HISTORY
Always moving forward.

Since 1989, Lloyd, Gray, Whitehead & Monroe, P.C. has steadily and consistently grown from 4 to 36 attorneys providing full-service litigation for clients throughout the Southeast. We recently added another chapter to our history, opening an office in Florida to complement our headquarters in Alabama. We continue to grow and expand our staff, but ever mindful of our belief in staying lean and efficient. We serve our clients best with effective outcomes.

NEWS + MEDIA
architects and engineers
OREGON SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT THE PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE INCLUDES THE DEVELOPMENT OF MASTER PLANS

In Twist Architecture & Design, Inc. v. Oregon Board of Architect Examiners, 361 Or. 507, 395 P.3d 574 (Or. 2017), the Supreme Court of Oregon ruled that the “practice of architecture” includes the preparation of master plans drawn to scale for the development of a project, even if construction drawings or specifications are not ultimately produced. 




construction
ELEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS NECESSITY TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC TIMEFRAME IN CONTRACT IN ORDER TO PROPERLY EXTEND INDEMNITY AND DEFENSE OBLIGATIONS BEYOND SEVEN YEAR STATUTE OF REPOSE FOR ANY CLAIM AGAINST AN ARCHITECT, ENGINEER, OR BUILDER

In Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Hardin Constr. Grp., Inc., 697 F. App'x 637 (11th Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama’s conclusion that a specific written timeframe is necessary in order to extend Alabama’s statute of repose.




environmental
WISCONSIN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT ALLOWS PCB CITIZEN SUIT UNDER RCRA
The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has ruled that a citizen suit related to the release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may be brought under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, (RCRA), even though PCBs are regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Liebhart v. SPX Corp., No. 16-cv-700 (W.D. Wis., November 2, 2017).  Plaintiffs, who owned land adjacent to a factory used to produce electrical transformers in the 1950s, brought suit against SPX, alleging PCBs were released during demolition of the factory.  Plaintiffs claimed the release of PCBs during the demolition contaminated their property and caused Plaintiffs to suffer physical symptoms, such as acute sinusitis, vertigo and skin infections.

employment
ELEVENTH CIRCUIT HOLDS THAT BREASTFEEDING EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO PROTECTION UNDER THE PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION ACT
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit determined that breastfeeding is a related medical condition to birth, and different treatment based on an employee’s breastfeeding is prohibited under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”). In Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, 870 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. 2017), the plaintiff was a police officer who took twelve weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) following the birth of her son.



securities
FINRA SEEKS COMMENT ON THE EFFICACY OF ALLOWING COMPENSATED NON ATTORNEYS TO REPRESENT PARTIES IN ARBITRATION

The FINRA Codes of Arbitration and Mediation Procedure currently allow compensated non-attorney representatives (“NAR”) to represent clients in securities arbitration and mediation subject to some exceptions.  Some parties are represented by relatives or friends who assist with case preparation or presentation.  NAR firms typically provide public investors an alternative to representation by attorneys in disputes between investors and broker dealers. FINRA is conducting a review of the efficacy of continuing to allow such representation and is accepting comments from member firms and other interested parties.




workers compensation
SUPERVISORS’ FAILURE TO INSTALL A SAFER SAW THAT WAS ON THE PREMISES IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO A REMOVAL OF A SAFETY GUARD FOR PURPOSES OF LIABILITY UNDER THE ALABAMA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT

In Saarinen v. Hall, 26 ALW 36-8 (1160066), 9/1/2017, the Supreme Court held that the failure of the employee’s supervisors to install a safer saw that was on the employer’s premises was not the equivalent of removing a safety guard from an existing saw so as to subject the supervisors to liability under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.




We are known as lawyers,

but we’re really problem solvers.

PRACTICE AREAS
Architects and Engineers/Design Professionals
Construction
Coverage
Employment
Environmental
Fair Housing and Public Accommodation
General Liability
Insurance Fraud/Special Investigations
Medical & Healthcare
Professional Liability
Securities
Worker's Compensation
Architects and Engineers/Design Professionals

Architects and engineers are held to a higher standard of care. When disputes arise alleging a design or engineering flaw, these professionals may be exposed to liability claims involving their livelihood, reputation and professional licensure. We recognize the level of skill and knowledge required to vigorously defend architects and engineers when they are accused of failing to meet the standard of care. We represent design professionals throughout the country.

Read More About Architects and Engineers/Design Professionals
Construction

Every construction defect dispute presents a unique set of circumstances requiring the experience and versatility our construction litigation team offers. LGWM’s Construction Practice Group includes experienced attorneys who understand the issues and complexities involving building projects.

Read More About Construction
Coverage

Navigating complex coverage issues while fulfilling contractual obligations to the insured often presents difficult challenges for carriers. Insurance agents and brokers also find themselves in the middle of coverage disputes between their insured and the carrier. The LGWM Insurance Coverage Practice Group has a team of seasoned coverage attorneys to assist clients in resolving these problems.

Read More About Coverage
Employment

LGWM’s Employment Group provides a wide range of services to LGWM’s clients in all areas of employment law. The Employment Group consists of experienced litigation lawyers who have litigated cases before government agencies and state and federal courts throughout the Southeastern United States. The Employment Group regularly defends employers against claims of employment discrimination under state and federal law, including defense against claims of race, national origin, gender, religious, disability, and age discrimination; claims of discrimination based on service in the military; claims of harassment; claims of retaliation; claims for breach of contract; claims regarding employee benefits; and claims of defamation and other employment torts. The Employment Group has represented employers of all types and sizes, public and private, from various industries, including restaurants, hotels, food distributors, franchise owners, manufacturing facilities, security companies, temporary agencies, professional employer organizations, educational institutions, financial institutions, school systems, school boards, and non-profit employers.

Read More About Employment
Environmental

Environmental litigation may take many forms, and each presents unique challenges. Whether the issue is a plaintiff's exposure to a toxic chemical or property damage as a result of a discharge or a violation of a state or federal environmental mandate or Act, a company sued for an environmental claim needs qualified representation with specific experience and knowledge.

Read More About Environmental
Fair Housing and Public Accommodation

LGWM provides a range of services for property owners and management companies regarding compliance with state and federal housing laws and regulations, including compliance with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the regulations promulgated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). LGWM has assisted clients with responding to administrative complaints pending before HUD in which claims were asserted for alleged race discrimination, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation and violations of HUD regulations unrelated to discrimination.

Read More About Fair Housing and Public Accommodation
General Liability

LGWM’s General Liability Practice Group regularly represents insureds, insurance companies, and self-insured individuals and entities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. The General Liability Practice Group routinely litigates personal injury claims (including brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, burn injuries, amputation, loss of eyesight or hearing, and various other debilitating injuries), and wrongful death claims. The General Liability team also defends trucking litigation claims, blasting cases, breach of contract disputes, and products liability cases. The attorneys in our General Liability Practice Group also handle cases involving business disputes, owners and landlord’s liability, premises liability, commercial liability cases, first-party and third-party property damage cases, and Chinese Drywall cases, among a variety of other types of general liability cases.

Read More About General Liability
Insurance Fraud/Special Investigations

LGWM’s Insurance Fraud/SIU Practice Group works closely with insurance carrier’s Special Investigative Units (SIU) to conduct thorough and complete investigations of first-party property claims including arson and theft. When an investigation raises questions about the validity of a claim, we conduct Examinations Under Oath (EUO) to uncover discrepancies in statements and reveal potential fraud. After completion of the claims investigation, we provide our clients with a detailed analysis of the investigation and a recommendation on whether the claims should be denied or is acceptable for coverage under the terms of the policy.

Read More About Insurance Fraud/Special Investigations
Medical & Healthcare

LGWM has a long history of serving as counsel for hospitals, long term care, hospice, and home health agencies. We represent physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, and other health care providers. LGWM also has extensive experience in defending medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers involved in individual lawsuits and class actions. We strive to conduct detailed and thorough evaluations of health care claims and develop strategies for case management. We retain qualified experts to consult and evaluate claims early on. Our staff stands ready to defend medical and health care claims from start to finish.

Read More About Medical & Healthcare
Professional Liability

When professionals get sued, there often is more than just financial compensation at stake. Professional reputations and the ability to continue practicing in one’s profession may be on the line. Professional liability claims often require an aggressive defense to guard and protect that professional reputation.

Read More About Professional Liability
Securities

LGWM's Securities Practice Group handles all types of securities litigation and regulatory disputes. LGWM attorneys have extensive experience in litigating securities matters in state and federal court and in arbitrations before FINRA and AAA. We represent large broker dealers, independent broker dealers, investment advisors and registered representatives throughout the Southeastern United States. We also have experience representing developers and individuals who have securities-related claims brought against them as part of a residential or commercial development or development of condominiums.

Read More About Securities
Worker's Compensation

LGWM's Workers' Compensation Practice Group's attorneys represent a wide range of clients across the state, including large and small employers, workers' compensation insurance carriers, self-insured workers'compensation funds and third party administrators relating to claims for benefits under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act. LGWM also has an active role in various workers' compensation organizations, with its attorneys serving as members of the Alabama State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Alabama Workers' Compensation Organization and Alabama Self Insured Association.

Read More About Worker's Compensation
NEWSLETTER
VISIT US