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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance 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 Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Litigation - Real Estate Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Energy Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Litigation - Construction Construction Law Mediation Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Consumer Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • 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 Financial Services Regulation Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - 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 Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Admiralty and Maritime Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Construction Law Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law Litigation - Securities Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Opelika, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Commercial Litigation
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Banking and Finance Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Insurance
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Webster Henry Bradwell Cohan Speagle & DeShazo P.C.
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • 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 - Real Estate Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Litigation - Construction Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Construction Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Transportation Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mediation Arbitration Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Litigation - Labor and Employment Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Health Care Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Education Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Mediation Arbitration 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:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities

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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.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

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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.