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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.


Firm Member Jeff Hartley Selected As Best Bankruptcy Litigator In The Mobile Region

Helmsing Leach is proud to announce that Jeff Hartley, who heads up the firm’s Creditor’s Rights Department, has been selected by his peers as the Mobile region’s Lawyer of the Year in the area of bankruptcy litigation for the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers was first published in 1983.  Since its inception, its mission has been to use a rigorous peer review process to identify the top legal talent in America.

Casey Pipes Elected to ACREL

Casey Pipes was elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). The College was founded in 1978 and Fellows are elected to membership based on their legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law. For more information about ACREL, please visit their website at

Alan Alexander Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates

Helmsing Leach is proud to announce that firm member Alan Alexander was recently inducted into the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”).  Membership in the organization is by invitation only, following a rigorous nomination and voting process.  ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the right to a civil jury trial provided under the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  There are approximately 7,300 ABOTA members in the United States, only 122 of whom are located in Alabama.  To be considered for membership in the Alabama Chapter, a candidate must have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to a verdict, be nominated by an existing Chapter member and be approved by 75 percent of the members voting on the candidate’s nomination for admission.  Criteria evaluated in determining whether to admit a candidate include the candidate’s jury trial skills, civility, professionalism and integrity.

Benchmark Recognizes Helmsing Lawyers As 2018 Alabama Litigation Stars

Once again, Helmsing Leach lawyers appear on the annual list of Alabama Litigation Stars compiled by Benchmark Litigation, a reference guide that is widely used by law firms and corporate counsel to identify and select leading litigators throughout the United States.  The Helmsing lawyers honored with inclusion in Benchmark’s 2018 edition are firm members Joe Babington (product liability, labor/employment), John Leach (product liability and general commercial litigation) and Jim Newman (product liability, medical malpractice defense).

Alan Alexander Invited To Join The American Board of Trial Advocates

Firm member Alan Alexander was recently invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) after a vote of the organization’s National Board of Directors formally approved his membership. ABOTA has chapters in every state, and its members constitute a “who’s who” of trial lawyers, nationwide. An invitation to join this prestigious organization is a highlight of any legal career.


Best Lawyers Recognizes Alan Alexander As Malpractice Defense Lawyer Of The Year

Best Lawyers has named firm member Alan Alexander as its 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the practice category “Mobile Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.” Only one lawyer in each practice area in each legal community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Alexander was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Health Care Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.


Joe Babington Begins Term As President Of The Trial Attorneys of America

The Trial Attorneys of America installed firm member Joe Babington as its President during its annual meeting in Chicago this week.  TAA is an invitation-only organization of commercial litigation and product liability defense trial counsel.  Mr. Babington has served the past two years as the organization’s Vice President and Program Director.  His term as President runs through June 2019.

Case Pipes Elected VP Of Associate Board Of Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama

Casey Pipes was elected Vice President of the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama (PCMA) Associate Board for 2017.  The PCMA is the advocacy group for the convenience store and motor fuel retailer industry in Alabama.  The Associate Board is comprised of people who serve the C-store industry, such as fuel distributors, food and beverage distributors, and service providers.  Mr. Pipes’ connection with the PCMA is his representation of numerous C-store owners and tenants in land condemnation actions throughout Alabama.  The Associate Board helps raise money for and oversee the PCMA Educational Foundation which provides college scholarships to employees and family members of employees who work in the C-store industry.  For more information, please visit

Helmsing Leach Named Among Nation’s Best Law Firms

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2017, and Helmsing Leach is among the select group of firms named.  This coveted honor is reserved for firms recognized for professional excellence that have consistently garnered accolades from clients and peers.