About Us


For 40 years, Haskell Slaughter has provided sophisticated advice and aggressive representation to meet the needs of public companies, private businesses, state and local governments and individuals. From complex securities litigation to billion-dollar mergers, from business start-ups to personalized estate planning, from products liability lawsuits to innovative public financings, we have distinguished ourselves by broad expertise, responsive service and real-world solutions for a client base that demands the best.


Our Focus


Today's clients want lawyers with the experience and commitment to understand their goals and needs. At Haskell Slaughter, we take the time to listen to your plans and understand the challenges that you face. We are committed to providing the level of individualized service that you deserve. We understand that you have many choices when you need a law firm, and we are dedicated to showing you that we want to be your lawyers - lawyers with a focus on you, your company and the challenges that face you today.


Our Strengths


We offer you lawyers with backgrounds in business and government, lawyers who have been entrepreneurs and executives, lawyers whose legal and technical expertise is complemented by creativity and practical experience. Large enough to have the resources you need, we remain small enough to provide the personalized service and responsiveness you want. When the pressure is on, we're there with you. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.


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Appellate Practice

Whether you've won or lost in the trial court or arbitration proceeding, it's often not the end of the dispute. Many victories are challenged and have to be defended, while a loss need not be permanent. Disputes begun in a trial court or arbitration proceeding may move to another, much different and unique arena, the appellate courts. That's when you need an experienced team of appellate lawyers who have the skill to take your case to a higher court. At Haskell Slaughter, our lawyers have handled hundreds of appellate matters in the Alabama appellate courts, in federal Courts of Appeal located from coast to coast, as well as in the United States Supreme Court. Backed up by the knowledge and experience of a full-service firm, our appellate lawyers have the ability to handle any type of appeal. We know the law, we know the appellate process, and we know how to win.


So whether you're a business looking for appellate counsel, or an attorney with limited appellate experience simply needing some assistance, when the time comes to shift the focus of your case to an appellate court, you'll need the right team fighting on your behalf. Contact any of the lawyers listed under the link above to find out about why we're that team. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Banking & Financial Institutions

Today's economic climate presents banks and other financial institutions with special challenges, as well as significant opportunities. Our lawyers have represented holding companies, banks and thrifts in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast, and we have many years of experience, spanning several economic cycles, in representing financial institutions before state regulatory authorities, the FDIC, the OCC, the Federal Reserve and the OTS. In particular, our Atlanta office facilitates our representation of clients before the various federal regulatory agencies that have major regional offices there.


At Haskell Slaughter, our lawyers have represented banks, thrifts and holding companies large and small. Whether you're a community bank or a regional money center, we take the time to understand your business and work closely with you to help you reach your goals. Our lawyers' practice backgrounds enable us to work with you to develop creative legal solutions across a broad spectrum of corporate and regulatory matters. The following are just some of the areas where we offer financial institution clients informed advice and effective representation:

  • Administrative Enforcement Defense
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Stock Reclassification and Going Private
  • IPOs and Private Placements
  • Securities Law and Corporate Finance
  • De Novo Banks
  • Loan Documentation, Participation and Syndication
  • Creditors' Rights and Workouts
  • Corporate Governance and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Real Estate Disputes and Litigation


Find our more by contacting any of the lawyers on our banking and financial institutions team by contacting any of our financial institutions lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights

Everyone likes it when a plan works out. But in today's economic climate, sometimes the best-laid plans fall short, and it becomes necessary to protect your rights. At Haskell Slaughter, we provide practical solutions for both creditors and debtors in reorganization and restructuring situations, both inside and outside of bankruptcy court. Our lawyers are highly experienced in all types of business reorganizations, and have particular expertise in complex situations involving secured financings, bond defaults and bankruptcy-related litigation.


We recently helped a large public company restructure over $3 billion in defaulted bank credit facilities and publicly traded debt, and were called on to represent a consortium of self-insured hospitals in litigation involving insolvent excess insurers. We have served as debtor's counsel to a multi-site specialty healthcare provider, to a publicly traded interstate trucking company, to an international candy manufacturer, to a publicly traded transportation manufacturing company, and to a number of coal/energy producers. We have also served as creditors' committee counsel in the reorganization of an integrated poultry producer and a manufacturer of specialty waste removal products, and as counsel to retirees seeking to protect their plan benefits in a multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy. In addition, we have substantial experience in major asbestos-related bankruptcies. Our bankruptcy and reorganization lawyers combine their specialized skills with the industry and capital markets resources of a major business law firm to help bring you the solutions you need, whether you're a creditor seeking to maximize recovery or a business pursuing a restructuring.


Find out more about our practice in bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights by contacting any of our team listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Broker-Dealer Matters

There's more money in the markets than ever, and that means there's more at stake when things go wrong. At Haskell Slaughter, we understand the broker-dealer business, and we understand how to handle disputes that arise between brokers and customers. Our lawyers are experienced and effective in handling broker-dealer litigation and arbitration, and we're ready to put our experience to work for you. In addition to customer disputes, we have significant expertise in handling regulatory, enforcement and compliance issues that arise in the brokerage industry.


As well, we offer substantial experience in brokerage industry non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and a successful track record in both enforcing and defending claims arising under such agreements. We advise borker-dealers on compliance, regulatory, acquisition, financing, documentation, personnel, and risk-management issues. We believe there is no firm in Alabama with more experience in handling legal issues that arise in the brokerage industry, and we stand ready to help you meet the challenges that face you.


For more information about our services in the broker-dealer area, contact any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Commercial and Business Litigation

In today’s complex world, the stakes in business are higher than ever. And when the stakes are high, disputes are certain to arise. Whether you’re fighting to enforce your rights or defending against claims that could shut your business down, you need an experienced, aggressive team that puts your interests first.


At Haskell Slaughter, our business litigators have the breadth and depth of experience to take on any fight. Our lawyers represent clients in federal and state courts, arbitrations and mediations across the country, and we know what it takes to win. Whether you’re the plaintiff or the defendant, whether you’re a small business owner or a multinational corporation, we’ll fight by your side in all types of business and commercial disputes, from routine contract claims to bet-the-company battles.


Our team offers knowledgeable, experienced advocacy across the full spectrum of business disputes, including:

  • Antitrust and Business Torts
  • Banking and Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Cross-Border Disputes
  • Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use Litigation
  • Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation
  • RICO Claims
  • Trust and Fiduciary Litigation
  • Consumer and Business Fraud
  • Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
  • Insurance Coverage and Claims
  • Employment and Non-Competition Litigation
  • White-Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Federal and State Tax Litigation

When the bell rings, you need a team with the experience and skill to fight for you. Find out more about what we can do for you by contacting any of our business litigators listed under the link above. When it comes to commercial and business litigation, we’re not just lawyers. We’re your lawyers.

Corporate Law and Corporate Governance

From start-up to public company, from initial capitalization to sale, your business faces opportunities and challenges every day. You need lawyers who take those opportunities and challenges every bit as seriously as you do. At Haskell Slaughter, our lawyers can help you with experienced counsel and strategic solutions, whether you're starting your first business, raising new capital, coping with the regulatory maze or expanding into new territory. Our team combines detailed legal knowledge with practical experience, and we're ready to help you meet your needs and execute your plans. At the same time, our lawyers can help your business meet today's demands for improved corporate governance and corporate compliance. We take the time to understand your business and help you establish and implement the governance policies that work for you.


Set forth below are just a few of the areas where we can help you move your business forward:

  • Entity Selection and Corporate Formation
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Employment Policies
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and Governance Policies
  • Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
  • Capital Formation and Financing Transactions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Nonprofit Law
  • Restructurings


For more information about how Haskell Slaughter's corporate group can be a part of your business, contact any of our team listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Employment Law and Litigation

The most valuable assets of most businesses are the knowledge, experience and dedication of their employees. Yet, the employer-employee relationship is one of the most complex - and potentially most conflict-ridden - aspects of any business. At Haskell Slaughter, we can help you design employment policies and draft employment contracts that will reduce the risk of employee disputes and claims, and we can help you protect your interests if and when such disputes and claims arise. From employee handbooks to EEOC claims, from executive employment agreements to non-competition litigation, we have the experience to handle your employment law needs. The following are just a few of the areas where we can help:

  • Employment Policies and Handbooks
  • Non-Competition Litigation
  • Drug Screening and Background Checks
  • Executive Employment Contracts
  • Wrongful Discharge Claims
  • Employment Practices Litigation and EEOC Claims
  • Workers' Compensation Defense
  • Protection of Trade Secrets
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA Matters
  • Preventive Employment Counseling

When it comes to employment law issues, you need practical advice and aggressive representation. At Haskell Slaughter, we've got what it takes to meet those needs. Find out more by contacting any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Estate Planning

You've worked hard to get where you are. You want to make sure that what you've built up is passed on to your family, to make effective succession plans for your business, to ensure that your children are taken care of when you're not around to do it yourself. You've got plans for what you want to do with what you've built, and you need knowledgeable, real-world advice to make those plans come true.


At Haskell Slaughter, we offer the help you need, whether you're a small business owner planning for the next generation, a corporate executive trying to provide for your family's future needs, or a high-net-worth individual who wants to make charitable gifts in a tax-effective way. We work with your accountants and financial professionals to build the plan that's right for you (and we can help you find the professionals you need as well). Some of the areas where our estate planning team can provide what you need are set forth below:

  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Business Succession
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Funding for Educational Needs
  • Generation-Skipping Transfers
  • Family Partnerships
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Healthcare Advance Directives
  • Probate Matters

Building up an estate is only part of the process. To make sure that it lives on after you do, you need advice that's focused on your plans and your needs. Find out how Haskell Slaughter can help you by contacting any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

General Civil Litigation

No one likes a fight, but when the time to fight comes, you need a team on your side with the experience, creativity and skills to make sure your rights are protected. At Haskell Slaughter, our litigators know what it takes to get results for our clients, whether it's in front of a jury, in a mediation or arbitration, in a settlement negotiation or before the United States Supreme Court. With offices in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, we offer you the local knowledge you need and combine it with the large firm resources and nationwide experience that you want. That's why clients in Alabama and across the country turn to us when they need aggressive representation in civil litigation.


In addition to our practical expertise, we are committed to using the latest technology in representing your interests in litigation. We were the first firm in Alabama to file a fully developed online brief with links to streaming video deposition excerpts and digital document images. We offer state-of-the-art trial preparation and presentation software, and provide up-to-the-minute technological tools for our litigators and paralegals. When we go to court on your team, we combine old-school experience with cutting-edge technology systems to bring you outstanding representation.


Some of our particular areas of litigation expertise are described in more detail elsewhere on this site. The following is a representative listing of some of the types of matters where we've achieved success for our litigation clients:

  • Securities Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Tax Disputes
  • Antitrust and Business Torts
  • Banking and Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Broker-Dealer Arbitration
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Professional Liability
  • Public and Constitutional Litigation
  • Commercial and Business Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Construction and Engineering Liability
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability
  • Motor Carrier Litigation


When the time comes for a fight, make sure the right team is in your corner. Contact any of the lawyers listed under the link above to find out more about why we're that team. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Governmental Relations

Today's regulatory environment requires more than just good business sense. Business clients also need skilled representation that can help them work productively with the legislative bodies and regulatory agencies that profoundly affect their plans and operations.


At Haskell Slaughter, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide that representation. We have been actively involved in helping clients who are seeking economic incentives, tax abatements and infrastructure improvements to locate new businesses in Alabama or to expand their existing operations, and in working with public-private partnerships to find new ways to meet the needs of both business and local communities. We understand state and local government, and we stand ready to put our experience to work for you.


In addition, we are frequently engaged by both public and private clients to draft legislation and help steer it through the legislative process. With extensive knowledge of state constitutional and statutory law, we are also called upon to represent clients in litigation defending or challenging state statutes, regulations and constitutional provisions, from local trial courts through the United States Supreme Court. Our practice also includes representation of clients before administrative agencies and in administrative enforcement proceedings.


Our lawyers have served in the Alabama State Legislature, in state administrative positions, in the office of the Governor of Alabama and as staffers in the United States Senate. We have represented municipal and county governments and related entities, and we have been involved in some of the most significant public law litigation in Alabama. We know how the legislative and administrative process works, and we know how to help our clients work with it.


To find out more about how our governmental relations team can help you, contact any of our lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Insurance Law and Tort Litigation

There's no substitute for experience when tough insurance questions arise. That's why major insurance carriers, self-insured businesses and corporate and individual insureds turn to Haskell Slaughter when the stakes are high. Our insurance team has handled litigation involving almost every type of insured claim in courts in Alabama and across the country, and also regularly provides coverage advice on all types of claims as well as guidance on insurance regulations. Backed up by the knowledge and experience of a full-service firm, our insurance lawyers offer much more than just traditional insurance defense.


The scope of our insurance practice is broad. The following list illustrates just a few of the areas where we have the experience and expertise to meet your needs:

  • Fraud, Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability
  • Class Actions and Mass Torts
  • Punitive Damages
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Property and Casualty Claims
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Products Liability
  • Contractors' and Engineers' Liability
  • Motor Carrier Liability
  • Aviation Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Life and Health Insurance Claims
  • Employment Practices
  • Insurance Company Insolvency and Receiverships


When insurance issues arise, turn to the experts. Turn to Haskell Slaughter. To find out more about our insurance practice, contact any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

International Law

The world is getting smaller, but as your business expands internationally, your legal needs get bigger. At Haskell Slaughter, we understand that you want the resources to support your business needs, whether they're around the corner or across the globe.


We have experience in representing both Southeastern companies competing in the global marketplace and foreign businesses looking to expand in the United States. Whether it's getting you to the right sources for advice and representation overseas, or helping you with regulatory issues, litigation, securities law compliance, site acquisition or economic development incentives here in Alabama, we can help you bring your plans to fruition.


To bolster our strength internationally, we are the only Alabama member of TAGLaw, a worldwide network of law firms which brings the resources of 130 member firms in over 80 countries to your doorstep. In conjunction with one of our TAGLaw colleagues, we've developed innovative programs to help Alabama companies seeking to do business in China, and we've brought other TAGLaw members to the table to help clients with overseas distribution networks. Through this cooperative effort, we can provide you with the local advice you need, whether it's in one of our offices or through sister firms we know and trust.


Expanding your place in the global village? Find out how we can help by calling any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Mergers and Acquisitions

When it comes to business, everyone wants to make a deal. When a merger or acquisition is on your plate, you want to make sure the lawyers on your team know the art and the science of dealmaking. At Haskell Slaughter, we've represented buyers and sellers in transactions ranging from the sale of family-owned businesses to billion-dollar mergers. We have the skills and experience to take you from first offer to closing, and to guide you through all the twists and turns in between.


Our lawyers have handled merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions in a wide variety of industries, including banking, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, real estate, telecommunications and technology. Our clients have included public and private companies, investment firms and individual investors, and the deal sizes have ranged from the low six figures to well over a billion dollars. In addition to negotiating and documenting acquisition and divestiture transactions, we also have extensive experience in acquisition-related financings, including bridge loans, mezzanine financings and public and private offerings. Our clients also turn to us for tax, employee benefits and regulatory advice in connection with M&A transactions.


When you need transaction counsel that can help you navigate the business and legal pressure points involved in merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, you need lawyers that know the rules of the road. Find out how we can help you get your deal done by contacting any of our team listed under the link above. When it comes to M&A transactions, we're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Product Liability

Product liability claims are of growing concern for manufacturers, distributors and sellers. Damages awarded by juries have sky-rocked in recent years and in dangerous venues any case can turn into a "bet-the-company" nightmare for a product manufacturer. In such a climate, it is critical for a company to have experienced and aggressive attorneys to defend against any such claims. This is when the experience of the attorneys at Haskell Slaughter in defending product liability cases comes into play. The key to our success in defending claims is our knowledgeable team of attorneys and investigators who, within hours of receiving notification, can begin work when the need arises to obtain and preserve crucial evidence and testimony and take the necessary procedural steps to protect the company.


The members of Haskell Slaughter's product liability practice team bring together a wealth of experience representing a diverse array of product manufacturers and distributors. Additionally, each lawyer on the team has experience in many of the other litigation practice areas in which the firm concentrates. The extent of our experience is most evident in the courtroom, where our lawyers have a strong track record of winning cases. Our lawyers have tried numerous cases to juries with the considerable majority resulting in defense verdicts for our clients. The practice group members pride themselves on their extensive trial experience and, most importantly, superior results.


Each member of the product liability practice group strives to ensure that our clients receive an efficient and cost-effective approach to litigation. Haskell Slaughter's clients receive the attention of the firm's partners who are skilled and experienced, rather than the client absorbing the costs of training associates who are still learning the practice of law.


Our goal is to provide a coordinated and effective defense of the client and their products. When lawsuits are filed against our clients, we seek to find creative, efficient solutions that allow them to address legal issues either by resolution, if reasonable, or litigation, if necessary, and then get back to business. We are also aware that a client's product-related matters often involve sensitive issues and high stakes with regard to the client's ongoing reputation, so we work conscientiously to enhance their ability to defend their products and act proactively to avoid claims.


Our attorneys have the background and hands-on experience to provide the best possible defense before and during trial. To support our clients, we have available the latest in legal technology for courtroom preparation and presentations and a network of experts. Our experience spans the spectrum of product liability defense, from selection of expert witnesses, to pursuing dispositive motions, to taking cases to trial or, where necessary, pursuing an appeal.


Representative examples of the firm's experience in product liability litigation include:

  • Representation of an RV manufacturer involving a tire tread separation (paraplegic injury).
  • Representation of an RV manufacturer involving a hitch failure (double leg amputation).
  • Representation of an RV manufacturer involving camper rollover (arm amputation).
  • Representation of an RV manufacturer in a stability/rollover case resulting in death.
  • Representation of an RV manufacturer on a defect claim when the water tank of the RV fell on an individual while underneath the unit.
  • Representation of an RV manufacturer in a death case arising from an allegedly defective fold-out bed in the RV.
  • Representation of an RV manufacturer in carbon monoxide death case claiming a defective generator exhaust system.
  • Representation of gun manufacturer for death of a minor due to lack of a firing safety.
  • Representation of a high-pressure hose manufacturer in personal injury claims of workmen injured using a pressure washer.
  • Representation of a chainsaw manufacturer in suit claiming the saw lacked a kick-back protection device which resulted in severe leg injury.
  • Representation of a scaffolding company in suit claiming scaffold fell because of defects.
  • Representation of a furnace manufacturer in a double fatality carbon monoxide poisoning case claiming liability due to lack of a carbon monoxide sensor.
  • Representation of a furniture manufacturer in a double fatality fire claim claiming that a sofa was not sufficiently flame retardant.
  • Representation of a brake line manufacturer sued after a single line brake system failed.
  • Representation of a press punch manufacturer in a severe hand injury case claiming the punch was defective because a safety guard was missing.
  • Representation of the manufacturer of a sliding glass door where the plaintiff alleged the door lock failed, and as a result, an intruder entered her apartment and raped her.
  • Representation of a retrofit truck kit installer where an alleged defect caused a route truck to run over and kill an elderly woman.
  • Representation of a clothing manufacturer who sold children's pajama's which caught fire as a child played near a space heater badly burning the child.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of a sausage "scoring" machine that injured a Plaintiff in a missing guard case.

As these diverse product cases attest, the attorneys of Haskell Slaughter are uniquely qualified to handle product liability matters in the most critical cases when the highest level of expertise and experience are essential. Find out how we can help by contacting any of the lawyers listed under the link above.

Public Finance and Local Government Law

In 1973, Haskell Slaughter was formed on a foundation of providing sophisticated representation to governmental issuers and underwriters in public finance transactions. Today, we have established one of the preeminent public finance practice in Alabama, with a combination of expertise, innovation and client service that we believe is second to none. Our lawyers have served as bond counsel, issuer's counsel and underwriter's counsel for some of the largest public finance transactions in the Southeast. Our experience covers the full range of exempt and taxable offerings, including state and local general obligation and revenue financings, 501(c)(3) financings, infrastructure financings and financings for utility boards, local schools and universities and healthcare facilities, as well as related transactions such as interest rate swaps, credit enhancement facilities and refunding issues. With our established relationships with national and regional investment banking firms, we bring to the table the creativity and credibility that it takes to meet the demands of the capital markets.


As a natural outgrowth of our public finance practice, we also provide knowledgeable and experienced advice and representation on matters involving state constitutional law, tax law and industrial and economic development, among other key issues facing local government entities. We regularly serve as counsel to Montgomery County, Alabama, the Birmingham Industrial Development Board and the Montgomery Industrial Development Board, and are frequently called upon to represent other county and municipal governments and related bodies throughout the state of Alabama. In addition, we have been actively involved in organizing and establishing commercial development authorities, cooperative districts, health care authorities and other entities that play a substantial role in economic development and growth.


Put our creativity and experience in public finance and local government law to work for you by contacting any of the team members listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Real Estate Litigation and Land Use

When you're involved in a dispute over real estate issues, "the law of the land" takes on a whole new meaning. Whether you're a developer, a landowner, a title insurer, a real estate lender, a lessor or a lessee, the stakes are always high when real property interests are involved. You need the right team on your side.


At Haskell Slaughter, our lawyers have a strong track record in real estate-related litigation and land use issues. From commercial development to eminent domain matters, from title insurance to commercial lease disputes, from creditors' rights issues to zoning, we have the knowledge and experience to represent your interests. Our real estate litigation team has represented clients in negotiation, litigation and arbitration matters throughout Alabama. We know the law, and we know what it takes to win.


If you're involved in a real estate dispute, you don't have to stand your ground alone. To find out more about what our real estate litigation team can do for you, contact any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Real Estate Transactions and Commercial Finance

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

When it comes to real estate, Haskell Slaughter's team has the experience you need. Buying or selling, leasing or financing, we can handle real estate transactions from the simplest office lease to multistate acquisitions and dispositions of dozens of properties. Our lawyers have handled real estate transactions throughout the country, representing buyers and sellers, lessors and lessees, and real estate lenders. In addition, with our expertise in public finance and local government law, we have helped structure innovative commercial development transactions and assisted real estate clients in obtaining tax abatements and economic incentives. We know real estate from the ground up, and we're here to help you no matter what the size or nature of your transaction.

 

COMMERCIAL FINANCE

Our lawyers have extensive experience in representing both lenders and borrowers in all types of lending and leasing transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, syndicated credit facilities, REIT financings, asset-based financings, synthetic leases and acquisition financings. We have a particular focus on representing Southeastern community banks, but are also frequently called upon to serve as local counsel for major out-of-state lenders from across the country in transactions involving borrowers or collateral located in Alabama. We combine our expertise in local law and practice with our experience in complex transactions involving some of the nation's largest financial institutions to provide the service that's right for your needs, every time.


To find out more about our practice in real estate transactions and commercial finance, contact any of the team members listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Securities and Corporate Finance

For many businesses, the most crucial need is the ability to access the capital markets, whether through private placements, bank financing, public offerings or leasing transactions. Our lawyers have helped our clients raise the capital they need to grow and operate, from the most straightforward bank loans to the most innovative securities offerings. Real estate syndications, initial public offerings, syndicated credit facilities, PIPE transactions, asset-based financing - you name it, and our lawyers have probably helped clients make it happen.


At the same time, we have extensive experience in helping public company clients comply with the increasingly complex requirements for reporting, disclosure and governance that face them. As counsel to the largest independent investment banking firm in the Southeast, we have also served as underwriter's/placement agent's counsel for public and private transactions, and our securities litigation team is second to none in Alabama. We combine personalized service with broad experience to help our clients meet their securities law and corporate finance needs, including these:

  • Public Offerings
  • Private Placements
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Broker-Dealer Matters
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Bank Credit Facilities
  • Disclosure, Reporting and Investor Relations
  • Leasing Transactions
  • Asset-Based Financing
  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement


To find out what we can do for you in securities and corporate finance, contact any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Securities, Derivative and Class Action Litigation

When the money on the table is big, you need lawyers with the experience and depth to get big results. When it comes to complex litigation of all types, Haskell Slaughter fields a team that stands up against whatever challenges you face. Our lawyers have handled complex securities, derivative and class action cases all over the country, representing corporate defendants and individual director and officer defendants, as well as institutional investor plaintiffs. Our lawyers' backgrounds in both plaintiff and defense representation give us a unique perspective. Moreover, we combine the strategic and tactical skills of veteran litigators with the resources of a top-flight corporate team. No matter what the forum or what the claims, we know what it takes to win in complex business litigation.

That's why a major public retirement system turned to us to recover nine-figure losses on Enron and Worldcom securities, and why corporate clients have relied on us to defend them against multi-leveled stockholder, bondholder and derivative actions. From claims of financial fraud to directors' and officers' liability, we know how to fight, and we know how to win.


In addition, we have substantial experience in other types of class actions and complex litigation, including insurance class actions, mass torts, consumer fraud and aviation litigation. We know how to handle big cases on multiple fronts, and how to help our clients manage the fallout that comes with high-profile lawsuits. We try cases in state and federal courts, and in arbitration forums, coast to coast, and handle appeals at all levels.


When the case is bet-the-company, hedge your bet. Call any of our team listed above to find out what we can do to help you even up the odds. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.

Taxation and Tax Planning

Taxes. They're everywhere, and you need to know how they affect you and how you can use effective tax planning to minimize the burdens on you and your business. At Haskell Slaughter, we can help. Our lawyers know tax law, and they can guide you when you need it most.Our tax group regularly represents businesses and individuals in both tax planning and in taxpayer representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state and local taxing authorities. These are just a few of the areas where you can put our team to work for you:

  • Executive Compensation and Deferred Compensation Arrangements and ERISA Plans
  • Choice of Business Entity
  • Federal, State and Local Tax Planning
  • Tax-Exempt Financing and Nonprofit Law
  • Tax Controversies
  • Individual Tax Planning
  • Tax Planning for Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Partnership and LLC Taxation
  • Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions
  • IRS and State Revenue Department Rulings
  • Tax Incentives for Business
  • Property and Franchise Taxes


You can't get away from taxes, but you can learn how to deal with them in the ways most advantageous to you. Find out what we can do to help by contacting any of the lawyers listed under the link above. We're not just lawyers. We're your lawyers.