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Casey Pipes Joins Faculty for Eminent Domain Seminar

J. Casey Pipes has been added to the faculty for the 2019 American Law Institute Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Seminar on January 24 – 29, 2019, in Palm Springs, California.  This annual event is the preeminent eminent domain seminar and attracts the best condemnation lawyers from all over the country.


Trial Attorneys Of America President Joe Babington Gives Presentation At 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago

Firm member Joe Babington attended the annual meeting of the Trial Attorneys of America (TAA) from June 6-8, 2018, in Chicago Illinois.  Mr. Babington organized and participated in the “short-circuit” portion of the program in which members presented brief updates on each Federal Circuit.  Mr. Babington is the TAA president for 2017 through 2019.  The TAA, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, is an invitation-only group of 200 leading product liability defense, insurance, and commercial litigation trial attorneys and corporate counsel from across United States.


Casey Pipes to Speak at MAAR Luncheon

Case Pipes will be the guest speaker at the May 24th meeting of the Mobile Area Association of Realtors.  He will be giving an updated review of the Map for Mobile, the City of Mobile’s comprehensive plan for long-term preservation, revitalization and growth.

The luncheon is open to MAAR members and will be at the Country Club of Mobile on May 24, 2018, from 11:30-1:00.

Joe Babington Discusses His Success Arguing Before The US Supreme Court In The Seminal Expert Evidence Case, Kumho Tire

Firm partner Joe Babington recently gave a presentation to the Mobile Bar Association titled, “Kumho Tire v. Carmichael:  how two Mobile lawyers argued a landmark case in the United States Supreme Court – 19 years later.”  In 1998, Mr. Babington successfully argued the Kumho Tire case before the Supreme Court, and the Court’s opinion resulted in the 2000 amendments to Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which established additional requirements for admissibility of expert testimony in federal courts.  Since 1999, the decision has been cited more than 11,000 times, including over 900 citations by federal appellate courts and 120 by Alabama federal district courts.  Mr. Babington’s practice continues to focus on products liability defense, defense of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage.  As his victory in Kumho Tire suggests, he has deep experience in working with expert witnesses and in challenging expert testimony offered against his clients.

Casey Pipes To Speak At Eminent Domain Conference In Las Vegas

Firm member Casey Pipes will speak at the Eminent Domain Institute’s Annual National Conference which will take place December 11-12, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mr. Pipes will participate in a roundtable discussion titled, Practice Pitfalls for Eminent Domain Practitioners, on December 11th at 4:15 pm.

Casey Pipes & Kirk Mattei Author Article On Role Of Social Media In Real Estate Development

Firm member Casey Pipes and associate Kirk Mattei recently published an article titled “Social Media Development = Real Estate Development in Real Estate Issues, the journal of the Counselors of Real Estate.  The article discusses the enormous impact social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have on real estate development, and offers suggestions to developers on how best to employ these increasingly important tools.  To read the article, please click  here.

Herlong & Pipes To Present At International Right Of Way Association Conference

Firm members Warren Herlong and Casey Pipes will speak at the 58th Annual Right of Way Conference of the Alabama Chapter of the International Right of Way Association, which will take place March 1-3, 2017 in Tuscaloosa.  Their presentation, titled “Defending the Appraisal in Condemnation,” is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, March 2nd.  To review the agenda for the entire conference, please click here.

Warren Herlong and Casey Pipes Conduct Eminent Domain Law Seminar In Birmingham

On December 4, 2016, firm members Warren Herlong and Casey Pipes conducted a seminar for the Alabama Chapter of the Institute on Eminent Domain Appraising for real estate appraisers in Birmingham, Alabama.

Warren Herlong Presents On Eminent Domain Law To Alabama Probate Judges

Firm member Warren Herlong recently gave a presentation to the Alabama Probate Judges Association titled, “An Overview of Alabama Eminent Domain Law – What Every Alabama Probate Judge Should Know.”  The presentation,  part of a seminar sponsored by the Alabama Law Institute at the University of Alabama School of Law, was attended by the probate judges for all of Alabama’s 67 counties, along with their staff.

Patrick Finnegan Speaks At E-Discovery Seminar

Helmsing Leach partner Patrick Finnegan was a member of the faculty of a day-long seminar on electronic discovery hosted in Mobile earlier this month by the National Business Institute.  In his presentation, Mr. Finnegan provided a comprehensive overview of the e-discovery process — from litigation holds and preservation through production — with a detailed focus on the technical aspects of the process, and discussion of relevant rules and case law.