I represent clients in complex litigation, including government contracts litigation and "bet the company" matters involving trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, intellectual property, contracts, and a variety of other subjects. I have also successfully represented clients in appeals before many appellate courts, including the Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal, and in specialty courts like the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. I also have experience representing clients facing False Claims Act claims and in other White Collar Crime cases.
The U.S. Army trusted me to advise generals and other senior commanders in the Balkans in the 1990s. The 17,700 lawyers of Alabama trusted me to represent them, as one of the youngest Alabama State Bar Presidents in history. My clients trust me because I have handled complex cases in multiple venues, ranging from military courts-martial to U.S. Courts of Appeal, and across Alabama from Madison County to Mobile County.
In every matter entrusted to me, my goal is to provide solutions to my clients' complex legal problems in a reasonable period of time. By returning telephone calls promptly, updating clients regularly, and working harder than others, while displaying courtesy and respect toward clients, opponents, and courts, I work hard to achieve this goal.
I am an attorney with and Shareholder of the firm, Wilmer & Lee, and a resident attorney in the firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office. I served as President of the Alabama State Bar from July 2014-July 2015.
I attended the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law, where I graduated cum laude. After graduation, I served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, from 1995 to 2000, when I returned to Alabama to join the North Alabama law firm Wilmer & Lee.
I have a diverse litigation practice, have tried numerous trials in various state and federal courts, and have argued cases before the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Florida 1st District Court of Appeals. I am admitted to practice in Alabama and Tennessee, as well as various federal courts, including the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Tax Court.
From July 2004 to July 2013, I served on the Alabama State Bar’s Board of Bar Commissioners. During that time, I served on numerous committees and task forces, including for many years on the MCLE Commission and on one of the Alabama State Bar’s Disciplinary Panels. From July 2014 to July 2015, I served as President of the Alabama State Bar.
I am a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation and the American Law Foundation; and I am dedicated to Access to Justice and Pro Bono issues, and issues facing Veterans. Since 2011, I have served on the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, and I had the pleasure of working on the committee that drafted the 2016 update to Alabama's law concerning non-compete agreements.
I am also a member of the American Law Institute and serve in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.
I also enjoy serving my local community. I have served the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association on numerous committees. I am a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. I serve on the board of directors of The Arts Council. I served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, concluding my service as its president. I have also served as president of the Downtown Forty-Seven, on the Advisory Board of the Sparkman Center Boys and Girls Club, and on the Board of the Old Town Historic District Association.
Disclaimer: "No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers." Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(e).
|AL||Occupational License - Authorized to Practice||1995||02/18/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Litigation - Labor & Employment "Lawyer of Year" for Huntsville||Best Lawyers in America||2017|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2017|
|2016 Mid-South Super Lawyer||SuperLawyer||2016|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Shareholder||Wilmer & Lee, P.A.||2000 - Present|
|Judge Advocate Attorney||United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps||1995 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Conference of Bar Presidents||Membership Committee Member||2015 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Delegate, ABA House of Delegates||2015 - Present|
|American Law Institute||Member||2015 - Present|
|Vistage||Member||2013 - Present|
|Alabama State Bar||Executive Council Member||2016 - 2017|
|Alabama State Bar||Immediate Past President||2015 - 2016|
|Alabama State Bar||President||2014 - 2015|
|Alabama State Bar||President-Elect||2013 - 2014|
|Alabama State Bar||Bar Commissioner||2004 - 2013|
|The Alabama Lawyer||Alabama Enacts Major Revision of Alabama Code 8-1-1, The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 76, No. 6, p. 385 (Nov. 2015)||2015|
|The Federal Lawyer||The Fair Labor Standards Act and Computer Employees||2008|
|The Federal Lawyer||Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly: A Review of the "Plausibility" Pleading Standard||2008|
|University of Alabama School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Size Appeal of: Straughan Environmental, Inc. RE: Integrated Mission Support Services, LLC||Appellant competitor size appeal dismissed|
|Chandler v. Volunteers of America, North Alabama, Inc.||Judgment for Appellee Affirmed.|
|Clinicomp International, Inc. v. The United States||Judgment for Plaintiff Clinicomp International Inc.|
|Chandler v. Volunteers of America, North Alabama, Inc.||Jury verdict for client, Volunteers of America, North Alabama, Inc.|
|Vakili, et al. v. Charles F. Stephenson, et al.||Affirmed judgment for clients/appellees.|
|In the Matter of: *** Applicant for Security Clearance||Prevailed in appeal of denial of security clearance.|
|Vakili, et al v. First Commercial Bank of Huntsville, et al||Motion for summary judgment granted for all clients.|
|United States v. Westwind Group, Inc.||Judgment for client dismissing all claims upheld.|
|Lewis v. Covenant Classical School||Judgment for Defendant|
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