Birmingham office: 205.980.5888
Huntsville office: 256.532.1957

J. Bernard Brannan, III


-1 years experience

Phone: 205.980.5888

Fax: 205.980.1098


Bernie’s practice is primarily focused on the transportation industry. He has defended individuals, businesses, and insurance companies in litigation arising out of automobile and trucking accidents as well as a major Class I railroad in FELA, grade crossing, and derailment cases. Bernie has also defended businesses involved in construction, healthcare, and sports and entertainment.

Bernie sits on the Junior Board for Camp Fire Alabama and the Advisory Council for Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He spends his spare time following the Ole Miss Rebels, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Blackhawks.

Practice Areas

General civil litigation, insurance defense, automobile litigation, trucking litigation, construction litigation, workers' compensation


  • B.A., University of Mississippi, magna cum laude (2007)
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (2010)
Reported Cases & Notable Trials
Honors & Awards
Courts & Professional Associations
Speeches & Publications

Notable Trials

  • Hall v. Leach; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-13-902138

  • Obtained defense verdict in disputed liability motor vehicle accident involving a glare defense.

  • Moore v. Mitchell; Circuit Court of Marshall County, Alabama CV-10-900341

  • Obtained defense verdict in disputed liability motor vehicle accident on contributory negligence.

  • James v. Robinson; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama, Bessemer Division; CV-13-900104

  • Plaintiff claimed medical bills totaling close to $19,000.00 in a disputed red light case where she elicited testimony from four witnesses corroborating her story that she had the right of way. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $3,000.00.

  • Landrum v. Leopard; Circuit Court of Blount County, Alabama; CV-10-900076

  • Obtained defense verdict for dump truck driver who was temporarily blinded by sunlight in his side mirrors and did not spot traffic stopping in front of him until it was too late to avoid an accident.

  • Callins v. Childress; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-13-901917

  • Plaintiff claimed to have required a meniscus repair surgery as a result of three-car motor vehicle accident in which our client was clearly at fault. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $1,000.00.

  • Parker v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; District Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; SM-2014-688

  • Plaintiff claimed that his automobile insurance policy covered the cost of a complete engine replacement necessitated after a coolant hose valve was damaged in a single-car accident. Following a bench trial, the court entered a final judgment in the amount of $3.01, the replacement cost of the damaged valve.

  • Alison Stanley v. Charles Jeffries; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama; CV-13-904064

  • Obtained defense verdict in disputed liability motor vehicle accident involving alleged aggravation of pre-existing injuries for the plaintiff.

  • Unree Foster v. Michael Carter; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama, Birmingham Division; CV-15-900929

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a motor vehicle accident with causation disputes and a skidding defense.

  • Justin Brandon v. Pamela Little; CV-15-900042

  • Obtained favorable verdict in a clear liability case involving a disputed lost wage claim by the plaintiff in which the plaintiff failed to mitigate his damages.


  • Former Law Clerk to The Honorable J. Scott Vowell, Presiding Judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama

  • Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

  • Recognized as Second ‘Most Prolific Attorney’ in Alabama, 2016 by the Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter

  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” Civil Litigation: Defense, 2017 and 2018

University of Alabama School of Law

  • CALI Award for Excellence, White Collar Crime

  • George Peach Taylor Award for Trial Advocacy (2009, 2010)

  • American Association for Justice National Trial Team

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial Team

University of Mississippi

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

  • Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors Scholar

  • Academic Excellence Nonresident Scholarship

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

  • Sigma Chi Fraternity

Professional Associations

  • Alabama State Bar

  • Birmingham Bar Association


  • Admitted to practice in all state courts in Alabama and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama (2010)

Speeches and Publications

  • Co-presenter, Health, Agriculture and the Environment: Legal Complications in U.S. and Cuban Shared Interests, Alabama Cuba Initiative, University of Alabama (October 12, 2010)

  • Presenter, Direct Examinations of Lay Witnesses, ADLA 2018 Bibb Allen Memorial Trial Academy, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (August 9, 2018)