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Helen J. Alford, Of Counsel
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Helen J. Alford, Of Counsel

Phone: 205.795.6588


Languages: English

Of Counsel Attorney Helen Johnson Alford practices out of Christian & Small’s Mobile/Baldwin County office. She is trained and experienced in alternative dispute resolution and is registered to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in state and federal litigation matters. Her practice also focuses on first-party property claims, construction claims, extra-contractual and general liability matters, insurance coverage, medical malpractice, long-term care, product liability and workers’ compensation claims. Helen was named an “Outstanding Woman in Business” by Business Alabama in September 2005, is listed in the National Registry of Who’s Who, and was named an Alabama Super Lawyer from 2008 to 2012.

Practice Areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort
  • Extra-Contractual & Bad Faith Liability
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor and Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation


  • University of New Orleans, 1980, B.S.
  • Tulane University Law School, 1982, J.D. (Cum laude)

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Alabama State Bar: Member
  • The Mississippi Bar: Member
  • State Bar of Texas: Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association: Member
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel: Member (1993 – Present); State Representative for Alabama (2004 – Present); Vice Chair of the Life, Health and Disability Section (2004 – Present); Vice Chair of the Insurance Coverage Section (2007 – Present); Chair of ADR Section (2006 – 2008)
  • Litigation Management College: Faculty Member (2006); Dean of Students (2006 – 2007); Dean of Admissions (2007 – 2008); Dean of Technology (2008 – present)
  • 20/20 Insurance Summit: Vice Chair (2008 – present); Vice President (2007 – 2009); Board of Directors (2010 – present)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Member; Membership Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section (2008)
  • Alabama State Court Mediator/Arbitration Roster: Registered Mediator
  • Alabama and American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of Neutrals for the USDC Northern District
  • Alabama State Bar Committee of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Alabama Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Mobile Bar Association: Member; Former Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (1994-1995); Secretary of the Mobile Bar Association (1997); Vice Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2001-2002); Member Grievance Committee (2005 – 2008 and 2010 – Present); Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section (2009)
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): Member; Instructor, ADLA Trial Academy (2003-2006); Coordinator and Instructor, ADLA Deposition Workshop (February 2006, December 2006, February 2007, and March 2008); Vice President of the Southern District (2005-2006); Secretary/Treasurer (2006); President Elect (2007-2008); President (2008-2009)
  • 2010 Livingston Award Recipient
  • Completion of 2009 Wind Umpire Certification
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association: Member
  • Alabama Workers’ Compensation Defense Lawyers: Member

Publications and Presentations:

  • Co-authored with James D. Ebanks, Stephen E. Goldman, Marvin L. Karp, and Juan C. Ortega, Dealing with the Difficult Lawyer, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel – Quarterly (Spring 2010)
  • Co-Presenter with Daniel Arndt, Changes in Insurance Language and Interpretation, PLRB (April 2008)
  • Co-Presenter with Paul Lagarde, The New Rules for E-Discovery: What it means for You (August 2007)
  • Presenter, Consulting Experts, Testifying Experts and In-House Experts (May 2007)
  • Author, Homeowner’s Insurance: Additional Living Expenses – The Insurer’s Ounce of Prevention, Federation of Defense Counsel Quarterly (Spring 2007)
  • Presenter, Additional Living Expenses – What is Reimbursable? (February 2007)
  • Co-authored with James W. Lampkin, The Supersizing of America Obesity’s Potential Implications for the Insurance Industry, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Foundation (Summer 2006)
  • Presenter, Katrina and Other Natural Disasters, The Litigation Aftermath (November 2006)
  • Presenter, ALE: What is New on the Policyholder’s Shopping List (October 2006)
  • Presenter, The Ten Commandments for Giving a Good Deposition (June 2006)
  • Presenter, Engaging the Expert (August 2006)
  • Presenter, Reducing Workers’ Compensation Claims and Costs in Your Company (January 2006)
  • Presenter, Professional Ethics – The Character of a Lawyer (February 2005)
  • Presenter, Deposition Boot Camp No. 2 (December 2005)
  • Presenter, Legal Causation – “Arising Out of and in the Course of Employment”
  • Presenter, Preparing the Expert to Give Testimony (March 2004)
  • Presenter, Settlement/Mediation/Negotiation (March 2004)
  • Presenter, Workmen’s Compensation Law Update From the Defense Perspective (December 2003)
  • Presenter, Expert Witnesses (August 2003)
  • Presenter, Advanced Worker’s Compensation in Alabama (April 2001)
  • Presenter, Extra-Contractual Liability (September 2000)
  • Presenter, Workers’ Compensation in Alabama (September 2000)
  • Presenter, Employment Tort Claims (August 2000)
  • Presenter, Objections at Trial 2000 and How to Deal with the Difficult Lawyer (February 2000)
  • Author, The Americans With Disabilities Act and State Workers’ Compensation Law in the Hands of the Court, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly (Fall 1999)
  • Co-Author with Kathleen Cobb Kaufman, Alternative Dispute Resolution: What is it?, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel – Quarterly (Summer 1999)
  • Co-Author with W. Benjamin Broadwater, The Americans with Disabilities Act and State Workers’ Compensation Laws in the Hands of The Courts, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel – Quarterly (Fall 1999)
  • Presenter, Boot Camp on Workers Compensation (February 1997)
  • Presenter, Injuries in the Workplace – Examining the Workers’ Compensation Process (1996)
  • Presenter, The Statute of Limitations in Workers’ Compensation Cases or, When is Two Years Not Two Years (October 1996)
  • Presenter, Corporate Counsel: Duties and Responsibilities (November 1996)
  • Presenter, Cruising Alternative Dispute Resolution (September 1996)
  • Presenter, Mediation: Its Benefits and Uses
  • Presenter, Mediation – Who, What, Where, Why and How (April 1995)
  • Presenter, Alternative Dispute Resolution (March 1995)
  • Presenter, Recent Developments in Trial Practice (December 1993)


  • Alabama, 1982
  • Mississippi, 1983
  • Texas, 1991
  • Tennessee, 2001

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Christian & Small LLP

Suite 1800, Financial Center
505 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Law Firm Contact: Duncan Y. Manley

Tel: 205.795.6588

Fax: 205.328.7234



Member Since: 2003

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