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600 Financial Center
505 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 205-453-9800
Fax: 205-453-9801
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Established: 2009

Practice Areas
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Arson
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Banking
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction
  • Lender Liability
  • Business Development
  • Constitutional Law
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About Us
Hale Sides LLC recognizes that effective counsel and advocacy for our clients begins—first and foremost--- with clear and effective communication. We understand most clients are people first, who just happen to become clients. We also know that most people and clients have a low tolerance of ---and even less appreciation for--- "legalese" when talking with their lawyer. We know that because we are people, too, who just happened to become lawyers later. And, we also know that to communicate effectively, a lawyer has to be able to listen to his client, in order to understand the concerns or questions the client has, before the lawyer can analyze and advise an appropriate recommendation or suggest a viable plan of action.

We appreciate the rich diversity among people, and we have a healthy respect for the uniqueness of every client. We pride ourselves on never forgetting or overlooking that when we took the oath as an attorney, we first became licensed as counselors at law, in addition to being admitted as an officer of the court, with the right to appear before the bar and juries, in the event litigation is necessary to resolve a particular matter for a client. But, it is the role of counselor that has been often disregarded by mainstream legal practitioners, who have been all too quick to act as a litigator first, without ever offering the client appropriate counsel first. Our attorneys pride themselves on an extraordinary acumen as counselors at law, and bring to each engagement a multitude of reference points which enable them to communicate better with people, whether or not they become clients.

Much of our success and loyal client base devolves from treating each client with respect, and a genuine interest in learning much about the relevant history and interests of everyone we serve. A keen understanding of the person/client’s interests or corporate entity's philosophy is critical to forging those lasting and successful relationships, which endure based on mutual trust and respect.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Alabama Municipal Insurance CorporationChubb Group of Insurance Companies
Non-Insurance Clients
Houchens Food Group, Inc.HPS North America, Inc.
TMT America, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Equity Partners
Thomas S. Hale
Birmingham, AL and Fairhope, AL
  • Tennessee, 1983
  • Alabama, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American, Tennessee and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association
  • National Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1979
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1983
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Terry A. Sides
Birmingham, AL
  • Alabama, 1985
  • Tennessee, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American (Former Member, Federal Courts Committee, Judicial Administration Division-Lawyers Conference), Tennessee and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute (Governmental Liability Committee)
  • Master Bencher American Inn of Court
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 1982
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1985
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Richard D. Whitaker
Clinton Richardson

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