The attorneys of Dodson Gregory specialize in defending clients in a broad range of civil litigation. Centrally located in Birmingham, Alabama, we practice in all state and federal courts across Alabama and have for over a quarter century. We have developed reputations as effective and efficient litigators handling business disputes, product liability, commercial trucking, personal injury, and appellate matters. We are one of the leading insurance coverage firms in Alabama, with extensive experience handling complex commercial coverage disputes and “bad faith” litigation. Our expertise allows us to provide high-quality, cost-effective service, and our commitment to excellence keeps us a step ahead.
A common risk transfer strategy involves obtaining additional insured status as another means of securing the promise of indemnification. However, an additional insured’s coverage is circumscribed by the terms of the endorsement that affords such status as well as the terms and conditions of the policy. Additional insured disputes are at the heart of many multi-party lawsuits, and Dodson Gregory has extensive experience determining what coverage is, and is not, due to additional insureds.
The firm’s attorneys regularly prepare appeals to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dodson Gregory’s goal is to excel equally in all phases of appellate work, regardless of whether we handled the case from its inception, or were retained just before trial or even post-verdict. Dodson Gregory prides itself on its ability to evaluate the state of the record, to identify the appealable issues with the best chances of success, and to prepare focused, concise, and persuasive briefs.
An insurer faces extra-contractual liability in Alabama when an insured can prove the insurer has wrongfully denied a claim without a reasonably legitimate or arguable reason for that denial or has intentionally failed to determine the existence of a lawful basis of denial. Dodson Gregory has decades of experience defending insurers in bad faith cases. The firm also has extensive experience defending workers’ compensation insurers in claims involving the tort of outrage.
Dodson Gregory has extensive experience defending trucking cases from inception to trial. The firm’s attorneys are often involved with a case soon after an accident has happened. Able to respond on very short notice, the firm’s attorneys are experienced at coordinating the investigation of accidents with law enforcement, company management, and forensic experts. The firm’s attorneys are intimately familiar with FMCSA regulations and the importance compliance with those regulations plays in the current litigation climate. Dodson Gregory prides itself in its ability to properly prepare company managers and drivers to explain their conduct accurately and intelligently.
Dodson Gregory defends entities involved in every aspect of the construction process, including architects, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of building materials. The firm has experience handling construction disputes both in arbitration and in the state and federal courts of Alabama. Our knowledge and experience from handling construction defect claims from every angle allows us to quickly assess the issues and nuances of every construction case. The firm regularly works with contractors, trade groups, and insurance carriers to reduce the risk of liability through business and contractual practices.
Dodson Gregory regularly defends clients accused of breaching contracts and prosecutes claims on behalf of its clients when they are damaged as a result of a breach. Whether in court or arbitration, the firm’s thorough knowledge of contract interpretation and the attendant issues affecting damages, including contract terms, choice of law, and applicable statutes and regulations, allow it to provide the necessary advice required for successful resolution.
To determine an insurer’s rights and obligations under an insuring agreement or resolve a question of undecided law, it is often prudent to seek judicial interpretation. For decades, the attorneys at Dodson Gregory have filed and defended declaratory judgment actions seeking determinations on behalf of their clients in state and federal court.
Dodson Gregory regularly represents insurance companies in coverage disputes and litigation involving varied lines of insurance, including general liability, professional liability, business auto/trucking liability, workers’ compensation/employers liability, environmental liability, directors and officers liability, commercial property, builders risk, life and health, financial lines, and personal lines. The firm’s preparation of coverage opinions, reservation of rights letters, non-waiver agreements, and disclaimer letters assist insurers in well-reasoned evaluation and successful resolution of claims. Our attorneys regularly serve as coverage counsel as well as trial counsel on behalf of insurers in litigation in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels.
Dodson Gregory represents clients in all areas of liability for injury relating to toxic exposures and pollution concerns. The firm defends mass property damage and personal injury claims relating to industrial and chemical exposure as well as manufacturing and product claims.
An owner-controlled insurance program allows a project owner or general contractor to provide various coverages to contractors and subcontractors working on a project. Unique enrollment and coverage issues are attendant with such policies, and Dodson Gregory understands how to explain and resolve them.
The firm and its lawyers have developed a reputation of being one of Alabama’s go-to firms for defense of outrage claims. Most frequently occurring in the context of claims handling, Dodson Gregory has a vast understanding of the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act, Alabama’s Utilization Review Procedures, and the issues arising from the alleged improper denial of benefits. Our attorneys are recognized for their expertise and are often called upon by insurance carriers and claims managers to provide guidance and training on the claims handling process.
Personal injury cases run the full gamut of tort law, ranging from simple slip-and-falls to complex product liability claims. Regardless of the context, the prospect of permanent injury or death cannot be underestimated in its ability to induce a large jury award. Physical pain and suffering are emotions every juror can understand. The firm’s attorneys strive to understand the medical basis for an injury and the science underlying a claim of permanent injury in order to present accurate risk assessments for their clients.
While the duties required of property owners are fairly straightforward, the apparent simplicity of the legal framework belies the nuances that tend to arise in these cases. The facts giving rise to the duty owed by a property owner hold the key to the outcome of the case. Dodson Gregory takes great care in interviewing witnesses and in investigating the facts of the accident to accurately recreate the conditions of the premises at the time of the alleged injury, as subtle details of the environment can be the deciding factor in premises liability cases.
Dodson Gregory has a broad range of experience in successfully defending manufacturers, retailers, and distributors against individual and multi-plaintiff lawsuits.
Dodson Gregory is well-versed in the defense of professionals such as attorneys, engineers, accountants, and physicians who have been sued in Alabama courts. The firm’s aggressive defense and litigation style is well-suited to the defense of professionals. Our clients rely on our expertise to provide efficient and cost-effective representation.
Dodson Gregory works alongside its clients in the handling and defense of workers’ compensation claims from the initial investigation of the on-the-job injury to the prompt resolution of the claim at trial. Dodson Gregory provides an aggressive defense in a cost efficient manner by working hand in hand with employers, carriers, claims managers, and administrators. Our attorneys are recognized for their expertise and are often called upon by clients and insurance groups to provide guidance and training on the claims handling process. The firm also represents carriers and adjusters in the event of claims relating to outrage or the alleged improper handling of workers’ compensation benefits. Email us today to request a copy of our Alabama Workers’ Compensation Reference Guide.
The minutes and hours immediately following an accident are often critical to compliance with federal, state and local regulations and preserving key information and evidence. Our attorneys have extensive experience in post-accident investigation, witness interviews and evidence preservation. Often working hand-in-hand with insureds and industry experts at the accident scene, the Dodson Gregory Rapid Response Team is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure you remain a step ahead in the investigation and defense of every claim.