Business Practice and Business Litigation Practice
The firm represents businesses and individuals in many aspects of the legal/business environment. Examples of some of the areas in which the firm represents clients in their business practices include:
- Contract and business disputes (negotiations, litigation, pre-litigation, arbitration, mediation and appeals);
- Fraud and bad faith claims;
- Real estate disputes;
- Mergers and acquisitions;
- Interference with contracts and business relations;
- Collection of debts, including foreclosures;
- Property disputes;
- Loan closings (representing both lenders and borrowers);
- Franchising (representing both franchisors and franchisees);
- Employment contracts and employment matters, including non-compete and non-solicitation issues;
- Securities law violation claims against stockbrokers; and
- Federal government contracts.
The firm’s business clients are diverse in size and industry. The firm represents clients in real estate development, banking, auctions, retail sales, and franchising.
The firm handles trials of contract disputes ranging from thousands of dollars to multimillion dollar claims for lost profits, fraud and other causes of action.
Representative clients include: Austal USA, L.L.C.; CSS Health Technologies, Inc.; BBVA Compass Bank; GAT-Airline Ground Support, Inc.; M.A. Norden Paper Company, Inc.; P.J. Lumber Co., Inc.; Saad Development Corporation; The Utilities Board of the City of Daphne.
Insurance Defense Practice
Our insurance defense practice consists of defending insurance carriers, insureds, and self-insured companies. Matters typically include defense of fraud claims, bad faith claims and other direct actions as well as liability claims, construction defect, trucking defense, workers’ compensation claims, and property and casualty claims. We handle insurance coverage matters as well.
We currently represent standard line carriers, nonstandard carriers, third party administrators, self-insured companies, managing general agents, and independent agencies and their employees.
Representative clients include: 21st Century Insurance Group; American Hallmark Insurance Group; American Mining Insurance Company; Broadspire; Business Insurance Co.; Canal Indemnity Company; Canal Insurance Company; Chubb Insurance Company; Florida School Board Insurance Trust; Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.; GuideOne Mutual Insurance Companies; Kingsway American Insurance Group; Legacy Insurance; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; National Security Fire & Casualty Company, Inc.; National Security Group; Omega One Insurance; Safety Plus; Skilstaff; Wausau Insurance Companies.
General Litigation Practice
Each principal of the firm is an experienced litigator who regularly tries civil cases. Our extensive trial experience reaches back over 30 years. We have a combined 108 years of experience litigating cases in both State and Federal Court.
Representative clients include: Bruno’s; City of Daphne, Alabama; Con-way, Inc.; Cory Eversons Fitness for Women; Dollar General Corporation; Essential Pet Products, Inc.; Santa Rosa County School Board; USA Truck Inc.; Wiltew, Inc.
Financial Institutions Practice
Our financial institutions practice includes commercial loan closings and collection practice in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts in Alabama and Mississippi.
Representative clients include: Compass Bank.
Aviation and Aerospace Practice
We represent aviation and aerospace clients in a full range of business and litigation needs. We represent these clients before the U.S. Department of Transportation, FAA, IRS, U.S. Customs Service, TSA, Department of Commerce and other regulatory agencies. We advise on commercial matters, including drafting and negotiating contracts for the charters, sales and leases of aircraft and/or crew. We actively represent clients in aviation and other commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the nation.
Representative clients include: Air Italy, S.p.A. (Italy); Meridiana fly, S.p.A. (Italy); Monarch Airlines, Ltd. (UK); and Thomson Airways, Ltd. (UK).