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Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C.

425 South Perry Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 116, Montgomery, AL 36101-0116

Established: 1924

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Aviation
  • Business Law
  • Casualty
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Discrimination
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Law Enforcement Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Surety
  • Transportation
  • Trial Practice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Coverage Opinions and Litigation

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About Us

Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. was founded in 1924 by Thomas B. Hill, Jr. who was later joined by William Inge Hill, James Stovall and James J. Carter to form the firm, Hill, Hill, Stovall & Carter. The present firm evolved from growth and diversification primarily in the fields of litigation, business, taxation and estates and real estate. Various members have served as presidents of the Alabama State Bar Association, bar commissioners, and interim appellate and trial court judicial appointments. The firm is a proud member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

The firm has emphasized diversification and specialization in all fields. Its business section includes practice in federal, state and local taxation, estate planning, banking, probate, bankruptcy, employee benefits, construction, real estate and corporate work.

The litigation section practices in all fields of general litigation including insurance defense, product liability, professional liability, aviation, municipal defense, civil rights, construction, commercial, corporate litigation and employment law.

Although the size of the firm and complexity of practice have increased over the years, its objectives have remained unchanged. These objectives are predicated to legal excellence, integrity and welfare of clients.

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Additional Locations

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • 31 Inverness Center Parkway, Suite 120
  • Birmingham, Alabama 35242
    • Telephone: 205-271-1780
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • 11902 Brinley Avenue, Suite 201
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40243
    • Telephone: 502-815-3180
  • Fairhope, Alabama
  • 23210 US Highway 98, Suite D-4
  • Fairhope, Alabama 36532
    • Telephone: 251-270-7217

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Lead Counsel for

  • Housing Authority of the City of Montgomery

    Non-Insurance Clients

    • Absolute Amusement
    • Alabama Association of School Boards
    • Alabama Gas Corporation
    • Alabama League of Municipalities
    • Ambassador Personnel
    • American Gaming Systems, LLC
    • Autauga County Board of Education
    • Big Lots Stores, Inc.
    • Capitol Adjustment Company, Inc.
    • Construction Materials, Inc.
    • Crawford & Company
    • Cummins Engine Company, Inc.
    • Diamond Games
    • Elmore County Board of Education
    • Elwood Staffing
    • Fountainbleau Management Services, LLC
    • GAB Robins North America, Inc.
    • General Telephone Company of the South
    • Genpak, LLC
    • Globe Metallurgical, Inc.
    • Greenetrack, Inc.
    • Hartselle City Board of Education
    • Innisfree Hotels
    • Insurance Servicing & Adjusting Company
    • Jefferson County Racing Association
    • JLT Insurance Services Company
    • KM Administrative Services
    • Lancer Claims Services, Inc.
    • Lion Outsourcing Management LLC
    • Macon County Greyhound Park
    • Marinco, Inc.
    • The Merchants Company
    • Montgomery County Board of Education
    • RoyOMartin Lumber Company, Inc.
    • St. James School
    • Target Promotions, Inc.
    • Troy City Board of Education
    • Video Gaming Technologies
    • Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

    Third Party Administrators

    • Alabama Risk Management for Schools
    • Associated Claims Administrators, Inc.
    • Business Insurance Group, LLC
    • Construction Claims Management
    • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
    • North American Risk Services
    • Sedgwick Group
    • Sheffield Risk Management
    • Strategic Comp
    • York Risk Services Group, Inc.

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    Personnel Information

    Firm Members


    Jesse K. Anderson

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Complex Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance Defense
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2011
    • Tennessee, 2011
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • American Inns of Court
    Education:
    • Auburn University, B.A. Economics, 2004
    • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 2011

    Born: 1980


    James E. Beck III

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Litigation
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Business Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2009
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar (Volunteer Lawyers Program)
    • Montgomery County Bar Association (Pro Bono Clinic)
    • American Inns of Court (Hugh Maddox Chapter)
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • Sewanee, The University of the South, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2006
    • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2009

    Born: 1983


    Alicia F. Bennett

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Education Law
    • Governmental Entity Defense
    • Insurance Defense
    • Labor and Employment
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1996
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    Memberships:
    • American and Shelby County (President, 2005; Vice-President, 2004; Secretary, 2003; Treasurer, 2001, 2002)
    • Alabama State Bar (Disciplinary Hearing Officer Bar Commissioner (2005-present)
    • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys
    Education:
    • Birmingham-Southern College, B.A., 1992
    • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1996

    Robert W. Bradford, Jr.

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Aviation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Insurance Law
    • Insurance Litigation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1975
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Alabama Super Lawyer (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)

    Memberships:
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    Publications:
    • Editorial Board, The Alabama Lawyers
    Education:
    • David Lipscomb College, B.A., 1972
    • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1975
    Law Review:
    Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1975
    Military:
    United States Navy [1966-1970]

    Born: 1944


    Elizabeth Brannen Carter

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Employment Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Business Litigation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1994
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • Defense Research Institute - The Voice of Defense Bar
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • Troy State University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1991
    • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1994

    Born: 1970


    Shawn Junkins Cole

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Insurance Defense
    • Insurance Litigation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Assistant Attorney General (1993-1995)

    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Alabama Workers' Compensation Defense Lawyers Association
    • Alabama Workers' Compensation Organization (AWCO)
    • Inn of Courts Hugh Maddox Chapter
    • Alabama Trucking Association
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1990
    • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1993

    Born: 1967


    Brad A. Everhardt

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Defense
    • Business Law
    • Governmental Entity Defense
    • Commercial Law
    • Complex Litigation
    • Commercial Real Estate Law
    • Estate and Tax Planning
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • Ohio, 2001
    • Indiana, 2001
    • Michigan, 2002
    • Alabama, 2015
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Adjunct Member of Graduate Faculty, University of Toledo

    Education:
    • Bowling Green State University, B.A., 1998
    • University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., 2000
    Law Review:
    Technical Editor, University of Toledo Law Review

    Born: 1973


    E. Dianne Gamble

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Education Law
    • Governmental Entity Defense
    • Insurance Defense
    • Labor and Employment
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2002
    • Mississippi, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama, 2002
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 2003
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • The Mississippi Bar
    • Shelby County Bar Association (President, 2014)
    • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys
    • National School Board Association
    • National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
    • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    Education:
    • University of Southern Mississippi, B.A., 1996
    • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2001

    Dana B. Hill

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Education Law
    • Governmental Entity Defense
    • Insurance Defense
    • Labor and Employment
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2000
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Shelby County and Magic City Bar Associations
    • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys (Board of Directors, 2011-2013)
    • National School Board Association (Council of School Attorneys)
    Education:
    • Alabama State University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1997
    • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2000

    Felicia Long

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Civil Litigation
    • Insurance Defense
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Complex Litigation
    • Construction Litigation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association (Board of Directors)
    • American Inns of Cour t(Hugh Maddox Chapter)
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • Auburn University, B.A., 2000
    • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D., 2003

    Born: 1978


    Randall Morgan

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Litigation
    • Civil Rights
    • Municipal Law
    • Product Liability
    • Professional Liability
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1974
    Education:
    • Auburn University, B.A., 1971
    • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1974

    Born: 1949


    James R. Seale

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Construction Law
    • Employment Law
    • School Law
    • Civil Litigation
    • Professional Liability
    • Education Law
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1969
    • Florida, 1973
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar (Board of Commissioners, 1987-1992; Executive Committee, 1988-1990; Disciplinary Commission, 1990-1992; President, 1993-1994)
    • Montgomery County Bar Association (President, 1986; Board of Directors and Secretary,1982-1985)
    • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents (President 1993-1994)
    • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys (President, 1999-2000)
    Education:
    • Emory University
    • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1966
    • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1969
    Military:
    Captain, Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force [1969-1972]; Major, United States Air Force Reserves [1972-1982]

    Born: 1944


    Pamela B. Slate

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Complex Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Antitrust
    • Mass Tort
    • Class Actions
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1993
    • Mississippi, 1995
    Education:
    • Birmingham-Southern College, B.S., 1990
    • The University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S., 1990
    • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1993

    Born: 1966


    Erika Perrone Tatum

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Education Law
    • Civil Litigation
    Admitted
    • Georgia, 1996
    • Alabama, 1999
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    Additional Biographical Details:

    AV Rated Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell

    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
    • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • Florida State University, B.A., 1993
    • Cumberland University School of Law, J.D., 1996

    Born: 1971


    Jayne Harrell Williams

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Appellate Practice
    • School Law
    • Employment Discrimination
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2001
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Alabama Council for School Board Attorneys
    • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • Florida A&M University, B.A., 1995
    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2000

    Born: 1974

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    Managing Shareholder


    David W. Henderson

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Defense
    • Litigation
    • Defense Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • American Inns of Court
    Education:
    • Faulkner University, B.S., 1996
    • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D., 2002
    Military:
    E-5 Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1994-2000)

    Born: 1974

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    Associates


    Jordan Speake Jenkins

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Complex Litigation
    • Insurance Defense
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2013
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association (Women's Section)
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • The University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A. (cum laude), 2010
    • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2013

    Robert L. Keisler, Jr.

    Louisville, KY
    Practice Areas
    • Complex Litigation
    • Commercial
    Admitted
    • Kentucky, 1989
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    Memberships:
    • Kentucky Bar Association
    Education:
    • University of Louisville, B.A., 1986
    • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D., 1989

    Matthew Parten

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Complex Litigation
    • Insurance Defense
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 2018
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar (Workers' Compensation Section)
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • Auburn University, B.A., 2009
    • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2018

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    Of Counsel


    Reed M. Coleman

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Defense
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Complex Litigation
    • Governmental Entities
    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 2011
    • Alabama, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Louisiana State, Baldwin County and Mobile Bar Associations
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • Tulane University, B.S.M. (magna cum laude), 2006
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2011

    T. Bowen Hill, III

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Estate Planning
    • Probate
    • Real Estate
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1953
    Additional Biographical Details:

    AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (1974-present)

    Memberships:
    • Montgomery County Bar Association (President, 1968)
    • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
    • Alabama State Bar Grievance Committee (Past Member & Chairman)
    • AAA Alabama (Board of Directors)
    Education:
    • The University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1953
    Honors:
    Award of Merit from the Alabama State Bar for Services as Member and Chairman of the State Grievance Committee

    Born: 1929


    William I. Hill, II

    Montgomery, AL

    Practice Areas
    • Civil Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance Coverage & Defense
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Product Liability
    Admitted
    • Alabama, 1962
    Memberships:
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    Education:
    • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1960
    • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1962
    Military:
    Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Army [1962-1964]

    Born: 1938


    Mark M. Sandmann

    Louisville, KY
    Practice Areas
    • Complex Litigation
    • Commercial
    Admitted
    • Kentucky, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third and Sixth Circuits
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    Memberships:
    • Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations
    Education:
    • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1991
    • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1994

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    Service Areas

    Birmingham, Alabama, USA 92 miles

    Dothan, Alabama, USA 107 miles

    Mobile, Alabama, USA 200 miles

    Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA 105 miles

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