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Jim Richardson is the senior partner of the firm, and heads the firm's personal injury practice. Jim represents plaintiffs in a broad range of personal injury matters, including automobile accidents, truck accidents, industrial accidents, insurance law, premises liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, products liability, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Mr. Richardson has the unique advantage of having some twenty (20) years of experience as a defense attorney to draw on, having handled insurance claims, product liability cases, transportation accidents, work injuries, and liability claims of all types. Because Mr. Richardson knows the games the claims adjusters and defense attorneys will play, he can anticipate their strategies and keep his clients a step ahead.
Mr. Richardson was admitted to practice in the State of Alabama in 1978. He has been admitted to practice in the U. S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, the U. S. Claims Court, the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and the U. S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Richardson was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama in 1987. He is a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, of which he is a member of the Litigation and Employment Law Sections and the Task Force on Pro Hac Vice Admissions, and the American Bar Association, of which he is a member of the Forum on Franchising and the Litigation Section. He holds memberships in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.
An Alabama native, Mr. Richardson received his undergraduate education at Davidson College (B.A. 1975) and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law (J.D. 1978), where he was a Hugo Black Scholar, a member of the Order of the Coif, a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Legal Profession (1976-1978) and author of "Unconscionable Litigation and the Attorney," 3 Journal of the Legal Profession 153 (1978). Following graduation from law school, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Foy Guin, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama (1978-79).
Mr. Richardson's reported cases include: Glenn v. General Motors Corp., 658 F. Supp. 918 (N.D. Ala. 1986), 841 F.2d 1567 (11th Cir. 1988), cert. denied 488 U.S. 948 (1988); Johnson v. BMW of North America, Inc., 583 So.2d 1333 (Ala. 1991); and Faulkner v. Univ. of Tenn., 627 So.2d 362 (Ala. 1992).
"Unconscionable Litigation and the Attorney", 3 Journal of the Legal Profession 153, 1978
Frequent Lecturer, various topics including Worker's Compensation and Wrongful Discharge Claims
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member, Forum on Franchising
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member
Alabama State Bar, Sections of Litigation and Employment Law, Member
Alabama State Bar, Member, Task Force on Pro Hac Vice Admissions
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Member
Defense Research Institute, Member
State Courts, Appointed Mediator
United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Member, Panel of Neutrals
Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Mediator
Past Employment Positions:
United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Hon. J. Foy Guin, Jr., District Judge, Law Clerk, 1978 - 1979
State of Alabama, Special Assistant Attorney General, 1987 - Present