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Larry Childs

Partner

A dispute-resolution practice built on trust and long-term relationships

For more than 40 years, a variety of businesses from financial institutions to medical providers and manufacturers have sought counsel from Larry Childs regarding a diverse range of matters. Skilled in handling complex litigation, whether resolved through an early settlement, arbitration, trial, or on appeal, Larry adopts the strategy of "relentlessness in the pursuit of excellence." He lays out a success strategy at the earliest stage of conflict and follows it until the client accomplishes its objectives. For 12 years Larry served as a practice group leader for Waller’s litigation practice.

Larry's focused strategic planning with constant adjustments assures clients that their ultimate goals are top of mind. Long-term relationships with clients, spanning decades in many cases, make possible Larry's vision of being a true member of the client's team.

Although representing financial institutions has been a principal focus of his practice, over his distinguished litigation career Larry has "done it all." From cases involving consumer class actions to industrial accidents to criminal allegations against company executives, to claims by healthcare providers against HMOs and insurance companies, he delights in simplifying complex litigation - a thought leader able to combine ideas from diverse fields to achieve creative results. Larry led Waller's litigation team in the Jefferson County, Alabama bankruptcy - one of the largest municipal bankruptcy cases in American history. He successfully argued a ground-breaking Fraud-on-the-Market securities case to an en banc federal appeals court. He recently obtained a multi-million arbitration award for a small healthcare provider. Larry's greatest satisfaction comes from ending cases before they get off the ground - sometimes by talking the opposing counsel out of pursuing the claim. He has tried lawsuits and arbitrations in a variety of forums (including overseas) and successfully resolved disputes of all kinds. In addition to his litigation practice, Larry is a qualified American Arbitration Association arbitrator.

Larry maintains a diverse portfolio of cases, including:

  • Bookkeeper embezzlement cases
  • Lender liability suits
  • Lending discrimination claims
  • Personal and corporate trust matters
  • Regulatory matters
  • Securities and ERISA class actions
  • Shareholder derivative lawsuits
  • Healthcare provider disputes
  • Non-competition covenant disputes

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  • Related Services
  • Education
    • J.D., University of Virginia, 1977
      • Order of the Coif
      • National Moot Court Team
      • Hardy Dillard Writing Fellow
    • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, 1974
      • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Bar Admissions
    • Alabama
    • Tennessee
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits
    • U.S. District Court, All Districts in Alabama
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Recognitions
    • Chambers USA
      • Litigation: General Commercial (Alabama), 2017-2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Banking & Finance, 2009-2022
      • Commercial Litigation, 2009-2022
      • Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2009-2022
      • Litigation - Construction, 2009-2022
      • Litigation - Securities, 2022
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings), 2019
      • Lawyer of the Year - Litigation- Banking and Finance (Birmingham)
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Business Litigation, 2008, 2010-2021
  • Professional Involvement
    • Member, Business Entities Committee of the Alabama Law Institute, which redrafted the corporate statutes for the State of Alabama
    • Former Member, Alabama Consumer Information Privacy Study
  • Community Involvement
    • Founding Chairman, Board of Directors of Grace House Ministries, Inc.
    • Finance Chairman, Election Campaign of former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor
    • Counsel, Reelection Campaign of former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Harold F. See
    • Member, Birmingham, Alabama and Tennessee Bar Associations

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