A native of Montgomery, Jeff began his legal career by clerking for the Hon. James H. Hancock and the Hon. R. David Proctor, both of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Jeff graduated magna cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. There, he earned the top grade in sixteen classes and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cumberland Law Review. Before law school, Jeff graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a degree in accounting.
Despite the “vanishing trial” phenomenon, Jeff has been privileged to try a number of complex cases before juries and judges, including, for example, (1) a civil rights trial concerning an allegedly excessive use of force; (2) a trial resolving disputed property claims and allegations of fraud; (3) a criminal prosecution against the former CFO of a specialty pharmacy accused of various healthcare offenses; (4) a criminal prosecution against a former federal employee accused of theft of government property; (5) a wrongful death trial involving products liability claims against an automobile manufacturer; and (6) a trial resolving whether an insured committed fraud in procuring millions of dollars of coverage in death benefits. Since joining the firm, Jeff has developed a broad-range practice, with a focus on trial advocacy and with specializations in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.
White Collar Criminal Defense: Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Alabama Super Lawyers in the area of white collar criminal defense, Jeff has defended businesses and individuals in connection with grand jury investigations, administrative enforcement proceedings, and criminal prosecutions at the trial and appellate levels. He has represented individuals who have been accused of a variety of offenses, including mail and wire fraud; honest services fraud; obstruction of justice; securities fraud; theft of government property; interstate transportation of stolen goods; money laundering; banking offenses; healthcare fraud; and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute. Jeff has defended clients against an array of investigating and prosecutorial authorities, including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in six different judicial districts; the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section; the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; the Federal Reserve System; the Alabama Attorney General’s Office; the Alabama Securities Commission; the Alabama State Banking Department; and the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy.
Internal Investigations: On behalf of publicly-traded companies, Jeff regularly performs investigations stemming from internal complaints by employees and whistleblowers, regulatory inquiries, and self-reporting requirements. In that capacity, he has been involved with the planning, execution, and conclusion of large-scale investigations and the development of prospective recommendations for management, audit committees, and boards of directors based on the investigations’ findings. In terms of subject matter, Jeff’s investigations have addressed diverse issues, including accounting procedures, trade secrets, securities laws, state-law fiduciary duties and associated conflicts of interest, and compliance concerns under the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement.
Complex Civil Litigation: Jeff also represents businesses and individuals in civil matters, ranging from class actions to insurance coverage disputes to contested bankruptcy proceedings. He has successfully advocated for (1) the exclusion of adverse parties’ experts in complex products liability cases, including wrongful death cases; (2) the dismissal of claims under a variety of state and federal laws, including the FHA, Title VII, the ADA, the FCRA, the FDCPA, TILA, and RICO; and (3) summary judgment on state-law claims, including breach of contract, fraud, and bad faith. In addition to trial-related work, Jeff routinely serves as appellate counsel. As appellate counsel – pre-trial, at trial, and post-verdict – Jeff assists trial counsel with developing overarching legal strategies, drafts and argues dispositive motions and briefs before trial and appellate courts, and ensures that issues are properly and fully preserved for appellate review.
NEWS about Jeffrey
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