Joe Kerr's practice is devoted to civil litigation, with an emphasis on mass torts, fiduciary duty, and commercial litigation. He frequently counsels clients on matters arising out of the mining and quarrying industry. Specifically, his practice often concerns controversies related to contract disputes, nuisance cases, mineral rights, product liability, and ownership disputes. On matters of insurance coverage, Mr. Kerr is experienced in providing coverage opinions to the firm's insurance clients and he has obtained numerous summary judgments in defending claims of bad faith. Mr. Kerr has also successfully prosecuted bad faith claims on behalf of corporate clients who are involved in coverage disputes.
Mr. Kerr practices in all state and federal courts in Alabama. As a part of the firm's appellate practice, Mr. Kerr has litigated issues before the Alabama Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Alabama, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Outside the state of Alabama, Mr. Kerr has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas. These suits included a mass pollution case with national media coverage and a fiduciary duty dispute arising out the ownership of an oilfield services company.
Before law school, Mr. Kerr worked as a registered representative in the Private Client Groups of Merrill Lynch and CIBC Oppenheimer in New York City. These prior experiences have proven valuable in assisting the firm's clients with both prosecuting and defending business torts and other matters related to commercial litigation.
Mr. Kerr received his J.D. from the University of Alabama, where he served as a Senior Editor on the Alabama Law Review. Raised in Florida, Mr. Kerr is a class of 1999 graduate of Washington & Lee University. He lives in Birmingham with his wife Ashley, a non-profit consultant who focuses on affordable housing initiatives.