Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling space Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & BOWLING, P.C. BIRMINGHAM OFFICE 3800 CORPORATE WOODS DRIVE, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 35242 P 205-278-7000  F 205-278-7001 Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & BOWLING, P.C. MONTGOMERY OFFICE 401 MADISON AVENUE, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA 36104 P 334-387-0529
Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling Home Page Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. News The Law Firm of Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. The Attorneys Of Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling Practice Areas Contact Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C.

Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling Practice Areas

 

Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling offers a wide array of services to its clients. While our primary focus has always been civil litigation, Friedman also offers business counseling and transactional expertise. Friedman clients are diverse and include large publicly held corporations, insurance companies, small and medium sized local businesses, and individuals. We work in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury defense litigation, medical malpractice defense litigation and other professional liability, trucking litigation, insurance coverage litigation, employment litigation and other matters. We work with our business clients and provide day to day counseling to help our clients navigate in today's complex business world. Our members are active in state, local and national professional activities and associations in which its clients are active. Firm members participate as faculty in continuing legal education programs and seminars and participate in and support civic work.

 

Click the practice areas below to read more detailed information about our services.

 

Litigation

Friedman attorneys confidently navigate their clients through any dispute process and have done so in numerous courts, arbitrations, venues and locales. We believe in zealous advocacy on behalf of our clients. We are proud of our record of representation of our clients in disputes played out in federal and state courts not just in Alabama, but throughout the country. Further, we have represented clients in practically all alternative dispute resolution forums available.

If you would like to discuss a litigation matter with our firm, please contact Jeffrey E. Friedman.

Jeffrey E. Friedman
Jeffrey E. Friedman, Shareholder
Email Address jfriedman@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7010

Insurance Coverage

Friedman is recognized for its expertise in the area of insurance law. It numbers among its clients some of the largest insurance carriers in the country. For these clients, we provide detailed coverage opinions and file declaratory judgment actions for the determination of insurance coverage. Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling has defended numerous breach of contract and bad faith claims against insurance carriers. Its attorneys are equally adept at fighting for its business and corporate clients when insurance coverage becomes an issue.

If you would like to discuss an insurance coverage matter with our firm, please contact James W. Moss.

James W. Moss
James W. Moss, Shareholder
Email Address jmoss@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7011

Commercial Transactions

Friedman has represented clients through the negotiation and closing of large commercial transactions, including sales and purchases of businesses, joint ventures, licensing agreements, franchising agreements, and other transactions. If disputes arise for our clients, we combine our knowledge of complex commercial transactions with our expertise in litigation. Friedman attorneys are equally adept at pressing our clients' contractual claims or defending against such claims.

If you would like to discuss a commercial transaction matter with our firm, please contact H. Spence Morano.

H. Spence Morano
H. Spence Morano, Shareholder
Email Address smorano@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7023

Employment Law

Friedman offers its business clients guidance and support in dealing with employment issues. Our attorneys advise clients on policies and procedures, employee handbooks, how to avoid employment litigation and any other area necessary to prevent employment problems or litigation. If litigation arises, Friedman combines its expertise and employment law with its litigation speciality to provide our clients with an aggressive defense.

If you would like to discuss an employment law matter with our firm, please contact P. Thomas Dazzio, Jr.

P. Thomas Dazzio, Jr.
P. Thomas Dazzio, Jr., Shareholder
Email Address tdazzio@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7040

Intellectual Property

Friedman has been involved in prosecuting, defending, filing, securing and licensing intellectual property matters over the past decade. Our attorneys have significant experience prosecuting and defending trademark and copyright infringement cases, misappropriation of trade secrets cases, unfair competition cases, franchise disputes, litigation concerning restrictive covenants and many other claims relating to intellectual property. Our experience includes securing temporary restraining orders, preliminary and permanent injunctions which are commonly sought in intellectual property matters. We also represent clients in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB").

In addition to litigation, we have filed hundreds of trademarks and copyrights for our clients. We work to identify and secure the proper types of intellectual property for our business clients as well as clients who work in the sports and entertainment industries; including musicians, actors, songwriters, television and radio personalities, producers, comedians, athletes and coaches.

Friedman has been successful in a wide variety of Court, TTAB and business matters. Recent representative matters include:

  • Represented audio/visual company in a misappropriation of trade secrets case against one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world. Obtained Declaratory Judgment establishing client's ownership of the trade secret. (US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 2012);

  • Defended restaurant ownership group in a trademark infringement action filed by a national food product distributor. Obtained favorable settlement for client. (US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 2013);

  • Represented an artist and winery in a Declaratory Judgment action against a Division I University and licensing company to determine ownership of several trademarks. Obtained favorable settlement for clients. (US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 2013);

  • Represented a national franchise company against a franchisee and obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to protect client's trademarks and franchising system. (Jefferson County, Alabama Circuit Court, 2014);

  • Successfully defended national franchise company in a trademark Opposition proceeding filed by an international auto parts company. (US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board 2012);

  • Represented software developer at the preliminary injunction stage of a copyright infringement action filed against large government contractor. Ordered to mediation with no determination on injunction. (US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 2014);

  • National counsel for multiple franchising companies to ensure all intellectual property concerns and rights are secured, prosecuted and defended.

  • Negotiated the termination and release of a long term-recording contract on behalf of a nationally known musician and retained all client's intellectual property rights.

If you would like to discuss an intellectual property matter with our firm, please contact Michael J. Douglas.

Michael J. Douglas
Michael J. Douglas, Shareholder
Email Address mdouglas@friedman-lawyers.com
Direct Line 205-278-7016
vCard View Profile

Medical Malpractice and Medical Regulatory LawMedical Malpractice and Medical Regulatory Law

Friedman attorneys have been regularly defending physicians, clinics, hospitals and other professionals for many years, before and after the inception of the firm. This includes a wide ranges of specialties, from family practice, urgent care centers and emergency medicine physicians to surgical specialties including orthopedics, otolaryngology, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology and general surgery.

We have been able to achieve summary judgments or dismissals of the majority of lawsuits filed without the payment of any settlement or reporting to the National Practitioners Data Bank, including claims of wrongful death and paraplegia. Friedman attorneys have also represented physicians facing complaints before the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners.

Joel Williams heads up this practice area and he has been the guest speaker at multiple CME seminars over the past several years, focusing his message to physicians who face lawsuits alleging medical malpractice.

Friedman attorneys dedicate themselves to learn the medicine and relevant literature in every case. This allows thorough trial preparation, examination of opponents' expert witnesses and preparation of our clients to face intense cross-examination by able counsel for the Plaintiff.

Friedman has been successful in multiple jury trials. In the past six years, we have obtained defense verdicts and favorable outcomes in cases including:

  • Represented ENT surgeon in a two week trial in a wrongful death case alleging post-surgical anoxic brain injury of a 54 year old. Verdict for defense.

  • Represented emergency room physician in a week-long trial of a case claiming paraplegia for failure to diagnose central cord syndrome. Verdict for defense.

  • Represented urgent care clinic in a case alleging neurological injury and foot drop from improper site of pain injection. Verdict for defense.

  • Represented emergency medicine physician in two week wrongful death case alleging improper treatment of ST elevated myocardial infarction. JNOV for defendant after minimal verdict on third day of deliberation.

  • Represented neurologist in a paraplegic injury case alleging failure to diagnose and treat spinal epidural abscess. Case settled with high-low agreement during second day of jury deliberation for one-third of the ultimate verdict.

  • Represented emergency room physician in a two week wrongful death trial of a case alleging failure to diagnose staph aureus osteomyelitis in a 3½ year old child. Hung jury after 2½ days of deliberation, thereby allowing for a reasonable settlement in a most difficult case.

If you would like to discuss a medical claim or regulatory/licensure board matter, please contact Joel Williams.

Michael J. Douglas
Joel A. Williams
Email Address jwilliams@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7072

Mining Law

Friedman has been heavily involved in mining related litigation, regulation and compliance matters for the past 14 years in Alabama and in other states. Our work includes representation of quarries, coal mines and mining related businesses in all phases of licensing, administrative law, labor, environmental regulation, and litigation. Friedman also serves as national counsel for mining and blasting companies.

We have built an impressive resume in mining related litigation

  • Represented three Walker County coal producers against a Florida Utilities Company resulting in largest verdict in Walker County history.

  • Successfully defended against multiple lawsuits in Georgia for alleged property damage caused by utility contractor - blasting.

  • Representation of Texas mineral owners in litigation involving the wrongful taking of natural gas against major oil and gas production company.

  • Provided insurance coverage analysis and counsel to insurance companies for multiple death claims relating to the largest underground mining disaster in state history.

  • Representation of management and supervisors of coal company in litigation by injured workers.

  • Co-counsel in West Virginia defending litigation brought by mine workers claiming alleged exposure to dangerous chemicals at mine site.

  • Representation of mining company in multi million dollar dispute over rights to mine coal adjacent to gas pipeline.

  • National counsel for multiple mining and blasting companies.

  • Served as lead counsel in mining litigation in Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, and New York.

  • Responsible for Supreme Court decision limiting the recovery of damages for emotional distress in cases involving property damage from mining and blasting activities.

  • Frequent mining related trial work including representation of two surface mining companies in lawsuit by property owner resulting in defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama. The Boyd v. Twin Pines et al. case was one of the three defense verdicts in blasting cases obtained by the firm in a 24 month period.

Our Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Society of Explosives Engineers, Alabama Coal Association, Friends of Coal, and National Quarry Academy.

  • Member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME).

If you would like to discuss a mining law matter with our firm, please contact J. Michael Bowling.

J. Michael Bowling
J. Michael Bowling, Shareholder
Email Address mbowling@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7070

Professional Liability

In addition to medical claims, Friedman specializes in claims made against other professionals including architects, engineers and attorneys. Friedman is also panel counsel for several professional liability insurance carriers.

If you would like to discuss a insurance coverage matter with our firm, please contact James W. Moss.

Michael J. Douglas
Joel A. Williams
Email Address jwilliams@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7072

Transportation

Commercial trucking carriers may face greater liability exposure than any other industry for injury and wrongful death claims. As the commercial trucking industry is highly regulated, litigation arising out of trucking accidents requires lawyers with experience and knowledge of federal and state regulations. Our firm routinely represents drivers and carriers in wrongful death, personal injury and property damage matters arising from commercial vehicle accidents. Friedman attorneys have compiled a rapid response team available at all hours for scene investigation to assist our clients in gathering and preserving evidence, obtaining witness statements, hiring accident reconstruction experts and managing pre-litigation matters.

Friedman attorneys also represent commercial carriers in matters related to freight and contract disputes, employment and regulatory compliance matters. The firm lists among its clients national and regional commercial carriers and serves as panel counsel for a number of commercial trucking insurers. For many years, Friedman attorneys have actively participated in the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance's Transportation Committee, American Bar Association's Trucking Law Committee and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. Our attorneys counsel commercial carriers in all aspects of their businesses, provide risk management and defend our clients vigorously in state and federal courts throughout Alabama should litigation arise.

Notable Cases:

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier and its driver in a North Alabama circuit court case involving a head-on collision with another driver where fault for the accident was undetermined by police. Through the use of an accident reconstructionist, we were able to prove that the truck driver was not in violation of the rules of the road and was not responsible for the collision.

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier in a North Alabama circuit court case filed by another motor carrier for significant property damage and freight claims arising out of an alleged lane-change accident which occurred in North Carolina.

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier in a Middle Alabama court in a case arising out of an accident in an intersection within a city's limits involving personal injury and property damage claims.

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier and its driver in a South Alabama circuit court in a right-of-way dispute involving numerous expert witnesses and significant permanent injuries.

  • Obtained summary judgment which was affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for a motor carrier in an Americans with Disabilities Act case where a driver alleged he was denied permission to participate in a spouse ride along program.

  • Defended a Canada-based motor carrier in a North Alabama circuit court case involving multiple injury claims resulting in a confidential settlement far below the amounts of pending medical liens following successful pretrial arguments and witness cross examinations.

  • Defended an owner-operator in a personal injury and wrongful death action arising out of a catastrophic accident for which the driver was charged with homicide and use of controlled substance. Our attorneys were able to obtain a confidential settlement within the insurance coverage and protect the trucking carrier from excess exposure.

  • Defended a motor carrier and its driver who was charged with fleeing the scene of an accident after causing serious personal injuries. The motor carrier was charged with negligent hiring, retention and supervision, as well as negligent entrustment. Our firm obtained a confidential settlement well below the limits of the first layer of insurance coverage after striking a jury in federal court.

Additionally, Friedman attorneys represented a transportation carrier in matters involving fuel rebate fraud.

If you would like to discuss a commercial trucking matter with our firm, please contact Chris Zulanas.

Christopher J. Zulanas
Christopher J. Zulanas, Shareholder
Email Address czulanas@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7050

Mediation and Arbitration

Friedman attorneys have extensive experience in the areas of alternative dispute resolution. Firm members have participated in the mediation process on behalf of clients in hundreds of instances. Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling attorneys have appeared in numerous arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and other national organizations and have obtained significant arbitration awards on behalf of our clients.

If you would like to discuss a mediation or arbitration matter with our firm, please contact Jess. S. Boone.

Jess S. Boone
Jess. S. Boone, Shareholder
Email Address jboone@friedman-lawyers.com
vCard Download vCard
Direct Line 205-278-7060