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2017 Morris Avenue, Suite 100
Birmingham, Alabama 35203Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 205-870-8611
Fax: 205-870-8688
E-Mail: sroberts@burgessroberts.com
www.burgessroberts.com
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Established: 2013

Practice Areas
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Automobile Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Breach of Contract
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Design Professionals
  • Dram Shop
  • Employer Liability
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor and Employment
  • Mass Tort
  • Mold Litigation
  • Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination
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About Us
Burgess Roberts LLC is a full service insurance defense law firm handling cases in all jurisdictions throughout the state of Alabama.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACE AgribusinessAmerican Mining Insurance Company
Automotive After Market FundCarolina Casualty Insurance Company
Catlin, Inc.Chubb Insurance Company
Cincinnati Insurance CompanyEmployers Insurance Company
Great West Casualty CompanyHarleysville Mutual Insurance Company
The Infinity GroupInsureMax Insurance Company
Key Risk Insurance CompanyLife Insurance Company of Georgia
Meadowbrook Insurance GroupOld Republic Life Insurance Company
Preferred Employers Insurance CompanyProtective Insurance Company
Safeco InsuranceSagamore Insurance Company
Sentry Insurance a Mutual CompanySt. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company
Travelers InsuranceXL Group
Insurance Guaranty Fund Clients
Alabama Insurance Guaranty AssociationArkansas Guaranty Association
Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund
Representative Clients
AccuStaff, Inc.Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Air Wisconsin Airlines CompanyAlabama Retail Association
Burlington Coat FactoryCVS Pharmacy, Inc.
Dean FoodsHatch Mott MacDonald
Lowe's Companies, Inc.Magna International
Michaels Stores, Inc.Midwest Logistic Systems
PJ United, Inc.RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.
Randstad Temporary Employment ServicesRussell Corporation
Square D CompanyTaft Coal
Temp Force, Inc.Transport South, Inc.
TravelCenters of America, LLCTrinity Industries, Inc.
Warrior Tractor & Equipment Company
Third Party Administrators
Crawford & CompanyCustard Insurance Adjusters, Inc.
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.Insurance Claims Management, Inc.
Insurance Servicing & Adjusting CompanyITT Specialty Risk Services, Inc.
Millennium Risk Managers, LLCNorth American Risk Services
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.State Claims Adjusters
York Risk Services Group, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Members
Tom Burgess
Birmingham, AL
Telephone:205-278-8617
E-Mail:tburgess@burgessroberts.com
Practice Areas
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Automobile Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Business Litigation
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract Disputes
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Design Professionals
  • Dram Shop
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Mold Litigation
  • Pharmacy Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Tort Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Tom is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Alabama (B.A. '70) and his law degree from Birmingham School of Law (J.D.'80). Tom is admitted to practice in all Alabama State and Federal District Courts, the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Birmingham, Alabama, and American Bar Associations, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and Defense Research Institute. Tom holds the prestigious "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Throughout his career, Tom has held special interest in handling all aspects of tort, contract and insurance litigation with emphasis on defense of Professionals, insurance and real estate agents, fraud, bad faith and insurance coverage litigation of all kinds, including emphasis on workers' compensation litigation, construction defense and architects and engineers malpractice. Tom has successfully represented clients in dozens of "first impression" cases in the Alabama and federal appellate courts. For many years, he has served as a faculty Professor at Birmingham School of Law teaching Tort Litigation. He frequently lectures throughout the State on a wide range of topics and defense strategies, including lectures to claims professionals on insurance coverage and bad faith/fraud litigation.
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1970
  • Birmingham School of Law, J.D., 1980
Born:1948
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Scott M. Roberts
Birmingham, AL
Telephone:205-795-3527
E-Mail:sroberts@burgessroberts.com
Practice Areas
  • Automobile Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Business Litigation
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Transportation Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Dram Shop
  • Employer Liability
  • Employment Litigation
  • Fraud
  • Litigation Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Premise Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Retail and Restaurant Defense
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Tort Claims Defense
  • Trial Practice
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Alabama, 1990
  • Tennessee, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2006
Scott is a native of Clearwater, Florida but he has lived in Alabama for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1990. Scott is admitted to practice in all Alabama State and Federal District Courts and the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scott is a member of the Birmingham, Alabama, and Tennessee Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, Trucking Lawyers Association, Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Self-Insurers Association and the Alabama Workers' Compensation Organization.

Scott holds the prestigious "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers Publication and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • Alabama Workers' Compensation Claims Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1987
  • The University of Alabama, J.D., 1990
Born:1965
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Associates
J. Kerry Burgess
Birmingham, AL
Telephone:205-278-8629
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Automobile Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Design Professionals
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Employment Litigation
  • Engineers
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Homeowners
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Mold Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Retail and Restaurant Defense
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Tort Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
J. Kerry Burgess is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Kerry received his secondary education at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, majoring in classical guitar performance. He earned his undergraduate degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (B.M. '94) majoring in classical music performance. He has performed in various venues in several states, studied with world renowned artists and he has placed in state and national competitions.

Kerry has extensive experience in human resources and managing business operations. Prior to attending law school, he worked for seven years as an executive manager of a major business in Birmingham in the hotel industry. Kerry also has experience in public speaking and teaching, including serving as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Kerry attended Birmingham School of Law (J.D. '06). He won the award for Excellence in Negotiation and Counseling, the award for Outstanding Trial Advocate and was twice chosen by the Law School's Trial Advocacy Committee to compete in the National Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Competition.

Kerry's areas of practice include general insurance defense litigation, engineer and architect liability, business litigation, municipal liability, construction defense and products liability. Kerry is admitted to practice in all Alabama courts including the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is an active member in numerous legal industry groups including the Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Young Lawyers Division of the Alabama Bar, American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Memberships:
  • American and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music, B.M., 1994
  • Birmingham School of Law, J.D., 2006
Born:1972
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Amanda L. Mink
Birmingham, AL
Telephone:205-795-3541
E-Mail:amink@burgessroberts.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Automobile Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • Samford University, B.S., 2001
  • Samford University, J.D. (Dean's List), 2008
Born:1977
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Scott Holmes
Birmingham, AL
Telephone:205-795-3538
Practice Areas
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Automobile Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Employment Law
  • General Defense Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Tort Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2004
  • Mississippi, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2005
Scott practices exclusively in civil litigation. While successful resolutions may come in many forms (including negotiated or mediated settlement), when the other side is unreasonable, Scott relishes the opportunity to try a case to verdict. His ability and dedication to his clients has been recognized by his peers:
AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
2014 Super Lawyers “Alabama Rising Star”
2011 Birmingham Magazine “Top Attorney - Insurance”
2009 Birmingham Magazine “Top Attorney - Rising Star”
Scott has been admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in both Alabama and Mississippi.
LEGAL EDUCATION
Scott graduated with Honors from the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, Scott is proud to have been recognized as a Hugo Black Scholar which was named for the State of Alabama’s most accomplished jurist. Other law school honors include:
Senior editor of the Alabama Law Review
Assistant Prosecutor for the UA Honor Court
Vice-President of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
Lieutenant Governor for the American Bar Association's Fifth Circuit
Member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (cum laude), 1997
  • Troy University, M.A. (summa cum laude), 2001
  • The University of Alabama, J.D. (cum laude), 2004
Born:1975
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Robert A. Hornbuckle
Birmingham, AL
Telephone:205-870-8611
Years of Experience:8
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Robert A. Hornbuckle is an experienced defense attorney having represented clients concerning workers' compensation, employment law, transportation law, products liability, premises liability, and general liability. He attended the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 2009. In 2008, he interned for the National Labor Relations Board.
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 2006
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2009
Born:1983
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