Seventeen Rushton Stakely Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers for 2020

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that seventeen of our attorneys were chosen for the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  The selected lawyers are: Dennis R. Bailey, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Communications Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Real Estate, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Jeffrey W. Blitz, Real Estate Law; L. Peyton Chapman III, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; William I. Eskridge, Real Estate Law; Alan T. Hargrove, Jr., Insurance Law, and Litigation – Insurance; William S. Haynes, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., Appellate Practice; J. Theodore Jackson, Jr., Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law,  Trusts and Estates; Paul M. James, Jr., Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Thomas H. Keene, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Daniel L. Lindsey, Jr., Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Patrick M. Shegon, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Christopher S. Simmons, Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Public Finance Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Frank J. Stakely, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Fred W. Tyson, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Helen Crump Wells, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Benjamin C. Wilson, Litigation – Healthcare, and Litigation – Labor & Employment.

For over 30 years, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.  Inclusion in the Best Lawyers® list is based on a rigorous national survey of leading U. S. attorneys, and Corporate Counsel® magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”  We are proud that seventeen of our attorneys were recognized with this distinguished honor.

Bailey Wins Two Appeals Before the Alabama Supreme Court

Evans Bailey recently won two appeals before the Alabama Supreme Court.

In the first case, the appellate court reversed the lower court’s judgment that Mr. Bailey’s client owed over $100,000 in post-judgment interest in an attorney’s fee dispute. The Court found that the underlying judgment did not support an award of post-judgment interest because it was not a “money judgment” against Mr. Bailey’s client.

In the second case, the appellate court affirmed a summary judgment in favor of Mr. Bailey’s client (an automobile manufacturer) on claims that the defendant owed the client for relocation reimbursement expenses. The defendant argued below and on appeal that his failure to pay the expenses back was excused for a number of reasons, but the Court rejected these arguments in turn. The Court also reversed the lower court’s failure to award attorney’s fees, expenses, and interest, and increased the judgment against the defendant by approximately $30,000. Katie Davis assisted in briefing the Arnold matter.

The cases are Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C. v. DuBois (#1171178) and Arnold v. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC, (#1170974 & #1171026).

Trump Announces Nomination of Huffaker to Serve as Federal Judge

Rushton Stakely is proud to announce the nomination of R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

On July 1, 2019, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., of Alabama, to serve as Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Austin Huffaker is a Shareholder at Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A, where his practice focuses on complex commercial, product and lender liability, and professional malpractice litigation. Mr. Huffaker serves as a Commissioner of the Alabama Securities Commission and a Member of the Alabama Civil Jury Charge Committee. Mr. Huffaker earned his B.Eng., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and his J.D, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Alabama Law Review and a Hugo Black Scholar.

For the complete article:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-announces-judicial-nominees-united-states-marshal-nominee-3/

Garrett Obtains Defense Verdict in Multi-Vehicle Collision with Injury

R. Brett Garrett obtained a defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Lee County Alabama on behalf of his client in a complicated, multi-vehicle/motorcycle accident that occurred in Auburn, Alabama. The case involved a collision that occurred near the intersection of roadways within Logan Square Apartments. Mr. Garrett’s client collided with a motorcycle driven by Plaintiff as they proceeded through an intersection and around a commercial vehicle which obstructed visibility.

Plaintiff sued Mr. Garrett’s client alleging that she acted negligently and wantonly in causing the accident. Plaintiff also alleged that Mr. Garrett’s client and the owner of the commercial vehicle were liable under a theory of combining and concurring negligence. Mr. Garrett defended Plaintiff’s claims alleging contributory negligence. Plaintiff incurred substantial bodily injury in the accident including tibial and fibular fractures requiring multiple corrective surgeries. Plaintiff introduced testimony of his treating orthopedic surgeon who offered his medical opinion that Plaintiff’s injuries were directly caused by the subject accident and further, that multiple surgeries were necessary for treatment of his related injuries.

The case tried before Hon. Christopher J. Hughes. After a three day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Garrett’s client.

Bailey and Davis Win Summary Judgment in Hair Care Product Case

Evans Bailey and Katie Davis recently won a summary judgment in a products liability action involving the use of a hair relaxer. Their motion on behalf of the manufacturer and the retailer argued that the hair care product was not defective, had been used improperly, and came to the supplier in a sealed container. The case was before Judge Greg Griffin in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Alabama.

Garrett Obtains Defense Verdict in Multi-Vehicle Accident

R. Brett Garrett obtained a defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Lee County Alabama on behalf of his client in a complicated, multi-vehicle automobile accident that occurred in Auburn, Alabama. The case involved a high speed collision that occurred at the intersection of North College Street and Shug Jordan Parkway. Mr. Garrett’s client collided with a vehicle being driven by another driver in the intersection who subsequently veered off and stuck a stationary vehicle driven by Plaintiff.

Plaintiff sued Mr. Garrett’s client and the other involved driver alleging that they acted negligently and wantonly in causing the accident. Plaintiff alleged that both drivers were liable under a theory of combining and concurring negligence. As Plaintiff was not involved in the precipitating accident, Mr. Garrett did not contend that Plaintiff was contributorily negligent. Plaintiff claimed substantial bodily injury requiring surgical treatment. She called her treating surgeon as a witness at trial who offered his medical opinion that Plaintiff’s injuries were directly caused by the subject accident and, further, that surgery was necessary for treatment of her injuries. Plaintiff claimed the cost and expense of future surgery as part of her damages at trial.

The case tried before Hon. Jacob Walker, III. After a three day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Garrett’s client.

Dennis Nabors Joins Rushton Stakely Law Firm

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that Dennis Nabors has become Of Counsel to the firm. Mr. Nabors joins Rushton Stakely after enjoying a distinguished career that has included service as Chief of Staff to Governor Guy Hunt, Assistant Attorney General for Alabama’s White-Collar Crime and Civil Rights Division, City Attorney for Montgomery, and Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist for the Alabama Hospital Association. Mr. Nabors has significant experience and demonstrated expertise in health care and public policy law, with a particular focus on the impact of state and federal health care regulations on providers and organizations. He has appeared numerous times before the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and the Certificate of Need (CON) Review Board.

Mr. Nabors’ experience will blend seamlessly with the health care and administrative law expertise currently offered by Rushton Stakely. Firm President, Tommy Keene, stated, “We are delighted to have our good friend and colleague, Dennis Nabors, join our practice. He fits well with us not only by virtue of his experience but also because he epitomizes the level of competence and quality that our attorneys strive to provide to our clients.”

Hines and Sellers Attain Shareholder Status in Rushton Stakely

Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A. is pleased to announce that Amanda C. Hines and Philip A. Sellers, II have been made shareholders in the firm effective January 1, 2019.

Mrs. Hines joined the firm in 2012. She has significant experience in virtually all areas of civil law, with her primary focus on healthcare and medical liability, professional liability, labor and employment law, and general civil defense litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Hines also assisted numerous clients in a wide range of matters including all aspects of family law, real estate transactions, corporate law matters, and estate planning and probate matters.

Mrs. Hines obtained her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Alabama, 2000, and her juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law, 2003

Mr. Sellers joined the firm in 2012.  His practice is devoted to civil litigation with a primary focus on medical malpractice, insurance defense, professional liability, and employment law.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sellers worked as an upper school faculty member of the Montgomery Academy, where he taught U.S. History and Government and served as the assistant coach of the forensics team.

Mr. Sellers obtained his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 2006 and his juris doctor, cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law in 2012.

Dennis R. Bailey Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that Dennis R. Bailey has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony took place recently before an audience of 850 persons during the Induction Ceremony at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the College in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting had a total attendance of 1,020.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Dennis R. Bailey is a shareholder of Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A. of Montgomery, Alabama and has been practicing in Montgomery for 38 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Auburn University (75) and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (79).

Best Lawyers® Names Jackson Lawyer of the Year

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that shareholder, J. Theodore Jackson, Jr., has been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Jackson has been recognized in each edition since the inception of the publication, and has recently been honored for his work in Litigation and Controversy – Tax in Montgomery, Alabama. Only one lawyer is selected for this title in a specific practice field and location, and must obtain a number of positive votes per year for recognition in each edition.

Mr. Jackson began practicing with the firm in 1970 and has been a shareholder since 1973. He practices primarily in the areas of utility law, taxation (including tax planning and disputes arising out of audits), general corporate law, municipal and corporate finance, and the law of cooperative organizations. Mr. Jackson has substantial experience and expertise in the law of natural resources with emphasis on procurement, as well as administrative law and the drafting, analyzing, and reviewing of legislation. Additionally, he continues an active practice in estate planning, probate and administration of estates, and the representation of colleges, universities, and charitable trusts and foundations and other nonprofit organizations and their members. We are proud of Mr. Jackson’s achievements, and we appreciate his contributions to the legal community.

Best Lawyers® is a credible legal guide, highly respected for their recommendations for legal referral resources and lawyers who excel in their practice. Best Lawyers has used peer review methodology for over 30 years in the legal profession, achieving national recognition with listings published in over 70 countries worldwide.

For over 125 years, Rushton Stakely has been a highly respected leader in the Alabama legal community. Founded in 1890, the firm is now composed of 30 experienced lawyers practicing in a broad spectrum of legal fields. The firm enjoys the reputation for active and successful trial practice statewide with attorneys skilled in virtually all areas of civil litigation. Rushton Stakely and its lawyers have been recognized repeatedly for outstanding performance and quality service to its clients throughout the country.