Christopher J. Doty   chrisd@SBlegalteam.com   205-802-2214

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Christopher Doty
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Christopher Doty joined the firm in 2014 shortly after graduating law school.  Chris represents clients in state and federal courts in matters involving insurance defense, coverage, bad faith litigation, personal injury, premises liability, commercial transportation, and business torts.

 

Chris grew up in Alabaster, Alabama and graduated from the nearby University of Montevallo, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature.  After college, Christopher spent several enjoyable years working at Barnes & Noble in various management roles.

 

Chris attended Cumberland School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude in 2014.  While in law school, he served as Research Editor for the Cumberland Law Review and as an Abraham Caruthers Teaching Fellow. He also received several “Scholar of Merit” awards.

 

Chris was selected as a Rising Star in the 2021 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.  He is also AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.  Outside the office, he enjoys volunteering with local community groups and initiatives (such as Project Homeless Connect), reading fiction and history, and collecting vinyl albums.

 

Highlights

 

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for Huntsville apartment complex sued by tenant for an accident on the complex grounds.  Upon appeal, successfully argued for the Alabama Supreme Court to overrule a line of caselaw that conflicted with long-standing principles of Alabama premises liability law.

 

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for pipe-coating business sued when a contractor was injured at the client’s plant.  On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of all claims in favor of client.

 

Education

  • B.A., University of Montevallo, magna cum laude, 2002
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, magna cum laude, 2014

Admitted

  • Alabama (2014)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association

Publications

  • “Because of Such Individual’s Race”: Employers’ Use of Criminal Records as Unlawful Employment Discrimination”, Cumberland Law Review, 2014. (44 Cumb. L. Rev. 79).