Mr. Pruet’s practice focuses on commercial litigation for both corporate plaintiffs and defendants. In this area, he regularly handles disputes involving shareholder rights, corporate and trustee fiduciary duties, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, distributorship agreements, construction agreements, condemnations, and commercial leases and developments.
Mr. Pruet is well-schooled in the types of challenges generated by these types of cases, and he has years of experience navigating clients through matters ranging from massive document productions to preliminary injunctions to complex damage calculations. Mr. Pruet understands the balance of interests necessary to efficiently position a complex case for favorable resolution in or out of court.
Mr. Pruet has also had the privilege of representing banks and other financial services companies in hundreds of cases involving all manner of loan servicing and title disputes. In as much as these cases frequently involve non-performing assets, Mr. Pruet places a premium on reaching a prompt and favorable resolution, but when out-of-court resolutions are unattainable, he has a solid track record of obtaining trial court dismissals and then successfully defending them on appeal.
Outside of his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Pruet has developed a niche in his defense of some of our firm’s most demanding premises liability and dram shop matters. Mr. Pruet approaches these cases with the same uncompromising work ethic that has become the hallmark of his practice.
Since beginning his career at Lightfoot in 2000, Mr. Pruet has been fortunate to learn from some of the best trial lawyers in our country, and that experience prepared him to successfully try numerous cases both in court and in arbitration.
Mr. Pruet recognizes that in this day and age only the rare case goes to trial. Regardless of the matter at hand or its likelihood of reaching trial, Mr. Pruet’s goal is to empower his clients by providing them with candid and reliable advice.
Mr. Pruet has built his practice around a fundamental appreciation for his clients’ entitlement to receive real value for his services whether that value is found in the experience that he brings to bear in positioning a case for a favorable resolution or taking a case to trial.
- Obtained defense verdict in a zoning dispute that allowed a local developer to complete construction of 100,000 square foot mixed use shopping center.
- Successfully defended corporation’s attempt to enjoin its bondholders from seeking accelerated payments on more than $2 billion in debt.
- Obtained numerous injunctions enforcing non-competition agreements.
- Obtained summary judgment affirmed on appeal in commercial dispute involving eight figure damage claim asserted by contract manufacturer of computer circuit boards.
- Negotiated favorable settlement for major retailer in condemnation proceeding involving allegedly blighted property.
- Secured appellate relief in connection with numerous injunctions and discovery orders.
- Secured dismissal of trade secret claim asserted against defense industry contractor involving alleged transmission of protected information to overseas entities.
- Secured summary judgments for clients in dozens of loan servicing cases.
Mr. Pruet obtained his undergraduate degree in History from Davidson College in 1996 and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2000. While in law school, Mr. Pruet was named to the Order of the Coif, was selected as a Hugo Black Scholar, and was a member of the Alabama Law Review where he served as an Articles Editor.
Mr. Pruet is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Alabama State Bar, and the Birmingham Bar Association. Mr. Pruet is regularly recognized by Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation. In 2015, he was selected for membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Pruet is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Pruet is a proud husband and father of three children. He and his family are members of the Cathedral Church of the Advent.