Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts



Vernis & Bowling of Birmingham, LLC

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense


2021 Third Avenue N, 2nd Floor, Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Established: 1970

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental Liability
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law
  • Liability Defense
  • SIU/Fraud Litigation
  • Education Law (ESE/IDEA)
  • Property and Casualty (Commercial and Personal Lines)
  • Long-Haul Trucking Liability
  • Government Law
  • Public Law
  • Criminal
  • White Collar
  • Business Litigation


About Us

VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm providing exceptional, cost-effective, personal representation by experienced, highly qualified personnel.

This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm's original founders, comprise the firm's management team. Together they oversee the firm's direction and ensure its mission and goals are achieved.

VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have received an "AV" rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

While many of our clients retain VERNIS & BOWLING for our exceptional trial experience and skills, we recognize that not all cases go to trial. We are keenly aware that smart, innovative resolution strategies effectively save our clients money, both in indemnity and expenses. Identifying and implementing an agreed exit path with our client partners, with an eye on the bottom line, sets our firm apart.

We succeed when our clients are successful. We maintain reasonable, professional offices in business locations that offer reduced costs. We utilize cost saving technologies that offer efficient file management and document creation. We consistently create and utilize different fee structures, including fixed fee, tiered volume reduction, annual retainers and success bonuses.

Personal service and attention are the trademarks of VERNIS & BOWLING. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Partnering with us can reduce your litigation expenses of the firm's trial during the last two years, trial verdicts represented an average of 3.33% of the Plaintiff's initial demand.

The firm takes pride in the racial, ethnic and religious diversity reflected by its attorneys and staff. Each of its offices reflects the diversity and makeup of the regions we serve. VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have achieved D&I certification from RING (Recognizing Inclusion for the Next Generation).


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Personnel Information

Managing Attorney


William F. Smith, II

Birmingham, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2004
Memberships:
  • Birmingham Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (with honors), 1984
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1987
Honors:
Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Born: 1962


Attorneys


Chelsey A. Mitchell Edgerly

Birmingham, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
Memberships:
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.S. (summa cum laude), 2007
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 2010

Born: 1985


Maloree G. McDonough

Birmingham, AL

Admitted
  • Mississippi, 2008
  • Alabama, 2009
Education:
  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 2008

Workers' Compensation


Michael Barratt

Birmingham, AL

Admitted
  • Alabama, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama
Memberships:
  • Alabama and Birmingham (WC Division, A.M.A.) Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of North Alabama, B.S., 2001
  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 2004

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