John B. Tally, Jr.

John B. Tally, Jr.: Attorney with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association


John Tally has very extensive trial experience in a wide range of cases including insurance coverage, fraud and bad faith claims, defense of cases based on products liability, business torts, employment, FELA, banking, and civil rights. He has defended a wide variety of product claims including drugs and medical devices, chemicals, and heavy equipment. He has represented manufacturers of engines and other components of military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft. He has extensive experience in multidistrict litigation involving drugs and medical devices.

In addition to his experience in the products and insurance fields, John has numerous jury trials to his credit in employment cases in state and federal courts. He was involved during the early 1990s in what was at the time the largest employment discrimination class action in the nation.

He successfully defended the State of Alabama in Knight v. Alabama, 476 F. 3d 1219 (11th Cir. 2007), cert. denied, 127 S. Ct. 3014 (2007), a class action challenging certain tax policies contained in the Constitution of Alabama as part of the litigation known as the Alabama Higher Education Desegregation case.

John has been a lecturer over many years on topics including trial technique, insurance, negotiation, and bad faith litigation. In the summer of 2008, he served on the faculty of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California. He has an AV Martindale rating and is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation and Insurance).


•Selected as an Alabama Super Lawyer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation - Banking & Finance; and Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2008, 2010-2015, 2017, 2018




•Twenty One Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Nineteen RKC Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2017
•Twenty Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named To Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Receives Tier 1 Ranking From Best Lawyers In America
•RKC Birmingham Attorneys Win Summary Judgment in Aircraft Crash Case
•Fourteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named To Best Lawyers In America
•RKC Plays Major Role in Defending Alabama Against Lawsuit Contesting the State’s Property Tax System
•Six Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
•John B. Tally, Jr. Joins RKC Birmingham Office

Beyond My Bio

•At the Summit with John Tally: Whether in the Courtroom or on a Mountain, John Tally Reaches for the To

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Appellate
  • Casualty Defense
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Aviation Law and Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment and Labor
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Aviation and Aerospace

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205.327.5550  Phone
205.326.6786  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.A., 1965
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, Served on Managing Board of Alabama Law Review, 1973
Year of First admission:
U.S. District Courts of Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern); U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit, 5th Circuit, 6th Circuit); U.S. Supreme Court; 1973, Alabama

Professional & Civic Activities
•Birmingham Bar Association


Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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