Crawford S. McGivaren, Jr.

Crawford S. McGivaren, Jr.

Phelps Dunbar LLP

Recognized since 1987

Birmingham, Alabama

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation - Antitrust

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Securities

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Railroad Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Railroad Law
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Crawford McGivaren is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been listed in Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation since 2002. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Business and Personal Injury Litigation since 1989, and is recognized for Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law and Railroad Law. He has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 50 lawyers in the state of Alabama and was listed as a Leading Lawyer for 2012, in the area of Personal Injury and Antitrust (North America) by Lawyers World. He is one of five Alabama lawyers listed in the Who’s Who Legal section under USA Commercial Litigation. He is also named in the inaugural edition of Benchmark as a leading lawyer. He serves as Alabama Division Counsel for Norfolk Southern Corporation and he is on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

His practice has encompassed contract, securities, trade regulation, partnership, shareholder oppression, dissenter’s rights, director and officer liability litigation, insurance coverage, and all manner of personal injury/toxic tort litigation. Ultimately prevailing after two en banc opinions, he was the principal defense counsel in the securities case that first recognized the “fraud-on-the-market” theory of Rule 10b-5 liability. He was trial and appellate counsel in groundbreaking cases resulting in federal preemption decisions favorable to the rail industry. He has been responsible for medical malpractice defense and other litigation and compliance at major Birmingham hospitals. He has defended class and individual claims asserting product liability, consumer finance violations and insurance fraud. He has handled employment, non-compete, and tortious interference claims, and the successful defense of a long-running Human Rights Act case in West Virginia. He was co-lead defense counsel in one of the largest property damage lawsuits in South Carolina history. He represented two corporations that obtained judgments in June 2014 in excess of $100 million on RICO claims stemming from commercial fraud.

He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and The Torts and Insurance Practice and Health Law Sections of the ABA. He is active in bar, community, and charitable affairs.

Contact & Links


  • 2001 Park Place North, Suite 700
    Birmingham, AL 35203


  • Vanderbilt University , B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, Alabama Bar Association

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

145 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

37 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Railroad Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Antitrust, Birmingham (2013)
  • Railroad Law, Birmingham (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Railroad Law

Special Focus

  • Defendants
  • Eminent Domain

"I believe I know Crawford well from many years of closely working together in various commercial cases, some of which required lengthy and very complicated litigation. From my experiences, I consider Crawford both a super lawyer and a super human being. Crawford is knowledgeable, resourceful, smart, forceful, fair, honest, dependable and dedicated beyond the call of duty. His legal knowledge and his ability to express it in a court filing or in a courtroom are exceptional. Perhaps Crawford's main attribute though is his great judgment, both regarding legal and business matters. I feel very lucky to have found Crawford and it was one of my best professional decisions to have asked him to represent my company and defend its rights."

- Eduardo (Ed) Zorrillo (Zydex, Inc.)

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