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2001 Park Place North, Suite 700
Birmingham, Alabama 35203Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 205-716-5200
Fax: 205-716-5389
E-Mail: info@cabaniss.com
www.cabaniss.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 830612, Birmingham, AL 35283-0612
Established: 1887

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Environmental Law
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
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About Us
Recognized as the oldest continuous law practice in Birmingham and one of the oldest continuous practices in Alabama, Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal has a distinguished history and a growing future. With offices in Birmingham and Mobile, the firm offers a state-wide civil practice in the general areas of litigation, employment, corporate, taxation and environmental law.
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Additional Locations
Mobile, Alabama
63 South Royal Street, Suite 700
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Telephone: 251-415-7300
Fax: 251-415-7350
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Employers Reinsurance CorporationLiberty Mutual Insurance
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Personnel Information
Members of the Firm
Lucien D. Gardner, Jr. — (1903-1988)
Forney Johnston — (1879-1965)
M. Camper O'Neal — (1907-1989)
Edward H. Cabaniss — (1857-1936)
William F. Gardner — (1934-2007)
Crawford S. McGivaren, Jr.
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1968
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1965
  • Harvard University, LL.B., 1968
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa
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Sydney F. Frazier, Jr.
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1972
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1969
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1972
Honors:
Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Jasons
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Benjamen T. Rowe
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1972
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 1967
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1972
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; Jasons
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Patrick H. Sims
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1974
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1971
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1974
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif
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Donald J. Stewart
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1975
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1971
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1975
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Jasons
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Roy J. Crawford
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1977
Education:
  • Troy State University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1971
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1977
  • New York University, LL.M., 1980
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; Jasons
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F. Gerald Burnett
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1972
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • Alabama
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1968
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D. (with distinction), 1972
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1977
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Alpha Delta
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David S. Dunkle
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1969
  • Alabama, 1980
Education:
  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A. (with honors), 1966
  • The University of North Carolina, J.D., 1969
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1970
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C. Fred Daniels
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1973
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.S., 1970
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1973
  • New York University, LL.M., 1974
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G. Thomas Sullivan
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1977
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 1974
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1977
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, LL.M., 1996
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Carolyn L. Duncan
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1978
Education:
  • University of Montevallo, B.M., 1971
  • University of Montevallo, M.M.E., 1975
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1978
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David L. Kane
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1978
  • Alabama, 1982
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 1970
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, M.S., 1971
  • Duke University, J.D. (with distinction), 1978
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif
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R. Boyd Miller
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1979
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1974
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1979
Honors:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif
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R. Carlton Smyly
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1982
Education:
  • Birmingham-Southern College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1979
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1982
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa
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Steve A. Tucker
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1984
Education:
  • Samford University, B.A. (cum laude), 1974
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1979
  • University of Kentucky, J.D. (with distinction), 1984
Honors:
Order of the Coif
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Sandy G. Robinson
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1984
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1981
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1984
Honors:
Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi
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Herbert H. West, Jr.
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1987
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1984
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1987
Honors:
Beta Gamma Sigma
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Melanie Merkle Atha
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1990
Education:
  • Birmingham-Southern College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1986
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1990
Honors:
Mortar Board; Phi Delta Phi
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Steven A. Benefield
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
Education:
  • Birmingham-Southern College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1980
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, LL.M., 1985
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John M. Graham
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1992
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1989
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1992
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Coif
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Michael E. Turner
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1996
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1993
  • Wake Forest University, J.D. (cum laude), 1996
Honors:
Order of the Coif
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Jarrod J. White
Mobile, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1997
  • Mississippi, 1998
Education:
  • Stetson University, B.B.A. (magna cum laude), 1994
  • The University of Alabama, J.D. (summa cum laude), 1997
Honors:
Order of the Coif; Omicron Delta Kappa
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Diane Babb Maughan
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • Baylor University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • The University of Alabama, J.D. (summa cum laude), 1999
Law Review:
Member, 1997-1998, and Articles Editor, 1998-1999, Alabama Law Review
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable Perry O. Hooper, Sr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Alabama, 1999-2000
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Coif; Recipient, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award; Hugo L. Black Scholar; Member, Bench and Bar
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Annette Lanning Kinderman
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1996
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1991
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1996
Law Review:
Notes and Comments Editor, Washington and Lee University Law Review, 1995-1996
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr., Chief Judge, Northern District of Alabama, 1996-1997
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George L. Morris, IV
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
Additional Biographical Details:
Top Attorneys in Birmingham-Rising Star by Birmingham Magazine
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Millsaps College, B.S. (cum laude), 1997
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2005
Honors:
Phi Kappa Phi; Curia Honoris; Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow; Presidential Scholarship (2002-2005); George M. Steward Banking Award
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Nancy W. Ball
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2007
Education:
  • Birmingham-Southern College, B.S. (cum laude), 2004
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2007
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, LL.M. Taxation (magna cum laude), 2014
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Jason W. Bobo
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2008
Education:
  • Huntingdon College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2005
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2007
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Jim Henry
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1997
  • Mississippi
Education:
  • The University of North Alabama, B.S., 1978
  • Samford University, M.B.A., 1984
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1997
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Associates
Matthew M. CouchLance W. Palmer
Steven W. Strother, Jr.Laura E. Collins
Of Counsel
Kyle Morris
Birmingham, AL
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1990
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 1986
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1990
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