A.V. Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Named as a Rising Star in SuperLawyers, Midsouth Edition (2013 - 2015)
Leadership in Law Award, presented by the Mississippi Business Journal to Mississippi's 50 Top Attorneys (2012 and 2014)
American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing
J.D., magna cum laude, Mississippi College School of Law (2008); Executive Editor, Mississippi College Law Review
B.S., cum laude, Mississippi State University (2004)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Alabama
Alec is an partner in the firm's Jackson, Mississippi office. He has a broad litigation background including complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, and construction litigation. Alec primarily focuses his practice on the representation of sureties in the handling of payment and performance bond claims, the interpretation of the bond rights of laborers and materialmen under the Miller Act and various state public and private works acts, and the institution of indemnity actions against defaulting principals. Alec also has extensive experience representing Financial Institution, Public Official, and Conservatorship/Guardianship Bond Carriers on disputes involving their principals and insured's. Alec has successfully litigated cases in both state and federal courts across the Southern United States. Alec is licensed in Mississippi and Alabama.
- Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Md. vs. Ralph McKnight & Sons Constr., Supreme Court of Mississippi, No. 2009-CA-00446-SCT
The firm successfully represented a major surety in an indemnity action against its bond principal for expenses incurred in connection with a construction defect claim by the owner of the project. Ultimately, the firm obtained summary judgment for the surety in the amount of $475,000.00.
- Lighthouse Condominium Association v. Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Md., In the Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Alabama, No. CV-2009-900403.00
The firm successfully defended a major surety against a $1.5 million claim by asserting that the claim was barred by the doctrine of res judicata. This resulted in an immediate dismissal of the claim with prejudice.
- Peoples Bank of the South v. BancInsure, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, No. 3:09CV217TSL-FKB
The firm obtained summary judgment in favor of its client, a fidelity bond carrier, absolving the carrier of bad faith in connection with a claim of over $1 million.
OTHER REPRESENTATIVE CASES
DCD Construction Inc. v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:13cv0035 LG-JMR (S.D. Miss. 2013) (obtained a dismissal from a claimant on a payment bond claim).
James Hagan v. Jackson County, Mississippi, et al., CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:13cv268 HSO-RHW (S.D. Miss. 2013) (obtained a stay against the surety pending the outcome of the multi million dollar case against the remaining defendants. This stay saved the surety counsel fees it would have incurred had it been required to remain in the case).
The Hanover Insurance Company v. Atlantis Drywall and Framing, et al., CIVIL ACTION NO. 7:13-cv-506-LSC (N.D. Ala, 2013) (successfully defended Indemnitors Motion to Compel Arbitration, which allowed indemnity claims of $2,000,000 to be brought in federal court).
Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. Hyperion Construction, LLC, et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3170 (S.D. Ala, 2012) (obtained summary judgment against indemnitors in the amount of $1,854,956.00).
Achieved acquittal of pro bono client’s charges brought against him for illegal alligator hunting.
The Surety's Rights Post Completion: Can a Principal be Defaulted on a Completed Project?, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Newsletter (Winter 2013).
The Impact of Stern v. Marshall on Fidelity and Surety Litigation, 37th Annual Meeting of the Surety and Fidelity Claims Institute (2012).
Defalcation While Acting in a Fiduciary Capacity: A Surety's Ability to Classify a Debt as Nondischargeable Under Section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code, Surety and Fidelity Claims Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Oct. 2010).
Contributor, 50 State Survey (2009) (Am. Bar Assoc. Construction Forum, Division 10).
Events & Speaking Engagements
Presenter, Ethical Considerations When Representing Sureties: A Discussion of Legal and Ethical Conflicts of Interest Arising in the Representation of Sureties in Litigation or Transactions Involving Other Sureties or Insurers; National Bond Claims Association, October 2015.
Presenter, Hanover v. Atlantis Drywall & Framing, et al: Are Indemnity Claims Subject to Arbitration?; 26th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, April 2015.
Presenter, Surety Law in Mississippi: Handling Payment Bond Claims, Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, Philadelphia, PA (2014).
Presenter, Counter Indemnity in the United States, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, October 2013.
Presenter, Handling Payment Bond Claims in Mississippi, The Gray Insurance Company (2012).
Presenter, In Re Thomas: A Surety's Oasis in the Desert of Bankruptcy, Gulfcoast Fidelity & Surety Institute (2010).
Presenter, Murder Defendant's Veteran Status and Victim's Ethnicity and Terrorist Connection Influence on Jurors, Southeastern Psychological Convention (2004).
Presenter, The Influence of Expert Witness Testimony and Physical Evidence on Jury Decision Making, Southeastern Psychological Convention (2004).
- September 2014Martindale-Hubbell
Professional and Civic Activities
American Bar Association
Mississippi State Bar Association
Jackson Young Lawyers Association