J. Bernard Brannan, III

Partner

-1 years experience

Phone: 205.980.5888

Fax: 205.980.1098

About

Bernie is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in a broad range of personal injury, business, contract, and insurance coverage litigation in the state and federal courts of Alabama. His clients come from multiple industries and range from Fortune 500 businesses to individuals. He has litigated in most of the sixty-seven counties of Alabama and has tried cases to verdict in thirteen different venues.

Outside of his law practice, Bernie is active in his community. He currently sits on the Regional Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish Alabama and is a yearly participant in the Alabama Trailblaze Challenge. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

He spends his spare time in the outdoors and/or being consistently disappointed by the Ole Miss Rebels, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Blackhawks. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Mountain Brook with their two German Shepherd Dogs, Layla and Kaiser.

Practice Areas

Bernie’s primary area of practice is general litigation with an emphasis on the insurance industry. He represents insurance companies in first-party extra-contractual, bad faith, and coverage litigation as well as their insureds in catastrophic personal injury, automobile/trucking accident, workers’ compensation/employer liability, and construction litigation.

Education

  • 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.

Professional

  • 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

  • Received ‘2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ recognition for Insurance Law, Litigation Construction, and Personal Injury Litigation for Defendants

  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” Civil Litigation: Defense, 2017-2020

  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

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

Courts

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

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama (2010)

Speeches and Publications

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

  • Presenter, ADLA Bibb Allen Memorial Trial Academy: “Direct Examinations of Lay Witnesses,” Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (August 9, 2018 and August 8, 2019)

  • Presenter, Litigation Counsel of America 2019 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows: “Avocado Toast with a Side of Entitlement: Engaging the Unengaged Millennial,” Bluffton, South Carolina (October 25, 2019)