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Holtsford Gilliland Higgins Hitson & Howard, P.C.

4001 Carmichael Road, Suite 300, Montgomery, Alabama 36106

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4128, Montgomery, AL 36103-4128

Established: 1989

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Toxic Torts
  • General Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Construction Law
  • Coverage Issues
  • Governmental Entity Defense
  • Forestry Law

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About Us

Our Mission is to be the preeminent law firm in our coverage territory. We plan to accomplish our mission by handling every case with a sense of urgency, in a cost effective manner and in a form that meets or exceeds all expectations.

Holtsford Gilliland's focus is resolving claims involving business, governmental and insurance related issues through litigation, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

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Additional Locations

  • Mobile, Alabama
  • 29000 U.S. Highway 98, Suite A-302
  • Daphne, Alabama 36526-7263
    • Telephone: 251-447-0234
    • Fax: 251-447-0212

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Coastal Chemical Corporation
  • Trinity Companies

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Personnel Information

Firm Members


Alex L. Holtsford, Jr.

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1989
Additional Biographical Details:

Professor, Faulkner University School of Law, Appellate Advocacy and Conflicts of Law, 1986-1997

Memberships:
  • American and Montgomery County (Board of Directors, President) Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, Past President)
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 1981
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D. (cum laude), 1985

Born: 1959

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Steven A. Higgins

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1992
  • 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
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1989
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1992
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Justice Hugh Maddox, Alabama Supreme Court, 1992-1993
Honors:
Mu Kappa Tau; Alpha Kappa Psi

Born: 1967

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Kenneth A. Hitson, Jr.

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama District Attorneys Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 1986
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1989
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable H. Randall Thomas, Circuit Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama
Honors:
Phi Alpha Delta

Born: 1964

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Rick A. Howard

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of North Alabama, B.S., 1989
  • Christian Brothers College, M.B.A., 1993
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1997

Born: 1967

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David P. Stevens

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A. (cum laude), 1992
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1995
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Justice Terry L. Butts, Alabama Supreme Court, 1995-1996

Born: 1970

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Jay S. Tuley

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Montgomery County Bar Associations
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1995
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1998
Law Review:
Senior Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession, 1997-1998
Honors:
Phi Gamma Delta

Born: 1973

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S. Mark Dukes

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2007
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1979
  • Georgetown University, M.A., 1988
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1995
Military:
U.S. Army [1979-1983]; Captain, U.S. Army Reserve, Military Intelligence [1983-1992]

Born: 1957

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Murry S. Whitt

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1999
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1999
Military:
Legal Counsel, U.S. Air Force

Born: 1973

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April W. McKay

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.S. (cum laude), 1998
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002

Born: 1976

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Megan K. McCarthy

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Maryland, 2004
  • Alabama, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
Education:
  • Sewanee, The University of the South, B.S., 2001
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2004
Law Review:
Executive Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable C. Clark Raley, Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland

Born: 1978

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Jarred E. Kaplan

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2006
Memberships:
  • American and Montgomery County Bar Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 2001
  • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D., 2006

Born: 1978

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Thomas M. McCarthy

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2004
  • Maryland, 2005
Memberships:
  • American and Montgomery County Bar Associations
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.A., 2001
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2004

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Associates



Alex (Trey) L. Holtsford III

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2013
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 2009
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2013
Law Review:
Senior Editor, Law and Psychology Law Review
Honors:
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

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Christopher R. Reader

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2014
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.A. (cum laude), 2011
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2014

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Blake T. Richardson

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2014
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Mobile County and Baldwin County Bar Associations
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., 2011
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2014

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K. Bryant Hitson

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2015
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2011
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2015

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Morgan Booker

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2015
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2011
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2015

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Kaasha D.B. Griffin

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2015
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Northwestern University, B.A. Political Science, 2012
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2015
Honors:
Order of the Barristers

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Of Counsel



Joana S. Ellis

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1983
Education:
  • Samford University
  • Auburn University at Montgomery, B.S., 1979
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1983

Born: 1959

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Andrew Martin

Montgomery, AL

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1999
  • Alabama, 2006
  • Mississippi, 2008
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State, Mobile County and Baldwin County Bar Associations
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
Education:
  • Texas Christian University, B.B.A., 1995
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1999

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In Memoriam



Floyd R. Gilliland, Jr. — (1939-2015)

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Service Areas

Alexander City, Alabama 55 miles

Clanton, Alabama 40 miles

Dothan, Alabama 107 miles

Eufaula, Alabama 80 miles

Opelika, Alabama 63 miles

Phenix City, Alabama 81 miles

Selma, Alabama 48 miles

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