R. Carlton Smyly

R. Carlton Smyly: Attorney with Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal LLP AV stamp icon
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Carl Smyly was born and raised in Andalusia, Alabama. He received his undergraduate education at Birmingham-Southern College, where he was selected for the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa honorary societies and was valedictorian of his graduating class. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982. Mr. Smyly has been assigned the highest possible Peer Review Ratings for legal ability and ethical standards in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialties of Construction Law; Litigation-Construction; and Commercial Litigation. For 2015, Mr. Smyly was selected as The Best Lawyers® Birmingham Lawyer of the Year for Construction Law. He is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, and the Construction Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section.

Mr. Smyly’s practice emphasizes commercial litigation and construction law. In the construction area, he has represented general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, lenders, program managers, architects, engineers, and manufacturers. The scope of his representation includes contract negotiations, form and procedure development, and pre-litigation dispute resolution, as well as administrative proceedings, arbitration hearings, and bench and jury trials. Mr. Smyly has personally tried many construction cases in state and federal courts.. He has also handled numerous other types of commercial lawsuits, including partnership and stockholder disputes, antitrust cases, intellectual property cases, real estate disputes, products liability cases, professional liability cases, business tort cases, trust and fiduciary duty cases, fraud cases, and complex class actions.

Mr. Smyly has been married to his high school sweetheart, Celia Roland Smyly, for over 30 years. They have three children. He is an active member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, and a member of the Edward Lee Norton Board of Advisors for Management and Professional Education at Birmingham-Southern College.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-716-5237  Phone
205-716-5389  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 830612, Birmingham, AL 35203-4804
University Attended:
Birmingham-Southern College, B.S., summa cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
Virginia, University of, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
1982, Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
Birmingham Bar Association; American Bar Association; Alabama State Bar.
Birth Information:
Andalusia, Alabama, July 27, 1957

Peer Reviews

Birmingham, Alabama

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