Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation in Alabama, United States

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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Insurance Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Construction Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Law
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Thomas E. Dutton

Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C.
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Construction Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Appellate Practice Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Antitrust Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Railroad Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Opelika, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Family Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Banking and Finance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Union Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Environmental Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Insurance Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Education Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities

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Practice Area Definition

Commercial Litigation Definition

General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.