Jeannie Bugg Walston

Jeannie Bugg Walston: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards

Biography

Jeannie is a Partner whose practice is devoted to civil defense litigation, including defending Federal Black Lung claims, workers’ compensation litigation and defending mass toxic torts and general civil matters at both trial and appellate levels. She has wide experience in representing mining and mineral companies with various issues, including mineral rights, contractual issues and environmental and toxic tort issues. Jeannie also has significant experience in handling Federal Black Lung claims at all levels. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992.

Professional Recognition

•Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2019, including 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers
•Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Peer Rating
•Martindale-Hubbell’s 2012 and 2013 “Women Leaders in the Law
•Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine
•Listed in Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s “Top Women Lawyers”
•Listed in Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s 2018 “Top Lawyers” List
•2015 Vice President and 2016 President of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Birmingham Bar Association
•2017 Secretary/Treasurer for the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Defense Lawyers Association (AWCDLA)
•Appointed by 2017-2018 Alabama State Bar President to serve on a Special Task Force to address issues with Alabama’s Worker’s Compensation Act

Experience

Highlights

Taylor v. Drummond (12/03/2018) - Obtained favorable decision in a Federal Black Lung matter on appeal before Administrative Law Judge Lee Romero where the miner worked in underground mining for more than 15 years, never smoked, and was diagnosed with chronic asthma; but the Court held the evidence did not support a finding of pneumoconiosis or a totally disabling respiratory impairment from pneumoconiosis or otherwise.
Riddle v. Drummond (03/16/2018) - Obtained a favorable decision in a Federal Black Lung matter before Administrative Law Judge Scott R. Morris in a matter involving a request for modification where claimant worked in mining for 24.5 years but the evidence did not support a change of the miner’s condition since his previous claim was denied.
Salors v. Drummond (03/07/2018) - Obtained a favorable decision in a Federal Black Lung matter on a request for modification and appeal before Administrative Law Judge Larry W. Price where the miner had at least 15 years of qualifying coal mine employment, but the miner failed to prove a change in his condition of entitlement or establish the presence of pneumoconiosis.
Poe v. Drummond (05/30/2017) - Obtained a favorable decision in a Federal Black Lung matter on appeal before Administrative Law Judge Adel Odiguard in a subsequent claim matter and the miner had more than 15 years of qualifying coal mine employment, but the Court held that the evidence did not support or establish total respiratory disability.
Vickery v. Drummond (11/25/2016) - Obtained a favorable decision in a federal black lung trial before Administrative Law Judge Scott Morris where the miner worked in underground mining for at least thirty years and was diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, but the Court held the evidence did not support a finding of total disability.
Franks v. Drummond (11/18/2016) - Obtained a favorable decision in a federal black lung trial with Administrative Law Judge Scott Morris where the miner was diagnosed with “legal” pneumoconiosis, was employed more than ten years as a truck driver after leaving the mines and failed to prove that his pulmonary/respiratory impairment, standing alone, prevented him from performing his usual coal mine employment.
Cooper v. Drummond (11/15/2016) - Obtained a favorable decision in a federal black lung trial with Administrative Law Judge Scott Morris in which the miner had 17 years of total coal mine employment, was diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, but did not establish a change in condition of entitlement and prove that he was now totally disabled or totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis.
Thomas v. Drummond (9/13/16) - Obtained a favorable decision in a federal black lung trial with Administrative Law Judge Lystra Harris where the miner had 23 years of qualifying coal mine employment. Claimant was unable to prove total disability or the existence of pneumoconiosis.

Presentations and Publications

Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act - All You Need to Know from Start to Finish, Local Representative for Workers’ Compensation Training Seminar and Workshop on Alabama Law (hosted by a Human Resources group in Atlanta, Georgia), Birmingham, Alabama, 2017 (speech).
•Speaker on Panel, “Is There a Viable Alternative for Dealing with Workplace Injuries?,” August 2017 Alabama Self-Insurers Association (ASIA) (speech).
•Speaker on Panel, “Is There a Viable Alternative for Dealing with Workplace Injuries?” Medical Benefits - Post Judgment Settlement, February 2017 ASIA Winter Conference (speech).
Ethical Considerations for Case Managers in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Alabama Self-Insurer’s Association’s (ASIA) Summer Conference, August 2016 (speech).
•Speaker on Panel, “Is There a Viable Alternative for Dealing with Workplace Injuries?” Drug and Alcohol Testing, The Alabama Workers’ Compensation Conference, Birmingham, Alabama September 18, 2015 (speech).
•Speaker on Panel, “Is There a Viable Alternative for Dealing with Workplace Injuries?” Dealing with Hearing Loss Claims, ASIA Summer Conference, August 2014 (speech).
Providing Panel Physicians in Workers’ Compensation Cases, presented at Birmingham Bar Association CLE, “Breakfast with the Judges,” Birmingham, Alabama, November 14, 2013 (speech).
Investigating and Fully Defending Workers’ Compensation Cases, June 2013 (speech).
Handling and Litigating Various Coal Mining Claims including: Defending Federal Black Lung Claims with the 3/23/10 Passage of 1556 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA); Defending State Workers’ Compensation Claims in Any State; Medicare Compliance; and Handling MSHA Claims, National Business Institute, July 2010 (speech).
Medicare Compliance, HIPPA and Related Issues in Workers’ Compensation Cases, ASIA August 2010 (speech).

News & Insights

THIRTY-ONE SDF ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE 2018 EDITION OF MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS
•Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•SDF Attorneys Bates, Walston & Whillock Named to B-Metro’s 2018 Top Lawyers List
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•SDF ALERT: Alabama’s Workers Comp Law Unconstitutional?
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Jeannie Walston and Richard Davis Named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Jeannie Walston Named to Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s “Top Women Lawyers” for 2016
•Federal Black Lung Litigation Practice Group -Blog Post
•Jeannie Walston Speaks at the Alabama Workers’ Comp Conference
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Jeannie Walston Named to Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s “Women Leaders of the Birmingham Bar” for 2015
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for 4 Supervisory Co-Employees in Coke Plant Accident
•Sixteen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Sixteen Starnes Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012

Fun Facts

When Jeannie isn’t practicing law, she enjoys spending time, volunteering and traveling with her two teenagers, Banks and Lauren, and her husband, David. They volunteer together as a family through their church and with their dogs, and they all love visiting cold locations for snow skiing or tropical spots for scuba diving. Jeannie especially enjoys studying and learning about worthy charitable organizations and projects every year in Alabama and Pennsylvania in helping her and her fellow board distribute over 1 million in charitable funds.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Energy, Natural Resources & Land Use
  • Federal Black Lung Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Mining & Mineral Law
  • Workers Compensation Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6037  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
www.starneslaw.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
1992
Admission:
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; 1992, Alabama; U.S. Supreme Court; Alabama Supreme Court
Memberships:

Community Involvement

o Jeannie is a Deacon at Independent Presbyterian Church.

o A Board Member of the Estelle and Charles Campbell Charitable Foundation which gives away over 1 Million per year to charities in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

o Certified therapy dog handler with her two children with Hand in Paw in an effort to achieve at least 100 hours of community service per year.

o Jeannie is a founding Board Member of the Hero Scholarship Fund for underprivileged youth at the IPC Day School.

Birth Information:
Pasadena, California, June 21, 1967
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Vickery v. Drummond Company, Inc., 2014-BLA-05340; Franks v. Drummond Company, Inc., 2014-BLA-05279; Cooper v. Drummond Company, Inc., 2014-BLA-5365; Hembrick v. Drummond Company, Inc., 2014-BLA-5805; Allen v. Mine Services, Inc., 2014-BLA-05352; Satterfield/Meadows v. Drummond Company, Inc., 2015-BLA-05106, 2014-BLA-05339; Drummond Co., Inc. v. Harris, 824 So. 2d 775 (Ala. Civ. App. 2001).; Ex parte Warrior Lighthouse, Inc., 789 So. 2d 858 (Ala. 2001).; McCuller v. Drummond Co., Inc., 714 So. 2d 298 (Ala. Civ. App. 1997).; Drummond Co., Inc. v. Bonner, 848 So. 2d 987 (Ala. Civ. App. 2002).; Crown Central Petroleum Corporation v. Patricia Williams, as guardian and next friend of R. W., a minor, et al., 679 So. 2d 651 (Ala. 1996).; Upton v. Drummond Co., Inc., 762 So. 2d 373 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000).; Atkins v. Drummond Co., Inc., 628 So. 2d 591 (Ala. 1993).
ISLN:
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