Rushton Stakely Partners with Montgomery Area Food Bank

This month, Rushton Stakely partnered with the Montgomery Area Food Bank to help provide food to those in need. The mission of the food bank is to help combat hunger and food insecurity in thirty-five counties throughout Alabama by connecting people, food, and resources to satisfy emergent hunger needs. To assist in these efforts Rushton Stakely employees worked with other volunteers to sort and package food items to be distributed to individuals in the local community. Rushton Stakely regularly partners with community service organizations, and we were thrilled to collaborate with the Montgomery Area Food Bank to help them accomplish their critical mission of providing nutritional aid to families in need.

Fred W. Tyson 9/23/56 to 6/7/22

Our firm announces the loss of a great partner, terrific lawyer, and outstanding person. Fred’s legal career began with Rushton Stakely in 1982. He remained a vital and loyal member of the firm until his death on June 7, 2022. The final eighteen months of Fred’s life were spent waging a battle with cancer. He died surrounded by his family at M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, where he had been receiving treatments for bone marrow and blood-borne cancer.

Fred’s legal abilities were well known and recognized. Many victories in courts defending doctors and hospitals throughout the state produced acceptance of Fred into the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Both of these prestigious organizations require extensive trial experience and demand that members practice with the highest degree of civility and ethics. Fred exemplified these requirements in all aspects of his practice. This was recognized by his being named President of the State Chapter of ABOTA and State Chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In his community, Fred was similarly recognized for his excellence and leadership. He served on the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Board of Directors and then President of the Montgomery Country Club. Fred served on the President’s Cabinet for the University of Alabama and, along with his wife, Florence, their children, Allyson, Ty, and Thomas and their spouses, was a fervent supporter of the Crimson Tide throughout his life.

The phrase which comes to mind at a time like this, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” precipitated by a book title is not necessarily as simple as it may sound. It is easy often to recognize and define “bad things.” Cancer, Covid, war, civil violence, and the list goes on from there. Sometimes, it is harder to recognize those who may be called “good people,” but in Fred’s case, this recognition is easy. Fred lived his life in devotion to others. His wife, children, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren were the core of his pride and happiness. Anyone who knew Fred and Florence knew a couple totally devoted and adoring of each other. While many men would choose to go to a ball game and cheer their favorite team on to victory with buddies, Fred’s first choice was always Florence, his love and his best friend. In addition, Fred had the strong support of two fine brothers, Tommy (Martha) and Johnny. His father, Tommy, and mother, Alice, indeed raised three outstanding boys.

Fred was devoted and loyal to the causes most dear to him. His loyalty extended to his church, St. John’s, and to his friends beyond his immediate family. His SAE pledge class was as close a group as can be imagined, remaining in contact and friendship long after their college days ended. They were in all respects “brothers.”

Most of all, Fred Tyson was a good man. His goodness was rewarded by the recognitions mentioned previously. His goodness, though, is best described by his behavior day in and day out. He refused to disrespect or dishonor his fellow man. He refused to speak ill of another person, choosing to avoid rather than confront those with whom he might have a disagreement. In our line of work, it is hard not to encounter situations where there are disagreements, but Fred always handled those as a gentleman. He rose above the fray and was kind and gentle to all, to all walks of life, races, and religions. His family and his church raised him to respect and welcome all people. In the true sense of the word, Fred Tyson lived a Godly life.

Fred’s passing leaves us the challenge to strive ourselves to be more like him. If we meet that challenge, we will all be better for it, and we will honor Fred’s memory as he would have it.

Rushton Stakely Welcomes 2022 Summer Associates

Rushton Stakely welcomes Taimoor Arshad, Aleah Brown, Haleigh Chambliss, Emma Colson, John Hemmings, Ford Mozingo, and Wes Meidl to the firm’s 2022 Summer Associate Program.  Summer Associates at Rushton Stakely perform legal research, draft memoranda and briefs, and attend depositions, hearings, trials and mediations.

 

Taimoor Arshad

Taimoor Arshad, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed his second year at The University of Alabama School of Law. He serves as Senator of the Student Bar Association and is a member of the American Constitution Society, National Lawyers Guild, and Public Interest Student Board. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

 

Aleah Brown

Aleah Brown, from Dothan, Alabama, has completed her first year of law school at The University of Alabama School of Law. She is a Capstone Legal Scholar, is a member of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and a representative for the Public Interest Student Board and BARBRI. She graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. She serves as a volunteer for The Brown House and the Blackbelt Action Committee.

 

Haleigh Hurt Chambliss

Haleigh Chambliss, from Halls, Tennessee, has completed her second year at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. She is a member of the Cumberland Public Interest Society; Center for Children, Law, and Ethics: Human Trafficking Team; the Alabama Student Bar Association; and Women in Law. She graduated cum laude from University of Mississippi in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications.

 

Emma Colson

Emma Colson, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed her second year at Tulane University Law School. She is the Vice President of OUTLaw, coordinator of the VITA Tax Clinic, and a member of the Business Law Society, Tax Law Society, and Tulane Women in Law.  She graduated from The University of Alabama in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Theatre, Minor in Women’s Studies. She has served as a volunteer for Five Horizons Health Services, Women and Gender Resource Center, Druid City Pride, and Human Rights Campaign.

 

John D. Hemmings, III

John Hemmings, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed his second year at The University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Alabama Trial Advocacy Team, the Federalist Society and the Law and Economics Society. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is interested in governmental affairs, speech and debate, sports, and travel.

 

James Rutherford “Ford” Mozingo

Ford Mozingo, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed his first year of law school at The University of Alabama School of Law, and he is a member of the Alabama Law Student Alumni Society. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minors in Spanish and Global and Cultural Perspectives. He has volunteered for various community service organizations, including the Culverhouse LIFT English as a Second Language Program and the Freshman Forum.

 

J. Wesley Meidl

Wes Meidl, from Pelham, Alabama, has completed his first year at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. He graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2024 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Homeland Security and a minor in History. Prior to attending law school, he worked in the insurance industry as an assistant vice president and associate account executive. He currently serves as a missionary for his church, volunteers for various community service organizations, and has completed several hours of ATP flight school, including three solo flights and two solo cross-country flights.

Shegon And Hines Successfully Defend Physician

Rushton Stakely shareholders, Pat Shegon and Amanda Hines, successfully defended a hospital medicine physician in Birmingham, Alabama accused of the delayed diagnosis and treatment of a post-operative bleed that resulted in his patient’s death. After a seven day trial in this medical malpractice/wrongful death case, the jury found in favor of the doctor despite Plaintiffs’ request for a $20 million verdict.

James and Stakely Obtain Summary Judgment for Regional Grocery Store Chain

Paul James and Charlie Stakely recently represented Winn Dixie Store and two cleaning services in a slip and fall case in central Alabama. The Plaintiff slipped and fell and sustained over $40,000 in medical expenses and claimed that a rug which had been upturned by a cleaning employee caused the fall and the subsequent medical treatment.

Mr. James and Mr. Stakely obtained Summary Judgment, arguing that the rug’s upturned condition constituted an open and obvious hazard  which the Plaintiff knew or should have known about immediately prior to the fall.  With the assistance of video evidence, James and Stakely were able to obtain Summary Judgment for not only Winn Dixie, but the cleaning services as well.

Benton Hughes Joins Rushton Stakely Law Firm

Rushton Stakely is proud to announce that Benton Hughes has joined the firm as an Associate in the Montgomery office.

Mr. Hughes joined the firm in September 2021. His practice with Rushton Stakely focuses primarily on commercial real estate and includes the representation of developers and lenders in a variety of commercial transactions.

Mr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama in 2018. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2021. While in law school, Mr. Hughes served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law & Psychology Review, was a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, competed on the Labor and Employment Moot Court Team, and was elected to the Bench and Bar Honor Society.

Jay Douglass Joins Rushton Stakely Law Firm

Rushton Stakely is proud to announce that Jay Douglass has joined the firm as an Associate in the Montgomery office.

Mr. Douglass joined the firm in September 2021. His practice is devoted to civil litigation.

Mr. Douglass received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Sewanee: The University of The South in 2018. While attending Sewanee, Mr. Douglass was a four-year letterman on the Sewanee football team. He received his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law in 2021. While in law school, Mr. Douglass was a member of the Cumberland National Trial Team, served as a member of the Trial Advocacy Board, won the 2019 Parham Williams Trial Competition, and received the CALI Excellence Award in Constitutional Law and in Professional Responsibility. He also served as Co-Director of The Herbert W. Peterson National Trial Team Competition.

 

Best Lawyers® Names Bailey, Hargrove, Lindsey, Tyson, and Wells Lawyer of the Year

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that shareholders, Dennis R. Bailey, Alan T. Hargrove, Daniel L. Lindsey, Fred W. Tyson, and Helen C. Wells have been selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the 2022 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. Bailey has been honored for his work in Product Liability Litigation- Defendants in Montgomery, Alabama. After serving as a federal law clerk in the Middle District of Alabama for one year, Mr. Bailey began practicing law with the firm in 1980 and has been a shareholder since 1983. Building upon a strong background of product liability and insurance defense, Mr. Bailey’s practice has evolved into handling a variety of complex litigation directly for clients who are either self-insured or have control over the selection of defense counsel. Mr. Bailey works closely with corporate counsel and is therefore familiar with corporate litigation guidelines, reporting, and budgeting requirements.  He has managed and argued complex litigation for corporate manufacturing, insurance, and financial services clients as pro hac vice counsel in federal or state cases in Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and California.  He has also represented clients in construction arbitration proceedings and has served as an arbitrator. A former newspaper reporter, cartoonist and magazine editor, Mr. Bailey has been involved in media law since 1980, particularly matters involving First Amendment rights and open government. He has served for years as general counsel for the Alabama Press Association and other media clients, and now supervises a statewide media hotline.

Mr. Hargrove has been honored for his work in Insurance Law in Montgomery, Alabama. He joined the firm in 1999 and became a shareholder in 2005. He is a member of the litigation department, and he currently serves on the firm’s management committee. He has a broad civil defense practice that includes complex and commercial litigation, construction law, product liability, state and federal employment claims, and professional liability. Recently, a significant percentage of his practice has focused on the representation of major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Mr. Hargrove has also defended employers in discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and whistleblower claims.

Mr. Lindsey has been honored for his work in Tax Law in Montgomery, Alabama. He joined the firm in 1995 and became a shareholder in 2001. He practices in federal and state taxation, general corporate and business law, in addition to estate planning and probate. Before entering law school, he practiced as a certified public accountant for three years. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1994 where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board. Mr. Lindsey received his L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1995.

Mr. Tyson has been honored for his work in Medical Malpractice Law– 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.

Mrs. Wells has been honored for her work in Trust and Estates in Montgomery, Alabama. She has a background of years in trust administration, banking, and bank holding company legal administration gives Mrs. Wells a wide range of experience in corporate mergers and other transactions, securities issuance and disclosure, bank regulatory matters, corporate governance, and estate planning and trust and estate administration. Mrs. Wells’ practice includes corporate, partnership, and personal financing and real estate transactions, taxation, entity formations, corporate transactions including purchases, mergers and reorganizations, and corporate buy-sell agreements, and other business succession planning. Her probate and estate planning practice has included innovative tax and personal planning for complex estates involving closely-held businesses, generation-skipping tax problems, minimization of estate and gift taxes by various techniques, securing IRS private letter rulings, and numerous other issues. She has been a shareholder of the firm since 1992.

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.

Eighteen Rushton Stakely Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2022

Rushton Stakely is pleased to announce that eighteen of our attorneys were chosen for the 2022 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; Stephen P. Dees, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; William I. Eskridge, Real Estate Law; R. Brett Garrett, Insurance Law; Alan T. HargroveJr., Insurance Law, and Litigation – Insurance; William SHaynes, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Amanda C. Hines, Insurance Law; Thomas H. Keene, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Daniel L. LindseyJr., Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates; T. Grant Sexton, Jr., Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; 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 AmericaOnes to Watch 2022 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.

 

Rushton Stakely Welcomes the Firm’s Second-Half Summer Associates

Rushton Stakely welcomes Taimoor Arshad, Haleigh Chambliss, Emma Colson, and John Hemmings to the firm’s second-half Summer Associate Program, which runs from June 28th through August 8th.  Summer Associates at Rushton Stakely perform legal research, draft memoranda and briefs, and attend depositions, hearings, trials and mediations.

 

Taimoor Arshad

Taimoor Arshad, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed his first year at The University of Alabama School of Law. He serves as Senator of the Student Bar Association and is a member of the American Constitution Society, National Lawyers Guild, and Public Interest Student Board. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

 

Haleigh Hurt Chambliss

Haleigh Chambliss, from Halls, Tennessee, has completed her first year at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. She is a member of the Cumberland Public Interest Society; Center for Children, Law, and Ethics: Human Trafficking Team; the Alabama Student Bar Association; and Women in Law. She graduated cum laude from University of Mississippi in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications.

 

Emma Colson

Emma Colson, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed her first year at Tulane University Law School. She is a member of OUTLaw and Tulane Women in Law.  She graduated from The University of Alabama in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Theatre, Minor in Women’s Studies. She has served as a volunteer for Five Horizons Health Services, Women and Gender Resource Center, Druid City Pride, and Human Rights Campaign.

 

John D. Hemmings, III

John Hemmings, from Montgomery, Alabama, has completed his first year at The University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Federalist Society and the Law and Economics Society. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is interested in governmental affairs, speech and debate, sports, and travel.