Virtual Book Drive Benefiting Reach Out and Read and Partners in Pediatrics

In March 2021, Rushton Stakely partnered with Reach Out and Read-Alabama, their primary mission is to promote early literacy by collaborating with pediatricians to provide books to patients. Studies have shown that by increasing awareness of reading at an early age, pediatricians can help foster early reading and school readiness. To help support Reach Out and Read in this important mission, we hosted a virtual book drive to donate books to Partners in Pediatrics of Montgomery. These books will be distributed to patients as a part of their educational campaign about early literacy. We were honored to host the virtual book drive benefiting the Reach Out and Read-Alabama program at Partners in Pediatrics and want to thank our awesome staff for their generous donations and hard work throughout our virtual book drive! We set a goal to raise $2,000 and are ecstatic to say we exceeded our goal, allowing for the donation of over 500 books. This week (April 13th), a few of our staff members had a chance to visit Partners in Pediatrics and meet Dr. Blakeney. We helped place labels inside books that were donated from our campaign. It was rewarding to see the books we donated, to meet Dr. Blakeney and her staff, and to thank them for their endless efforts to help improve the literacy of children in our community. Thank you Reach Out and Read and Partners in Pediatrics for all your hard work!

Dennis Bailey, Charlie Stakely Obtain Tax Refunds for Pharmaceutical Company

Dennis Bailey and Charlie Stakely successfully obtained significant revenue tax refunds for a prominent pharmaceutical company.  The company is headquartered outside the jurisdictional boundaries of an Alabama city but had been paying the full revenue tax rate applicable to companies located within city limits.  Dennis Bailey and Charlie Stakely brought this information to city officials and, after making the requisite showings and arguments, obtained refunds for revenue taxes erroneously paid dating back two years and totaling over $150,000 for the company.

Governor Ivey Issues New Safer at Home Order

On March 4, 2021, Governor Ivey issued her twenty-third supplemental proclamation extending the Safer at Home Order. For the most part, this Order mirrors her previous orders. While the mask mandate in Alabama has been extended through April 9th, a few other restrictions have been loosened.  Here is a summary of the modifications:

  • Individuals in hospitals and residents of nursing homes will now be able to have two (rather than one) caregivers or visitors at a time.
  • Outdoor programs can resume in Senior Citizen Centers.
  • Summer camps may also resume this summer, as long as campers maintain social distancing and follow sanitation guidelines.
  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries are no longer required to limit parties to 8 people per table. The establishments must have either partitions between tables or 6 feet between each table.

Governor Ivey explained that Alabama has now surpassed 10,000 deaths since the first COVID case was diagnosed in Alabama in March 2020.  As of March 4, 2021, one million Alabamians have been vaccinated. The seven-day average of new cases in Alabama is now 778. This is down 82% since its height on January 10th.

Governor Ivey stated that she would not extend the mask ordinance after it expires on April 9th. After its expiration, individuals will have the personal responsibility to continue wearing a face covering.

This Order is set to expire on April 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm.


Evans Bailey Writes 5th Edition of Alabama Automobile Insurance Law

In November 2020, Thomson Reuters published the 5th Edition of Alabama Automobile Insurance Law which was written by Rushton Stakely’s Evans Bailey. Evans took over as author of the work from retired Rushton Stakely Partner Ron Davenport, who wrote all prior editions. The 5th Edition is a substantial update from the 4th and contains new or reworked sections on reimbursement, dram shop actions, bad faith, and a host of other topics related to auto-accident coverage and litigation. Evans practices in Rushton Stakely’s Montgomery office in the areas of media law, complex litigation, professional liability, construction law, appellate law, and (not surprisingly) insurance defense and coverage.

Paul Gaylord, III Joins Rushton Stakely Law Firm

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that Paul Gaylord has joined the firm as an Associate in the civil litigation department with an emphasis on employment law and medical malpractice. We congratulate him on passing the bar taken in September 2020. Prior to joining Rushton Stakely, Paul served as an active duty Air Force Intelligence Officer. While serving, he was deployed to the Middle East and Africa.

Paul received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and his Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. He also spent one year studying at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he earned the Excellence in Legal Writing Award and the First-Year Best Brief Award.

In addition to practicing law, Paul enjoys travelling, running half-marathons, and spending time with his family.

Charles A. Stakely, V Joins Rushton Stakely Law Firm

Rushton Stakely is proud to announce that Charlie Stakely, V has joined the firm as an Associate in the Montgomery office.  We congratulate him on passing the bar exam taken in July 2020.

Charlie hails from Augusta, Georgia, where his father is Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Evans, Georgia. In 2013, Charlie graduated from Greenbrier High School where he was a two-year letterman in varsity football.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in English and Communication Studies in the Honors College at the University of Alabama, graduating in May of 2017.  He then attended law school at the University of Alabama, receiving his J. D. in 2020.

While in law school, Charlie served on the Editorial Board of the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review. He was a member of the National Trial Advocacy Competition Team. His team was a semi-finalist in the 2018 King Competition in Sacramento, California.  He was a recipient of the George Peach Taylor Trial Advocacy Award and was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society.

He was awarded The Best Paper Award for courses in Law and Religion and Alabama Civil Practice and Procedure.

He will follow his great grandfather, grandfather, and uncle in the practice of defense litigation at Rushton Stakely.

Best Lawyers® Names Haynes, Simmons, and Tyson Lawyer of the Year

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that shareholders, William S. Haynes, Christopher S. Simmons, and Fred W. Tyson have been selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, a guide that is highly respected in the legal community.  Lawyers are selected based on extensive reviews by their peers, and only one lawyer in a specific practice field and location is selected annually for this publication.

Mr. Haynes has been honored for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Montgomery, Alabama. He joined the firm in 1987 and has over twenty-five years’ experience litigating a broad range of civil liability cases, with his primary focus is on the defense of medical malpractice cases involving physicians, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare professionals. He also has experience handling other complex litigation matters in the areas of professional liability, healthcare, and insurance defense.

Mr. Simmons has been honored for his work in Litigation and Controversy – Tax in Montgomery, Alabama. He joined the firm in 1993 and practices in state and federal taxation, corporate and business law, securities law, municipal finance, employee benefits law and estate planning. He has represented corporations, partnerships, public entities and individuals in a broad spectrum of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, tax-exempt financings, and joint ventures.

Mr. Tyson has been honored for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Montgomery, Alabama.  He joined the firm in 1982 and has over thirty years of experience litigating a wide range of civil cases throughout the state. His practice is primarily devoted to the defense of physicians, hospitals, nurses and other healthcare professionals in medical malpractice cases. He also handles other complex litigation matters such as legal and other professional liability cases.

For 130 years, Rushton Stakely has provided the highest levels of legal service throughout the United States. Founded in 1890, the firm is now composed of over 30 experienced lawyers practicing in a broad spectrum of legal fields.  From the courtroom to the board room, our lawyers will advocate for you.

Sixteen Rushton Stakely Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2021

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that sixteen of our attorneys were chosen for the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The selected lawyers are: Dennis R. Bailey, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Communications Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Real Estate, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Jeffrey W. Blitz, Real Estate Law; L. Peyton Chapman III, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; William I. Eskridge, Real Estate Law; Alan T. Hargrove, Jr., Insurance Law, and Litigation – Insurance; William S. Haynes, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Paul M. James, Jr., Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants;  J. Theodore Jackson, Jr., Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Thomas H. Keene, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Daniel L. Lindsey, Jr., Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Patrick M. Shegon, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Christopher S. Simmons, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Public Finance Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Frank J. Stakely, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Fred W. Tyson, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Helen Crump Wells, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; Ben C. Wilson, Litigation – Health Care, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Rushton Stakely is also pleased to recognize Theresa J. Friedman on her inclusion of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021 Edition for Environmental Law and Real Estate Law.

For over 30 years, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.  Inclusion in the Best Lawyers® list is based on a rigorous national survey of leading U. S. attorneys, and Corporate Counsel® magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”  We are proud that sixteen of our attorneys were recognized with this distinguished honor.

Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Summary Judgement for Termite Company

The Alabama Supreme Court recently affirmed Summary Judgment in favor of a termite company represented by Paul James, Jr.  The issue in the case was whether a Wood Infestation Inspection Report (“WIIR”), had been falsely prepared by a termite company.  Allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, suppression, intentional fraud, negligent inspection, wanton conduct, and other claims were also asserted against the client.

The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the entry of Summary Judgment in favor of the termite company ending the litigation.

Rushton Stakely Offices Temporarily Switch to Remote Work Environment Amid COVID-19 Concerns

At Rushton Stakely, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, our clients, our business partners, and our neighbors.  In light of the evolving situation related to COVID-19, and based on guidelines of federal and state officials, our firm has decided to close temporarily until June 8th.  Although our office is closed, our attorneys and staff will continue to work remotely to handle the needs of our clients.  If you need assistance or need to speak to someone directly, please contact our administrator at 334-207-9930.