John B. Tally, Jr.

John B. Tally, Jr.

Of Counsel
Birmingham Office

205.327.5550 phone 205.326.6786 fax

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John Tally has very extensive trial experience in a wide range of cases including insurance coverage, fraud and bad faith claims, defense of cases based on products liability, business torts, employment, FELA, banking, and civil rights. He has defended a wide variety of product claims including drugs and medical devices, chemicals, and heavy equipment.  He has represented manufacturers of engines and other components of military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft. He has extensive experience in multidistrict litigation involving drugs and medical devices.

In addition to his experience in the products and insurance fields, John has numerous jury trials to his credit in employment cases in state and federal courts.  He was involved during the early 1990s in what was at the time the largest employment discrimination class action in the nation.

He successfully defended the State of Alabama in Knight v. Alabama, 476 F. 3d 1219 (11th Cir. 2007), cert. denied, 127 S. Ct. 3014 (2007), a class action challenging certain tax policies contained in the Constitution of Alabama as part of the litigation known as the Alabama Higher Education Desegregation case.

John has been a lecturer over many years on topics including trial technique, insurance, negotiation, and bad faith litigation. In the summer of 2008, he served on the faculty of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California.  He has an AV Martindale rating and is listed in Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation and Insurance).



  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1965


  • Selected as an Alabama Super Lawyer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Banking & Finance; and Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2008, 2010-2015, 2017, 2018

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Birmingham Bar Association