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Appellate Practice

  • The Firm has an active appellate practice, with attorneys admitted before appellate courts in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the 5th Circuit and 11th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Many of our attorneys are former judicial law clerks with insight on how judges and appellate courts function.
  • Because we have attorneys with expertise in virtually every substantive area of the law, we are able assemble teams that can handle any appeal. When the need for an appeal arises, our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to succeed.

Notable or Recent Reported Cases

  • Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999) (obtained seminal ruling from the United States Supreme Court on key issue relating to the admissibility of expert testimony in federal courts)
  • Deposit Guaranty Nat. Bank. v. Roper, 445 U.S. 326 (1980) (obtained ruling from the United States Supreme Court on important class-action issue)
  • Hunt Petroleum Corp. v. State, 901 So. 2d 1 (Ala. 2004) (obtained reversal of $20,000,000 fraud verdict against oil company client)
  • Alfa Mut. Ins. Co. v. City of Mobile, 981 So. 2d 371 (Ala. 2007) (obtained reversal in favor of insurer client in complex municipal tax matter)
  • Ex parte Atmore Community Hospital, 719 So. 2d 1190 (Ala. 1998) (obtained reversal in favor of employer client in sexual harassment lawsuit)
  • Ex parte Delta Intern. Machinery Corp., ___ So. 3d ___, 2011 WL 3211098 (Ala. 2011) (obtained reversal in favor of manufacturing client on novel issue relating to flesh-sensing saw blade technology)
  • State v. Armstrong, 779 So. 2d 1211 (Ala. 2000) (obtained reversal in favor of State of Alabama on attorney fee issue in eminent domain action)
  • Moore v. Welch, 29 So. 3d 185 (Ala. Civ. App. 2009) (obtained favorable ruling for clients in connection with employee’s claim against his co-workers relating to workplace safety)



William W. Watts III, James B. Newman, Joseph P. H. Babington, R. Alan Alexander, J. Casey Pipes, Russell C. Buffkin, Patrick C. Finnegan

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