Thomas S. Hale
Mr. Hale is a native of Tennessee, where he graduated in the top ten from the 1975 class of The Baylor School in Chattanooga. He graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A.’79) with a double major in English and Psychology, and the Cumberland School of Law (J.D. ’83) in Birmingham. He was one of three graduating seniors honored with the Dean’s Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School, and was a member of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, The International Law Society, and The Fellowship of Christian Law Students. He also wrote weekly humor articles of parody for the school paper “Non-Compos Mentis.”
Mr. Hale obtained his Alabama Trial License in 1982, was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1983 and the Alabama Bar in 1984. He is also admitted to practice before all state, district and appellate courts in Alabama and Tennessee, the Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. He began his practice with an established Birmingham firm with specific emphasis on complex litigation, working directly with the firm’s senior partner. He gained a wide base of experience in complex litigation involving product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, commercial and financial fraud, accounting malpractice, and lender liability disputes.
In 1987, Mr. Hale was engaged by, a major bank holding company as litigation coordinator, legal counsel, and assistant secretary to the Board of Directors, to manage its nationwide litigation focusing on the defense and management of lender liability lawsuits across the country.
In 1991, Mr. Hale returned to private practice with heavy emphasis on complex litigation involving lender liability, municipal liability, claims against law enforcement agencies and personnel, excessive force and Fourth Amendment claims, premises liability, architect and engineer malpractice, professional malpractice claims, complex financial fraud matters, automotive liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and workmen compensation defense. Mr. Hale also enjoys a concentration in issues related to hunting law.
He has held the premier rating of “AV-Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years, and is a frequent lecturer on litigation ethics, business ethics, qualified immunity and police policy.
Additionally, Mr. Hale has served on numerous panels of the Birmingham and Alabama Bar grievance committees. He is an active member of the Birmingham, Alabama, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Hale has also been inducted into the exclusive group of “Super Lawyers” in Alabama, and is a member of The United States Supreme Court Historical Society.
Mr. Hale is a certified Mediator and an Alabama Appellate Court Certified Mediator. He was a Board Director of the Birmingham YMCA for 14 years and in 2012 received the YMCA’s highest award “The Order of the Red Triangle” being only the 14th such recipient in the YMCA’s 112 years history in Birmingham. In 2015, Mr. Hale was elected President of The Homewood Police Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization designed to foster trust, communication and cooperation between the public and local law enforcement.
In 2017, Mr. Hale was elected as a Board Director for Crime Stoppers, a nationwide 501(c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to paying rewards for anonymous tips from the public that lead to the arrest of a criminal suspect. Crime Stoppers has become an integral partner with all state and federal law enforcement agencies in Jefferson and surrounding counties, and has paid out tens of thousands of dollars for tips that have led to the apprehension of criminal suspects and the resolution of numerous outstanding criminal investigations.
In 2017, Mr. Hale was featured in Fortune, Money and Bloomberg Excelsior magazines articles highlighting his accomplishments in the defense of law enforcement claims.
He has been married to Jennie McLeod Hale for 37 years, and they are the parents of three adult children, and are active in their church. Additionally, Mr. Hale has been published frequently in various national outdoors publications, and authored the autobiography of John “Hog” Hannah, named by Sports Illustrated in 1981 as “The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time.” Titled “Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line” the faith-based work focuses on the triumphs and struggles of a former Alabama All-American football player under legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who went on to Pro Football Hall of Fame induction after 12 seasons with the New England Patriots, and is still considered by many sports writers as possibly the greatest large athlete of all time.