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Joy Payne
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bio image J. Langford Floyd
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Lang joined LGWM December 30, 2016 in LGWM’S Gulf Coast office located in Pensacola, Florida. Lang returned to private practice with LGWM after 12 years in private practice as a trial lawyer, followed by 20 years of public service on the bench as a trial court judge, retiring in 2016. Lang serves 28 years in the Army Reserves as a Judge Advocate General and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2016.

During his 12 years in private practice, Lang defended legal malpractice actions, premises liability actions, and a variety of personal injury, property, and construction related cases. Lang routinely defended claims in both Alabama and Florida state and federal courts. While in private practice, Lang also served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Daphne, Alabama, and the Municipal Judge for the City of Fairhope, Alabama.

During his 20 years as a circuit trial judge, Lang presided over more than 6000 civil jury cases. As a judge, Lang presided over 200 jury trials and 750 non-jury trials, including some of the more complex civil litigation cases in Alabama's 28th Judicial Circuit. Many of the trials over which Lang presided included catastrophic injury cases involving products liability, medical malpractice, construction defect claims, municipal liability and general civil litigation. A large number of the civil jury cases over which Lang presided involved condominium and home owners’ associations with substantial and complex construction defect claims against developers and contractors. Lang also presided as judge over dozens of individual residential and commercial litigation cases during his 20 years.

During his tenure on the bench, Lang served for 10 years as Chair of the Alabama statewide Judges Technology Committee, which Lang oversaw the development and implementation of the statewide Alacourt and Alafile electronic filing systems. In 2015, his contributions to the system were honored by being awarded the Alabama State Bar Judicial Award of Merit.

Professional Profile
  • 2018 Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation
  • 2017 Howell Heflin Honesty & Integrity in the Professional Award Recipient
  • 2015 Alabama State Bar Judicial Award of Merit Recipient
  • Member, Alabama Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Member, Baldwin County Bar Association
  • Member, Mobile Bar Association
  • Member, Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Bar Commissioner for Baldwin County, Alabama State Bar
  • Advisory Committee of the Alabama Rules of Evidence of the Alabama State Bar
  • Past member, Education and Executive Boards of the Alabama Circuit Judge's Association
  • Past chair, Court Technology Commission for the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts
  • Past service, Alabama Military Law Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Alabama Rules of Evidence of the Alabama State Bar
  • All State Courts in Alabama
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • United States District Court Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court Northern District of Florida
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Troy State University (now Troy University), B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting (1978)

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D. (1984)
- Alumnus of the National Judicial College
  • Presided over a construction defect case that included 5 separate condominium owners associations with claims against the common developer and general contractor, with third party claims against over 25 sub-contractors, involving 50 lawyers. These consolidated cases over which Lang presided were the genesis for Alabama being on the forefront of jurisdictions establishing an electronic filing system, that is now known as the Alacourt electronic filing system in Alabama.  
  • Presided over a 4 week trial for wrongful death of a tire repairman for explosion of tractor tire based on failure to warn of the flammability of a flat tire repair product.
  • Presided over a wrongful death of home owner due to natural gas explosion of a water heater related to gas leak. Claims against manufacturer, installer, general contractor and city utility department. 4 week trial.
  • Presided over suit by homeowners against private sewer company, municipal water utility and plumber for cross connection of water and sewer lines to the homes.
  • Presided over suit for injuries resulting from violations of OSHA regulations and negligence against a surveying company.
  • Presided over suit by condominium owners association against carrier and insurance agent for damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina for failure to properly secure adequate insurance coverage.
  • Presided over suit by homeowner against title company and closing agent for misrepresentation as to warranty of title. 
  • Presided over a non-jury trust dissolution case involving over $27 million in pine timber between the bank trustee and the plaintiff income beneficiaries of the trust, seeking a dissolution of the trust and division of the land and timber – 2 week bench trial to conclusion.Affirmed on appeal.  
  • Presided over a property damage claim by multiple homeowners against municipality for constructive eviction and loss of use of homes due to flooding caused by city development of a public roadway. 
  • Presided over claim for damage to underwater fiber optic cable.
  • Presided over a claim by 2 homeowners against a municipality concerning storm water running causing erosion to property owners’ homes overlooking a bluff, creating major erosion and hazardous condition.  Issue of private property vs. public duty. 
  • Presided over major commercial development involving 2 national banks, a national developer and municipality.  Case involved environmental management issues during development, commercial financial issues and claims between developer bank and bond holders. 
  • Presided over suit by 2 municipalities and a private waste disposal company against Baldwin County and another waste disposal company regarding public/private partnership and territorial rights.  Ruling on standing affirmed.
  • Presided over suit against employee leasing company claiming safety violations on equipment used on construction site.
  • Presided over suit by bank against appraiser of commercial real estate for wrongful evaluation and fraud.
  • Presided over suit of home owner against municipality, engineer and contractor for erosion caused by neighboring home construction.
  • Presided over suit by homeowner for water intrusion, runoff and erosion against neighboring homeowner.  
  • Presided over suit brought by condominium owners association against contractor and developer for construction defects.  
  • Represented business manager of professional music group sued for injuries sustained during a concert for items falling from ceiling during pyrotechnics display in Pensacola, Florida. 
  • Represented employee in sexual harassment case brought by co-employee against employer for hostile work environment. Judgment as a matter of law for defendants, employee and employer.  U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Represented architect in defense of claim for negligent design of work area in fast food restaurant.  Defense verdict
  • Successfully represented carrier in declaratory judgment action against homeowner for arson of home.
  • Represented lawyer sued for misappropriation of trust funds held for multiple clients through conservatorships in Probate court.      
  • Represented local boat manufacturer in trademark action by national boat manufacturer. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Represented engineering firm in defective concrete design and mix claim in construction of baby food production facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 
  • Represented electrical engineering firm in post electrical fire inspection at major chicken processing plant in Vienna,Georgia.
  • Represented structural engineer in foundational design defect claim by homeowner in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Represented Texas home inspection valuation company for negligent delay in inspection of barn construction in Mobile,Alabama.
  • Represented Florida engineering firm in defense of claim by steel fabricator for changes to structural fabrication.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer and carrier in claim of tort of outrage regarding claim of failure to provide additional medical coverage in worker's compensation claim.
  • Successfully tried case resulting in judgment in favor of employer on permanent disability claim to leg and back in worker's compensation case.