Thomas S. Hale

Thomas S. Hale

Mr. Hale is a native of Tennessee, where he received his secondary preparatory education at The Baylor School in Chattanooga and graduated in the top ten of the Class of 1975. He also is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A. ’79) and Cumberland School of Law (J.D. ’83) of Samford University in Birmingham, where he was one of three senior recipients of the Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School, and a member of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, The International Law Society, The Fellowship of Christian Law Students, and regularly wrote weekly articles of humor and parody for the school newspaper “Non Compos Mentis.”

Mr. Hale was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1983 and the Alabama Bar in 1984. He is also admitted to practice before all state, district and appellate courts in Alabama and Tennessee, the Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He began his practice with an established Birmingham firm with specific emphasis on complex litigation, by direct practice with the firm’s senior partner. He gained a wide base of experience in complex litigation of product liability, personal injury and wrongful death, commercial and financial fraud, accounting malpractice, and lender liability disputes.

In 1987, Mr. Hale was engaged by one of the firm’s clients, a major bank holding company, as litigation coordinator, legal counsel, and assistant secretary to the Board of Directors, to manage its nationwide litigation with specific focus on defending issues of lender liability.

In 1991, Mr. Hale returned to private practice. He continued his practice with heavy emphasis on complex litigation of matters involving municipal liability, excessive force, and Fourth Amendment claims, professional malpractice claims, complex financial fraud matters, automotive liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability claims. Mr. Hale also enjoys a concentration in issues related to hunting law. He holds the premier rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, and is a frequent lecturer on litigation ethics, business ethics, qualified immunity and police policy.

Additionally, Mr. Hale has served on numerous panels of the Birmingham and Alabama Bar grievance committees. He is an active member of the Birmingham, Alabama, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Hale has also been inducted into the exclusive group of “Super Lawyers” in Alabama.

On September 12th 2017, Managing Partner Tom Hale was elected as a Board Director for Crime Stoppers, a 501(c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to paying rewards for anonymous tips from the public that lead to the arrest of a criminal suspect. Crime Stoppers has become an integral partner with all state and federal law enforcement agencies in Jefferson and surrounding counties, and has paid out tens of thousands of dollars for tips that have led to the apprehension of criminal suspects and the resolution of numerous outstanding criminal investigations


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Thomas S. Hale
Terry A. Sides
Richard D. Whitaker

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600 Financial Center
505 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
tel: 205.453.9800
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