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Our team of attorneys practices across numerous areas of law, bringing years of focused experience to your case.
Legal expertise by practice area
McDowell Knight is equipped to provide quality representation in a variety of areas of the law. Our attorneys possess diverse experience which enables our firm to meet almost any commercial or business legal need.
There are occasions when, even for the most skilled litigators, satisfactory resolution of legal conflict involves the appellate court system.
Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Workouts
McDowell Knight has handled hundreds of contested matters and adversary proceedings in federal bankruptcy courts in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, ranging from cutting-edge, complex bankruptcy litigation to handling more routine matters for creditor clients such as secured creditors, priority claimants, unsecured creditors, equity interests, creditors’ committees, and trustees.
Class Actions / Complex Litigation
McDowell Knight has represented defendants in statewide and nationwide class actions. While the majority of these cases have been in Alabama courts, we have also been the primary attorneys in cases in a number of other states.
Commercial and Business Litigation
McDowell Knight has a significant practice in the area of commercial and business litigation. Our experience in this field includes complex contractual disputes, bankruptcy, business torts, consumer fraud, antitrust, securities fraud, insurance fraud, bad faith, and other actions related to insurance, finance, and business transactions.
Employment and Labor
McDowell Knight has a substantial employment law practice that extends to every aspect of the employment relationship. Our firm regularly counsels employers on day-to-day employment-related issues.
Environmental and Toxic Torts
The attorneys at McDowell Knight have experience handling a wide variety of environmental matters, from advising local businesses on regulatory compliance to handling complex litigation involving air, water, and ground pollution.
Many types of litigation can be avoided by consulting with qualified legal counsel before conflicts arise. Whether drafting an employment contract, drafting an operating agreement, or advising you on the current requirements under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act, we can decrease the likelihood of litigation for you or your business.
Insurance / Coverage Advice
McDowell Knight has an extensive regional insurance practice, providing aggressive advocacy in all types of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, and counseling for the broad range of issues and claims present in the insurance industry.
McDowell Knight is regularly retained by the world’s largest insurance carriers to defend insureds in a wide variety of matters, including trucking and motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, work site accidents and exposures, and tort suits filed against businesses, such as malicious prosecution, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
McDowell Knight represents a variety of local, national, and global businesses. Often, particularly in this technological age, it is necessary for our clients to take steps to protect their brands against unfair competition.
Mediation, Arbitration and Special Master Services
Members of our firm regularly provide mediation services and arbitrators for all types of civil litigation. Much of the mediation work originates from a court order appointing our members to mediate a pending case, but many referrals are by agreement of counsel in the underlying dispute.
Medical Malpractice Defense
Our firm regularly defends hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, medical clinics, physicians, and nurses in a wide range of medical malpractice cases, agency matters, licensing issues, and staff privilege matters.
Personal Injury Defense
Our firm has significant experience defending personal injury and wrongful death actions of all kinds in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings throughout the southeast, including cases in the areas of admiralty, construction, employment/occupational, environmental, medical malpractice, nursing home, product liability, toxic tort, and transportation.
The firm’s product liability practice encompasses all areas of product liability. Our attorneys regularly represent manufacturers of automobiles, recreational equipment, industrial products, and consumer goods and tools.
Our firm defends accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, corporate officers and directors, physicians, and other professionals in commercial and personal injury lawsuits, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as arbitration and mediation.
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