Joel Pearson is a partner in the Montgomery office. His practice focuses on auto accident defense, construction law, insurance bad faith, premises liability defense, products liability defense, and trucking and transportation defense.
Joel's primary areas of practice are insurance defense, insurance coverage, and general civil trial practice. He has appeared in state circuit courts throughout Alabama and in each of Alabama's three federal district courts. Joel has extensive experience in federal jurisdictional issues and the removal of cases from state court to federal court. He has also participated in the mediation of cases throughout the state of Alabama and is a registered mediator for the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.
Joel has tried numerous civil jury and non-jury cases in Alabama state and federal courts. Some of the cases he has tried include fraud, insurance fraud, bad faith, premises liability, automobile, product defects, employment discrimination, and workers' compensation. He has also tried a number of cases before administrative bodies.
Joel has served as counsel on numerous appeals, with reported appellate court decisions from each of Alabama's appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has presented oral argument before both the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and has served as a Hearing Officer for the State of Alabama. Joel has also been appointed and served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama.
Joel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of South Alabama in 1981, and he received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. Joel has been admitted to practice before all Alabama state and federal courts since 1985. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Joel has Martindale-Hubbell's highest "AV" rating.
He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, and an alumni member of the American Inns of Court.