For over 29 years, I have represented clients in federal and state court trials throughout Alabama, in appeals, and in matters in the Southeast involving federal and state regulatory, investigative, and enforcement agencies.
I was Chair of the Federal Practice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association in 2016. I served as Chair of the Alabama State Bar Environmental Law Section for the 2010-2011 term.
At Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, I was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and, after graduation, I was inducted into Curia Honoris and received the Dean's Certificate of Appreciation.
I am AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell; am a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary; and am listed in Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Environmental, Natural Resources Law, and Commercial Litigation and listed as a Mid-South Super Lawyer for Environmental Litigation.
My environmental law experience covers all of the major federal statutes--the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, CERCLA/Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and the Endangered Species Act--as well as Alabama statutes pertaining to natural resources and land use and the common law claims for nuisance and trespass that are commonly alleged in the environmental context.
Environmental law led me to related experience in governmental investigations, enforcement, and white collar defense that has, over time, expanded well beyond environmental matters into health care, antitrust, securities, government contracting, banking and financial services, and other such cases having potential criminal as well as civil consequences. The erosion of intent requirements, the increasing criminalization of business conduct, and the decline of personal privacy protections causes me to have serious concerns about how business people and licensed professionals are investigated and prosecuted.
My business litigation experience includes breach of contract, data security, professional liability, fraud claims, false claims act/qui tam, policyholder insurance coverage, minority shareholder oppression, partnership disputes, antitrust, interference and unfair competition, trademark infringement, and trade secret misappropriation. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes.
I am also no stranger to personal injury and property damage cases, including those arising from chemical exposure, flooding and inverse condemnation, invasion of privacy, constitutional torts, product liability, ultrahazardous activities, and explosions or other catastrophes. While I most frequently defend these types of cases, I will consider representing plaintiffs whom I believe have substantive claims.
|AL||Occupational License - Authorized to Practice||1989||08/26/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Mid-South Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2007|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2000|
|Partner||Starnes Davis Florie, LLP||2008 - Present|
|Partner||Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal||1996 - 2008|
|Associate||Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal||1992 - 1996|
|Associate||Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville||1989 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Litigation Counsel of America||Charter Fellow||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Health Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Alabama - Birmingham||MA - Masters||1986|
|Auburn University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|Legal Risk Management: Potential Legal Liabilites and Contingency Planning for Accountants and Their Clients||What Accountants Should Know About White Collar Crime||2015|
|Legal Risk Management: Potential Legal Liabilites and Contingency Planning for Accountants and Their Clients||Investigations--Internal and Governmental||2015|
|Legal Risk Management: Potential Legal Liabilites and Contingency Planning for Accountants and Their Clients||Accountant Liability: Civil and Criminal||2015|
|Strategic Legal Risk Management--Contingency Planning to Avoid or Mitigate Legal Crises||2015|
|Boundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts||"Water Boundaries: What Are Your Client's Rights, Responsibilities, and Potential Liabilities?"||2012|
|2011 Annual Meeting||"Wading Through the Clean Water Act: How to Keep Corporations and Officers Out of the Deep End"||2011|
|Environmental Law from A to Z||"Update on Certain Major Environmental Laws"||2009|
|Workshop||"Writing Natural Resource Ordinances for Local Governments"||2007|
|Watersheds, Nonpoint Source Pollution, and Stormwater Workshop||"Enforcement and Liability"||2006|
|Making the Best of the Worst Case Scenario: Federal Criminal Liability for Corporations, Officers, and Directors||"An Overview of Federal Criminal Liability for Corporations, Officers, and Directors"||2001|
|Woods Knoll, LLC v. City of Lincoln||Defense judgment for client at trial; affirmed by 11th Circuit on appeal.|
|University of Montevallo, et al., v. Middle Tennessee Land Company||Injunction granted against quarry and in favor of client university based on anticipatory nuisance.|
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