The business, tax and corporate division of Phelps Jenkins is comprised of experienced attorneys who practice in the areas of industrial development, banking, commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, business formations, sales and acquisitions of businesses, business financing, bonds and tax-exempt financing, securities, real estate development, condominium law, health care law, employee benefits and retirement plans, labor and employment, environmental law, intellectual property, tax procedure and litigation, estate planning and administration, and trusts. Attorneys in the firm’s litigation department practice in both state and federal courts.
The firm’s trial practice is primarily in the state courts of Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Bibb, Choctaw, Clarke, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Walker counties and the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of the federal court system in Alabama. Appellate work is handled in the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Phelps, Jenkins’ concentration in the litigation area is defense oriented; however, approximately one-third of the firm’s civil litigation is undertaken on behalf of plaintiffs, particularly in the areas of business and commercial litigation.
The firm’s litigation division includes attorneys who have substantial expertise and experience in many different areas including: employment discrimination, medical malpractice defense, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, workers compensation, school law, family law, insurance law, real estate, local government law, and business, tax, and corporate-related litigation matters. Among Phelps Jenkins’ clients are several banking and financial institutions as well as many new and established local businesses. The firm also serves as local counsel for many national corporations.
In addition to its corporate and business clients, the firm also provides counsel to individuals or business needing advice on a one-time basis or for a single legal matter. The Phelps firm has four partners who are members of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. These partners offer mediation services as an alternative to litigation. The firm’s attorneys take great pride in the leadership roles they assume throughout the West Alabama community.