The firm, as presently constituted, was established by Alto V. Lee, III and Huey Dwight McInish in 1948. Its roots may be traced, however, through Lee & Lee, William L. Lee, and Alto V. Lee as far back as the late 1800’s.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols is an “AV” rated, full service law firm, listed in the Register of Preeminent Attorneys. It is principally a litigation firm specializing in the defense of those who have been sued. All partners in the firm are litigators, and collectively litigate cases in the areas of personal injury, product liability, vehicular claims, premises liability, medical negligence, workers’ compensation, employment law and discrimination claims, railroad litigation and commercial disputes.
To effectively serve its diverse client base, the members of the firm also offer representation in typically non-litigious fields such as real estate, transactional law, healthcare law, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy and estate and probate law.
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar Association
American College of Trial Lawyers
International Society of Barristers
International Association of Insurance Counsel
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Areas of Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Real Estate and Transactional Law
- Estates and Probate
- Employment Law
- Workers’ Compensation
- Municipal Liability
- Construction Defect Litigation
- Credit and Collections
- Family Law
- Healthcare and Medical Liability
- Mediation and Arbitration Services
- Appellate Practice
- Professional Liability
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols has a tradition of defending those who have been sued. The tradition continues to date with the firm’s representation of an extensive number of insurers and corporate clients. The members of the firm regularly litigate, in counties throughout Alabama and in all federal courts, a wide variety of claims involving personal injury, property damage or other monetary or equitable relief.
Real Estate and Transactional Law
The firm maintains a full service real estate department offering its clients closing and title examination services. Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols is an authorized agent for issuance of title insurance through First American Title Insurance Company. Several members of the firm are experienced transactional law attorneys with many years of experience in the representation of clients involved in complex commercial transactions.
The attorneys and staff provide:
- residential real estate closings
- commercial real estate closings
- secured transactions
- business organizations
- escrow service
Estates and Probate
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols has attorneys and staff experienced in all facets of estate and probate representation, including wills and trusts, estate planning, adoption, guardianship/conservatorship, admission of foreign wills to probate in Alabama and other matters traditionally within the jurisdiction of the Probate Court.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols represents employers in a variety of regulatory matters, including investigations by OSHA and the Department of Labor. The firm advises employers on individual employee-related issues and company-wide measures, including preparing employee manuals, handbooks and separation agreements. The firm also represents employers in administrative matters before the EEOC and in resulting litigation.
Attorneys at the firm have successfully defended the following types of claims:
- national origin discrimination
- sexual harassment
- ADA claims
- various other civil rights violations.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols regularly represents a variety of employers, insurers and TPAs in workers’ compensation litigation, walk-through settlements, Medicare set-asides, co-employee claims and workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge claims.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols regularly represents municipalities and their employees in litigation matters at the State and Federal level. The firm has successfully defended police officers, police departments, municipalities, E-911 Boards, Personnel Boards, and other municipal agencies.
Construction Defect Litigation
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols regularly represents construction general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and other construction trades in construction defect cases.
Credit and Collections
The firm’s attorneys are members of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals and have experience in the defense of FDCPA, TILA and FCRA claims in state and federal courts. They are also experienced in debt collection.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols attorneys and staff are knowledgeable and experienced in family law matters such as divorce, post-divorce issues, custody and Grandparent’s rights.
Healthcare and Medical Liability
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols has successfully represented and defended hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurses, nursing homes and other healthcare providers throughout Southeast Alabama. Attorney Alan Livingston is recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of medical liability defense.
Mediation and Arbitration Services
The firm represents clients in commercial disputes that must be mediated or arbitrated. Members of the firm also act as mediators and arbitrators.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols represents individuals and businesses in litigated matters that are appealed to State and Federal Appellate Courts. The firm is experienced in writing briefs, petitions and extraordinary writs and arguing cases before Alabama Appellate Courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The firm can assist other attorneys in preparing legal briefs and handling appeals in cases following an adverse result at the trial court level.
The firm is experienced in representing railroad companies in a variety of litigation matters, including crossing collisions, FELA and flooding.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols has experienced attorneys who represent businesses in OSHA investigations, ADEM, EEOC and Department of Labor issues.
In addition to defending individuals and businesses against claims of personal injury, wrongful death and other casualty loss, the firm has extensive experience in the direct defense of insurance companies in claims of uninsured motorist benefits, bad faith and fraud. The firm also has extensive experience in the area of insurance coverage law and members of the firm regularly author coverage opinions, reservation of rights letters, act as coverage counsel and litigate declaratory judgment actions to resolve coverage disputes.
Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols regularly represents doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, insurance agents, insurance brokers and others in the defense of professional malpractice, errors and omissions.