitor to relocate its facility nearby          Sport Trac rollover accident. The plaintiff’s        state and local entities in litigation and
     without first having to obtain a new                lawyers sought damages and argued that the           appellate work in Alabama and throughout
     Certificate of Need. In a unanimous decision,       lack of electronic stability control in the car      the Southeast. Litigation is the firm’s primary
     the Court of Civil Appeals ruled that the           contributed to the crash. Huie Fernambucq            focus, with practices covering antitrust,
     proposed relocation of a health care facility is    attorneys proved that only a very small              bankruptcy, business litigation, class actions,
     subject to review.                                  percentage of 2005 vehicles actually had             insurance, products liability, professional
                                                         electronic stability control technology and that     malpractice and securities. Peers assess
     Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris                       the crash was not caused by the lack of the          Michael Knight as “fantastic, a consummate
     Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris considers             technology. Other notable automotive clients         professional and highly persuasive” in his
     itself “a lawyer’s law firm,” in that most of its   for the firm include GM and Yamaha.                  products liability and personal injury
     business is referred by other lawyers. The firm                                                          practices. In January 2010, Knight led a team
     is presently resolving hundreds of Vioxx cases      Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne                           that obtained a $1.6 million jury verdict in
     on behalf of individuals suffering side-effects     Huntsville-based Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne          favor of a client in a commercial real-estate
     from the drug, and Ernest Cory is acting as         serves the northern Alabama area with over 40        case involving claims of fraud, civil conspiracy
                                                                                                              and violations of the Interstate Land Sales Full
                                                                                                              Disclosure Act arising out of the sale of

     “Mobile-based“the embodiment of the cliché ‘dynamite comes
     by one peer as
                    plaintiff firm Cunningham Bounds is described
                                                                                                              investment property in Florida. The case was
                                                                                                              tried for two weeks in the Circuit Court of
                                                                                                              Mobile County against several defendants and
                                                                                                              the jury’s verdict was rendered against all
     in small packages.’ They are a small group of superior trial                                             defendants. Touted future star Archibald
                                                                                                              Reeves practices in the field of general civil
     lawyers.”      ”                                                                                         litigation, addressing a diverse spectrum of
                                                                                                              issues.

     lead counsel in multi-district litigation against   defense attorneys, all organized into broad          Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury
     Pfizer that was consolidated to Birmingham          practice groups to comprise one “collection of       Another debut entry into this year’s rankings,
     with regards to Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug          specialists” within a full-service operation.        Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury merits
     Chantex, which has been associated with an          These practice groups include commercial             mention based upon glowing peer reviews.
     alarming rate of suicide and attempted suicide.     litigation, products liability, and financial        Robert Spotswood practices primarily wage-
     The firm is also pursuing asbestos-related          services. The firm is noted for its “top-notch”      and-hour litigation, shareholder litigation,
     cases on behalf of 1,950 plaintiffs across the      patent and trademark services as well.               insurance disputes, and class-action defense.
     US. Defendants include GM, Owens Corning,           “Huntsville is a high-tech epicenter, and Lanier     “Bob is a great litigator and, with his two
     Johns Manville, Raytech, Union Carbide,             Ford’s focus is definitely tailor-made to address    other name partners Kenneth Sansom and
     USX, and many other companies that                  that,” remarks one peer. Stanley Rodgers and         Michael Sansbury, has surrounded himself
     allegedly failed to warn employees of               Donna Pate are commended for their                   with some bright young talent,” observes one
     potentially deadly health risks associated with     respective medical professional liability and        peer. The firm counts FedEx amongst its high-
     asbestos exposure.                                  products liability practices, while JR Brooks is     profile clients and, in 2009, filed constitutional
                                                         called an “all-purpose white-collar litigator.”      RICO and tort claims against the sheriff of
     Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse               George Knox is known for his professional            Macon County, AL, and the sole operator of
     Mobile firm Helmsing Leach Herlong                  liability, general commercial litigation and         an electronic bingo facility in that county,
     Newman & Rouse specializes in bankruptcy,           products liability practices, which include a        alleging that the sheriff and the operator had
     insurance and products liability, but handles       growing number of medical malpractice cases.         conspired, with others, to obtain a monopoly
     some white-collar crime work as well.               Patent attorney and future star Angela Holt          on the operation of electronic bingo in the
     Members practice all throughout Alabama,            handles intellectual property cases for              county through a bribery scheme. The district
     Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi in a variety     Huntsville’s burgeoning high-technology and          court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss
     of specialties. Senior litigator Frederick          engineering sectors.                                 and forced the defendants to turn over
     Helmsing focuses on white-collar, business                                                               significant discovery that they had withheld, in
     litigation, products liability, and tax             Maynard Cooper & Gale                                part, on the grounds of attorney-client
     controversy litigation matters. James Newman        Maynard Cooper & Gale is a full-service firm         privilege.
     is also praised for his work in the insurance       with more than 170 lawyers between its
     field. A recent case involves a claim of several    offices in Birmingham, Montgomery,
     million dollars in coverage of exclusions. John     Huntsville and, as of October 2009, Mobile.

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S ALLEN BAKER, JR.                                                                R.BRUCE BARZE JR.
                     BALCH & BINGHAM LLP                                                              BALCH & BINGHAM LLP
                     1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500                                              1901 Sixth Avenue North
                     Birmingham, AL 35023                                                             Suite 1500
                     Phone: (205) 226-3416                                                            Birmingham, AL 35203-4642
                     Fax: (205) 488-5880                                                              US
                     Email: abaker@balch.com                                                          T: (205) 251-8100
                                                                                                      F: (205) 226-8799

S Allen Baker Jr. is a partner in the firm's Products Liability & Casualty        R.Bruce Barze Jr. is a member of the Environmental Litigation, Business
Litigation Practice Group and serves as General Counsel to the firm. For          Litigation, and Product Liability and Casualty Practice Groups.
the last 30 years, Allen's practice has focused on the defense of personal
injury and death cases arising out of products liability, negligence, and toxic   During 18 years of law practice, Bruce has tried commercial disputes,
and environmental torts. Mr. Baker defends a wide variety of electrical           fraud cases, environmental claims, and wrongful death and personal injury
cases, electrical products, and related claims which involve application of       cases. He has significant experience defending high exposure personal
national consensus standards, such as the National Electrical Safety Code,        injury and wrongful death litigation. Bruce served as national coordinating
NEC, OSHA, NFPA Standard 921. Mr. Baker works on construction cases               counsel for a pharmaceutical company in the phen-fen litigation, and serves
defending contractors and premises owners where they have been                    as state or regional counsel for a number of companies, including product
charged with negligence in failing to provide a safe workplace, failure to        manufacturers who make heavy trucks, other vehicles, and electrical
warn, negligent inspection, etc. Mr. Baker defends commercial breach-of-          equipment. Bruce also advises clients on matters involving environmental
contract claims and breach-of-contract claims on construction projects            issues, commercial disputes, and insurance coverage.
including resolution of materialman and mechanic liens. Mr. Baker
understands the issues facing developers, architects and engineers as
projects move from inception through completion including resolution of
disputes that may arise between construction professionals. He also serves
as Alabama counsel for several large corporations defending asbestos
cases. Mr. Baker serves as Coordinating Counsel for asbestos litigation for
the states' largest public utility.

Mr. Baker is a member of the Alabama State Bar where he serves on the
Disciplinary Rules & Enforcement Committee; the American Bar
Association, Torts, Insurance & Litigation Sections; Alabama Defense
Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute (DRI); Federation of
Defense & Corporate Counsel; International Association of Defense
Counsel; Alabama Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, Former faculty; and
Lawyers for Civil Justice Representative.

Mr. Baker is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - 2010 Editions;
Alabama Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2009; 2005 "Best of the Bar", Products
Liability (100 + lawyers); named a "Local Star" by Benchmark Litigation;
and named a "Top Attorney" by Birmingham Magazine, 2009.

He is admitted in all US District Courts, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, &
the Court of Federal Claims.




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     CHARLES (CHUCK) A BURKHART                                                        J RUSS CAMPBELL
                          BALCH & BINGHAM LLP                                                               BALCH & BINGHAM LLP
                          1901 Sixth Avenue North                                                           1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500
                          Suite 1500                                                                        Birmingham, AL 35203
                          Birmingham, AL 35203-4642                                                         Phone: (205) 226-3438
                          US                                                                                Fax: (205) 488-5859
                          T: (205) 251-8100                                                                 Email: rcampbell@balch.com
                          F: (205) 226-8799

     Charles (Chuck) A Burkhart is a partner in the firm's Litigation section. His     Russ Campbell is the chairman of the Litigation section at Balch &
     practice includes the following areas:                                            Bingham as well as the founding partner of the firm’s Sports and
                                                                                       Entertainment Practice.
     Construction Litigation
     Mr. Burkhart represents owners, developers, governmental entities, general        His practice includes:
     contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers on all aspects of              • Energy and Utility Litigation; Mr. Campbell represents electric utilities in
     construction projects including the preparation and review of contract               proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the
     documents, bid preparation, bid mistakes, change order disputes and                  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, trial courts, and appellate
     negotiations, payment disputes, the filing and defense of mechanics' and             courts. Mr. Campbell served as lead counsel for several utilities in
     materialman’s liens, cost overruns, and delay claims. Mr. Burkhart has been          appellate proceedings arising out of the Telecommunications Act of
     able to resolve issues that arise between and among developers, architects           1996. Additionally, Mr. Campbell has litigated cases arising out of the
     and engineers in the discharge of their professional duties in connection            Western Energy Crisis relating to (1) adequate assurances under
     with project development. Additionally, he has represented contractors in            forward power contracts, (2) natural gas churning, (3) antitrust and
     administrative and disciplinary proceedings before governmental licensing            RICO violations relating to certain natural gas pipelines, (4) market
     boards and currently serves as the 11th Circuit Articles Editor for                  manipulation by Enron and others, and (5) imbalance provisions in
     Construct! magazine.                                                                 various control area tariffs.
                                                                                       • Commercial Litigation– Mr. Campbell’s commercial litigation experience
     His construction practice involves a spectrum of disputes including                  relates primarily to complex commercial disputes, representing
     highway and road construction projects, industrial plants, power plants,             companies and individuals in actions involving allegations of fraud,
     solid waste dumps, gas stations, retaining wall defects, industrial piping           misrepresentation, and violations of both state and federal securities
     projects, large automobile-manufacturing plants, interstate gas and                  laws as well as banks and financial institutions in cases in which
     petroleum pipeline projects, shopping centers, warehouses, churches,                 recovery was sought for alleged fraud, breach of contract, outrage,
     restaurant developments, office buildings, hospitals, beach condominiums,            negligence, conversion and racketeering.
     military bases, multi-family residences, and homes.                               • Products Liability and Casualty - Mr. Campbell has served as counsel in
                                                                                          a variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has also
     Product Liability, and Electrical Injury and Death Litigation                        defended class-action matters including claims involving mislabeling
     Mr. Burkhart has significant experience in the defense and trial of personal         and misbranding of various nutritional products.
     injury and product liability claims including toxic tort litigation (lead,        • Sports and Entertainment - Mr. Campbell serves as a professional
     asbestos and chemical exposure cases), e-coli (hemolytic uremic                      contract negotiator and/or legal counsel for several NFL players (e.g.,
     syndrome) exposure cases, pharmaceutical cases, along with premises                  Alfred Malone, and Brannon Condren), NFL Coaches (Jacksonville
     liability, adulterated food and fire cases, among others involving                   Jaguars Quarterback Coach Mike Shula (joint representation with The
     catastrophic injury and death. In the course of his practice, Mr. Burkhart           Law Offices of J Mark Rodgers), and collegiate coaches (e.g., University
     has represented industrial equipment manufacturers, home appliance                   of Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino, Auburn Head Coach Gene
     manufacturers, trucking industry manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies,            Chizik, Southern Mississippi Head Coach Larry Fedora, Samford Head
     concrete companies, chemical suppliers and manufacturers, medical                    Coach Pat Sullivan, and Troy University Head Coach Larry Blakeney).
     professionals, electrical utilities and operating companies, and fire sprinkler      Mr. Campbell also handles negotiations for sports broadcasters and
     manufacturers.                                                                       other television/radio talent. Mr. Campbell is a Member and Contract
                                                                                          Advisor of the National Football League Players Association and the
     Additionally, Mr. Burkhart routinely handles the defense and trial of
                                                                                          Canadian Football League Players Association.
     electrical injury and wrongful death cases occasioned by contact with high-
     voltage electrical lines and equipment, electrical fires, and other electrical
     equipment-related injuries.

     Flood Litigation
     In addition to the practice areas above, Mr. Burkhart has developed a
     specialized practice in the defense of lenders and flood-zone determination
     companies in cases invoking the 1973 Flood Disaster Protection Act and
     the 1994 National Flood Insurance Reform Act. In that capacity, he serves
     as a legal advisor to the National Flood Determination Association.




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MICHAEL L EDWARDS                                                                 ERIC B LANGLEY
                     BALCH & BINGHAM LLP                                                               BALCH & BINGHAM LLP
                     1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500                                               1901 Sixth Avenue North
                     Birmingham, AL 35203                                                              Suite 1500
                     Phone: (205) 226-3401                                                             Birmingham, AL 35203-4642
                     Fax: (205) 488-5893                                                               US
                     Email: medwards@balch.com                                                         T: (205) 251-8100
                                                                                                       F: (205) 226-8799

Michael L Edwards practices in the firm’s Litigation section and in the           Eric B Langley is a partner in the firm, a member of the firm’s Litigation
Financial Services and Transactions section. He was chair of the Litigation       Section, and the leader of the firm's Joint Use and Energy Litigation Focus
Section from 1989 through 1996 and is a founding member of the firm's             Team. Though a general business litigator by trade, more than half of Eric's
Diversity Committee. His practice is concentrated in business litigation. He      practice is devoted to representing electric utilities in pole-attachment and
has represented financial institutions, health care providers, accounting         joint-use matters. This practice area spans multiple disciplines, ranging
firms, manufacturing, mining and energy companies, as well as individuals.        from day-to-day consultation with clients as a joint-use team member, to
He has experience in products liability, trademark, patent, trade secret, and     major matter representation in contract negotiations, state and federal
computer litigation.                                                              rulemaking proceedings, and litigated disputes in state court, federal court,
                                                                                  and the Federal Communications Commission. Eric is a frequent speaker at
Mr. Edwards has lectured on a variety of legal topics, including trial of         joint use conferences and trade meetings across the country. His core
complex cases, appellate practice, enforcement of agreements to arbitrate,        litigation practice focuses on joint-use, commercial, banking, energy and
class actions, lender liability, securities litigation, accountants’ liability,   class-action litigation, but he also has tried casualty, intellectual property
shareholder liability for corporate debt, covenants not to compete, and the       and zoning cases.
attorney-client privilege.

Mr. Edwards professional activities include:
• Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
• American Board of Trial Advocates
• Master, Birmingham Inns of Court (President, 2001-2003)
• Adjunct Professor, University of Alabama School of Law, Advanced
   Evidence
• Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Bet-the-Company Litigation
   and Commercial Litigation), in Chambers USA America's Leading
   Lawyers for Business, and in Alabama Super Lawyers 2009
• Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation.
• American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator - Commercial Panel;
   Mediator
• United States Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1966 - 1971
• Named a "Local Star" by Benchmark Litigation
• Named a "Top Attorney" by Birmingham Magazine, 2009




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     ALAN T ROGERS
                          BALCH & BINGHAM LLP
                          1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500
                          Birmingham, AL 35203
                          Phone: (205) 226-3486
                          Fax: (205) 488-5819
                          Email: arogers@balch.com


     Alan T Rogers serves as chairman of the firm's Executive Committee and
     chaired the firm's Litigation Section for 12 years. A Fellow of the American     Firm Overview
     College of Trial Lawyers, he has substantial experience presenting cases to      Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is a regional law firm with a global
     juries, judges, arbitrators and appellate courts. His cases have involved        perspective. We are one of the largest firms in the Southeast, with offices
     companies and professionals in many industries. Mr. Rogers has handled           strategically located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and
     disputes involving shareholders, directors, corporate officers, commercial       the District of Columbia. The firm has more than 370 attorneys serving
     contracts, regulatory governance and other issues.                               individuals, emerging businesses, and established regional, national and
                                                                                      international companies. Clients rely on us for innovative legal services that
     Mr. Rogers’ professional activities include: Fellow, American College of Trial   reflect a deep understanding of their business realities.
     Lawyers; Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Past Member, Board of
     Directors; Chairman, Task Force for Long Range Planning; Faculty Member,         Our clients' opinions matter the most. That is why we are proud to be in the
     ADLA Trial Academy; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel;               top 25 percent in the BTI Client Relationship 100, which ranks law firms for
     Alabama State Bar, Past Chairman, Business Torts and Antitrust Section;          client service and value based on recommendations from in-house counsel at
     Louisiana State Bar; University of Alabama School of Law, Adjunct                the Fortune 1000. Likewise, American Lawyer Media’s annual surveys of in-
     Professor, Product Liability; American Arbitration Association, Certified        house counsel have listed Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as a “Go-To Law
     Mediator; The Alabama Lawyer, Past Member, Editorial Board; Alabama              Firm” for leading financial services and technology companies. We believe that
     Supreme Court, Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence; Birmingham               the depth of quality of our lawyers distinguishes us as a law firm: 144 (40%)
     Regional Chamber of Commerce, Member, Executive Committee; Member,               of our lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers in America; 57 (15%) of our lawyers
     Chairman's Circle; Leadership Birmingham; The Exceptional Foundation             are recognized in Chambers USA; 34 (9%) of our lawyers are members of the
     (for special needs individuals), Past President, Board of Directors;             prestigious American Colleges in their respective areas of expertise; and five
     Birmingham-Southern College, Member, Norton Board of Advisors for                of our lawyers are former United States Supreme Court clerks.
     Management & Professional Education; Birmingham Bar Association,
     Chairman, Grievance Committee; Birmingham YMCA, Member, Board of                 With our deep roots and expanded regional reach, Bradley Arant Boult
     Directors; Rotary International; Newcomen Society; American Inns of              Cummings LLP is perfectly positioned to provide quality legal services in the
     Court; Cumberland Law Institute, Speaker and Member of Planning                  fastest-growing region of the United States and beyond.
     Committees.

     Mr. Rogers was named a "Local Star" by Benchmark Litigation; profiled in         Litigation Practice
     Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Commercial Litigation and             Bradley Arant Boult Cummings trial lawyers understand what’s at stake in
     listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - 2010 Editions.                     each case for the business success of our clients. Our Litigation Practice
                                                                                      Group offers clients the confidence that their critical cases are in the hands of
                                                                                      seasoned, experienced attorneys. Drawing on years spent handling a broad
                                                                                      range of litigation matters across the country, our teams provide strategic,
                                                                                      creative litigation counsel focused on our clients’ individual business
                                                                                      objectives.

                                                                                      Clients trust Bradley Arant Boult Cummings because we provide litigation
                                                                                      counsel with deep experience handling a wide range of legal issues. Our client
                                                                                      base includes entrepreneurs and leading regional businesses, national
                                                                                      companies, members of the Fortune 500, and multinational corporations. We
                                                                                      represent companies in a variety of industry sectors, including banking and
                                                                                      financial services; manufacturing; insurance; securities; construction; and
                                                                                      healthcare.

                                                                                      Our lawyers counsel clients in all types of civil litigation as well as white-collar
                                                                                      criminal litigation, appearing before federal and state courts, administrative
                                                                                      agencies and arbitration panels throughout the United States. Our appellate
                                                                                      attorneys regularly represent clients in state and federal appellate courts,
                                                                                      including arguments before the United States Supreme Court. We have
                                                                                      experience litigating in every substantive area of law, including products
                                                                                      liability, business torts, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, unfair
                                                                                      competition, professional liability, tax, ERISA, environmental, class actions, and
                                                                                      white-collar litigation.

                                                                                      Clients know that our litigation group will partner with them to provide services
                                                                                      specifically designed to meet the demands of the client's business. This
                                                                                      includes making strategic decisions about litigation risks, and whether the
                                                                                      client can achieve the best business outcome by going to trial, exploring
                                                                                      arbitration, or pursuing a settlement. We also make extensive use of litigation
                                                                                      support technology for efficient and cost-effective handling of client matters.


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LABELLA S. ALVIS                                                              JAMES B. CARLSON
                    CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP                                                          CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP
                    1800 Financial Center                                                          1800 Financial Center
                    505 North 20th Street                                                          505 North 20th Street
                    Birmingham, Alabama 35203                                                      Birmingham, Alabama 35203
                    Tel: 205.250-6614                                                              Tel: 205.250-6651
                    Fax: 205.328.7234                                                              Fax: 205.328.7234
                    E-mail: lsalvis@csattorneys.com                                                E-mail: jbcarlson@csattorneys.com
                    Web: www.csattorneys.com                                                       Web: www.csattorneys.com

                                                                              Mr. Carlson has an extensive background in products liability litigation. He
For more than 25 years, LaBella Alvis has been successfully litigating        has successfully handled cases involving the following product lines: all-
cases in State and Federal courts. Ms. Alvis is AV rated by Martindale-       terrain vehicles, farm tractors, handguns, power tools, automobiles, car
Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for personal       seats, textile machines underground mining equipment, forklifts, tractor
injury litigation, named as one of Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama in         trailers, induction furnaces, latex gloves, industrial woodworking machinery,
2008 by Alabama Super Lawyers and a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark            conveyers, kerosene heaters, tires, extruder machines, boats, steering
Litigation.                                                                   cables, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, household appliances,
                                                                              cranes, industrial equipment, motorcycles, lawnmowers, power
Ms. Alvis’ practice is devoted to Professional Liability, Liquor Liability,   regulators/transformers, earth moving equipment, and electronic
Transportation (Aviation and Trucking) and coverage cases. Her work with      components. In addition, Mr. Carlson is designated counsel for various
Professional Liability has included hundreds of EEOC and Employment           insurance companies. He has extensive experience preparing witnesses
Liability claims, Medical Malpractice Defense and Construction/Architect      though interpreters in both Japanese and German for both depositions and
Liability.                                                                    trial. He has tried numerous cases through interpreters. He has also
                                                                              represented product manufacturers located in Scotland, Germany, Japan,
Ms. Alvis has extensive experience in liquor liability work, having handled   Austria, France, Italy, South Korea and England.
not only numerous claims, but successfully trying almost a dozen cases to
a defense verdict. She brings an extra dimension to those claims due to her   Mr. Carlson has briefed and argued cases before the Alabama Supreme
experience as a certified ABC Board vendor trainer and by direct              Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
representation of restaurant and bar licensees at the Board level.
                                                                              Mr. Carlson is consistently recognized by his peers in the legal industry,
Ms. Alvis also recognizes the importance of serving the community and has     and especially in the area of products liability. Most recently, Mr. Carlson
served in numerous leadership roles including:                                was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Products Liability Litigation
• Co-Founder and Director, Birmingham Volunteer Lawyer Association            and Commercial Litigation and in Alabama Super Lawyers 2010 for
• Board Member and Founder of the YMCA racquetball program for inner          Personal Injury Defense - Products. Mr. Carlson is an active member of the
   city kids                                                                  Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute,
• President and Legal Counsel for the Epilepsy Foundation, Central and        and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
   North Alabama
• “Top 40 Professionals Under 40" hosted by the Birmingham Business           Prior to a career in law, Mr. Carlson had extensive experience managing
   Journal                                                                    livestock operations, the operation of over-the-road tractor trailer rigs and
• President and Advisory Committee of Cumberland Alumni Club                  farm and underground mining equipment.
• BLSA “Lawyer of the Year”
• Cumberland School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy Program,        Mr. Carlson’s community activities include membership on the Session of
   1992-1994                                                                  Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Executive Board for a private K-12 school,
• Co-authored “Be Young, Be Smart, Be Good at Marketing,” Spring              Chairman of the Legal and Financial Committee for this same school and
   2009 Paradigm                                                              teaching Sunday School at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.




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     THOMAS W. CHRISTIAN                                                          CLARK A. COOPER
                           CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP                                                      CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP
                           1800 Financial Center                                                      1800 Financial Center
                           505 North 20th Street                                                      505 North 20th Street
                           Birmingham, Alabama 35203                                                  Birmingham, Alabama 35203
                           Tel: 205.250-6611                                                          Tel: 205.250-6629
                           Fax: 205.328.7234                                                          Fax: 205.328.7234
                           E-mail: twchristian@csattorneys.com                                        E-mail: cacooper@csattorneys.com
                           Web: www.csattorneys.com                                                   Web: www.csattorneys.com

     For more than 40 years, Tom Christian has been a leader in the litigation    Clark Cooper has substantial experience in the defense and trial of
     arena. Mr. Christian is one of the founding partners of Christian & Small    complex litigation matters, construction disputes, class actions, federal
     and enjoyed a long career with Rives & Peterson, Christian & Small’s         security fraud claims, products liability claims, medical malpractice cases,
     predecessor firm.                                                            creditor and lender rights cases and insurance cases. He has also handled
                                                                                  cases involving serious injuries and death. Mr. Cooper is AV®-rated and
     Mr. Christian’s practice focuses primarily on Medical Malpractice Defense,   has had the privilege of representing international, national, and local
     Health Care, Class Action/Complex Litigation, Professional Liability and     clients on a statewide and nationwide level.
     Products Liability.                                                          • Successfully defended a national health care provider from claims of
                                                                                      wrongful death.
     Throughout his career, Mr. Christian has been consistently recognized as a   • Successfully defended an international corporation in a multimillion-
     leader in the legal profession.                                                  dollar case involving allegations of fraud and construction defects
                                                                                      related to the construction of a large food processing plant.
     •   Served on the faculty at the 2009 Alabama Defense Lawyers
                                                                                  • Defended a national construction company in a suit alleging claims of
         Association Bibb Allen Memorial Trial Academy.
                                                                                      wrongful death.
                                                                                  • Defended a national financial institution from allegations of improper
     •   Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice,
                                                                                      lending practices. The claims against the financial institution were
         Products Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. Selected
                                                                                      dismissed and the financial institution received a significant payment on
         more than 20 years.
                                                                                      its counterclaim.
     •   Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for Civil Defense.                       • Successfully defended a national financial institution in an injunction
                                                                                      hearing and trial for claims of improper lending practices and improper
     •   Listed as one of the Top 50 Alabama Lawyers, a list comprised of the         sale of property.
         lawyers who receive the highest number of points in the 2008 Alabama     • Represented an international corporation in a breach of contract and
         Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue-ribbon review process.           trademark infringement case. The case against the corporation was
                                                                                      dismissed and the corporation received over $500,000 on its
     •   Listed as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.                       counterclaim.
                                                                                  • Successfully defended an international shipping company in Los
     •   Fellow, The American College of Trial Lawyers                                Angeles County, California from multimillion-dollar claims for breach of
                                                                                      contract and fraud.
     •   Fellow, The American Bar Foundation                                      • Defended a national insurer against a putative class action for federal
                                                                                      securities fraud and various state law claims, including State RICO, and
     •   Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
                                                                                      the dismissal was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
     •   Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates                             • Successfully defended a national oil and natural gas company from
                                                                                      claims of discrimination.
     •   Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel               • Defended a national contractor on a commercial development from
                                                                                      claims of liquidated damages and improper workmanship and obtained
     •   Member and Past President, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association               over $1 million for the contractor from the owner.
                                                                                  • Successfully defended an international building contractor from over
     •   Member and Past President, the Birmingham Bar Association                    $10 million in claims of faulty construction resulting in shifting and
                                                                                      cracking of a large commercial building.
     •   American Bar Association                                                 • Successfully defended an international products manufacturer from
                                                                                      claims of multiple wrongful deaths and brain injury.
                                                                                  Mr. Cooper is active in the American Bar Association and serves in
                                                                                  numerous leadership roles including:
                                                                                  • Two-time elected Alabama State Delegate to the ABA House of
                                                                                      Delegates
                                                                                  • Young Lawyers Leadership Program, Co-Chair, Litigation Section,
                                                                                      2008-2011
                                                                                  • Membership Co-Chair, Litigation Section, 2004-2007
                                                                                  • Counsel member, Litigation Section, 2002-2003
                                                                                  • Litigation Committee Chair, ABA Young Lawyers Division, 2000-2001
                                                                                  • Committee Director, ABA Young Lawyers Division, 1997-1998
                                                                                  Mr. Cooper served on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers
                                                                                  Section of the Alabama State Bar Association and served as Vice-
                                                                                  President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar
                                                                                  Association.
                                                                                  Mr. Cooper has been recognized by his peers and is listed in The Best
                                                                                  Lawyers in America®, Birmingham Business Journal, “Best of the
                                                                                  Birmingham Bar,” and listed as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.



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ROBERT E.COOPER                                                                   JAMES C. HUCKABY, JR.
                     CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP                                                              CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP
                     1800 Financial Center                                                              1800 Financial Center
                     505 North 20th Street                                                              505 North 20th Street
                     Birmingham, Alabama 35203                                                          Birmingham, Alabama 35203
                     Tel: 205.250 6608                                                                  Tel: 205 250-6624
                     Fax: 205.328.7234                                                                  Fax: 205.328.7234
                     E-mail: recooper@csattorneys.com                                                   E-mail: jchuckaby@csattorneys.com
                     Web: www.csattorneys.com                                                           Web: www.csattorneys.com

Bob Cooper is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group. He has           Mr. Huckaby is a partner in the firm and enjoys a wide-ranging civil trial
extensive civil trial practice experience representing a wide range of clients.   practice. His career spans three decades during which he has served as
The primary emphasis of his practice has been professional negligence for         lead trial counsel to business clients in many of the major pieces of
the health care profession and allied disciplines, products liability, and        important litigation in Alabama and other lawsuits of significance in states
transportation. He has also represented financial institutions and other          throughout the Southeast. Mr. Huckaby has served as lead counsel in
business entities in claims of negligence, fraud, and bad faith. He has tried     thousands of individual lawsuits, as trial counsel in over 40 lawsuits taken
more than 150 cases of various types to a jury verdict during the course of       to verdict, and over 75 major class and mass actions.
his career.
                                                                                  Mr. Huckaby’s trial and appellate experience extends to a wide range of
Mr. Cooper is involved in numerous industry and legal associations and            substantive areas of law, including financial services litigation, securities
organizations including the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel,          defense, insurance sales practice claims, mass tort and other business
the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Trucking Industry           litigation.
Defense Assocation, the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Defense
Research Institute, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Assocatioation, the               Mr. Huckaby is recognized as one of Alabama’s “Litigation Stars” by the
American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, and the Birmingham Bar           editors of Benchmark Litigation and described in the prestigious
Association. In addition, Mr. Cooper has been recognized by his peers as a        Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers as a “masterful lawyer” and a
leader in the area of litigation. These listings include:                         “renowned expert” among Alabama litigators. He is listed annually in
• International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow                                  multiple categories of litigation practice in the Best Lawyers in America
• Listed as “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation                       (Woodward White) and Alabama Super Lawyers.
• Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice and
   Personal Injury Litigation                                                     Mr. Huckaby has authored several articles and is a frequent speaker on
• Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense (Medical            various topics including:
   Malpractice)                                                                   • “The (Sometimes Unpredictable and Unintended) Consequences of
• Alabama Law Foundation, Fellow                                                      Taking a Class Action to Trial, Verdict and Final Judgment.” Presented at
• Listed as one of Birmingham’s “Who’s Who in Health Care” by the                     the Class Actions CLE seminar at the State Bar of Georgia
   Birmingham Business Journal                                                        Headquarters on Friday, October 3, 2008
                                                                                  • Real Evidence for Trial Practitioners, “Frye, Daubert and Beyond,”
Mr. Cooper is a frequent speaker on such topics as:                                   Lorman Services (Feb. 8, 2006)
• Medical Malpractice Seminar, Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing               • “Ethical Considerations in Selecting a Jury,” Birmingham Bar
   Legal Education, 2005                                                              Association (May 31, 2002)
• “Tackling Advanced Medical Malpractice Issues in Alabama,” National             • “Alabama Discovery Skills for Paralegals,” HalfMoon LLC (1999)
   Business Institute, 2005                                                       • Commercial Litigation: The Trial, “Closing Statement for the Defendant,”
• National Business Institute’s conference held on October 24, 2007 at                Litigation Section of the Alabama State Bar Association (Oct. 27, 1989)
   the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The conference was titled                  • “Defenses Available in Construction Litigation,” Georgia Defense
   “Medical Malpractice From A to Z for Defense Attorneys” – Mr. Cooper               Lawyers Journal (1980)
   spoke on the topics of Effective Trial Preparation and Tactical Trial          • Note, Freedom of the Press - Denial of a Right of Public Access by the
   Pointers                                                                           Press, 24 Emory L.J. 217 (1975)

Mr. Cooper serves on the firm’s Strategic Planning Team and is chair of the       Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Huckaby served as the litigation chairman of
Technology Action Team. In addition to his dedication to the legal                another prominent Alabama law firm and founded a small boutique litigation
profession, Mr. Cooper also recognizes the importance of giving to his            firm specializing in complex business litigation. He has served on several
community and is active in the Vestavia/Hoover Kiwanis Club, Habitat for          charitable and city boards and is Chancellor and Legal Counsel to the
Humanity and Canterbury United Methodist Church.                                  church parish with which he is affiliated. He resides in Birmingham with his
                                                                                  wife, Leslie, and daughter, Mary May.




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     CLARENCE M. SMALL                                                               DEBORAH ALLEY SMITH
                          CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP                                                          CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP
                          1800 Financial Center                                                          1800 Financial Center
                          505 North 20th Street                                                          505 North 20th Street
                          Birmingham, Alabama 35203                                                      Birmingham, Alabama 35203
                          Tel: 205.250-6619                                                              Tel: 205.250-6627
                          Fax: 205.328.7234                                                              Fax: 205.328.7234
                          E-mail: cmsmall@csattorneys.com                                                E-mail: dasmith@csattorneys.com
                          Web: www.csattorneys.com                                                       Web: www.csattorneys.com

     Mr. Small’s practice is devoted to mediation and litigation where he            Debbie Smith has devoted her 25 year practice to civil litigation with a
     specializes in business and complex litigation matters. Mr. Small is admitted   primary emphasis on appellate and post-verdict proceedings. She is the
     to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama, in the United States    head of the firm’s Appellate, Post-Verdict and Briefing practice group,
     Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the     which provides representation both in matters that the firm handles at the
     Supreme Court of the United States.                                             trial level and for clients seeking specialized assistance in dealing with
                                                                                     preservation of error issues at trial or at the post-verdict and appellate
     Mr. Small is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the             stages.
     American Bar Foundation and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
     He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the         During her career, Ms. Smith has been involved in over 200 post-judgment
     Defense Research Institute and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.         and appellate matters in state and federal courts. She has argued
                                                                                     numerous cases before the Alabama and federal appellate courts and has
     Mr. Small’s career spans 40 years and he is consistently recognized by          also briefed and argued cases before the United States Supreme Court,
     industry leaders and his peers as being one the state’s premier litigation      including the successful argument of Murphy Bros., Inc. vs. Michetti Pipe
     attorneys. Mr. Small is selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers         Stringing, Inc., 526 US 344 (1999).
     2010 for Alternative Dispute Resolution. For 20 years, Mr. Small has been
     listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Alternative Dispute Resolution        In addition to maintaining a comprehensive post-verdict, appellate and
     and Personal Injury Litigation, and has been consistently listed as a “Local    briefing practice, Ms. Smith currently serves as the firm’s managing partner.
     Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.                                       She has also served as a member of Christian & Small’s Executive
                                                                                     Committee, and as the firm’s General Counsel. Ms. Smith is actively
     Mr. Small has served in leadership roles throughout his career. He was the      involved in the state and local bar associations, and the Defense Research
     President of the Alabama State Bar is 1992 and 1993 and President of            Institute and has served on numerous committees for each organization.
     the Birmingham Bar Association in 1979. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Small            She has recently completed a three-year term on the Executive Committee
     was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association          of the Birmingham Bar Association and currently serves as a member of
     and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to serve on the               the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Ms. Smith is a
     Appellate Rules Committee, the Committee to Formulate Uniform Rules of          frequent lecturer on procedural and appellate issues, has served as an
     Evidence and the Committee to Develop the Case Management Plan now              adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law, and serves on the
     used in Jefferson County. Mr. Small serves or has served on the Board of        Alabama Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Alabama Rules of
     Trustees of the Alabama Bar Foundation and the Farrah Law Society.              Appellate Procedure.

     From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Small was a member of the Jefferson County               Ms. Smith has been recognized consistently as a leader in the legal
     Judicial Commission whose responsibility is to nominate candidates for          profession. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Law
     judgeships in Jefferson County when vacancies occur between elections.          and Commercial Litigation, is listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for
     He was one of the twelve members of the Tort Reform Summit appointed            Appellate Law, was named a “2009 Top Attorney” and “2010 Top
     by Alabama’s Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Small was also a member of the            Attorney” in Birmingham magazine for Appellate Law, has been named
     First and Third Citizens’ Judicial Conferences on the Alabama State             “Best of the Bar” by Birmingham Business Journal, has been listed as one
     Courts.                                                                         of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama in 2008 and 2009, a list
                                                                                     comprised of the women lawyers who receive the highest number of points
                                                                                     in the Alabama Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue-ribbon review
                                                                                     process, and is listed as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.




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SHARON D. STUART
                      CHRISTIAN & SMALL LLP
                      1800 Financial Center
                      505 North 20th Street
                      Birmingham, Alabama 35203
                      Tel: 205.250 6678
                      Fax: 205.328.7234
                      E-mail: sdstuart@csattorneys.com
                      Web: www.csattorneys.com

Sharon Stuart’s practice is devoted to civil trial work and arbitration.
Focusing on complex commercial and insurance litigation, Sharon also
handles a variety of pharmaceutical and medical device products liability
litigation as national, regional or local counsel. Currently, Sharon is
defending a multi-jurisdictional products liability action involving a dietary
supplement.

Her trial experience includes a wide range of business tort claims, contract
disputes, commercial and insurance fraud and bad faith suits, and wrongful
death cases. She has defended over 30 class action lawsuits in areas as
diverse as financial products, insurance, products liability/toxic tort and
employment law.

Sharon has also handled a broad spectrum of cases involving corporate
governance, patent and licensing issues, consumer finance issues, and
drug pricing claims.

Sharon is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation,
is ranked by Benchmark Litigation as a leading litigator and “Rising Star”, is
recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers Magazine, and has been
recognized as Best of the Birmingham Bar in insurance law.

In addition to her busy litigation practice, Ms. Stuart is a member of the
firm’s four-person Executive Committee, a member of the International
Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and American Inns of Court.

Ms. Stuart is active in local and state bar organizations and has served on
numerous bar committees, including formerly chairing the Civil Courts
Procedures and Ethics Committees of the Birmingham Bar Association.
She currently serves on the Birmingham Bar Association’s Long Range
Planning Committee. Sharon is Chair of the Amicus Curiae committee of
the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and serves on the Board of
Directors of Attorneys Insurance Mutual, an attorney malpractice insurer.

Sharon also gives back to her community, serving on the Board of
Directors of the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, and the Greystone
Outreach Legacy Foundation. She teaches an adult Sunday School class
at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.




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