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
MISSISSIPPI COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS CLAIMS AGAINST ENGINEER ARE BARRED BY THE DOCTRINE OF ACCORD AND SATISFACTION

In Triangle Construction Company, Inc. v. Fouche and Associates, Inc., 218 So. 3d 1180 (Mississippi 2017), Triangle Construction Company, Inc. (“Triangle”) contracted with East Madison Water Association (“EMWA”) to build a water system in Madison and Leake Counties in Mississippi.  The contract designated Fouche and Associates (“Fouche”) as the project engineer, although Fouche was not a signatory to the contract.  Triangle nevertheless argued Fouche was a party to the contract because Fouche’s seal was affixed to the contract’s cover, was designated as the project engineer and was designated as the agent and representative of the owner.





construction
COURT OF APPEALS OF TENNESSEE HOLDS IT IS DEFENDANT’S BURDEN TO PRESENT EVIDENCE TO LIMIT A PLAINTIFF’S DAMAGES TO DIMINUTION OF VALUE

In Patrick Durkin v. MTown Construction, LLC, N No. W201701269COAR3CV, 2018 WL 1304922, (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 13, 2018), the Court of Appeals of Tennessee overturned an award of property damages which was predicated in part upon the diminution of property value based upon a finding that the defendant had failed to present sufficient evidence establishing the unreasonableness of the costs to repair the real property.





environmental
NEW JERSEY ANNOUNCES $196 MILLION IN MTBE SETTLEMENTS

Shell, BP and Sunoco have agreed to pay $196.5 million to resolve New Jersey’s contamination claims over a gasoline additive that seeped into groundwater throughout the state.  The case is the first to be finalized since voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting money from such lawsuits being diverted away from cleanup and restoration of natural resources.





employment
FURTHER CIRCUIT SPLIT REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION UNDER TITLE VII

In recent years, a Circuit Court split has emerged regarding whether Title VII prohibits discrimination based solely on sexual orientation.  On February 26, 2018, the Justices of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard an appeal seeking reinstatement of a Title VII claim brought by the estate of a former employee, Donald Zarda (“Mr. Zarda”).  The estate alleged that Mr. Zarda was fired from his job as a skydiving instructor after he told a customer he was gay.  Zarda v. Altitude Express addressed a narrow question: whether Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  The Second Circuit overturned its earlier precedent and held that Title VII does prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.





securities
FINRA SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSED NEW RULE GOVERNING OUTSIDE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES AND PRIVATE SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS

FINRA launched a retrospective review of its outside business activities and private securities transactions rules in May of 2017 to assess their effectiveness and efficiency. This request for comment stems from that review of FINRA Rule 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and FINRA Rule 3280 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person). The proposed rule would replace FINRA Rules 3270 and 3280 and is intended to reduce unnecessary burdens, while strengthening investor protections relating to outside activities.





workers compensation
SUPREME COURT RULES IN VENUE MATTER DETERMINING THAT INTEREST OF JUSTICE OVERRIDES INITIAL SELECTION OF THE FORUM

Stephen Hrobowski (“Hrobowski”) was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Montgomery County, Alabama in 2015 wherein his vehicle collided with a vehicle being operated by Kevin Ledyard (“Ledyard”).  The impact of this collision caused Ledyard’s vehicle to strike a vehicle being operated by Roosevelt McCorvey (“McCorvey”).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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