Birmingham office: 205.980.5888
Huntsville office: 256.532.1957

Ralph D. Gaines III

Shareholder

35 years experience

Phone: 205.980.5888

Fax: 205.980.1098

About

Rad comes from a true “legal family” – his father, two brothers and father-in-law also are members of the Alabama Bar. Following law school, Rad practiced for a number of years with his father and brothers at the family’s law firm in Talladega. Rad, his wife and two sons eventually moved to Birmingham, where he later founded Gaines Gault Hendrix PC. Rad and his family enjoy snow skiing and traveling to new places when their schedules allow. He is a committed patron of the arts in the Birmingham area, and he tries never to miss an Alabama football or basketball game.

Practice Areas

Automobile litigation, employment litigation, funeral home liability, general civil litigation, insurance defense, insurance fraud & bad faith, nursing home litigation, premises liability, professional liability, trucking litigation

Education

  • B.A., Stetson University (1976)
  • M.S., Florida State University (1977)
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (1983)
Reported Cases & Notable Trials
Honors & Awards
Courts & Professional Associations
Speeches & Publications

Notable Trials

  • Estate of Grier v. Lewis, Restoration United Methodist Church Mission, South Central District of North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, et al., CV 11-901120, Circuit Court of Jefferson County

  • Bennett v. Pheasant Run Associates, et al., CV 11-900119, Circuit Court of Calhoun County

  • Entrekin v. Southern Memorial Monument Company, Inc., CV 10-903226, Circuit Court of Jefferson County

  • EMC Property & Casualty Company, et al. v. Perkins, 2:09-CV-2392-AKK, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

  • Denise Wrinkles v. Hye Kyung Woo, et al., CV-08-900249, Circuit Court of Madison County

  • James Pilson v. Darrin Lucy, et al., CV-09-900030, Circuit Court of Autauga County

  • American Empire Surplus, et al. v. Justice Head, et al., CV-07-900322, Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County

  • Associated Mechanical Contractors, Inc. v. Phoenix Coatings, Inc., CV 98-T-0005-N, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

  • Massey v. Bruno’s Supermarkets, Inc., CV 01-3473, Circuit Court of Jefferson County

  • Waites v. Malone, CV 91-418, Circuit Court of Talladega County

  • Coosa Valley Electrical Co-Op, Inc. v. Save Our Co-Op Committee, Circuit Court of Talladega County

  • Haisten v. Kubuta, Ltd., CV 91-389, Circuit Court of Talladega County

  • Latanese v Cedar Grove Baptist Church, CV 06-202, Circuit Court of St. Clair County

  • Killingsworth v State Farm Insurance Company, CV 07-623, Circuit Court of Etowah County

  • Chappel V Pleasant Valley Quick Stop, CV 08- 244, Circuit Court of St. Clair County

  • Miles v Martin, CV 08-833, Circuit Court of Jefferson County

Reported Cases

  • Bruno’s Supermarkets, Inc. v. Massey, 914 So. 2d 862 (Ala. Civ. App. 2005)

  • Davidson v. Highland United Methodist Church, 673 So. 2d 765 (Ala. Civ. App. 1995)

  • Waites v. Malone, 658 So. 2d 396 (Ala. 1995)

  • Hambright v. First Baptist Church – Eastwood, 638 So. 2d 865 (Ala. 1994)

  • Coosa Valley Electrical Co-Op, Inc. v. Save Our Co-Op Committee, 518 So. 2d 691 (Ala. 1987)

Professional

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

  • Recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2012, 2015, 2016

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America, 2001 through 2016

  • Recognized by Outstanding Lawyers in America, 2003, 2004

  • Recognized as second most prolific trial attorney in Alabama, 2003, 2004, 2006

  • Recognized as most prolific trial attorney in Alabama, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

  • Member of University of Alabama School of Law Trial Advocacy Team

  • Listed among “Top Rated Lawyers” by B-Metro Magazine , 2012- 2015

  • Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

  • Recognized by The American Registry as being in the top 1% of ‘America’s Most Honored Professionals

  • Recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Birmingham” by peer recognition as published by the April 2016 issue of Birmingham Magazine.

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.

  • Selected as a 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyer

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

  • Alabama State Bar Association

  • Talladega County Bar Association

  • Birmingham Bar Association

  • Shelby County Bar Association

  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

  • Farrah Law Society

  • Atlanta Claims Association

  • Defense Research Institute

Courts

  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama 1983

Speeches and Publications

  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Alabama, National Business Institute, 2003-2006

  • Nursing Home Litigation from the Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s Perspective, Birmingham Bar Association, 2000

  • Automobile Insurance Law, Frank Harris & Associates, 1999

  • A Hodge Podge of Information, Professional Independent Adjusters of Alabama 1999

  • More than Football Will Happen This New Year, Montgomery Claims Association, 1999