U.S. News – Best Lawyers has recognized Helmsing Leach as a Tier 1 law firm in its 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America. This recognition is reserved for those firms that score in the top percentile during the annual review process.
Helmsing Leach is pleased to announce that Samantha Gunnoe has joined the firm as a litigation associate. Prior to joining Helmsing Leach, Samantha practiced at a civil defense firm in the Mobile area and clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Smith and the Honorable S. Wesley Pipes of the 13th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Samantha’s background includes general insurance defense, motor vehicle litigation, and premises liability litigation. Samantha obtained her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi.
Warren and Casey finished a jury trial in October of 2021 in which their clients’ home was being condemned for a new highway. Their clients had assembled over 250 acres of land in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and they had improved it with a home that was over 7,000 SF in size. The home was located inside a 5/8 mile race-horse practice track. A new State highway project took about 22 acres of land, the home, the racetrack, and a pond, and it left their property divided by the new highway. The State Department of Transportation put on evidence that it owed around $1.3 million. The jury returned a verdict for over $2.9 million, and after adding prejudgment interest, the final judgment amount was $3,694,118. This final judgment amount was nearly three times more than the State’s position of what it owed, and it was the just compensation that the homeowners were entitled to.
Helmsing Leach is pleased to announce that A. Edwin Stuardi, III has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) at their Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on October 3, 2021.
Founded in 1950, the ACTL is composed of the best of the trial bar for the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the ACTL is extended by invitation only after careful investigation. Fellows must be experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by high standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. A lawyer must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the ACTL cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
Stuardi has represented clients in hundreds of cases during his 25-plus years of practice in Alabama. His active trial practice includes all types of complex litigation, although he focuses mainly on representing hospitals, physicians and long-term care facilities across Alabama in medical negligence lawsuits and other healthcare-related litigation. Stuardi has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America and Super Lawyers every year since 2009 and he has an AV-preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble.
Casey Pipes was appointed to serve as a Session Coordinator for the Spring 2022 meeting of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. The meeting will be held live at Amelia Island, Florida. Mr. Pipes a Fellow of ACREL and previously was a presenter at one of their 2021 meetings.
Best Lawyers has identified six of the Firm’s lawyers as being “Lawyer of the Year” in the Mobile, Alabama market for 2022 in their respective areas of practice. Included in this years recognition by Best Lawyers are:
- Joseph P.H. Babington – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
- Jeffery J. Hartley – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- James B. Newman – Litigation – Banking and Finance
- J. Casey Pipes – Land Use and Zoning Law
- Robert H. Rouse – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
- William W. Watts III – Appellate Practice
Best Lawyers has identified seven of the Firm’s lawyers as being the “Lawyer of the Year” in the Mobile, Alabama market for 2020 in their respective areas of practice. Included in this year’s recognition by Best Lawyers are Joe Babington, Jeffery Hartley, Warren Herlong, Jim Newman, Casey Pipes, Robert Rouse, and Bill Watts.
Casey Pipes will join Leslee Lewis and Michel Couillard in making a presentation to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) on the Counselors of Real Estate’s Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate for 2019-2020. The presentation will be in conjunction with the ACREL national conference on March 19-21, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.
On September 27, 2018, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the action filed in federal district court against the City of Mobile and one of its police officers sued for alleged violation of the plaintiff’s constitutional rights arising from the officer’s investigation of a traffic accident. Tom Gaillard and Bill Watts represented the police officer before the district court and the court of appeals.
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.