James F. Walsh

James F. Walsh

Partner
Birmingham Office

205.327.5550 phone 205.326.6786 fax jwalsh@rumberger.com

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Jimmy Walsh primarily focuses his litigation practice in the areas of commercial litigation, consumer practices with an emphasis on breach of warranty and Lemon Law claims and product liability defense.  His practice also includes representing clients in matters involving medical and mental health issues, claims filed under the Federal Torts Claim Act, criminal defense and military law matters.

In his commercial litigation practice, Jimmy represents small and large businesses including those in the banking and financial sector in a variety of disputes.  He has experience litigating cases involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive trust and violations of state and federal statutes including the Uniform Commercial Code.

Defending manufacturers and dealers of automotive vehicles against claims by consumers is another facet of his practice.  He regularly represents clients in cases involving the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Alabama’s Lemon Law and common law breach of warranty and fraud claims.

Representation of manufacturers and distributors in product liability lawsuits is another part of Jimmy’s practice.  Over the years he has represented a variety of clients including those who manufacture and distribute industrial products and heavy equipment, including presses, saws, drills, skidders and front-end loaders.  He has also represented clients in the equipment and manufacturing industries, as well as railroad industry.

Jimmy also represents private and public medical facilities and healthcare providers in cases alleging malpractice.  He also represents clients in matters involving mental health issues, in both the civil and criminal courts. Jimmy has also represented parties in other professional liability actions.

A West Point graduate and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Jimmy uses his military experience to assist clients in matters involving military law.  This includes consulting with clients on issues related to military procedure as well as representing them in litigated matters when required.  Representing clients in matters involving the Federal Tort Claims Act is also part of his practice.

Outside of his litigation practice, Jimmy is an active member of the Birmingham community.  He is a member of the State Executive Board of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and serves on the Birmingham Board of the American Diabetes Association.  An active participant in scouting for the past 25 years, he has served in various positions over the years including that of Scout-Master for the past 12 years.  Within the legal community, he has served on the Grievance Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association as well as its Fee Arbitration Committee.  At the state level, he is a past state chairman of the Military Law Section of the Alabama Bar Association.

Jimmy earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, in 1976.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point from which he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1968.

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., 1968

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Scoutmaster Troop 1
  • Leadership Council Birmingham Branch, American Diabetes Association
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Alabama State Executive Board
  • ATLA
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee, Former member
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Grievance Committee, Former member
  • Alabama Bar Association, Military Law Section, Former State Chairman
  • American Bar Association