International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Birmingham Attorney
LaBella S. McCallum

Phone: 800.223.6159


Languages: English

For more than 30 years, LaBella Alvis’s passion has been going to court. However, if you ask her to tell you about her most fun experience as a lawyer, she’ll tell you it was learning how to parallel-park an eighteen-wheeler at the Mayflower Trucking School. The four-day school helped her understand the many factors that truckers have to consider when making split-second decisions on the roads, a unique experience that helps Labella defend trucking cases.

In addition to handling trucking and aviation matters, LaBella has experience with professional liability, liquor liability and coverage cases. Her professional liability work includes hundreds of EEOC and employment liability claims, medical malpractice defense and construction/architect liability. LaBella brings an extra dimension to liquor liability claims due to her experience as a certified ABC Board vendor trainer.

Away from the office, LaBella is a competitive horse jumper. She has won many jumping competitions, including finishing number one in the state in 2010 in two divisions.


  • Auburn University, 1977, B.S. magna cum laude (Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi)
  • University of Houston, 1981, M.A. cum laude
  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law, 1984, J.D. magna cum laude Cumberland Law Review, Associate Editor; Curia Honoris; Order of Barristers; Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Board, Associate Justice; National Trial Team


  • Alabama, 1984
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • 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

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy Program, 1992-94; Member, Annual Fund Advisory Board; President of Cumberland Alumni Club, 2004; Cumberland Advisory Board, 2008-present
  • Birmingham Bar Association: Member, Young Lawyers Section, 1986-1990; President-Elect, 1989; President, 1990; Executive Committee, 1990, 1994-96; Women Lawyers Section: Membership Chair, 1996; Treasurer, 1997; Distinguished Service Award, 2007; Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Birmingham Bar Foundation: Board of Directors, 1997-2009; Secretary, 2006-07; Medical Liaison Committee, present; Producer, “Cabaret” comprised of judges and lawyers to raise money for Children’s Hospital on behalf of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, 2001
  • Alabama State Bar: Judicial Liaison Committee; Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee; Standing Rules Committee
  • American Bar Association (ABA): Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Employment Law Committee; Medical Defense and Health Law Committee
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): Member
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (FICC): Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Emeritus
  • Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Association: Co-Founder; Past Director
  • Canterbury Methodist Church: Member; Small Group Facilitator
  • Alabama Law Foundation

Awards and Recognition:

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011- 2014 in the field of personal injury litigation – defendants
  • Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers® 2010 and 2011 in the fields of insurance coverage and personal injury defense (general and medical malpractice) and 2012 and 2013 in the field of personal injury defense, general
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama 2008 and 2013 – a list comprised of the women lawyers who received the highest number of points in the Alabama Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process
  • Selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation’s list of Alabama Litigation Stars in the field of products liability (2010 -2012), Top 250 Women in Litigation – 2012
  • Birmingham Business Journal, “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” Award, 1995
  • Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association, “Lawyer of the Year,” 1992-93

Publications and Presentations:

  • Duncan Y. Manley & LaBella S. Alvis, The Evolution of an Idea: The Vision of a Firm, The Primerus Paradigm, 48 (Winter 2011).
  • Duncan Y. Manley & LaBella S. Alvis, Be Young, Be Smart, Be Good at Marketing, The Primerus Paradigm, 12 (Spring 2009).

Areas of Practice:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Aviation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Labor and Employment
  • Liquor Liability
  • Medical Device
  • Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice

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: 800.223.6159

Fax: 205.328.7234



Member Since: 2003

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