Robert B. French, Jr.
An 8th generation Alabamian from Madison County, Bob French received his BS Degree from the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration majoring in Trade Unions. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Alabama School of Law. Earlier, French had finished West Point Prepartory School at Newburgh, NY and subsequently completed his certificate work at the National College of Criminal Defense, the University of Houston Law School.
Bob has been a practicing trial lawyer more than 47 years. During that time he has been selected as one of Four Outstanding Young Men of Alabama, Outstanding Young Men of America, Whos Who in American Law, and Whos Who in International Law. He was awarded the Roderick Beddow, Sr. Award as the outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Alabama in 1990. He has tried cases in 12 states and 8 foreign countries. Through appellate practice, he has changed the law 8 times during his career.
French has represented 22 citizens accused of murder without an execution. He has worked for well known politicians, movie stars, as well as some of the wealthest and poorest people in the United States. A certified arbitrator and mediator, today French spends most of his time on case preparation rather than trial. Due to this preparation, and close association with the clients, French successfully settles 99% of his firm's cases.
Bob French is considered expert in mineral and mining law, employee benefit law, medical malpractice, damage suits, contract litigation and wrongful death cases. French is also often admitted to practice in the States of Tennessee and Georgia.
Mediation: The Mediation Corporation (1996)
Appellate Mediation: Alabama Center for Dispute Respolution (2003)
Arbitration: 6 mo. Apprenticeship under Ralph R. Williams (1963)
Arbitration: Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (2004)
Alabama State Bar (1963)
Dekalb County Bar Association (1965)
United States District Court, Northern District of AL (1971)
United States District Court, Middle District of AL (1997)
United States District Court, Southern District of AL (1986)
United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (1972)
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit (1981)
United States Supreme Court (1971)
Tommy Allen French
Tommy returned to his home town of Fort Payne, Alabama to practice law with his father. He practiced law in the Montgomery Area for 4 years after completing law school. He holds a BA Degree from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Alabama in Political Science. He received his Doctorate of Law Degree from the Faulkner University Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama.
French practices law in all levels of state and federal court in Alabama but concentrates his practice in the fields of family law and divorce, probate, appeals, and personal injury. He specializes in handling auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death and federal civil rights cases. He is a certified arbitrator and mediator who believes that working closely with the client results if settlements more favorable than proceeding to trial.
Tommy and his wife Kay have a daughter and a son. He served as Law Clerk for Judge Richard Dorrough of the Montgomery Circuit Court. While working for Judge Dorrough, he served as Master of the Domestic Relations Court of Montgomery, County. He is a Certified Divorce Mediator by the Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California.
While serving as Attorney for the City of Fort Deposit, Alabama he also represented the Cooperative District of Fort Deposit. He was local counsel for the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprises of Washington, D.C. Interestingly, he has worked as field representative for television judges, Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown.
Institute for Dispute Resolution (1997)
Better Business Bureau, Inc. (2002)
Alabama State Bar (2000)
DeKalb County Bar Association (2004)
United States District Court, Middle District of AL (2000)
United States District Court, Northern District of AL (2001)
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit (2002)
Alabama State Bar Family Law Section (2004)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (2004)
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (1997)
Robert T. Ray
Robert, who grew up in Virginia, followed his parents to north Alabama after graduating from the Vermont Law School. Robert's father had family and roots in north Georgia and north Alabama and moved back to this area after a long career serving the federal government. Prior to law school, Robert graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Robert also studied engineering at Virginia Tech before transferring to George Mason.
Soon after arriving in Fort Payne, Robert began his legal career working with Bob French. Robert subsequently started his own practice where he handled many criminal cases and domestic relations cases. Prior to recently rejoining Bob and Tommy French, Robert spent a year in Atlanta working in medical malpractice ligitation.
A gradudate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (1997) and the Criminal Defense College (2000), Robert enjoys trial work. He believes in winning justice for his client by caring about his client and by conveying that attitude to the jury. Jurors will believe in a case and a client if they sense that the lawyer believes in his case and his client.
Alabama State Bar
New York State Bar
Washington State Bar
United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Criminal Defense College
Association for Justice
DeKalb County Bar
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