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Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys

Meet the attorneys of McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP

McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP has built its reputation on being “The People’s Law Firm.” Learn more about the people who have helped to build this reputation by reviewing their personal biographies below:

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From our office in Montgomery, the attorneys at McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP represent clients throughout Alabama, focusing primarily on Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties. Call today at 334.262.1911 or contact the firm online to schedule your initial consultation.


Julian L. McPhillips
Partner

Senior Partner, President and Founding Attorney

Click here for a full biography on the life and times of Julian McPhillips.

Julian McPhillips was the only Montgomery attorney listed in the Employment and Labor section of Super Lawyers Business Edition 2014.

Admissions

  • New York, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1975
  • Alabama, 1975
  • Supreme Court of Alabama, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1982

Career highlights

  • Senior Partner, President and Founding Attorney, McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP and predecessor firms, 1978–2014
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Alabama, 1975–1977
  • Chief Counsel, Alabama Securities Commission, Alabama Banking Department, 1975–1977
  • Associate Counsel, American Express Company, 1973–1975
  • Associate Attorney, Davis, Polk & Wardwell, 1971–1973

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • American Association of Justice, 1979–2014
  • Alabama Association for Justice, 1979–2014
  • American Bar Association, 1972–2014
  • Alabama Bar Association, 1975–2014
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, 1975–2014
  • Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, 1980–2014
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1980–2014
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1972–2014
  • Ordained minister, Global Evangelical Christian College Seminary & Accrediting Commission, January 2005

Civic affiliations

  • Co-founder, former senior warden and member, Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church, 1981–2014
  • Member, Holy Spirit Anglican Church, 2007–2010
  • Co-founder, president and board chairman, Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, 1987
  • Board member, Alabama World Affairs Council, 1979–2009
  • Member, Board of Visitors, St. James School, Montgomery, Alabama, 2005–2011
  • Co-founder, president and board chair, McPhillips International Center for Religious and Racial Reconciliation
  • National board member, Anglicans for Life
  • State board member, Alabama Lawyers for Life
  • The Auburn Black Caucus

Public distinctions

In an Associated Press feature story in state-wide newspapers in 1983, McPhillips was referred to as the “Public Watchdog of Alabama” and a 1984 Montgomery Advertiser column named McPhillips as the “Private Attorney General of Alabama.” In the 1997 Montgomery Advertiser “Reader’s Choice Award,” McPhillips was voted by Montgomery Advertiser readers as “Best Attorney in Montgomery.” McPhillips is the subject of a book first published in 2000 and republished in 2005 entitled “The People’s Lawyer: The Colorful Life and Times of Julian L. McPhillips, Jr.” (NewSouth Books).

Honors and awards

  • Alabama State Conference NAACP Attorney of the Year Award, 2011
  • Candidate, Alabama Attorney General, 1978 (finished second in a nine-candidate race)
  • Candidate, U.S. Senate, 2002 (made Democratic Primary runoff, but lost)
  • Twice-elected delegate to Democratic National Convention (1980, 2000)
  • Winner, 1985 Communication & Leadership Award, Toastmasters International
  • Leadership Award, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 2000
  • Legacy of the Dreamer Award, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 2001
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.  Social Consciousness Award, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 2003
  • Humanitarian Award, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 2005 (presented jointly to Julian and Leslie McPhillips)
  • Humanitarian Award, Alabama State Association of Elks, 2008
  • Individual Community Leader Award, Alabama Citizens for Life, 2008
  • Wrestling awards
    • All-American collegiate wrestler at Princeton University, 1967
    • Two-time Eastern AAU heavyweight wrestling champion (1971, 1973)
    • Finalist, 220 lb. class, 1972 Summer Olympics tryouts

Publications

  • Author, “From Vacillation to Resolve:  The Role of French Communist Party in the Resistance Movement Against the Nazis, 1939–45” (unpublished thesis, Princeton University,1968)
  • Co-author, “The People’s Lawyer:  The Colorful Life and Times of Julian L. McPhillips, Jr.,” 2nd ed., NewSouth Books, 2005
  • Author, “History of Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church”, NewSouth Books, 2005

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Kenneth Shinbaum
Partner

Kenneth Shinbaum joined McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP in 1986. Kenneth’s primary practice areas include personal injury, automobile and truck accident litigation, workers’ compensation, employment law, civil rights law, government administrative law, premises liability, wrongful death, commercial motor vehicle accidents and constitutional law.

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • Appellate Mediator, 2004–present

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1977, L.L.M. in Taxation, 1987
    • Member, Bench and Bar Honor Society
    • Member, John A. Campbell Moot Court Board
  • Tulane University, B.S., 1974

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Association for Justice
  • Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution

Publications and presentations

Kenneth has been a presenter at various continuing legal education seminars on topics relating to the field of employment law, the Americans with Disabilities Act and workers’ compensation law.

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James G. Bodin
Partner

James G. Bodin

James “Jim” Bodin joined the firm as a law clerk in 1995. He became a partner with the firm of McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP in 2006. Jim’s practice areas include auto negligence, wrongful death, premises liability, insurance claims, appellate practice and criminal defense. Throughout his 18-year legal career, Jim has represented over 900 clients and has achieved numerous six-figure injury settlements for his clients.

Representative appellate cases

Ex parte Kenneth Bentford v. Tri Star Development, Inc., 719 So. 2d 778 (Ala. 1998)

Michael A. Pretl v. Robert H. Ford, 723 So. 2d 1 (Ala. 1998)

Beatrice E. Oliver v. Patricia Towns, 738 So. 2d 798 (Ala. 1999)

Beatrice E. Oliver v. Patricia Towns, 770 So. 2d 1059 (Ala. 2000)

Robert W. O’ Ferrell v. United States of America, 253 F.3d 1257 (Ala.), 11th Cir. 2001

Angela Jackson et al. v. Cavalier Manuf. Inc., 823 So. 2d 1237 (Ala., April 13, 2001) (cert. denied, 535 U.S. 986, 152 L. Ed. 2d. 464, 122 S.Ct 1536, April 15, 2002)

Lyles v. Pioneer Housing Systems, Inc., 858 So. 2d 226 (Ala. 2003)

Gayle Pittman v. United Toll Systems, Inc., 882 So. 2d 842 (Ala. 2003)

Griffin et al. v. Blackwell, 2010 WL 3518687 (Sept. 10, 2010)

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2003

Education

  • Thomas G. Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, J.D., 1996
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette, M.A. in History, 1993
  • Nicholls State University, B.A., 1992
  • Central Catholic High School, 1986

Professional memberships and affiliations

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association

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Aaron J. Luck
Partner

Attorney Aaron Luck is a partner with McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP. Aaron’s primary practice areas include personal injury, auto negligence, wrongful death, contract law and dram shop cases.

Born into a Marine Corps family in Wisconsin, Aaron spent his early life traveling the world with his parents. He lived in Asia and Europe during his school years. After attending Auburn, Aaron served in the Marine Corps for two years. His brother, Josh, retired from the Marine Corps as a Harrier pilot after 20 years of service. After graduating from Jones School of Law, Aaron joined the firm in 1997. Aaron has become well known for obtaining tremendous results for clients. He has secured a $10 million-plus verdict as lead counsel for a client, and served as co-counsel in Daniels v. East Alabama Paving, a case which resulted in a verdict of more than $7 million.

Aaron is happily married to his wife Amy.  Their daughter is a student at Auburn University and their son attends Park Crossings High School.  Aaron enjoys golf, sporting events, hunting and fishing.

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Education

  • Thomas G. Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, J.D., 1997
  • Officer Candidate School, U.S. Marine Corps, 1992
  • Auburn University, B.S., 1991

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association

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Joseph C. Guillot
Partner

Attorney Joseph Guillot joined the firm in 1999, starting its military and Social Security practices. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Joe brings the discipline and tenacity he learned as a soldier into the courtroom for his clients. His primary practice areas now include employment law, federal and private employment discrimination, administrative law, personal injury and criminal law.

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • Thomas G. Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, J.D., 1999
    • Editor-in-Chief, Jones Law Review
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, M.A.S., Aeronautical Science, 1985
  • Nicholls State University, B.S., Engineering Technology, 1976

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County  Association for Justice
  • Alabama Association for Jucstice

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Chris Worshek

During law school, Chris worked for the firm as a law clerk from 2007-2009. After serving three years in the United States Army, including a deployment to Iraq in 2011, Chris became an associate attorney with the firm on August 29, 2012. Chris’s area of practice includes employment law, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Chris is a native of Huntsville, AL. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, receiving a B.A. in Political Science. In May, 2009, he graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of law in Montgomery, Alabama.

Admissions

  • State of Alabama Bar Admission, 2009
  • Eleventh Circuit Northern Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 2012

Education

  • Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • University of Alabama, B.A., Political Science, 2006

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section (YLS)
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association

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Chase Estes

During law school, Chase worked for the Administrative Office of Courts, where he assisted in preparing the 2012 statewide court cost survey, and the Alabama Law Institute, where he assisted in updating the Alabama Probate Judges Handbook. Additionally, he served as an intern in the legal office of Governor Robert Bentley and with Legal Services of Alabama in Montgomery. Chase served as a third year Senator in the law school’s Student Bar Association and was involved with the Academic Success Fellows program.

Chase is a native of Athens, Alabama. He attended Auburn University, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. double major in political science and history in 2010. In May, 2013, he earned his J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama.

Admissions

  • Alabama, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2014

Education

  • Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D., 2013
    • Dean’s List, Spring 2013 & Fall 2010
    • Public Interest Law Society Fellow (Pro Bono Merit & Public Service Merit)
  • Auburn University, B.A., 2010

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section (YLS)
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Auburn Alumni Association

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