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August, 2017

the attorneys

Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail Managing Partner Josh Wright announced on August 24, 2017 that the firm signed a new deal with WVTM-13, ensuring the popular legal advice show, The Attorneys, will continue to be on WVTM-13 through 2018. The Attorneys, hosted by long-time Birmingham personality David Lamb, each week features an attorney from Hollis Wright speaking with a guest attorney regarding varying legal topics. The public can call in, speak to an actual attorney on the phone, and receive free legal advice. The show has become hugely popular, as Hollis Wright attorneys take a multitude of calls, texts and emails each Sunday night. The show airs after the late news on Sunday nights at 10:35 p.m.



January, 2017

Bobby Bell

The firm is proud to announce that effective immediately Bobby Bell has been named Partner. Bobby has been an associate with the firm since 2008 and has been leading our Mass Tort department since 2010.



October 28, 2016

Jordan Mays Matson

Josh Wright: "As we do with all cases, we investigate all potential theories. We leave no stones unturned. With this case, after some forensic testing and good engineering work, we found an extra claim under one of those stones. Ms. Matson, Mr. Matson and their son deserved that from our law firm. Our plan from here is to bring the responsible parties to justice. It starts today with the filing of this new lawsuit." Read More...



August, 2016

Josh Wright Top Lawyer BHM BIZ magazine

Congratulations to Josh Wright for being selected as a 2016 Top Lawyer in the August issue of BHM BIZ magazine. The list is released annually to showcase the best lawyers in the biz for the Birmingham area.


June 17, 2016

Josh Wright ALAJ President

Josh Wright complete his term as the 2015-2016 ALAJ President and handed over the reins to Ken Riley this weekend during the annual Sun & Stars Convention in SanDestin.


June 10, 2016

All-Star Season

All-Star season is heating up for partners Josh Wright and Tyler Vail. Let's just try to keep the competition about the kids, ok guys?!


June 7, 2016

Family Night at Barons Family Night at Barons

HWCV Family Night at the Birmingham Barons game was a huge success. The great team we have compiled at this firm would not be possible without the support of all our incredible families, and we look forward to these opportunities to be able to get everyone together for a night of family fun and relaxation.


May 2016

We are extremely proud to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of The Attorneys! It takes many people to make the show a success, too many to name in fact; however, we would especially like to thank WVTM 13 and our wonderful production team for all their hard work and all the exceptional guests we have been so fortunate to have on the show over the last 5 years. Thank you again to everyone who has been a part of the show, and here's to the next 5!


March 21, 2016

Hostage team Breakout team Kidnapping team Casino Royale team

Firm outing today to Breakout Birmingham for a little team-building!


February 25, 2016

2nd Grade Mountain Brook Spartans 2nd Grade Mountain Brook Spartans Win at the North Shelby Basketball Association Tournament

Congratulations to Coach Josh Wright and the 2nd Grade Mountain Brook Spartans on their undefeated season (17-0) and their win at the North Shelby Basketball Association Tournament.

Pictured from left to right

Front row - William Grubbs, Trey Davis, Parker Wright
Back row - Josh Wright (coach), Isaac Mastin, Billy Pharo, Maddox Brown, Sam Estes and Hayes Holbert.


February 12, 2016

Birmingham attorney to evaluate carbon monoxide poisoning at Guntersville State Park


February 2016

Josh Wright coached the 2nd Grade Mtn. Brook Spartans
On February 6, Josh Wright coached the 2nd Grade Mtn. Brook Spartans in the Recreation Championship game at Spartan Arena. His son, Parker Wright, was on the Spartan team. Unfortunately, the Spartans lost a close one, 16-13. Congratulations Josh and Parker for a great 2nd grade season!

January 23, 2016

Josh Wright attended the Alabama Association for Justice Sustaining Member luncheon with his guest Gov. Robert Bentley
Josh Wright attended the Alabama Association for Justice Sustaining Member luncheon with his guest Gov. Robert Bentley

October 29, 2015

Two-Vehicle Crash Near Intersection of Highway 280 and Shelby County 280

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —The family of the woman who was killed in a two-vehicle crash last week is looking for answers as to what caused the crash.

According to the family’s attorney, Jordan Matson, 25, was in the wrong place at the wrong time when her vehicle was struck just after 8 a.m. on Oct. 20 near the intersection of Highway 280 and Shelby County 280.

Matson was on her way to day care to drop off her 8-month-old son before heading to work. Matson was a hairstylist at Studio 21 on Highway 280 a few miles away.

She never made it.

Investigators said an 18-wheeler driven by Renae Garner-James, 39, struck Matson's Honda CRV.

She died at the scene.

"The family's obviously devastated,” attorney Josh Wright said. “This has been something that will change their lives forever. Not only did they lose a mother to an 8-month-old child, they lost a daughter, a sister and a wife."

Wright said a half-dozen witnesses have come forward confirming what is in the accident report.

“The preliminary accident report states that Jordan Matson was lawfully going through the intersection on a green arrow at that very busy intersection near the Narrows, and that the tractor trailer ran the red light," Wright said.

Wright said his law firm still has a lot of ground to cover.

“Ultimately when the vehicles released, and the cellphone is available, we'll have the opportunity to forensically evaluate those things and hopefully get some answers for the family,” Wright said.

The attorney for Miller and Son Trucking in Mississippi said he is also looking into the crash.


October 26, 2015

Birmingham, AL

Jordan Mays Matson was beautifully laid to rest today after an accident that took her life October 20, 2015 on US Hwy 280. The family simply asks for prayers and peace as they deal with this terrible tragedy.

The events that led to the unfortunate death of this wonderful 25 year old mother, wife, sister and daughter, are being fully and completely investigated at this time. Josh Wright of the firm Hollis Wright has been retained to represent the family and assist in the investigation. If anyone witnessed the event, they are encouraged to contact Hollis Wright at 205-324-3600.

More information will be provided in the future as to the cause of her death, and the injuries to her 8 month old child. At this time, however, it appears that the car seat her son was riding in played a significant role in preventing severe physical injuries. For that, the family is grateful. The family would like to thank all of the first responders to the scene as well as the therapy worker(s) that pulled Jordan’s son to safety immediately after the accident.

To provide support to the family, please go to: www.gofundme.com/af6utcw8.

See more information: www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/10/family_of_mother_wife_killed_i.html


August 26, 2015

Congratulations to Attorneys Carter Clay and Drew McNutt who obtained a $270,000 jury verdict on August 26, 2015 in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County. The case involved neck injuries sustained by our client in a motor vehicle accident. The case was tried before the Honorable Michael Graffeo.


Josh J. Wright

June 19, 2015

The managing partner of the firm Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, P.C., Josh Wright, was elected as the President of the Alabama Association for Justice (former Alabama Trial Lawyers) on June 19, 2015. Josh will serve as the president of ALAJ for the coming year.

"I'm honored and humbled to serve as the ALAJ President for this year", stated Wright. "It's a great group with a 60 year history. The past presidents include some of this State's greatest trial lawyers. I'm honored to be a part of that history."

The ALAJ mission is:

Our mission is to make sure any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can get justice in the courtroom, even when taking on the most powerful interests; to eliminate civil justice restrictions; to ensure our members have the tools needed to provide a level playing field through timely ethical and educational programs; to strengthen the civil justice system so that deserving individuals can get justice and wrongdoers can be held accountable; to strive for equality in the one room where individuals and powerful interests are held accountable - the American courtroom.


May 2015

Once again, we’d like to congratulate the HWCV attorneys being honored as Alabama Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015. Both Josh Wright and Carter Clay were selected and named 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers, and Bo Bell was named a 2015 Rising Star.

Super Lawyers is an exclusive, unbiased rating-service of lawyers from business and consumer practice areas. Super Lawyers honors no more than five percent of the attorneys in any state. The Super Lawyers list names the attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research, while Rising Stars names the state's top up-and-coming attorneys. Alabama Super Lawyers magazine features the lists and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys across Alabama, as well as ABA-approved law school libraries. The full lists of Alabama Super Lawyers and Alabama Rising Stars will be published in the May issue of Super Lawyers magazine, as well as the May issue of Business Alabama magazine.


April 2015

The results are in for Birmingham Magazine’s 2015 Top Attorneys, and we are honored to have 2 of our partners on that list! Both Josh Wright and Tyler Vail were selected as Top Attorneys in the Civil Litigation category, and Josh Wright was also chosen under the Personal Injury category.

Winners in the 2015 Top Attorneys Poll were chosen by their peers in a vote held by Birmingham Magazine. Winners in all category will be featured in the April issue of Birmingham Magazine.


March 2015

B-Metro's annual list of Top Flight Lawyers has been released in their March issue, and we are extremely proud to have Josh Wright named as one of the 2015 Stars of the Bar!

Read the article - b-metro.com


December 3, 2014

Congratulations to Carter Clay on a positive federal ruling for his case:

Intuitive Surgical Robot Action Timely Under Ala. Statute of Limitations, Federal Judge Rules


November 1 2014

Another battle in the sports arena for the partners' sons this weekend. Paulson Wright and Coleman Clay met on the field during the Super Bowl for the Mountain Brook Youth Football League on Saturday. Coleman's team came out victorious, while Paulson's team placed 6th. Way to go boys!

Coleman ClayPaulson Wright

August 2014

Our new office building on Morris Avenue was featured by B-Metro's article Old Building, New Life. Read the full article here


July 2014

The firm had a first this past weekend. The mighty 6U Mountain Brook Spartans baseball team played the ferocious 6U Homewood Patriots on July 12 in Montgomery. Coach Tyler Vail head coaches the Homewood team while Josh Wright is an assistant coach on the Spartans. Their 6 year old boys -- the firm's next generation -- faced off in that game. Homewood was victorious! Congratulations to Homewood and Coach Vail for the victory.

Tyler Vail's Son and Josh Wright's SonTyler Vail and Josh Wright with Their SonsTyler Vail's Son and Josh Wright's Son


A one-sentence order issued by the Supreme Court in June has rejected BP’s latest attempt to halt payments owed to BP oil spill victims. For more information, read BP Rejected by Supreme Court on Gulf Payments Reprieve on Bloomberg.com.


June 2014

During the annual Alabama Association for Justice Sun & Stars convention, Josh Wright was elected President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation (ACJF), as well as being named President-Elect of the Alabama Association for Justice.

annual Alabama Association for Justice Sun & Stars convention


December 2013

Josh Wright's son, Paulson Wright, a 10 year old Mountain Brook baseball player, participated in the Alabama State Championship Showcase Tournament in July 2013. He was awarded the Offensive MVP award for the tournament at the first annual USSSA Hall of Fame Banquet in Orange Beach, Alabama on December 14, 2013. From the 10U Mountain Brook Spartans baseball team, both Strother Gibbs and Braxton Wetzler also participated in the tournament.

Paulson Wright Offensive MVP award


December 4, 2013

Josh Wright was quoted on AL.com today regarding a newly filed wrongful death case of his.


November 2013

Congratulations to Josh Wright, who has been selected as a finalist for the Birmingham Business Journal's 2013 CEO Awards in the Top Small Business Category. As a finalist, Josh will be recognized in the December issue of the Birmingham Business Journal, as well as honored at a special reception in December.


October 2013

Josh Wright was very fortunate to get to meet with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley during the Alabama Association of Justice luncheon.

Josh Wright with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley


June 2013

Two of our attorneys returned from the annual ALAJ Sun & Stars Convention with new titles... Congratulations to Josh Wright, who was named Vice President of the Alabama Association for Justice, and Greg Foster, who was named Chair of the ALAJ Emerging Leaders Caucus!


May 2013

Hollis Wright is extremely proud to announce that all of our attorneys were selected as either Alabama Super Lawyers or Alabama Rising Stars for the year 2013. L. Andrew Hollis (Of Counsel), Josh Wright (Partner) and Carter Clay (Partner) were selected as 2013 Alabama Super Lawyers. Tyler Vail (Partner) and Associates Bobby Bell and Greg Foster were selected as 2013 Alabama Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is an exclusive, unbiased rating-service of lawyers from business and consumer practice areas. Super Lawyers honors no more than five percent of the attorneys in any state. The Super Lawyers list names the attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research, while Rising Stars names the state's top up-and-coming attorneys. Alabama Super Lawyers magazine features the lists and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys across Alabama, as well as ABA-approved law school libraries. The full lists of Alabama Super Lawyers and Alabama Rising Stars will be published in the May issue of Super Lawyers, as well as the May issue of Business Alabama magazine.


The firm would like to congratulate Coach Tyler Vail, his five-year old son Drew, and the entire Raptors baseball team on a perfect 16-0 season!

Drew Vail trophy


April 18, 2013

The firm is proud to announce that Carter Clay, formerly with Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, has joined the firm. Carter has joined the firm as a named partner, and as a litigator. Carter has practiced for 14 years in civil litigation, and has achieved some outstanding results for his clients, including several recent multimillion dollar verdicts. Managing partner of Hollis, Wright, Josh Wright, stated "Carter completes an important piece to the firm's puzzle. Carter's litigation experience goes well with the firm's motto to 'level the playing field' for our clients. He adds another senior level aggressive and tenacious litigator that will make our clients proud."

The firm is proud to welcome Carter Clay as a partner to the law firm, and looks forward to having him on our team for years to come.


April 18, 2013

The firm is proud to announce Tyler Vail has become a named partner at Hollis and Wright. Tyler has been with the firm for almost two years, and is the head of the firm's mass tort department. Tyler is also in the firm's litigation department. "Tyler's advocacy for our clients is first rate, and the addition of his name to the firm makes our entire team proud," stated Josh Wright, managing partner with Hollis Wright "Tyler's outstanding results for his clients -- over the many years he has practiced as a lawyer - are impressive and deserved recognition. I am proud to call him my partner."


February 2013

HWC is proud to announce that two of our lawyers' children, Paulson Wright and Carter Vail, both won their recreation basketball championship on February 9. Paulson Wright's team was the Spartans, and they won Saturday at Spartan Arena by a score of 23-19. Paulson is coached by his dad, and our attorney, Josh Wright.

Across town, just an hour earlier, Carter Vail won the Homewood recreation championship. Carter Vail's team was the Bulls, and they won 25-16. Carter is coached by Rusty Sansing and by his dad, and our attorney, Tyler Vail.

Josh Wright with Paulson and the rest of the SpartansCarter Vail

Josh Wright with Paulson and the
rest of the Spartans

Carter Vail

January 2013

The Firm would like to take a minute to recognize Mr. L. Andrew Hollis, Jr. for his hard work and dedication over the last 11 years. As of December 31, 2012, Mr. Hollis has announced his official retirement from the practice. We will greatly miss his legal expertise and his smiling face around the office. Congratulations and Well Wishes to you, Mr. Hollis!

The Firm would also like to congratulate Mr. Tyler Vail for being named partner this month. Tyler joined HWC in 2011 and has been a great asset to our practice. Congratulations Tyler and we look forward to many years of success with you.


October 2012

This past Saturday, October 20th, HWC was once again honored to sponsor, and be part of, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Birmingham. HWC had team of participants in both the 5k and 1 mile runs. As sponsors, HWC not only manned our annual booth in the Expo Area providing free souvenir photographs to all race participants, but we were also honored to be able to have a second booth providing photographs in the Survivor Café. In only our second year of sponsorship, our volunteers almost doubled the number of photographs provided to participants and survivors. The Firm has thoroughly enjoyed supporting Race for the Cure and look forward to continuing our sponsorship relationship for many years to come.


June 18, 2012

Alabama Attorneys' Association Elects New Officers

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ), which represents plaintiffs' attorneys, elected its new Officers this past weekend at its annual convention held from June 14 through June 16.

Leading the ALAJ as President for 2012-2013 is Birmingham attorney Clay Hornsby of the firm Morris, Haynes, Hornsby, Wheeles & Knowles. Jeff Rickard of Birmingham-based Marsh, Rickard & Bryan will serve as President-Elect. First Vice President is Mike Ermert of Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, and Second Vice President is Josh Wright of Hollis and Wright, both from Birmingham. Ken Riley of the Birmingham firm Farris, Riley & Pitt now serves as Secretary, while Frank Woodson of Montgomery-based Beasley Allen is Treasurer. The association's past president is now Rebekah McKinney of the Huntsville firm Watson McKinney.

"The Alabama Association for Justice's mission is to protect access to the courtroom, which is the one room where individuals and powerful interests are held accountable," said Clay Hornsby, President of the ALAJ. "As President, I am honored to continue pursuing this mission and ensuring our state's civil justice system is protected for those needing justice."

"Each year it's an honor to work with a slate of talented, smart and dedicated attorneys as our Officers, and 2012-2013 is no different," stated Executive Director Ginger Avery. "I know these folks will represent the Alabama Association for Justice well and continue the tradition of excellent service to the profession and those who need legal representation."


April 30, 2012

The 2012 results are in, and HWC is extremely proud to announce that Andy Hollis has once again been chosen as Alabama Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 areas of practice who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers list names the attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research, while Rising Stars names the state's top up-and-coming attorneys. Alabama Super Lawyers magazine features the lists and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys across Alabama, as well as ABA-approved law school libraries. The full lists of Alabama Super Lawyers and Alabama Rising Stars will be published in the May issue of Super Lawyers, as well as the May issue of Business Alabama magazine.


April 2012

Huge congratulations goes out to Greg Foster for being selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40.

Greg is one of only 40 trial lawyers from Alabama to be chosen for membership in 2012. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

Great job Greg!


March 2012

HWC is proud to announce the selection of Andy Hollis and Josh Wright to B-Metro's 2012 list of Top Rated Lawyers in the Birmingham area. The lawyers selected to this list have been rated by their peers to be AV Preeminent in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings-the highest Peer Review Rating available. The complete list of Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Lawyers can be found in the Special Report section of the March 2012 issue of B-Metro magazine. Also, be sure to check out the firm's Promotional Ad on page 121 of the issue.


January 26, 2012

Today, Hollis and Wright is extremely excited to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! For 10 years, our attorneys have been working hard every day to "level the playing field" for injury victims, consumers, and businesses. Over the years, the faces and even the name may have changed a little, but the motto never has: Experience. Excellence. Results.


December 29, 2011

LawyersandSettlements.com recently interviewed Andy Hollis regarding the dangers involved with the use of Adderall. In Jane Lundy's article, "Attorneys Slams the Makers of Adderall", Andy discusses the potential for heart attacks and strokes in both adults and children when taking Adderall. Hollis and Wright is actively investigating cases involving Adderall. If you or a loved one has experienced symptoms while taking Adderall, contact our firm today.


December, 2011

Smith & Wesson announced the recall of its Thompson Center Venture Rifle on November 8, 2011. According to the recall notice, the recall applies to all Venture rifles manufactured prior to October 28, 2011. "During an internal technical review, Smith & Wesson identified a condition that may exist with the sear supplied with some rifles that would allow the rifle to fire without the trigger being pulled."

The lawyers of Hollis and Wright are investigating the recall and claims associated with serious injuries caused by these rifles. Hollis and Wright is currently representing a client that was seriously injured due to a recalled rifle.

If you, a family member or friend have been seriously injured by such a Smith & Wesson Thompson Center Venture Rifle, contact us today by calling us at 844-529-8255 or by clicking on this link.


The Attorneys proudly moving to WVTM-13

Hollis Wright is proud to announce that 'The Attorneys' will be moving to WVTM-13 beginning Sunday, December 4 th. The show had previously aired for 26 weeks on CBS42. 'The Attorneys' new home will be after the late news at 10:30 on Sunday nights on NBC 13. 'The Attorneys' is a weekly show where lawyers answer legal questions and address important legal topics that can assist viewers with everyday life problems. Past shows have touched on topics such as wrongful death, car accidents, divorce and child custody, employment law, nursing home abuse, and many other issues that people deal with each and every day. "With the firm's move to WVTM-13, we hope to take the show to the next level - providing a great legal service for free to viewers in the Birmingham area," said Josh Wright, Managing Partner of Hollis Wright "This is a tremendous opportunity to increase our outreach to Birmingham citizens," Wright said. The firm will have future shows on topics including, disability claims, child abuse, products liability, and insurance bad faith just to name a few.

Additional information on 'The Attorneys' can be found on the firm's website, , and previous episodes can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-attorneys.


December, 2011

Josh Wright appeared on Daytime Alabama to discuss The Attorneys move to Alabamas 13

Josh appeared on Daytime Alabama a second time to discuss The Attorneys upcoming episode on An Employers Wage Responsibilities.


October 31, 2011

Congratulations to partner for being selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of 2011 by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

October 7, 2011

Hollis and Wright hosts a WVTM-13 show each Sunday night at 11:05 pm, called The Attorneys. This Sunday, October 9, 2011, the firm is honored to have former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Sue Bell Cobb on the show. Justice Cobb will be discussing topics facing our judiciary and State, including the following: partisan elections for appellate judges, the structure of Alabama's court system, the Judicial Inquiry Commission, court funding, and her recent retirement in 2011.

Chief Justice Cobb became a lawyer in 1981, and was appointed that same year to the District Court bench in Conecuh County. She was elected in 1982 to that position and served until 1994. In 1994, she became the first woman elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals where she served until 2007, when she was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court as its first female Chief Justice. She served in that role until she stepped down in 2011.

Hollis and Wright is honored to have Chief Justice Cobb join us on The Attorneys, on CBS42 this Sunday night.

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