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George M. "Marty" Van Tassel, Jr.

Tel: 205-930-5303
Fax: 205-212-3863
Sherrie Townes

Marty leads the Mediation Center at Sirote & Permutt. Previously a civil litigator who handled cases involving products liability, premises liability, professional liability, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, negligence, insurance coverage claims and extra-contractual liability claims. Marty became a mediator in 1996. He started practicing mediation full-time in 1999, covering a wide variety of complex and multi-party cases.

  • Began mediation practice in 1996 and by 1999, practice was full-time, involving mediations in a wide variety of complex and multi-party cases. His extensive trial experience, together with his extensive experience as a mediator, give him the ability to work with all parties to achieve a satisfactory resolution for all concerned.
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, panelist 
  • Member of numerous panels of neutrals in both the state and federal courts of Alabama
  • Qualified mediator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Alabama Alternative Dispute Resolution Foundation, trustee
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators, fellow
  • University of Alabama School of Law, adjunct professor of Mediation Process and Practice
  • Frequent speaker at local, Alabama and American Bar Association meetings on the topic of mediation
  • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2009
  • Birmingham Business Journal's Best of the Bar, 2005-06 
  • Recipient of the highest rating attainable by Martindale-Hubbell, a reflection of having achieved preeminent status in the areas of professional skill and integrity
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Best Lawyers in America, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation
  • Best of US, Arbitration Law
  • Alabama Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, 1998
    • Dispute Resolution Committee
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, president, 1997
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, Alabama chapter, vice president, 1999
  • Alabama Academy of Attorney-Mediators, past president 
  • Frequent lecturer in the areas of civil litigation and trial tactics
  • Assistant Attorney General for the state of Alabama, 1972-74
  • During his years as a litigator, represented clients in all of Alabama's federal and state trial and appellate courts
  • Tried cases as lead counsel in most of Alabama's 40 judicial circuits
  • Civil trial experience includes products liability, premises liability, professional liability, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, negligence, insurance coverage claims and extra-contractual liability claims in such diverse areas as construction cases, cases involving environmental claims, cases for violation of civil rights or other statutory rights, occupational injury cases and worker's compensation
  • Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trials seeking damages for personal injury, property damage, economic loss and wrongful death, as well as for injunctive relief


  • University of Alabama School of Law
    JD, 1972
  • University of Alabama
    BS, 1969

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