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 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.
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
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.
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 America. Best 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 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 www.ACREL.org.
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.
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).
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 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.