M. Christian King

M. Christian King



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  • B.A., Rhodes College, 1979 with distinction
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982


  • Alabama, 1982

Mr. King is one of the founding partners of the firm and its former managing partner. After practicing law for over thirty years, he remains passionate about solving his clients’ problems, whether through pre-lawsuit advice, negotiation, or trial.

Mr. King handles high stakes litigation, often involving derivative or class action allegations or significant punitive damages claims, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Much of his work is for Fortune 100 companies, including those in the financial services, manufacturing, and energy sectors, and he often works hand-in-hand with lawyers throughout the United States to address serial claims against his clients. He has handled high exposure cases throughout the Southeast, and has tried many of them to verdict for both plaintiffs and defendants.  In addition, Mr. King is often retained to handle post-trial motions and appeals in cases he did not try.  Through this work, he has gained extensive experience with the post-trial and appellate review of punitive damage awards and the limits imposed by the U.S. Constitution on such awards.  Mr. King has presented argument in the Alabama Supreme Court in numerous cases, including a number of seminal consumer fraud cases and the appeal of the largest judgment in Alabama history, and has also argued in several United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.  Mr. King is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at The University of Alabama School of Law, where he teaches a course on Appellate Advocacy each Fall semester.  He also lectures frequently at CLE events on class actions, punitive damages, appellate issues, and ethics.

Mr. King is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  He has been listed for many years in The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White, Inc., and most recently recognized in the 2018 edition in the Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, and Securities Litigation categories. In addition, he has been named as a “local litigation star” and 2018 “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation as well as a “notable practitioner” by Chambers and Partners. Mr. King has also been listed in the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers magazine from its inception, having been named as one of Alabama’s Top Fifty in the inaugural edition and Super Lawyers 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer.

Mr. King is the son of an outstanding Mississippi trial lawyer, is married to the daughter of an outstanding Alabama trial lawyer, and is the proud father of four sons.

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