Harlan I. Prater, IV

Harlan I. Prater, IV



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  • A.B., Duke University, 1983 magna cum laude
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1987 with honors


  • Alabama, 1987

An honors graduate of Duke University (magna cum laude) and Duke University School of Law (with honors), Mr. Prater’s twenty-six year law practice has been devoted to all types of high-stakes civil trial work. Focusing on product liability and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, Mr. Prater also has extensive experience in business litigation, including consumer fraud, antitrust, and patent cases, and environmental litigation. In the past few years, Mr. Prater has obtained jury verdicts for defendant product manufacturers in multi-million dollar cases in all parts of the state, including the first verdict rendered in favor of a defendant product manufacturer in Lowndes County in over a decade. He also was trial counsel in an environmental contamination case filed by thousands of plaintiffs that tried for over nineteen months – – the largest and longest-running trial in Alabama history.  More recently, Mr. Prater represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a highly-publicized trial where the State of Alabama alleged Medicaid fraud, a case that the Alabama Supreme Court reversed and rendered for Mr. Prater’s client.

Mr. Prater is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers,   the American Bar Foundation, and the Alabama Law Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers . Mr. Prater has served as national counsel for various product manufacturers, and he is one of fifteen Alabama lawyers selected as members of the Product Liability Advisory Council. Mr. Prater also is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his personal injury and environmental litigation work, and he has been included among the Top 50 lawyers in Alabama Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Prater has served on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association, and he has chaired a Grievance Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. At the state level, he has chaired an Alabama State Bar task force which recommended revisions to the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct and the Alabama Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. Those revised rules recently were adopted by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Married for twenty-three years and the father of two teenage girls, Mr. Prater serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Birmingham YMCA, and he also serves on the Board of Trustees of both Canterbury United Methodist Church and the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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