Smith & Bahakel, P.C. is exclusively committed to the trial and resolution of civil litigation. The firm provides representation to diverse clients including corporations, insurance companies, self-insured clients, and a variety of professionals and individuals, primarily for defense. These clients bring to the firm matters including insurance and contract litigation, commercial and complex litigation, fraud and bad faith litigation, tort litigation, product liability actions, personal injury actions, worker's compensation actions, professional liability disputes and litigation, and a variety of employment matters. The firm represents clients in mediation, arbitration, and in civil trial courts and on appeal. The lawyers of Smith & Bahakel, P.C. participate extensively in bar and professional associations, serve as speakers for continuing legal education programs, and are active in civic work. Smith & Bahakel, P.C. is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
CLIENTS OF SMITH & BAHAKEL, P.C. ARE SATISFIED RETURN clients who refer others. They appreciate the firm's close collaboration, dedicated attention to their needs and exceptional results. They bring an endless variety of issues. For each matter, the firm's lawyers craft an individual strategy but keep an ever-vigilant eye toward unexpected opportunities. The firm routinely makes things happen in ways tailor-made for the client.
The members of the firm have more than 50 years of trial and appellate experience in all state and federal courts in Alabama, including fraud, personal injury, contract, insurance, construction, trucking, complex business suits and other litigation. Its lawyers take pride in finding practical ways to resolve disputes before trial and are experienced and effective in alternative dispute resolution. In the trial court or on appeal, they are aggressive advocates for their clients.
The firm's lawyers and staff work closely as a team to get the job done. This includes high-quality legal analysis; aggressive, cost-effective development of facts; creative use of procedural tools; and effective motion practice presenting carefully framed legal and factual defenses-all backed by a reputation for encouraging favorable settlement but also an unwavering willingness to try cases.
Through many years of participation in professional and community activities, the firm has built a network of valuable contacts and relationships across the state. These resources have proven beneficial to clients, often producing unexpected results.
Above all else, the lawyers value the trust and respect of clients. They involve clients in decision-making, provide frank and honest assessments and candidly discuss issues. In this way, problems are identified before the crisis stage and unpleasant surprises are eliminated.
The firm has received the highest designations for ethics and competency, is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Its senior partner, Carol Ann Smith, is named to The Best Lawyers in America, Alabama
Super Lawyers® (Top 25 Alabama Women list) and Best Lawyers in Birmingham. She served as the first woman president of the Birmingham Bar, the Birmingham Bar Foundation and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. She serves on the Alabama Law Institute, which advises the Alabama Legislature in drafting legislation, and on the Alabama Supreme Court's Alabama Pattern Jury Charge Committee.