Many construction contracts used in the industry include clauses mandating that any disputes be decided by binding arbitration rather than a jury or bench trial. The standard AIA forms provide the parties with the option of court or arbitration. Trial courts, overwhelmed by a flood of cases and supported with strong caselaw and statutory precedent, regularly enforce arbitration clauses. Yet the decision to choose arbitration over litigation is a major business decision when drafting and negotiating contracts that should not be made lightly...
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Bradley is a national law firm with a reputation for skilled legal work, exceptional client service, and impeccable integrity. We provide business clients around the world with a full suite of legal services in dozens of industries and practice areas.
Founded in 1870 in Elyton, Alabama, before moving to Birmingham the following year, Bradley has retained the tradition of southern hospitality even as the law firm has grown into a global force. Our founding partners established the highest standards of value, ethics, and professional excellence in the practice of law - standards that have guided us through to the present day. Respect for our clients, colleagues, and communities and passion for our work are the driving forces behind everything we do. That kind of integrity means that clients can trust us to not only serve their needs, but ensure that the work is completed the right way.
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Year this Office was Established: 1870
Lawyers Worldwide: 550
Areas of Practice
Key Takeaways from the 2022 FDA Food Code
In the waning days of 2022, FDA issued an updated Food Code with several important updates. FDA is responsible for more than a quarter of the U.S. economy, and the Food Code impacts virtually every American...
Bradley Partner Chuck Stewart Named President-Elect of Alabama ABOTA
Bradley is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” Stewart, a partner in the firm’s Montgomery office, has been named president-elect of the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Stewart will serve in that role until November 2023 when he will become president of ABOTA’s Alabama Chapter for a one-year term during 2024.
“We congratulate Chuck on his new role as president-elect of the American Board of Trial Advocates,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner
Anne Yuengert was quoted in an article regarding the Department of Labor’s clarification of the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to nonexempt remote workers and the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA’s) hours-of-service eligibility requirement for teleworkers. An employee that works a 40-hour work week is eligible for 480 hours of FMLA; however, the amount of FMLA varies for employees who frequently work over 40 hours a week.
Yuengert said, “Many employers mistakenly default to 480 hours of FMLA entitlement instead of considering the employees’ actual workweeks...
Anne Yuengert Comments on FLSA and FMLA Coverage for Remote Employees
Anne Yuengert was quoted in an article regarding the Department of Labor’s clarification of the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to nonexempt remote workers and the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA’s) hours-of-service eligibility requirement for teleworkers. An employee that works a 40-hour work week is eligible for 480 hours of FMLA; however, the amount of FMLA varies for employees who frequently work over 40 hours a week. Yuengert said, “Many employers mistakenly default to 480 hours of FMLA entitlement instead of considering the employees’ actual workweeks...
Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...
The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...
Financial Services Perspectives
Bradley's Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team offers the full spectrum of legal services to banks, bank holding companies, mortgage servicers, home mortgage lenders, and other consumer finance companies.
It Pays to Be Covered
Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...
Labor & Employment Insights
Our Labor and Employment team has extensive experience helping our clients resolve disputes both in and out of the courtroom. We are proud to work with a large and diverse group of local, regional, and national clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, mining, media,...
Online and On Point
A Resource for Privacy Developments and Cybersecurity Risks in an Era of Evolving Technology
Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...
The Law of Order
Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...
Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...