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

Casey Pipes to Speak at NBI seminar in September

Casey Pipes will be an instructor at the National Business Institute’s “Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law” seminar on September 13, 2016 in Mobile.  His topic will be Challenging or Appealing an Administrative Zoning Decision.


Chris Conte Elected Chair of State Bankruptcy Section

Chris Conte has been elected Chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Alabama Bar for 2015-2016.  Mr. Conte has served as a Board Member of the Section for the past 5 years and was elected Chair at the annual meeting.

Casey Pipes named Secretary/Treasurer of P&CMA

Casey Pipes was just named the Secretary/Treasurer of the Associate Board of the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama (P&CMA). Casey has been an Associate Board member for the past three years, and he is now in line to become the President of the Associate Board in the next two years.

Casey Pipes is Featured Speaker at National Eminent Domain Seminar

Casey Pipes will be one of the featured speakers at the American Law Institute CLE (ALI CLE) annual course, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, being held Thursday-Saturday, January 28-30, in Austin, Texas. His presentation will be made with Robert Bainbridge, MAI on the topic of Highest and Best Use in the particular context of takings of Convenience Stores.

Eleven Firm Lawyers Named In 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers In America

Alan Alexander, Joe Babington, Russell Buffkin, Jeffery Hartley, Warren Herlong, John Leach, Jim Newman, Charlie Mixon, Casey Pipes, Robert Rouse and Win Stuardi were all selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, South Carolina). In addition, Mr. Babington (environmental litigation), Mr. Hartley (bankruptcy, creditor/debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization), Mr. Mixon (mergers and acquisitions), Mr. Pipes (litigation-real estate) and Mr. Stuardi (medical malpractice defense) were each recognized as Mobile Lawyer Of The Year in his respective practice specialty area.

Karen Tucker Joins Firm As Litigation Partner

Helmsing Leach is pleased to announce that Karen Tucker has joined the firm as a litigation partner.  Karen received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Auburn University.  She then received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law.  She is admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama.  In addition to her litigation practice, Karen has extensive appellate experience in the state and federal appellate courts.

Casey Pipes Elected to the Council of the Alabama Law Institute

Casey Pipes was recently nominated and elected to membership on the Council of the Alabama Law Institute.  The Council includes six practicing attorneys from each federal Congressional District, and Casey will be one of the six Council members from Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, which includes Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Escambia and Monroe Counties.  The Council is the governing body of the Alabama Law Institute.  The Alabama Law Institute, created by an act of the Legislature in 1967, is a legislative agency that operates with volunteers.  Its purpose is to clarify and simplify the laws of Alabama, to revise laws that are out-of-date, and to fill in gaps in the law where there exists legal confusion.  The ALI’s membership includes not only attorneys in Alabama, but also judges, law professors, and lawyers who are elected members of the Alabama Legislature.  For more information about the Alabama Law Institute, please visit its website at

Sam Rosten Joins Firm As Associate

Helmsing Leach is pleased to announce that Sam Rosten has joined the firm as
a litigation associate.  Mr. Rosten received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College in 2009 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2012.  While in law school, he was Articles Editor for the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.  Before joining the firm, Mr. Rosten served as a law clerk to Judge Eric Bruggink on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC.