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Sean Dudley serves as counsel in the Firm’s business section, with a broad transactional practice covering mergers & acquisitions, commercial lending, real estate, entity formation, private equity, local opinion practice, and bank regulatory compliance.

Out of law school, Sean worked in the Chicago office of a national firm. He moved to his wife’s hometown of Mobile in 2012, and after making partner at his new firm, Sean left the private practice of law to start a company with his father. While serving as in-house counsel, he continued to manage a solo legal practice for some of his best M&A and real estate clients.

A father of five and proud Notre Dame alum, Sean is committed to youth ministry, men’s ministry, and ministry to married couples. He is also a musician, singer and songwriter who can regularly be found on stage, whether in a local theater production, church choir, or playing with his band.

Admissions

Alabama State Bar

Education

  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude, 2008
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, 2005

 

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Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chickasaw Civic Theatre (board member)
  • St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus (president)
  • Men of St. Joseph “Outback” retreat (emcee)
  • Fraternus youth group (officer & emcee)
  • Leadership Mobile (class of 2017)
  • Exploreum Science Center (past member of Junior Advisory Board)
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps (past local support team)
  • St. Mary’s Parish (past president of parish council)
  • Notre Dame Club of Mobile (past local admissions coordinator)

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Jack O’Dowd is an associate in the Firm’s business section and he assists clients with all types of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and general corporate issues. Jack also works with families on their estate planning needs and guides them through the probate court process. He routinely assists business clients and their principals with entity formation and contract negotiation, buying and selling businesses, business succession, and legal concerns that arise in the course of operating a business.

Raised in Mobile, Jack received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. Jack began his career in the tax section of a Big 4 accounting firm in Atlanta and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Jack and his wife, Anna, live in Mobile with their four children, where the O’Dowds are active parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Jack serves on the board of directors of the soccer based charity Soccer4Life, and he also enjoys playing and coaching the “beautiful game.”

Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Georgia State Bar
  • Louisiana State Bar

Education

  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law
  • B.S. in Accounting, University of South Alabama, magna cum laude

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Chase Pritchard is an associate in the Firm’s business section.  He assists clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including real estate, mergers & acquisitions, contract negotiation, and entity formation.

Before joining the Firm, Chase served as vice president and in-house counsel for an international construction company that specialized in industrial and port construction.

Chase and his wife, Sara, live in Mobile with their two young children, Mary Helen and Cuen.  Chase is also active in his community, including serving as vice president of St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus and on the board of directors for Rapahope.

Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar, 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 2016
  • B.A. University of South Alabama, 2013  

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Lisa Darnley Cooper is a member in the Firm’s Mobile, Alabama office and is a member of the Firm’s labor and employment and litigation groups.

Lisa’s pragmatic and thorough approach to her clients’ matters allows her to skillfully answer these common questions: How can we best minimize risks to our business and employees? Can or should we do “this”? We did “this,” now what? How can we do “this” better?

She focuses primarily on employment-related and business litigation, and her experience includes defending employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA, and FLSA proceedings at the administrative level and in state and federal courts. Lisa routinely advises clients on risk mitigation and compliance issues related to discrimination, harassment, terminations or reductions in force, and reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She has extensive experience drafting employee handbooks and workplace policies, contracts, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. She is frequently called upon to conduct a variety of workplace investigations or audits. Lisa also often assists the Firm’s transactional lawyers with employment related issues in mergers and acquisitions. Her work portfolio spans numerous industries and workplace settings including transportation and trucking, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, retail, utilities, automotive, education, tourism, and municipalities as well as state agencies.

Complementing her employment practice, Lisa assists businesses and municipalities with ADA accessibility and/or Fair Housing Act (FHA) compliance. She has handled numerous matters defending against private litigants and complaints or investigations originating with the DOJ or HUD.

Prior to joining the Firm, Lisa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Butler, then Chief District Court Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.

Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar, 1999
  • Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Alabama Federal District Courts

Education

  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, magna cum laude, 1999
  • B.A., University of Alabama, magna cum laude, 1995

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Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (Board Member)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)

Publications and Presentations

Representative Cases

  • Edwin Woods v. Austal, 2011 WL 1380054(S.D.Ala. 2011) (Summary judgment on multiple claims including racial harassment and reasonable resolution of two remaining claims);
  • Balyn Parker v. Alabama State Port Authority, Case No. 09—32-EFA (Alabama State Personnel Department and Administrative Law Judge upholding termination );
  • Catanzaro v. James K. Lyons and Alabama State Port Authority, 232 Fed.Appx. 878, 11th Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment on reverse race discrimination claim under Title VII);
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology, P.C. v. Providence Hosp., 906 So. 2d 90 (Ala. 2005) (affirming summary judgment for hospital in leading Alabama case on medical staff privileges);
  • Reedy v. Armstrong – McCall LP, (S.D. Ala., September 1, 2004) (granting summary judgment in favor of franchisor on claims of fraud and tortious interference with business/contractual relations); aff’d without opinion, 130 Fed. Appx 422 (11th Cir. 2005);
  • Beard Equipment Co. v. Barko Hydraulics, Inc., unreported decision (Mob. Co. Cir. Ct., November 3, 2003) (granting summary judgment and awarding $136,000 to dealer on indemnity claim against product manufacturer who refused to defend dealer in underlying product liability action); affirmed without opinion, Barko Hydraulics, L.L.C. v. Beard Equipment Co., 920 So.2d 1138 (Ala. 2004);
  • Mitchell v. Folmar & Associates, LLP,, 854 So.2d 1115 (Ala. 2003) (Trial and appellate counsel: Eleventh Circuit affirming jury verdict obtained in favor of a partnership in a malicious prosecution action);
  • Joyce A. Stallworth v. S. D. Warren Corp., 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 19926 (11th Cir. 2003) (affirming summary judgment for defendant on ERISA claim for denial of benefits);
  • Lamm Auto Sales v. Auto Parts Express, 37 Fed. Appx. 507 (11th Cir. 2002) (affirming summary judgment for defendant on claims of fraud, suppression, and breach of contract against corporation);
  • Jerry Eaton v. Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., 2002 Ala.Civ.App. LEXIS 991 (Ala.Civ.App. 2002)(affirming summary judgment for defendant on terminated employee’s defamation claim);
  • Anthony Franks v. Mobile Co. Department of Public Health, Civil Action No.: 1:99-CV-01025-S, United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama (jury verdict for defendant on religious discrimination claim).

 Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year 2021 and 2023, Employment Law-Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Best Lawyers®
  • Best Lawyers in America© 2017—2023, Employment Law- Management
  • Best Lawyers in America© 2017—2023, Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum-Class of 2009
  • William Kaufman Award 2013-Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Order of the Coif- University of Alabama School of Law
  • Alabama Law Review-University of Alabama School of Law
  • Hugo Black Scholar-University of Alabama School of Law

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Henry T. Morrissette is a strong and creative advocate for clients in state and federal courts throughout Alabama. He has more than 30 years of experience successfully representing corporate and individual clients in business and insurance disputes and defending businesses and insurance companies in life, health, and disability insurance; ERISA; employee benefits; fraud and bad faith; product liability; and class action cases. Henry serves as Chair of the Firm’s Personal Injury, Insurance and Employment Practice Group. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was named Best Lawyers 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law for Mobile, Alabama. Henry has also been selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Henry is very active in civil defense trial lawyer organizations. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Henry is past Chair of the IADC In House and Law Firm Management Committee. He served as Co-Editor of the Third Edition of the Defense Counsel Training Manual published by the IADC. Henry is also a past Chair of the IADC Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee. He served on the faculty of the 2012 IADC Trial Academy at Stanford Law School. Henry also served as 2010 General Convention Chair and as Program Chair for the 2011 IADC Annual meeting. Henry was President of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association in 2001—2002 and served as Alabama State Representative for the Defense Research Institute from 2002—2005. He currently serves as Chair of the Federal Court Civil Practice Section of the Mobile Bar Association.

Henry is actively involved in the Mobile community. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and served as Vice Chair for Economic Development. Henry served as the Co-Chair of the Mobile Connect Program for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Henry served as President of the Mobile Arts Council in 2012. He also volunteers his time with the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. Henry and his wife, Beth, live near Downtown Mobile.

Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar, 1991
  • United States Supreme Court, 2002
  • United States Courts of Appeals:
  • Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of Alabama, 1991
  • Middle District of Alabama, 1992
  • Northern District of Alabama, 1992

Education

  • J.D., University of Alabama Law School, 1991
    • Alabama Law Review
    • Trial Advocacy Competition Team
    • Dean M. Leight Harrison Award
    • Hugo Black Scholar
    • Order of Coif
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, cum laude, 1988

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Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors 2016—2018)
  • IADC (Chair, In-House and Law Firm Management Committee 2019—2021)
  • DRI (Alabama State Representative 2002—2005)
  • ADLA (President 2001—2002)
  • Federal Court Civil Practice Section – Mobile Bar Association (Chair, 2022)
  • South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program

Publications and Presentations

  • Long Live the Debatable Reason – The Current Status of Alabama Bad Faith Law and Strategies for Defending Bad Faith Claims, 2020 Defense Lawyers’ Association Meeting
  • In-House Insights for Outside Counsel, International Association of Defense Counsel Speaks Podcast Series
  • Strategies for Excluding Plaintiffs – Bad Faith Experts, 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Strategies for Excluding or Limiting Plaintiffs’ Bad Faith Experts, 86 Def. Couns. J. (2019)
  • Voir Dire, 2012 IADC Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Direct Examination of an Economist, 2012 IADC Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Preparing for and Defending the “Conflict of Interest” 30(b)(6) Deposition, 2012 DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar, Chicago, IL
  • Bad Faith and Bad Faith Failure to Settle, 2011 Mobile Bar Association Annual Civil Law Update, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Polishing the Armor – Preparing Your Corporate Witness for Deposition, 2011 DRI Northeast Regional Meeting, New Castle, NH.
  • Preparing Your Corporate Witness for Deposition, ABA Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter, Fall 2010.
  • Polishing the Armor – Preparing Your Corporate Client for Deposition, 2009 South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA.
  • “Long Live the Debatable Reason,” Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, April 2009, Vol. 25, No. 1
  • Alabama Bad Faith Law – The Evolution of the “Abnormal Case” and Strategies for Defending Claims Asserting It, 2008 Alabama Defense Lawyers’ Association Fall Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Tips for Preparing Your Client for Deposition, 75 DEF. COUNS. J. 105 (2008).
  • “Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Does Not Prohibit Production of Information Regarding Non-Parties,” DRI Life, Health and Disability Newsletter, Winter 2005.
  • “The Future of the General Release After Pierce v. Orr,” 42 Ala.L.Rev. 233 (1990)

Awards

  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2013, Insurance Law, Mobile
  • Best Lawyers In America© 2007—2023, Insurance Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers

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