Owens & Millsaps, LLP

Owens & Millsaps is an experienced general practice law firm comprised of five attorneys with over 70 years of combined experience and a highly skilled staff.

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Firm Overview

We have represented individuals and businesses in the North, West, and Central Alabama region.

Our years of experience before judges and juries have given us a foundation in courtroom excellence that puts us at the forefront of the legal community. We use state-of-the-art technology to keep up with relevant changes of law and to present your case in the courtroom. Our unwavering advocacy on behalf of our clients and our courtroom experience frequently enables us to help our clients reach a successful resolution with the opposing lawyer through negotiation and settlement. We will always look out for the best interest of the client whether it be proceeding through a trial, reaching a settlement through mediation or direct negotiation or even occasionally, for certain types of cases, agreeing to binding arbitration instead of a trial.
Main Office

Main Office
2606 8th Street, P.O. Box 2487
Tuscaloosa  AL  35403

Phone
  • 205-750-0750
Fax
  • 205-750-0355
Auto Accident
Owens & Millsaps, LLP will represent your Auto Accident legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-General Civil Practice of Law
-Litigation in all Courts
-Business Law
-Personal Injury
-Malpractice and General Litigation
-Employment Law
-Corporate Law
-Probate and Estate Planning.
Business
Business and Commercial Law
We provide a wide variety of services to our business clients from assisting in selecting the type of organizational entity under which to operate, preparation of agreements, sale and purchase of businesses, obtaining financing and funding for business operations, and employee relations, to dissolution.
Estate Planning
Clients can control the allocation of accumulated assets both before and after death through careful planning for the distribution of property to family members.
We deal with the complex network of laws governing gifts, estates and trusts and we use that knowledge to help clients fulfill their short and long-term goals. Available areas of representation include:

-Simple and Complex Will Creation
-Establishment of Revocable, Irrevocable and Charitable Trusts
-Structure of Family Limited Partnerships
-Estate and Probate Administration

For clients interested in maintaining management and control of their estate, while at the same time avoiding probate, protecting family members, ensuring their financial privacy, and obtaining peace of mind, we offer basic estate plans which include revocable living trusts, pour-over wills, powers of attorney for property management, advance health care directives, children's trusts, and community property agreements.

For clients interested in minimizing the impact of transfer taxes on their estate, we offer simple estate tax savings and asset protection strategies, such as credit shelter trusts and qualified terminal interest property (QTIP) trusts, to more sophisticated transfer tax savings and asset protection strategies, including the use of family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies, buy-sell agreements, qualified personal residence trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, and grantor retained income trusts, among others.
Litigation
Litigation and Appeals
Our firm represents and advises clients who are or might become involved in a lawsuit or appeal as a result of a dispute, including prevention and settlement, in such areas as personal injury and employment claims, contract disputes, construction litigation, insurance including bad faith, fraud, and business and commercial matters. Our attorneys are skilled litigators and our firm has represented clients in hundreds of jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal court throughout North, Central, and West Alabama. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to try many civil jury cases representing the Plaintiff and many representing the Defendant. This gives us the unique advantage of understanding the problems and opportunities of both sides.
Personal Injury
Owens & Millsaps, LLP will represent your Personal Injury legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-General Civil Practice of Law
-Litigation in all Courts
-Business Law
-Personal Injury
-Malpractice and General Litigation
-Employment Law
-Corporate Law
-Probate and Estate Planning.
Probate
Probate & Estate Administration
We handle all aspects of Probate and Estate Administration for estates. Probate is the legal process by which a person's will is allowed by the Probate Court. The provisions of the will dictate how the individual's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon death. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements. We assist the personal representative of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent's assets. We prepare federal and state estate tax returns as well as the appropriate documents in order to release liens on a decedent's real estate. It is our responsibility to assure that all steps are properly taken in order to carry out the decedent's intent in accordance with the law.

John A. Owens

Attorney in Tuscaloosa, AL

Farrah Order of Jurisprudence; (Past President, Farrah Order, Order of the Coif Alumni Association); Phi Alpha Delta; Omicron Delta Kappa. President, Farrah Law Society Alumni Association, 2000-2001. Master of the Bench, Tuscaloosa Chapter of American Inns of Court.

Areas of Law:
-General Practice
-Business Law
-Litigation
-Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1967, Alabama and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
-1974, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
-1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
-1990, U.S. Supreme Court
-1996, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

Law School Attended:
University of Alabama
Class of 1967
LL.B.

University Attended:
University of Alabama
Class of 1961
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1939
Birmingham, Alabama, July 7, 1939

Military:
Lt., U.S. Navy, 1961-1964

Associations & Memberships:
Tuscaloosa County and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar (Member, Board of Commissioners, Place No. 2, Tuscaloosa County, 1987-1994; Vice-President, 1991-1992; President-Elect, 1994-1995; President, 1995-1996); International Association of Defense Counsel; Alabama Trial Lawyers Association; Tuscaloosa County Trial Lawyers Association; American Trial Lawyers Association; Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

Bar Fellowship
American Bar Foundation; Alabama Bar Foundation.
Education
  • University of Alabama
    LL.B. , 1967

Apsilah Owens Millsaps

Attorney in Tuscaloosa, AL

Member, Bench and Bar. Recipient: Hugo Black Scholar; Law Review Editor in Chief's Award; Judge Henry H. Mize Scholarship.

Areas of Law:
-General Practice
-Litigation
-Civil Practice
-Appellate Practice

Experience & Credentials

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1992, Alabama and U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama

Law School Attended:
University of Alabama
Class of 1992
J.D.

University Attended:
Dartmouth College
Class of 1988
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1966
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 10, 1966

Associations & Memberships:
Tuscaloosa County and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar (Secretary, Women's Section; Member, Executive Board, Young Lawyer's Section, 1995-2003); Defense Research Institute.
Education
  • University of Alabama
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Susie Taylor Carver

Attorney in Tuscaloosa, AL
Member, Farrah Law Society. Law Clerk, Hon. Justice Samuel A. Beatty, Supreme Court of Alabama, 1988-1989.

Areas of Law:
-General Practice
-Litigation
-Business and Employment Law

Experience & Credentials

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1986, Alabama and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
-1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
-1990, U.S. Supreme Court
-1992, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

Law School Attended:
University of Alabama
Class of 1986
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Alabama
Class of 1971
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1949
Fayette, Alabama, August 18, 1949

Languages:
Spanish

Associations & Memberships:
Tuscaloosa County and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Education
  • University of Alabama
    Juris Doctorate , 1986
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