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James Pratt

James  Pratt
Status: Emeritus
James Pratt, LLC
2916 Redmont Park Lane
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 370-6922

Prior to going to law school, Jim Pratt was a competitive college athlete and then an officer in the United States Army Armor Corps. These endeavors taught him the value of discipline, mental toughness and leadership. He has applied these values to the practice of law in order to obtain the best possible result for his clients. During his over 30 years of law practice, Mr. Pratt has handled jury trials in many different areas ranging from personal injury/wrongful death to complex commercial litigation. For example, in the early '80s, Mr. Pratt was co-lead counsel in Burgess v. Ford, which was the first successful air bag case brought in the United States - and was featured on both 60 Minutes and The Today Show. He also served as co-lead counsel in Edwards v. General Motors, which established the doctrine of crashworthiness; Beyer v. Beech, which was the first verdict against Beech Aircraft concerning the V-tail Bonanza; and McDonald v. Luxaire, which at that time was the largest wrongful death verdict in the history of the state. In 2009, Mr. Pratt served as lead Alabama counsel in a breach of fiduciary duty case brought on behalf of a federal bankruptcy trustee resulting in an eight-figure settlement which the federal bankruptcy judge described as the best result he had seen in his many years on the court. In 2010, Mr. Pratt was lead counsel in a seatbelt case in Arkansas resulting in a verdict of $19 million which is believed to be the largest verdict of its type for that particular theory of defect. Mr. Pratt became President of the Alabama State Bar in July 2011. At that time he was only the eighth plaintiff's lawyer to have served as President of the Alabama State Bar in its approximately 135 year history. During his presidency he established a liaison program with the State government which has been described as the only one of its type in the country. In fact, the program was so successful in helping bring resolution to legislative and other state government disputes that both houses of the Alabama Legislature honored Mr. Pratt for his service with unanimous resolutions.
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