Lloyd W. Gathings
Lloyd W. Gathings is the founding partner at Gathings Law. He is a 1976 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and graduated summa cum laude, first in a class of approximately 230 students. During the last 30 years, Mr. Gathings has been continuously practicing in complex litigation, including business tort litigation, products liability, on-the-job injuries, class action litigation, fraud, and toxic tort cases.
Mr. Gathings has been an innovator in the field of products liability. He is believed to be the first plaintiff’s counsel in Alabama to perform actual crash tests in automobile products liability cases or to use video simulations of vehicle crashes for reconstruction purposes. He has successfully handled noteworthy products liability cases in the Supreme Court of Alabama, including record wrongful death verdicts, dual capacity, and breach of warranty. During the last four decades, Mr. Gathings has been lead counsel or co-counsel in many plaintiffs’ cases resulting in judgments, verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 million. He has been voted AV Peer Review Rated, reaching the height of professional excellence. Having practiced law for many years, he is recognized through this rating for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
Mr. Gathings is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the 11th, 7th, 6th and 5th Circuits; various United States District Courts in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Illinois; the Alabama Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court.
He is a member and past President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. During his term as President, Mr. Gathings served as the lead negotiator in the Alabama Workers Compensation Reform as well as other consumer legislation; helped form and served as one of the original directors and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alabama Lawyers for Children, an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in Alabama; was instrumental in forming the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, a charitable organization for the purpose of raising funds for various charitable organizations in Alabama, including legal service organizations.
Mr. Gathings was the chairman of the Amicus Curiae committee for the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association for a number of years. Through his efforts in writing appellate briefs in and arguing noteworthy cases, many changes affording further consumer rights and protections were effected in the state. Mr. Gathings is also a past President of the Birmingham Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member and past State Delegate of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America(American Association for Justice), a past elected member of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Executive Committee, and is a past member of the Civil Procedure Liaison Committee, Legal-Medical Liaison Committee, CLE Committee and Technology Committee. He is also a past member of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Gathings served as Vice-President and President of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation.
Mr. Gathings is author of articles in The Cumberland Law Review, The Alabama Lawyer, and The Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Journal. He authored the Recent Civil Decisions column in the Birmingham Bar Association Journal for a number of years. He has presented continuing legal education courses for the Alabama School of Law, the Cumberland School of Law, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, and other local trial and bar associations.
Mr. Gathings has been featured in Newsweek magazine, Fortune Magazine and on Sky Radio as one of America’s Premier Lawyers. He has been voted by his peers Alabama Super Lawyer Status. He is a lifetime member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who. His honors continue on local and national levels including being recognized as one of Birmingham Biz Magazine's 2016 Top Lawyers.