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James B. Carlson, Of Counsel
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Birmingham Attorney
James B. Carlson, Of Counsel

Phone: 205.795.6588


Languages: English

Leadership: Member at Large of Product Liability Practice Group

Before Jim Carlson rode herd on products liability matters at Christian & Small, he ran cattle on 30,000 acres of national forest. For 14 years, he worked on different ranches, hunting for cattle on horseback. On some days, Jim and his group would ride for ten hours or more without finding a single cow. On other days, just before sundown, they’d locate the cattle at the bottom of the last hill, which meant they’d arrive back at the ranch well after dark.

Jim says his experience as a cowboy prepared him for his law practice. He often drives himself to look over just one more hill in his pursuit of the right solutions for the firm’s clients. He also compares litigation to riding bareback broncs in a rodeo. He says the worst part about getting ready for trial is waiting for, in rodeo parlance, the chute gate to open. That’s why Jim and his team are amply prepared for the case long before the gate opens, because you have to hold on tight no matter where the case cuts and runs.


  • Trinity College, 1970, B.A.
  • Birmingham School of Law, 1982, J.D.


  • Alabama, 1982
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Representative Experiences:

Successfully handled cases involving the following product lines:

  • All terrain vehicles
  • Hand guns
  • Automobiles
  • Textile machines
  • Equipment
  • Induction furnaces
  • Industrial woodworking machinery
  • Conveyors
  • Tires
  • Boats
  • Medical devices
  • Household appliances
  • Industrial equipment
  • Farm tractors
  • Power tools
  • Car seats
  • Underground mining
  • Forklifts
  • Latex gloves
  • Kerosene heaters
  • Extruder machines
  • Steering cables
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Cranes

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Member
  • Birmingham Bar Association: Member
  • Alabama State Bar: Member

Awards and Recognition:

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011-2014 in the fields of product liability litigation defense and commercial litigation
  • Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers® 2010 – 2013 in the field of personal injury defense (products)

Areas of Practice:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability

Contact This Firm

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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