Contact Us: (251) 432-5521

Russell C. Buffkin

Phone: (251) 432-5521
Fax: (251) 432-0633
Email: rcb@helmsinglaw.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Complex civil litigation with an emphasis on the defense of personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice claims. Russell’s practice includes product liability litigation, defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, professional malpractice defense, maritime cases, environmental claims and commercial litigation. He has also dedicated a sizable portion of his practice to construction issues, where he has represented developers, general contractors, engineers, architects, building product manufacturers and suppliers in all aspects of construction disputes.

EDUCATION

University of Alabama Law School J.D., cum laude, 1999
Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL M.B.A., May 1996
Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL B.S. (Finance), May 1992
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA  1987-1989

BAR ADMISSIONS

Alabama
United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL RATING

AV Preeminent

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Best Lawyers in America – 2013 to present
Alabama Super Lawyers – 2012 to present

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Navigating the Medicare Reporting Minefield – A Practitioner’s Guide to Settlement with a Medicare Beneficiary, The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 71, No. 3 (May, 2010).

Medicare Secondary Payor Act (presented to the Trial Attorneys of America in Chicago, IL – 2010)

Construction Project Problems and Lien Law in Alabama (at program sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises to the Mobile Chamber of Commerce – March 2008)

The Attorney-Client Privilege: Production Logs, Waiver, and Other Issues (presented to the Trial Attorneys of America in Chicago, IL – June 2007)

Construction Lien Law in Alabama (presented through Lorman in Mobile, AL – August 2006 and August 2007)

Non-Competition Clauses in Law Firm Partnership Agreements: How Far Can Partnership Agreements Control Future Conduct of Lawyers, 23 J. Legal Prof. 325 (1999).

ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

International Association of Defense Counsel (Product Liability and Construction Committees)
Defense Research Institute (Drug & Medical Device, Construction and Product Liability Committees)
American Bar Association (Product Liability and Construction Committees)
Alabama State Bar Association
Mobile Bar Association (Civil Practice Committee)
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Trial Attorneys of America

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Board of Trustees, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, 2006 to present
Director, Wilmer Hall Children’s Home, 2008 to present
Member, Mobile Touchdown Club, 2007 to present (Board of Directors, 2009 to 2012)
Director, Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition and 529 Fund, 2005 to 2010
Vestry Member, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2005 to 2008
Stewardship Chairman, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2007 – 2008
Member, Senior Bowl Committee, 2005 to 2008
National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast, Finance Committee, 2004

ACADEMIC & OTHER RECOGNITION

Distinguished Service Award – Mobile Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2010
Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, 2008
Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, 1999
Recipient, George Peach Taylor Outstanding Advocacy Award, 1999
Recipient, Outstanding Oral Advocacy in Moot Court Program, 1997

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