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Commercial Litigation

  • Firm lawyers have significant breadth and depth of experience representing companies and individuals in high profile, “bet the company,” and complicated commercial litigation
  • Partner John N. Leach was named Best Lawyers Commercial Litigator of the Year in Alabama for 2011, while Leach and Partner James B. Newman were designated Benchmark Litigation Stars
  • We are a ranked and recommended firm in Alabama general and commercial litigation in Chambers USA
  • We are ranked as a Tier One Firm in several categories of commercial litigation in the latest United States News & World Report Law Firm Rankings for Mobile and surrounding areas
  • Companies often turn to us when their businesses and reputations are on the line

Examples of Claims Handled

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy litigation, including dischargeability, insolvency and preference (lien avoidance)
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Business disputes
  • Corporate dissolutions
  • Defamation, libel, and slander
  • Extraordinary relief (attachments, temporary restraining orders (TRO), preliminary injunctions, injunctions)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Claims
  • Enforcement and defense of non-competition agreements
  • Franchise disputes
  • Fraud (promissory fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, fraudulent suppression)
  • Fraudulent conveyances and transfers
  • Inheritance disputes
  • Intellectual property claims (patent, copyright and trademark, including Lanham Act claims)
  • Insolvency litigation
  • Licensing disputes
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Mortgage servicing litigation
  • Officer and director liability
  • Oil and gas litigation
  • Qui tam actions
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claims
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax litigation
  • Unfair trade practices
  • Violations of federal False Claims Act
  • Warranty claims

Notable or Recent Reported Cases

  • Deposit Guaranty Nat. Bank. v. Roper, 445 U.S. 326 (1980)
  • Hunt Petroleum Corp. v. State, 901 So. 2d 1 (Ala. 2004)
  • Parsons & Whittemore Enterprises Corporation v. Cello Energy, LLC, 2011 WL 382813(S.D.Ala.)
  • The Mitchell Co., Inc., v. Campus, 2008 WL 183344 (S.D. Ala. 2008)
  • Ex parte Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., 991 So2d. 1263 (Ala. 2008)
  • Alfa Mut. Ins. Co. v. City of Mobile, 981 So. 2d 371 (Ala. 2007)
  • Central Alabama Comprehensive Health Care, Inc. v. Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 427 F.Supp. 2d 1129 (M.D. Ala. 2006)



Warren C. Herlong, James B. Newman, Joseph P. H. Babington, J. Casey Pipes, Russell C. Buffkin, Patrick C. Finnegan, Sam Rosten, Karen Luce

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