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Managing Partner Josh Wright has been named among America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® for 2019. Selection is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation's most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice matters. Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state receive this honor. With these extremely high standards, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor.
We are so proud of Managing Partner Josh Wright and Associate Attorney Michael Eldridge for being recognized in the Super Lawyers selection process. This is Josh's 12th year to be recognized. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
$210,000 JURY VERDICT! Congratulations to HWCV Partner Carter Clay and Associate Drew McNutt who obtained a $210,000 jury verdict in Tuscaloosa County in October 2019 on behalf of a Hollis Wright client who sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident. #ResultsMatter
We are so proud of Hollis Wright Associate Attorney Michael Eldridge, who is also a coach for the Cumberland School of Law's National Trial Team. Michael and his team traveled to Syracuse, New York, where they competed in the Syracuse National Trial Competition. Congratulations to Michael (pictured far right) and his team members, John Banks, Jazzell Carter, Isabella Colombo, and Alex Messmore, who finished as finalists after defeating teams from Temple University, Syracuse University, South Texas, and Brooklyn Law School. #ResultsMatter in all we do.
CASE UPDATE: Hollis Wright Managing Partner Josh Wright settled a case for an undisclosed amount for his clients (seven ladies) who were carbon monoxide poisoned while staying at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge in 2016. "Our intent was to find out what caused the poisoning, why there were no working carbon monoxide detectors at the Lodge and make sure this event never happens again at any State park," said Josh Wright, who represents the visitor. "We are pleased to have raised awareness as to the importance of working carbon monoxide detectors."
Hollis Wright Associate Attorneys John Spade and Michael Eldridge recently obtained a $92,500 jury verdict in Lee County, Alabama, related to a motor vehicle collision caused by a distracted driver on US-280 near Smith Station.
Hollis Wright is so proud that E.P. (pictured), who sustained a devastating brain injury in an automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer injury was able to start school this month. Several months back, attorneys Carter Clay and Drew McNutt resolved a lawsuit on behalf of this precious child, after two plus years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just a few weeks prior to trial.
We are proud to announce that HWCV Partner Carter Clay settled a medical malpractice case on behalf of J.L. (pictured with his grandson). During J.L.'s hospitalization following heart surgery, he was administered the wrong medication, which caused him to sustain a stroke. The case was resolved for a confidential amount. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to help J.L. and wish him and his family the very best.
Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, P.C. is proud to announce that Managing Partner Josh Wright has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2019. Selection to America’s Top High Stakes Litigators is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.
To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.
Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. With these extremely high standards for selection, less than one-half percent (0.05%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor—truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.
For more information about America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators or the selection process, you can visit www.Top100HighStakesLitigators.com.
Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, P.C. is proud to announce that HWCV Partner Carter Clay recently resolved a motor vehicle accident claim on behalf of his client, D.S.M. (pictured) D.S.M. was in a severe collision with a commercial bus while operating his motorcycle. In addition to a severe hand injury, D.S.M. sustained several rib fractures as well as a fracture to his left leg. On behalf of the law firm, we wish D.S.M. the best and are happy we were able to help him.
Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail is pleased to announce that Drew McNutt and Carter Clay recently reached a confidential resolution to a medical malpractice claim on behalf of client K.F. She was six months old when she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, which required her to undergo chemotherapy. Following her first round of chemotherapy, K.F. had a severe, adverse reaction and was hospitalized for several days. During the hospitalization, it was discovered that she had received double the prescribed dosage of chemotherapy. Medical malpractice claims were pursued against various healthcare providers involved in the improper administration of chemotherapy.
Hollis Wright filed a case November 28, 2018, in Calhoun County, Alabama against Teague VIP Express, an Alabama-based commercial bus company. Teague VIP was operating the commercial bus involved in the deadly bus accident in DeSoto County, Mississippi, that claimed the lives of two individuals and injured more than 40 others in early November 2018. As alleged in the Complaint filed today by George and Hassie Nance, Teague VIP employed a commercial driver that was both unskilled and incapable of operating the commercial bus at the time of the accident.
As noted by Josh Wright, managing partner at Hollis Wright who filed the case, "this commercial carrier has a long history of maintenance issues that call into question whether the bus should have been on the road on November 14, 2018. Our goal in filing this case is to compensate those who were injured by this terrible accident and to send a message to this carrier, and others similarly situated, that you are transporting cargo that truly matters: real people with lives who trusted that they would be delivered to their destination safely, and delivered by a driver that was capable of operating a commercial bus in the first place."
The defendants will have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit after they are served, which will happen in the coming weeks. "We will get to the bottom of why this driver was overdriving the weather conditions, both through witnesses and forensics", stated Wright. "This accident should never have happened."
We are so proud of HWCV Managing Partner Josh Wright and HWCV Associate Attorney Michael Eldridge for being rated in 2018 by Mid-South Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The patented selection is rigorous and results in third-party validation of professional accomplishments. This is Josh Wright's 10th year to be a Super Lawyers-rated attorney. Michael Eldridge has been recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star. We are so proud!
Hollis Wright is proud to announce that attorneys Carter Clay and Drew McNutt recently resolved a lawsuit on behalf of this precious child, E.P. (pictured). E.P. sustained a devastating brain injury in an automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer. After two plus years of hard-fought litigation, the case settled just a few weeks prior to trial.
Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, P.C. Managing Partner Josh Wright announced recently the addition of A. Paige Caraway to the firm. Ms. Caraway is an associate attorney and will be working in the growing mass torts department.
"We are so honored to welcome Paige Caraway to our team," said Wright. "She will enhance and complement our thriving mass torts department that represents thousands of clients throughout the country who have been injured through no fault of their own by defective products and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Caraway will be an asset to our team as we continue to hold companies responsible for the products and medications they put on the market, as well as ensure victims receive just compensation."
Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail Managing Partner Josh Wright recently announced the addition of three attorneys to the law firm.
- Hon. Allwin E. Horn, III, of counsel, Retired Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge. His specialties include insurance litigation, general commercial liability litigation, construction accident litigation and tractor trailer litigation.
- Allwin E. Horn, IV, of counsel, specializing in workers' compensation, construction accident claims, heavy equipment accidents, industrial accidents, tractor trailer, and automobile accidents and loading and unloading accidents.
- Michael Eldridge, associate attorney, will be primarily handling personal injury and mass tort cases.
"We are so honored to welcome Judge Horn, Allwin Horn, and Michael Eldridge to our team. These fine attorneys will only enhance our service to clients and to the mission we already have in place-to level the playing field for all victims injured through no fault of their own, either through an accident or via a defective product or medication," said Wright.
Hollis Wright is so excited to have been able to give away-through our television show, The Attorneys, and through our Facebook page- two sets of two lower-level tickets to the Alabama vs. Auburn game. Two lucky Facebook and show fans were able to enjoy with a guest the November 25 game in Jordan-Hare Stadium with more than 87,000 other college football fans. Congrats to Nancy Barron (pictured) and Leslie Cooper!
We are so proud of Managing Partner Josh Wright and Senior Partner Carter Clay for being rated in 2017 by Super Lawyers. Please join us in congratulating them both! Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. This is Josh Wright's tenth year to be rated
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.
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
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...
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 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 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
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.
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
Firm outing today to Breakout Birmingham for a little team-building!
February 25, 2016
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
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
October 29, 2015
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
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, 2015Congratulations 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
December 3, 2014
Congratulations to Carter Clay on a positive federal ruling for his case:
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!
Our new office building on Morris Avenue was featured by B-Metro's article Old Building, New Life. Read the full article here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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December 4, 2013
Josh Wright was quoted on AL.com today regarding a newly filed wrongful death case of his.
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.
Josh Wright was very fortunate to get to meet with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley during the Alabama Association of Justice luncheon.
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!
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!
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."
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.
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.
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