King Simmons P.C

King Simmons P.C

A Personal Injury Firm Committed to Helping Those in Need

Firm Overview

A law firm located in Birmingham, Alabama, King Simmons, PC is dedicated to helping people and their family members all over Alabama and the Southeastern United States who have been the victims of wrongful death, personal injury, fraudulent practices, wrongful employment termination, discrimination, and harassment. The lawyers' training represented at our firm includes clerkships with two former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Alabama, a hundred or so jury trials, and millions of dollars in verdicts.
Main Office
Main Office
5300 Cahaba River Rd Suite 100
Birmingham  AL  35243
Phone
  • (205) 871-1310
Fax
  • (205) 871-1370
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Contingency Fees only.

Office Information

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday
Office Manager
Christy Evans
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English
Auto Accident
A Personal Injury Firm Specializing in Auto Accidents
Nationwide, hundreds or thousands of people are injured or killed each day through the fault of negligent drivers. Negligent drivers can be at fault through not paying attention, by speeding, by driving when overly tired, through inexperience, or even through being distracted by cell phones or other devices. Negligent drivers that cause collisions can cause injuries ranging from neck or back strains, to broken bones, to paralysis, to death.
Victims of auto accidents caused by the fault of others invariably have medical expenses, lost time from work, pain, suffering, and worry all of which provides a basis for recovery. Even the non-injured spouse of a person injured in an auto accident may be eligible for recovery.

Many auto accident cases settle. Some must be tried. The lawyers at King Simmons, PC, have settled auto accident cases on behalf of their clients, and have tried them when the insurance companies would not offer fair settlements. In one case, a young man the firm represented who had been catastrophically injured in an auto accident could not receive a fair settlement offer; the firm took his case to trial and secured a judgment on his behalf of $2,400,000.00.

Sometimes, we have to get creative. One client was on the job when he rear-ended a tractor trailer that had stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a car that abruptly decided to make a U-turn and which then left the scene. We blamed that car, and sued our client's employer's uninsured motorist vehicle insurance carrier. Terribly injured, our client secured a jury's verdict of $4,611,294, and his wife was awarded an additional $250,000 by the same jury for the loss of her husband's companionship.
Workers Compensation
A Personal Injury Firm Specializing in Workers' Compensation Cases
Back injuries, knee injuries, broken bones, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck injuries, occupational diseases, and other conditions affect Alabama's work force constantly. Often, when workers are afflicted with work-related conditions or injuries, employers refuse to pay workers' compensation benefits or even to provide payment for the medical treatment that the law requires.
The lawyers at King Simmons, PC have handled thousands of workers' compensation claims, involving virtually every type of injury or condition imaginable from broken backs to myofascial pain syndrome to reflex sympathetic dystrophy to torn knee ligaments to ruptured or bulging discs.

Injured workers have a variety of complex rights available, involving medical treatment, vocational retraining, job protection, and cash payments for disabilities. Most cases involving workers' compensation are settled, usually in such a way that results in lump sum cash payments to the injured workers.

Railroad employees, unlike most other classes of workers, are permitted a jury trial when injured on the job. In late 2005, the firm represented an engineer injured on the job when a boxcar was accidentally directed onto the track where he was aboard his locomotive; he suffered a ruptured disc in low back, and was not able to return to work. After a week-long trial, a Jefferson County jury returned a $720,000 verdict to compensate the engineer for the losses that resulted from his injury. The railroad's motion for a new trial was denied.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

A law firm located in Birmingham, Alabama, King Simmons, PC is dedicated to helping people and their family members all over Alabama and the Southeastern United States who have been the victims of wrongful death, personal injury, fraudulent practices, wrongful employment termination, discrimination, and harassment.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

The lawyers at our firm are members of several professional organizations, but we are most honored by the achievement of our firm as a whole.

Martindale-Hubbell is the nation's premier service publication that rates lawyers on ability, ethics, diligence, and other categories. Our firm is included within the ranks of Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the field of personal injury law, one of a select small handful of law firms in our area that qualified for that honor based on superior ratings for ability, conduct, and the characteristics measured as a yardstick of professionalism.

According to that service: "The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register lists only the most distinguished law practices those that have achieved the prestigious "AV" rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Directory. The "A" signifies the highest levels of legal ability, while the "V" denotes "very high" adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. This rating is the result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary." 2002 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, at v (86th ed. 2002).

We are very honored to have been accorded distinction based on evaluation by practicing lawyers and the judges before whom we practice. Lawrence T. King and Lindsey Simmons are "AV" rated attorneys, as is the law firm itself.

["AV" is a registered certification mark, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers is a trademark, and Martindale-Hubbell is a registered trademark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.]

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We wondered why people chose particular lawyers, and reviewed several recent studies on the topic done by the American Bar Association and the bar associations of several states. We have elected not to advertise on TV or billboards, as a matter of our own preference. Kent Faulk of the Birmingham News wrote May 16, 2015, for example, about one lawyer who advertises heavily, "[he] admits he is now more of a 'brand' and business administrator than a courtroom litigator. He hasn't tried a case in court in a long time." (AL.com)

There are literally thousands of lawyers so why choose this one instead of that one? Strong consensus from those studies shows that those in need of the help of a lawyer look primarily at four top attributes.

Area of Law: We don't handle divorces, or bankruptcies, or criminal cases, or real estate closings. While we can recommend excellent lawyers in those areas, we confine our practice to wrongful death, personal injury, and employment matters on behalf of claimants not on behalf of the powerful insurance industry. Judges and other lawyers have noted our firm as possessed with the "highest levels of legal ability" in our field of practice, and founding partner Lawrence T. King has been repeatedly recognized by judges and lawyers as one of the 50 Top Lawyers in Alabama, according to SuperLawyers. We don't practice all areas of law, but within our field, we consistently seek and achieve excellence on behalf of our clients.

Character: Choose a lawyer with a strong record of character. According to lawyers and judges thoroughly surveyed for years, our firm is recognized as having the highest ranking for adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence. We also take time to give back to our churches and our community, and have been recognized as inspiring the work of others to give a hand up to the hurting and forgotten. We have found Hebrews 10:24 to be a great motivator for our group!

Reputation: Entrust your legal problems to a lawyer with a sterling reputation. As courtroom lawyers, we are grateful that our judges and our opposing lawyers have evaluated our legal ability and our adherence to professional standards of conduct at the highest possible levels. Through our frequent community outreach efforts and our service to the legal community, we have built a reputation that serves well the representation of our clients.

Results: Does the lawyer you are considering for your issue achieve positive results? Of course, we do not guarantee results, and comparing one case to another is risky business in which smart attorneys should not engage. That said, our lawyers are well-known among insurance companies and their attorneys as highly capable trial counsel. We will absolutely attempt to settle matters without the necessity of an emotionally difficult trial; but when the insurance companies won't offer a fair price, we are trained to proceed to trial on behalf of our clients. Several major companies and insurers have learned that the hard way!
Mark Twain once said that the difference between an exceptional lawyer and an average
lawyer is like the difference between lightening and a lightening bug. Hiring a lawyer and entrusting issues that can have lifelong impact this is a monumentally important decision for you. Think carefully, and choose wisely. Study a lawyer's expertise in the area of law in which you need help, gauge the lawyer's character, assess the lawyer's reputation, measure the lawyers's track record of results. And if our firm can help you, let us know!

King Lawrence

Larry was recently recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 lawyers in the entire state for the third consecutive year. According to Super Lawyers' website, "Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis." Less than 5% of Alabama's 16,000+ lawyers were selected. This humbling recognition followed shortly after having been selected on the vote of other lawyers as a "Top Lawyer" or several consecutive years as published by Birmingham magazineas well as b-Metro Magazine. In fact, 2016 marks the ninth consecutive year that Larry has been chosen for the distinction of being a Super Lawyer (r).

Larry King was born in Leesburg, Florida, on July 27, 1962. He was admitted to the Alabama and Georgia Bars (1988), and to the Florida Bar (1989). He is admitted to all state and federal trial courts in Alabama; all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; all state trial and appellate courts in Florida and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; and to the United States Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit. He graduated from Florida State University (B.A., English-Business Administration, 1984), after being admitted on a National Merit Scholarship, and from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D. 1988).

In law school, he was a member of the Order of Barristers, an articles editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, a member of the moot court board, and a member of the trial board. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice C.C. Torbert, Jr., and to Chief Justice E.C. Hornsby. After practicing in Orlando, Florida, for a brief time thereafter, where he represented major manufacturers and insurance companies, Mr. King returned to Birmingham, practicing briefly on behalf of manufacturers and insurance companies, but representing people from the plaintiff's side since 1993.

A lifelong Methodist, Larry and his family are members at Asbury United Methodist Church. His service there has included the introduction of God's Garage Sale, an annual event where donated items all are given away for free the same cost as God's grace. A few years ago, he and his wife gave up his retirement fund and established the Hands of Christ Fund at Asbury, a ministry that provides financial assistance to those in need, helping them to break free from poverty by furthering educational or employment goals; several participants in that program have been able to graduate from college with aid from the Fund. His wife and two children were baptized at Asbury, and his two other children were confirmed there. Larry credits Asbury pastor, Rev. Mark Lacey, with being the most positively influential person on his adult life. Presently serving as Asbury's Missions Committee chairperson, Larry continues growing his faith under the incredible and dynamic wisdom of Rev. Kip Laxson.

Professionally, Larry is proudest of his service on behalf of the injured people of the state. Having secured over $5,000,000 in verdicts on behalf of workers fired for having exercised their rights to workers' compensation benefits including record jury verdicts in at least 4 Alabama counties, and having published several articles in leading legal publications in that area of the law, he has been one of Alabama's leaders in protecting the rights of those hurt during the course of their work. Two of his scholarly articles, Fired in Retaliation for Claiming Workers' Compensation Benefits in Alabama, 24 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 539 (2001) and What Triggers the Application of Alabama Code 25-5-11.1?, 33 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 1 379 (2010) (with Christina Van Der Hulst), were cited as authoritative in the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions (3d ed. 2012), on the topic of retaliatory discharge. He has likewise championed the rights of those injured outside the workplace, as well, landing millions of dollars in jury verdicts for accident victims, helping insure that they are adequately and properly compensated for the losses that accompany devastating injuries.

Larry also gives professional time for causes he believes in. For years, he has given countless hours at no charge by speaking to high schools and church youth groups on the variety of consequences that drunk drivers will face, both criminally and civilly. This work has been in conjunction with his founding of Lawyers Against Drunk Driving; that organization is on the web at LawyersAgainstDrunkDriving.com.

Lindsey Simmons

Lindsey Simmons was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 18, 1979. She was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 2005, and is admitted to all state and federal trial courts in Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama (B.A., English/Public Relations, 2001) and from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D., 2004).

For her skills, Lindsey was selected by other lawyers as a "Top Lawyer" in 2012, 2015, and 2016 as published by Birmingham magazine, a "Top Lawyer" by B-Metro magazine in 2016, and a "Top Woman Lawyer" by B-Metro magazine in 2016 as well. Lindsey was also chosen as a "Rising Star" in a 2015 special edition of the Birmingham Business Journal. Lindsey also received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, which is a significant accomplishment and testament to the fact that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Lindsey is very active in local and statewide bar organizations; she formerly served as the President of the Alabama State Bar's Workers' Compensation Section. She also served as the Chairperson of the Alabama Association for Justice Workers' Compensation Section and the Chairperson of the Birmingham Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section.

Lindsey's record jury verdict in ultra-conservative Shelby County for a worker fired because of his workers' compensation claim quadrupled the prior high verdict for that county in that type of case.

Growing up in Hueytown, a suburb of Birmingham, Lindsey knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a lawyer. This desire came from being around her uncle, also a Birmingham lawyer. At the age of seven, she told her parents she would go to law school one day. Lindsey worked for her uncle during her summary vacations while at college, and became more determined to make her dream of becoming a lawyer come true. Lindsey and her husband Hunter live in Birmingham and stay busy enjoying life with their 2-year-old son, Sawyer.

Lindsey was recently named as a 2017 AV Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law.

In addition, Lindsey is a member of the 2016 Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group's Hall of Fame.

Alex Ealy

Alex was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication and Film, and from Cumberland School of Law in 2010. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2010.

While at Cumberland, Alex was an Impact Alabama Tax Volunteer where he was certified as basic tax preparer to provide free tax services for underprivileged families. He also was an active participant in Cumberland's Street Law Program where he was assigned to classes in public and correctional schools in the Birmingham area and taught classes on juvenile law once a week.

Before joining King Simmons, P.C., Alex began practicing law with Legal Services of Alabama. His practice focused on property and housing law, where he defended Alabama's most vulnerable citizens from mortgage foreclosures and ejectments.

Alex lives in Birmingham with his wife and their son. He is the Treasurer of the Birmingham Bar Associations Workers' Compensation Section and was recently voted by his peers as "Top Attorney" in the "Rising Star" category in Birmingham magazine. He often speaks at continuing legal education classes and is a Make-A-Wish Alabama wish grantor.

Preston Miller

Preston Miller grew up in Cullman, Alabama. He now lives in Birmingham with his wife. As a Beeson Scholar, Preston graduated from Samford University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Film. He graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2014 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2014.

Preston has long held an interest in fighting for the rights of hard-working Alabamians. Before attending Cumberland, Preston served for over a year as a Regional Coordinator with Impact Alabama through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. He assisted with vision screenings for children in Pre-K programs and helped with tax preparation for families across Alabama. Following his work with Impact Alabama, he worked in the public policy arena, seeking to expand opportunities for Alabamians across the economic spectrum.

Preston was a Presidential Scholar at Cumberland School of Law. He was also member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, America's oldest law review dedicated solely to trial advocacy. His writing focused specifically on work-related disputes and workers' rights. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section. Preston also volunteers as a mentor to students from Birmingham City Schools through the Southtown Leadership program. He and his wife live in Birmingham.

Colin Clark

Colin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and from The Birmingham School of Law in December 2015, where he was a member of the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society. He was admitted to practice law in Alabama in 2016.

While attending The University of Alabama, Colin served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Kilo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, located in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2010, Kilo Battery was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Upon returning to the United States, Kilo Battery was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation, an award presented to an entire unit for outstanding heroism in action against the enemy. Colin received an Honorable Discharge from the Marines upon completion of his required service.

Colin is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association's Young Lawyers' section and the Solo/Small Firm section. His commitment to serve the public remains, representing injured workers and those hurt in automobile accidents throughout Alabama.
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