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JAMES W. PORTER, II


JAMES W. PORTER, II - Admitted to the Alabama Bar, 1974. Education: University of Alabama (B.A. 1971); Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (J.D. 1974). After serving a two-year clerkship under Honorable Virgil Pittman, the presiding Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-1977), Mr. Porter became an associate in the firm of Bishop, Sweeney and Colvin, where his responsibilities included handling matters for the Jefferson County Board of Education and an extensive practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Alabama Public Service Commission. In 1979, he formed a partnership with Irvine Porter which became the present firm in 1985. Mr. Porter specializes in the representation of public entities with emphasis in defending civil rights tort claims. Mr. Porter presently serves as the Trial Counsel to Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation, which insures over 450 public entities in Alabama. He staffs an 800 number for League members to call for purposes of consultation on employment practices and personnel issues. Other areas of expertise include the defense of products liability claims with emphasis on firearms litigation. Mr. Porter serves as Supervisory Counsel and Trial Counsel to various firearms manufacturers for claims brought both in Alabama, as well as other Southeastern jurisdictions. Among clients he has represented are Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.; International Armament Corporation; Carl Walther Waffenfabrik, GmBH; STAR Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A.; Amadeo Rossi, S.A.; Smith & Wesson.

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Mr. Porter has successfully defended cases at the trial level in both State and Federal Courts and has successfully argued numerous cases at the Appellate level before the State of Alabama Supreme Court, as well as the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Porter has prepared pleadings and briefs for numerous cases that have gone before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Porter was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General by the Governor and by the Attorney General of Alabama and presently serves in that capacity for purposes of representing the State of Alabama as requested.
Mr. Porter has lectured extensively to professional groups and citizen groups on Civil Rights Litigation, Civil Liberties, Firearms Litigation, Employment Practices, Alabama Public Entity Law and the U.S. Constitution.
Professional Memberships: Defense Research Institute; American Bar Association
(Member Tort and Insurance Practice Section; Member Litigation Section); Alabama State Bar,
(Chairman Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1990-1991, present member; Judicial Liaison Task Force) Birmingham Bar Association (Unauthorized Practice of Law); Alabama League of Municipalities; International Municipal Lawyer's Association (formerly the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers; 1987-1988 Chairman of Municipal and Official Liability

Insurance Committee; Member of Trial and Appellate Practice Committee 1988-1989, Member of Tort Liability of Local Governments and Officials Committee, and Mr. Porter was recognized as a Local Government Fellow in 2007); Association of Transportation Practitioners.
Other Organizations: National Rifle Association of America, President 2013-2015; Member Executive Committee; Chairman Legal Affairs Committee, Chair and Member; Firearms Industry Relations Task Force; Chairman, Vice Chair and Member, Finance Committee; Chairman Hearings Committee; Member Ways and Means Committee; Trustee, NRA Legal Defense Fund; Trustee, NRA Special Contribution Fund; Founding and Present Trustee and President of NRA Foundation; Chairman, American Firearms and Shooting Foundation; Alabama Rifle and Pistol Association (Vice President and Legislative Liaison); New York State Rifle and Pistol Association; California Rifle and Pistol Association; Rotary Club of Birmingham; Birmingham Chamber of Commerce; President and named President Emeritus Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Board of Trustees; Men's Committee, The Discovery Place Museum; Mens Committee, Junior League of Birmingham; Men's Committee, Ball of Roses; Monday Morning Quarterback Club; University of Alabama First and Ten Club; Alabama Handicapped Sportsmen Association (Founding Member, Board of Directors); Beaux Arts Krewe; The Club

(Board of Governors and Legal Counsel); Mt. Brook Club; Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Beta Chapter); Member, General Society of Colonial Wars (Alabama past Governor); General Society, Sons of the Revolution; Society of the Revolution in the State of Alabama; Jamestown Society; Order of First Families of Virginia; Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors; St. Andrews Society of the Middle South; Huguenot Society of America; Society of the Cincinnati; State of Alabama Governor's Conservation Advisory Board (2001-2007). State of Alabama Trust Fund (1997-1998); Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust (1999-2005 and 2010-2016); Rated AV­Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory; Listed Best's Directory, Insurance Lawyers.
Special Honor: Knight Grand Officer, International Order of Saint Hubertus (knighted by His Imperial Highness Archduke Andreas-Salvador von Habsburg-Lothringen, K.G.O., Grand Master of The International Order of St. Hubertus).

David S. Hassinger


David S. Hassinger - Mr. Hassinger was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 29, 1949, and except time away from home at school, he has lived in Birmingham all of his life. Admitted to the Alabama Bar, 1975. Education: Graduated from University of Alabama (B.S. 1972);attended Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (J.D. 1975) Birmingham, Alabama. Currently admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama and the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hassinger has an "AV" rating in Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Hassinger has practiced defense law, insurance law and insurance defense litigation with specialties in products liability law and workman's compensation defense. Court litigation includes all types of products liability claims with emphasis on fire arms and fire arms defense litigation. Other litigation includes all types of tort litigation from simple slip and fall cases to defense of multi­defendant death cases. Mr. Hassinger has also practiced municipal litigation, and has successfully defended §42 U.S.C.1983 cases at the trial level and in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Hassinger practices extensively in the workman's compensation area and has won numerous cases at the trial court and the Supreme Court level. Mr. Hassinger is considered an expert in this area and has lectured widely on workman's compensation. He has been requested on numerous occasions to lecture employees of his clients on workman's compensation issues and employment practices. Mr. Hassinger provides workman's compensation defense for national clients, local municipalities, and insurance companies.

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Representative clients would include the Travelers Group, Aetna Life & Casualty, St. Paul Insurance Company, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, the Alabama Municipal Workman's Compensation Fund, Inc., Smith & Wesson, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Millennium Risk Managers.

AWARDS, HONORS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES: Currently a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, American Bar Association. He has served as a Member of the Governor's Commission on Prison Reform and Birmingham Bar Association Grievance Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Traveler's Aid Society; Board of Directors of Jefferson County Wildlife Association; Young Executive Board of Central Bank (Compass); Mr. Hassinger was on the Board of Directors of The Club, Inc. For 20 years and also served as its President; Junior Board of the Downtown Club; Member of Mountain Brook Planning Commission; Board of Directors of Rex Lake Sportsman's Club; Secretary of Rex Lake Sportsman's Club; Chairman of the Birmingham Bar Association Mentor's program. Mr. Hassinger has also been recognized in The Marquis Who's Who Publications Board, Who's Who in American Law. Mr. Hassinger was named as one of Birmingham's Top Laws by B-Metro Magazine.

Karen Berhow Southard


Karen Berhow Southard joined the firm of Porter, Porter & Hassinger, P.C. in 2003, and has been practicing in the areas of workers' compensation defense, personal injury defense, and insurance defense litigation with the firm for over fourteen years, specializing in representing employers. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in 2000, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in English and Political Science. While in undergraduate school, she was the Scholarship Chair for Zeta Tau Alpha, and was a member of numerous honor societies, including being inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa. She attended law school at the University of Alabama, graduating cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 2003. While attending law school, she was a senior editor for the Journal of the Legal Profession, and a member of the Farrah Law Society.

Ms. Berhow became licensed to practice law in 2003 in the State of Alabama, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama. She is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association, and the Alabama State Bar Association, where she is a member of the Workers' Compensation Section and Women's Section. She is also an active member of the Birmingham Bar Association, where she serves on the Medical Liaison Committee, and is a member of the Workers' Compensation Section and Women's Section.

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During her practice with Porter, Porter & Hassinger, Ms. Berhow has represented numerous clients, from small to large corporations, as well as numerous municipalities. Representative clients include Asplundh Tree Expert Co.; Burford's Tree, Inc.; Utility Lines Construction Services, Inc.; Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; Millennium Risk Managers, LLC; Travelers Insurance; the City of Bessemer; and Judson College. Ms. Berhow has successfully defended clients at the trial court level, and has obtained numerous summary judgments on behalf of clients in both tort and workers' compensation cases. Ms. Berhow has also handled appeals to both the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court, and has obtained successful rulings from both appellate courts.
Ms. Berhow has recently become more active in health care law issues, and currently serves as the President of the Women's Leadership Council for the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ms. Berhow also frequently speaks at workers' compensation and tort conferences, with expertise in topics ranging from settlement negotiation tactics, workers' compensation trial and settlement matters, and ethics. She also frequently advises clients, as well as provides lectures and written materials to both clients and fellow attorneys, on legal issues involving Medicare and the continually evolving practice of using Medicare Set-Asides in workers' compensation and tort cases.

In the community, Ms. Berhow not only serves as President of the Neurosurgery Women's Leadership Council, but she also volunteers as head of committees at her daughter's school, and is a member of Church of the Highlands. She loves spending time with her husband, Jon, and five year old daughter, Kate.
Ms. Berhow is an AV ® Preeminent TM rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell. She can be contacted via telephone at {205) 322-1744, or via email at kberhow@pphlaw.net.

HOBART H. ARNOLD, III


HOBART H. ARNOLD, III - Admitted to the Alabama Bar, 2003. In addition to being admitted to practice in all Courts in the State of Alabama, Mr. Arnold is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, as well as the Eleventh Circuit. Education: Auburn University (B.S. 1994); University of Alabama School of Law (J.D. 2003). Mr. Arnold has an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

In 2003, Mr. Arnold became an associate in a small general practice firm where he handled a variety of matters, including various civil, domestic relations and probate matters. In 2008, he joined Porter, Porter and Hassinger, P.C., as an associate, where his practice has been focused primarily on civil litigation, particularly in the areas of workers' compensation and general liability, on the defense side. Among clients he has represented are Millennium Risk Managers, LLC; Asplundh Tree Expert Co.; Burford's Tree, Inc.; Utility Lines Construction Services; Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; and Liberty Mutual.

Mr. Arnold has successfully defended his clients at the trial level. Of cases that he has tried to a conclusion, he has received a number of defense verdicts on behalf of his clients. He has also obtained a recent summary judgment in favor of an employer in a workers' compensation case. Mr. Arnold has also prepared briefs at the Appellate level before the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.

Mr. Arnold is an active member of the Birmingham Bar Association, particularly in the Workers' Compensation and Probate Sections. In the community, Mr. Arnold has served on the Board of Directors for Oak Mountain Youth Baseball and Softball, and serves in his church's prison ministry.

Richard Warren Kinney. III


Richard Warren Kinney. III. Warren received his J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in 2005, and received an M.S. in Environmental Management from Samford in 2005 also. He graduated with an B.A. in Sociology in 1999 from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.

The majority of Warren's practice is devoted to representing municipalities and other local governmental entities in civil litigation regarding matters ranging from personal injury actions to novel theories of alleged violations of the U.S. Constitution. He also frequently represents employers and companies, both local and multinational, in defending lawsuits involving claims of employment discrimination, negligence and products liability. Among some of his most recent significant achievements, Warren obtained a defense verdict in a civil rights case brought in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama alleging excessive force by a Chief of Police in effecting an arrest, and summary judgment in favor of an employer in a lawsuit alleging discrimination in violation of Title VII. Warren is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama, as well as the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jeffrey W. Speegle


Jeffrey W. Speegle (J.) joined Porter, Porter, and Hassinger, P.C., in January of 2016, and his primary practice focuses on representation of municipalities and municipal employees across the State of Alabama. His practice areas cover a diverse array of legal issues, including cases involving claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, premises liability, personal injury, and property damage. Recently, J. secured summary judgment in Alabama’s Northern District for both a municipality and an individual police officer facing claims arising under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

J. received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in May 2015. While attending law school, he served as an editor of the Law and Psychology Review, as well as played in a legally themed cover band. Prior to attending law school, J. also received a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Psychology, summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2012. J. is admitted to practice in the State of Alabama, United Stated District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.