Lee Loves Being a Trial Lawyer
In order to be the best trial lawyer you can be, you have to love what you do and work hard at it. Lee prides himself on doing just that and in getting excellent results for clients. Those attributes are reflected in the reviews of his peers:
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyers—commercial litigation
- Alabama Super Lawyers—personal injury defense
- Benchmark Litigation—"future star"
Lee has tried numerous serious wrongful death, personal injury and commercial cases to defense verdicts. Currently, Lee spends most of his time defending high exposure personal injury cases. He is frequently retained by major excess insurance carriers as high exposure cases approach trial. In that role, Lee serves as either trial counsel or appellate counsel at trial. He also spends a significant amount of time handling commercial cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal courts in Alabama, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, and frequently practices pro hac vice in courts around the country. Lee has been recognized by the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers since 2010 for product liability defense and by the Alabama edition of Best Lawyers for commercial litigation.
- Won a $70 million jury verdict on behalf of a major chemical manufacturer in a breach of contract case.
- Won a defense verdict in a Mississippi Federal Court trial involving 15 deaths and 15 injuries arising out of a bus crash, in spite of the fact that sanctions imposed because of the conduct of the case before he was retained severely restricted the arguments the defense was allowed to make.
- Successfully defeated class certification for a Fortune 10 company in Louisiana state court arising out of allegedly infected endoscopes.
- Successfully brought a breach of contract case on behalf of a Swedish air carrier arising out of defective modifications to three Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
- Defended multiple automobile manufacturers in dealer litigation.
- Won a defense verdict in a wrongful death product liability case involving a tractor rollover.
- Won a defense verdict in a wrongful death product liability case involving a fall from a utility pole.
- Tried a double wrongful death case on behalf of a road builder to a hung jury in a county that had not had a defense verdict in a civil case in 20 years. (Believe me, the client considered the hung jury a win.)
- Served on one of 5 designated trial teams for a Fortune 10 company in nationwide pharmaceutical litigation.
- Serves as national coordinating counsel for the nation's largest biomedical services company, handing cases throughout the country.
- Defended a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in a birth defect case.
Lee is currently a member of the firm's management committee and serves as chair of the firm's business development committee. Previously, he served as a member of and chair of the recruiting committee.
Professional and Civic Involvement
Lee is currently Vice-Chair of the Network of Trial Law Firms and a member of its Executive Committee. He served as Co-Chair of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association's Trial Academy for two years. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. Lee is a devoted alumnus of Washington & Lee University. After serving as president of the Nashville and Birmingham alumni chapters, Lee served on the Board of Directors of the Washington & Lee National Alumni Association from 2002-06 and served as its president in 2005-2006. He and is wife, Katie, are members of the Toqueville Society of The United Way of Central Alabama.
Lee is a member of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church and is thankful for his amazing wife, Katie, and his three wonderful children (who have unfortunately inherited their father's lawyering/negotiating skills at a very young age). He enjoys hunting, college football and golf.
Areas of Concentration
- Catastrophic Injury
- Product Liability
- Medical Devices
- Commercial litigation
- Class Actions
SunBelt v. OxyVinyls — I was lead counsel for the plaintiff in this commercial dispute involving a chemical plant. We won a $70 million verdict for the plaintiff.
Maggette v. Caesar's Entertainment — I was lead trial counsel in this case in Federal Court in Mississippi involving a bus rollover with 13 deaths and 13 injured. We won a defense verdict.
Doe et al v. General Electric — I am lead counsel in this mass tort action involving allegedly improperly disinfected endoscopes. We defeated the attempt to certify the case as a class action and are now defending the individual cases.
Various v. Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. — I am lead counsel in a series of cases involving over 40 properties in which the owners are alleging property damage for allegedly improperly treated lumber. We obtained summary judgment in the first homeowner case and are currently defending the remaining cases.
Falcon Air v. Pemco — Successfully brought a breach of contract case on behalf of a Swedish air carrier arising out of defective modifications to three Boeing 737-300 aircraft.