Wallace Jordan Adds a New Litigator: Alex Underwood

Alex Underwood has joined Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt this spring and will be an Associate in our Litigation team. She practices in various areas of civil litigation, including construction, insurance defense, and employment litigation. Her previous experience includes representing clients in the defense of medical malpractice and workers’ compensation claims. https://lnkd.in/gdQzmCpx View and Print […]

The Role Of Communication In Mediation

By William A. Ratliff   Whether it’s written or oral, communication is the legal profession equivalent of blocking & tackling — and it comes naturally to most attorneys. I suspect most of us would grade ourselves pretty highly on our communication skills. That said, I have to wonder if we’re intentional enough about what we […]

Wallace Jordan Remembers and Honors Sylvester Croom’s Historic Coaching Career

Excerpted from Previous Articles by Rick Bragg and Richard T. Davis History really was made here, in the college town of Starkville, Mississippi, not far from the Alabama line. One of the last unwritten taboos in college sports really was busted here, amid the darkpine barrens and clear-cut timber and nowhere roads, when Sylvester Croom was […]

Revocable or Irrevocable: Which Living Trust is Right for Me?

By Robert L. Loftin There are many options with estate planning, and people often ask about living trusts as an alternative to a will in order to avoid probate, avoid broad tax and creditor liability, high expense, or family feuding. (We’ll talk about avoiding probate another time.) A living trust (some “high brow lawyers” like to […]

Contracts and Employment Agreements for Coaches and Sports Administrators

By Richard T. Davis Some years ago, I was visiting with a retired coach who had been the head football coach at a major athletic program in the south. We were talking about the highs and lows of his career, as well as things he would do differently if he had it to do over. […]

Getting Your Mediation Off the Ground

By William  A. Ratliff Have you ever been involved in a mediation that ended before it started? I have. I don’t mean literally, but I do mean one that never gets past the first round of demand and offer. In one sense, conducting a mediation is like flying a plane: It’s not going anywhere if […]

Mediation As A Tool For Minimizing Risk

By William  A. Ratliff “You’ve got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em.” –Kenny Rogers For most people, risk is a four-letter word. It’s something lawyers deal with every day. You’re paid to minimize, evaluate, and know when risk is worth taking. When you draft a contract, your client expects you […]

Clark Hammond Elected to Board of USA Swimming as At-Large Director

We are pleased to congratulate our attorney Clark Hammond for being elected as 1 of only 3 newly elected members of the USA Swimming Board of Directors, in the capacity of At-Large Director.   Clark has previous experience serving on the USA Swimming board, is a certified National Championship Referee, served as a FINA referee […]

Competitive Advantage? “Professional Exemptions” to Non-Compete Agreements in Alabama

By William Stewart & Tom McKnight “There are multitudes of businesses, but few professions.” So declared the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals in a decision from 1980. Generally speaking, professionals are exempt from the acceptable restraints of non-compete agreements as governed by Alabama’s restrictive covenant law. Yet who counts as a professional in the state? […]

Wallace Jordan Attorneys Recognized by 2022 Best Lawyers in America

Several Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt attorneys have been recognized in the 28th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2022 in the practice areas of Corporate, Tax, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Construction, Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Reorganization, Family, Health Care and Insurance Law; as well as Commercial, Bankruptcy & Construction Litigation, Criminal Defense, Mediation, […]