Originating over seventy years ago, Hubbard, McIlwain, & Brakefield, P.C. continues to be one of the most well-respected and successful firms in Alabama. The firm's predecessors' long list of past partners includes such noted attorneys as Judge Walter P. Gewin, who served on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, George LeMaistre, past-Chairman of the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Perry Hubbard, a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. The firm has been awarded and maintains the highest ratings conferred upon law firms nationally by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Hubbard, McIlwain, & Brakefield, P.C., maintains a sophisticated practice comparable to firms in neighboring, larger cities without the higher costs usually associated with those larger business markets. The firm has a diverse and extensive general practice with attorneys working in real estate, litigation, tax planning and commercial law.
With its expansive practice in federal and state courts, the firmís litigators regularly assist clients with litigation avoidance; arbitration/mediation proceedings; insurance issues; personal injury and wrongful death cases; surety and fidelity bonds; subrogation; building and construction disputes; commercial matters; municipal, county and state government officer and agency defense; administrative law; transportation law; business disputes; landlord/tenant law; and the Dram Shop Act. The firm's employment law practice includes Title VII defense, Section 1983 and other civil rights defense, co-employee torts defense, and employer-employee relations. The firm also has a very successful appellate practice.
The firm's commercial attorneys handle transactions and litigation involving banking; bankruptcy and reorganizations; creditors' rights; debtors' rights in limited circumstances (We are not a debt relief agency. We do not help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code); commercial and consumer collections; commercial real estate transactions and closings; commercial and consumer loans; commercial and asset-based financing; commercial loan workouts; and lender liability.
In addition to specializations in commercial law, litigation and estate planning, the firmís attorneys also handle matters as diverse as immigration, intellectual property issues, environmental law and probate administrations and disputes. Firm members own and operate West Alabama Insured Title Company, L.L.C., which writes title insurance for both commercial and consumer real estate transactions.
The firm's members make contributions to the legal profession by authoring articles for law journals, chairing various bar association committees and teaching legal seminars for other lawyers. The firmís attorneys routinely conduct in-house seminars for clients covering such topics as bankruptcy, commercial loan loss prevention, employee relations, estate planning, elder law issues, asset protection strategies and litigation prevention and management. The firm's members also lecture at industry functions, such as banking association conferences, health care law and continuing education courses.