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Ridge Park Place, Suite 3000
1130 22nd Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 205-328-6643
Fax: 205-251-5479
www.nwkt.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Client Information
Personnel

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Property and Casualty
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Fire
  • Surety
  • Bonds
  • Life Insurance
  • Subrogation
  • Transportation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Automobile
  • Trucking Law
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Common Carrier
  • Construction Law
  • Health Care
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About Us

About NWKT

NWKT is a boutique litigation firm specializing in high quality trial advocacy and litigation management. NWKT also has a strong creditor's rights and bankruptcy practice.

NWKT and its predecessors have represented clients in all aspects of litigation since the 1930's. NWKT handles a broad spectrum of clients and matters in areas that include appellate advocacy, bad faith litigation, business and commercial litigation, complex litigation, construction litigation, creditor's rights and bankruptcy, insurance litigation and coverage, long-term care and nursing home litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, professional liability, transportation litigation and toxic tort litigation. Today, the firm continues to build on its history of excellence, with an eye toward the future.

Trial Experience

NWKT lawyers have always been active trial lawyers. We have tried cases across Alabama in both Federal and State courts. The size of our firm dictates that all of our lawyers establish and maintain the highest skills and qualities necessary to defend the most complex cases. As technology changes, NWKT incorporates these changes into the practice of law. We have developed a state-of-the-art mock courtroom in our office to serve as training ground for our lawyers.

NWKT is committed to excellence in the courtroom. Each lawyer who practices civil defense litigation is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy. NWKT lawyers also serve as coaches for mock trial and moot court teams at the University of Alabama School of Law and Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.

Litigation Management

NWKT lawyers are trial experts. Because of that we know the life of a file all the way through verdict and appeal, we are able to advise our clients how to most effectively manage their litigation and risk. NWKT knows how to achieve resolutions at the right time during the litigation. We pride ourselves on accurately and effectively assessing our client's exposure and providing case assessments that reflect the real world risk in the courtroom. We look at the metrics of the litigation, including time to resolution, cost budget, expected resolution value, and verdict and liability estimates to come up with a strategy that achieves the best result for our clients.

Global Reach

NKWT is a member of The Harmonie Group, an affiliation of independent law firms throughout the country. Harmonie links us to other leading law firms and provides us and our clients ready access to legal services in other jurisdictions. Our affiliation with The Harmonie Group also provides clients with 24/7 access to counsel through its Emergency Hotline--1-877-247-3659.

We are also affiliated through Harmonie with Canadian Litigation Counsel, a network of Canadian firms with similar practices.

NWKT lawyers are active in many local, national, and international organizations, including: the International Association of Defense Counsel, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates, Defense Research Institute, American Bankruptcy Institute, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and the Alabama State Bar.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Adesa, Inc.Amerisure Insurance Company
Arch Insurance CompanyAuction Insurance
CapSpecialtyCatlin Insurance Company, Inc.
Centennial Casualty CompanyChubb Executive Risk, Inc.
CIGNA Property and Casualty Insurance CompanyCNA Surety Corporation
Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc.The Doctors Company
Economical Insurance GroupErie Insurance Company
Farm Bureau Insurance CompaniesFirst Professionals Insurance Company
Generali - US BranchHouston International Insurance Group
Kingsway General Insurance CompanyLiberty Insurance Holdings
Lloyd'sLombard Insurance Company
MMG Insurance CompanyNAMIC Insurance Company, Inc.
Nationwide Indemnity CompanyNationwide Insurance
New Hampshire Insurance CompanyOhio Casualty Insurance Company
OneBeacon Professional Partners, Inc.Penn Millers Insurance Company
QBE Insurance CompanyResponse Insurance Company
Starr Adjustment Services, Inc.Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies
Truck Insurance ExchangeUnited Services Automobile Association (USAA)
Watford Specialty Insurance CompanyWestfield Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Affirmative Risk Management, Inc.Alabama Hospital Association Trust
American Home Products, Inc.Arctic Cat, Inc.
Baptist Health System, Inc.Birmingham/Jefferson County Transit Authority
Brookwood Medical CenterCoastal Insurance Enterprises, Inc.
Conair CorporationEmployers Drug Program Management, Inc.
Executive Risk Management AssociatesFrontier Trucking
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.J. H. Fletcher & Co.
Knight Transportation CompanyLaidlaw International, Inc.
Lennox International, Inc.Mine Safety Appliances Company
NaphCare, Inc.Performance Food Group
The Petroleum GroupQuest Diagnostics Incorporated
Robinson-Adams Insurance, Inc.UAB Professional Liability Trust Fund
Universal Adjusters, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
Robert D. Norman — (Deceased)
William C. Wood — (Retired)

Thomas A. Kendrick
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:tkendrick@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1982
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1985
Born:1960
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Kile T. Turner
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:kturner@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Transportation
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute (Trial Tactics Steering Committee, 2006-Present)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Vice Chair of Trial Tactics Committee, 2007-Present)
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of New Mexico, B.B.A., 1990
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1994
Born:1967
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Mark Peery Williams
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:mpwilliams@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Creditor Rights
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
Certifications:
  • Certified in Creditors Rights and Business Bankruptcy, American Board of Certification
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 1981
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1984
Law Review:
University of Alabama Law Review
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Chief vs. Bankruptcy, Judge, George S. Wright, 1985-1986
Born:1958
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Celeste P. Larson
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:clarson@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Transportation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1999
  • Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1994
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1998
Born:1972
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Matthew W. Robinett
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:mrobinett@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Transportation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1995
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1998
Born:1973
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James L. Pattillo
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:jpattillo@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Transportation
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Policy Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Furman University, B.A., 1997
  • University of Florida, M.A.M.C. (with distinction), 1999
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2002
Born:1974
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Holly S. Bell
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:hbell@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 2000
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2003
Born:1978
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William H. McKenzie, IV
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:whm@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Complex Business Litigation
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Defense Research Institute (Trial Tactics and Damages Committee)
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 2002
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2005
Born:1980
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W.M. Bains Fleming, III
Birmingham, AL
E-Mail:bfleming@nwkt.com
Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Mass Tort
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2008
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., 2003
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2007
Honors:
President, Cumberland School of Law, Class of 2007; Order of Barristers
Born:1980
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