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James S. Williams

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Birmingham
jwilliams@sirote.com
Tel: 205-930-5178
Fax: 205-212-3881
Assistant
Christina Whitburn
cwhitburn@sirote.com
205-918-5022

Now in his twenty-third year at Sirote, Jim handles all phases of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on life and disability insurance litigation, representation of banks and mortgage companies, construction litigation and all forms of commercial litigation on behalf of both individuals and businesses. Jim serves as a first-chair litigator, representing his clients in state and federal courts, in both jury and ERISA/non-jury trials. Jim handles all phases of litigation, from pre-suit through discovery, trial and appeals. Jim handles appeals in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Jim has represented clients in hundreds of arbitrations involving both group and individual insurance policies, as well as commercial business disputes. Jim recently obtained an arbitration decision in his client's favor in a construction dispute, and recently won two jury verdicts, first obtaining and collecting a multiple six-figure jury verdict in a commercial construction case, and later by receiving a jury verdict in favor of his client, as well as an attorney’s fee award, in a case where he represented a national mortgage servicer in a case with allegations of wrongful foreclosure.

  • Experienced commercial litigator, representing banks and other financial services clients in State and Federal Courts in Alabama in various cases with issues including:
    • Allegations related to improper mortgage servicing and subservicing
    • RESPA and FCRA
    • Foreclosures and subsequent sales of property
    • Title insurance issues
    • Lien priority issues
    • Construction disputes
    • Subprime financing issues
    • Breach of contract, fraud, wrongful imprisonment
  • Adjunct Professor, Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
  • Serves as general counsel to a locally-owned bank
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
  • Recipient, AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, a reflection of having achieved preeminent status in the areas of professional skill and integrity
  • University of Alabama Library Leadership Board
  • Admitted to practice
    • US Supreme Court
    • US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • US District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
       

 

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Grievance Committee, group chair 
  • Alabama and American Bar Associations
  • Project Corporate Leadership Class, 1997

Schools

  • Cumberland School of Law
    JD, 1991
  • Washington & Lee University
    BA, 1988

Additional Accolades

Cumberland School of Law

  • The American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • American Bar Association. National Mock Trial Team
  • ABA Southeastern Regional Mock Trial Competition, first place
  • ABA National Mock Trial Competition, second place
  • ABA National Mock Trial Competition--Best Advocate, second place
  • Trial Advocacy Board
  • Dean's List
     

 

 

 

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