J. Rushton McClees

J. Rushton McClees: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Rushton co-chairs the Litigation Practice Group . For more than 30 years, Rushton has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal courts throughout Alabama; he obtained a $20 million verdict representing plaintiffs in a class action breach of fiduciary duty case. He routinely prosecutes and defends claims for injunctive relief, including enforcement and defense of non-competition/non-solicitation agreements. He was instrumental in changing Alabama’s law on anticipated nuisances. Rushton's practice also includes the defense of product liability and contractor liability claims and the representation of insurance brokers and banks in business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative, and director and officer liability matters.

Why did you become an attorney?

My brother is an attorney, and he inspired me to become one too.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part is when you navigate your client through very difficult circumstances to a desired result.

Who has inspired you in your career?

My late mentor carefully guided and shepherded me through my early career. He showed me how to be persuasive and effective rather than being like so many attorneys who think being a good lawyer means being argumentative, bullying, and overly litigious.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

Making a meaningful difference for my clients.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

Tell your clients exactly how the situation stands, even if it is not what they want to hear. Keep them out of trouble, and, if they get in trouble, plan and execute a strategy to navigate a path to a desired result.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love studying history because it teaches so much. I enjoy travelling to places of historical significance to national and world events and to members of my family. For example, I have taken my family through the Panama Canal, traveled to all 50 states, and I have traveled with my brother to retrace our uncle’s combat experiences in WWII in the horrific Pacific battle of Peleliu. I also have a keen interest in the United States space program and have accumulated a large library of books, as well as autographs from various NASA astronauts, including Mercury hero John Glenn and moon-walkers Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shepard. I am also actively engaged in pursuing my goal of seeing all existing manned American space vehicles. So far I have seen 24 out of the 35 current vehicles. Apollo 10 in London was my wife and daughter’s favorite!

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating


•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

The Best Lawyers in America

•Commercial Litigation (2015-2019)
•Insurance Law (2014-2019)
•Litigation - Construction (2014-2019)
•Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law (2019)

Thought Leadership

•Experienced trial attorney who represents banks, insurance companies, and other businesses in both state and federal courts in Alabama

•Practices in wholesale insurance and brokerage defense, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative suits, injunctive relief, non-competition enforcement and defense, and product liability defense

Speeches and Publications

•Co-author, Which Might the Muffin Man Know? Using the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine as a De-facto Non Competition Agreement, The Counselor, Fall 2010

•Author, Discounting and Bartering of Legal Fees, The Journal of the Legal Profession, Vol. 10, p. 189, 1985


•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Named One of Birmingham's Top 10 Litigation Firms by the BBJ
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote Attorney Rushton McClees Featured in BBJ's Bottom Line: Business Litigation Outlook
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Electronic Discovery
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Products & Services Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Mortgage Services & Real Estate Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Title Insurance, Curative & Title Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5106  Phone
205.212.3861  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., summa cum laude, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., 1986
Year of First Admission:
1986, Alabama; 1986, U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama


•Admitted to practice
•United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
•United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Business Torts Committee
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Trial Tactics Committee
•Sirote & Permutt, PC
•Co-chair, Litigation Practice Group

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, December 29, 1960

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