James W. Gewin - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

James W. Gewin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1983
Phone: 205-521-8352

Jimmy Gewin concentrates his practice in general civil litigation in both the state and federal arena. A substantial portion of practice centers around the representation of corporate defendants in the product and insurance fields, but the practice has also included a variety of clients who are claimants in civil disputes relating to antitrust, construction, copyrights, pharmaceutical issues, and unfair competition. Jimmy’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, publicly-traded and closely-held corporations, banking institutions, pharmaceutical companies, various publicly-traded and closely-held corporations, small businesses and individuals. Jimmy has represented outside directors, a Big Four accounting firm and publicly-traded corporations in various securities fraud-related matters. He also prosecutes copyright infringement matters for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Jimmy’s trial experience includes product liability, contract disputes, pharmaceutical mass tort litigation, insurance fraud and bad faith, and wrongful death actions.

Princeton UniversityAB 1963

Case History

Ex parte Smith, 942 So. 2d 356 (Ala. 2006) — Case affirming the existence of the attorney-client privilege for outside directors who retain their own counsel.
Flying J Fish Farm v. Peoples Bank of Greensboro, 12 So. 3d 1185 (Ala. 2008) — Defended bank and its officers and directors against breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence and other claims associated with the bank’s commercial lending to a catfish farm. Our clients won summary judgment on six out of eight counts at the trial court level. On appeal, the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the decisions in favor of our clients and reversed the trial court’s ruling on the remaining counts resulting in a complete victory for our clients.
Henson v. HealthSouth Corporation, Case No. CV 2003-1604 (Jefferson Co. Cir. Ct. Aug. 12, 2009) — In the case of Henson v. HealthSouth, a claim was made by an individual taxpayer in the county to void a tax exemption awarded to HealthSouth Corporation in connection with the construction of a new "digital hospital". On remand from the Alabama Supreme Court and after substantial discovery, the case was tried in July 2009 and the Court rendered a judgment in favor of HealthSouth upholding the validity of the tax exemption. The plaintiffs did not appeal.
Waddell & Reed v. United Investors Life Ins., 875 So.2d 1143, 1161 (Ala. 2003) — Regarding a conversion claim resulting in two multi-million dollar verdicts against Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., one of which has resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery following appeal.

Office Location

One Federal Place
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants of the Birmingham Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Birmingham Metro Area
James W. Gewin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!James W. Gewin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Accounting, Antitrust, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, Large Case Litigation, Mass Tort, Product Liability)
Litigation - Antitrust
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (Class Actions, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical, Product Liability)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male