Walter T. Gilmer Jr.

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
11 North Water Street, 13th Floor
Battle House Tower
Post Office Box 350 (36601)
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Phone: (251) 432-5300
Fax: (251) 432-5303
Direct Dial: (251) 431-8807



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  • Best Lawyers in America © (2009-2022) recognized in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation--Labor & Employment
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016-2021)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers (2013-2015)
  • Named Best Lawyers© Mobile, Alabama "Lawyer of the Year" in Insurance Law (2014)


  • University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1986
  • Associate Editor, Alabama Law Review
  • Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
  • University of Alabama, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1983


Walter T. Gilmer Jr.

Walt Gilmer was educated at the University of Alabama and has practiced law in Mobile since his admission to the bar. He has handled litigation matters for over 35 years and brings to the table a breadth of experience litigating, arbitrating, and negotiating complex matters of all types, including those involving insurance, employment, and products liability. He enjoys solving problems and is dedicated to building strong working relationships with his clients.

Throughout his career, Walt has represented insurance entities regarding claims, sales practices, and other types of complex litigation. He has achieved significant wins in the insurance and commercial litigation arenas, including defeating class actions in Alabama and other jurisdictions and helping to establish important precedent regarding insurance and arbitration issues.

Walt has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Ashland Place United Methodist Church and has been actively involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, including service on the Board of Trustees for the Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter. Walt is an avid runner, a sports enthusiast, and a music lover. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three sons and two rescue dogs.

  • International Claim Association
  • Mobile Bar Association
    • Participant, Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • “Fraudulent Joinder/Misjoinder in the Class Action Setting,” For The Defense, February 1998
  • “The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: After the 1986 Amendments,” Alabama Law Review 37, p. 433, 1986