Contact: James R. Gillis, Esq. 2301 Morris Avenue Avenue Suite 104 Birmingham, AL 35203 Office: 205/250-7250 Fax: 205/250-0199 Email: email@example.com
James R. Gillis graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a degree in Philosophy and Communication Arts. While attending UAB, Jim served as a Senator and Student Advocate. After graduation, James R. Gillis was accepted to the Cumberland School of Law. During law school, in addition to serving as an Associate Editor of Law Review, James R. Gillis honed his trial skills by participating in many trial competitions, resulting in his being chosen to participate on the National Trial Team. During his last year of law school, Jim was recruited by the litigation section of a large Dallas firm where he practiced after his graduation. In 1990, James R. Gillis moved back to Alabama and opened his office in downtown Birmingham, concentrating his practice in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, including, but not limited to, criminal law, divorce/family law, personal injury law, probate law, business law and general litigation. He also serves in a quasi-judicial role as a Court-appointed Mediator, Special Master and Daily Master.
Jim's business philosophy is simple and effective: work toward a fair settlement but be prepared to go to trial if necessary. Jim believes that the lawyers are the only ones who benefit from lengthy and protracted litigation. He encourages his clients to try to reach a fair agreement without a trial, thereby saving each side invaluable time and money. However, there are times when, regardless of how much you try to settle, some cases end up going to trial. That is why you need an attorney who can negotiate a good settlement and also knows how to handle himself in a courtroom. Even more importantly, you need an attorney who knows when it is time to discontinue the settlement negotiations and gear up for trial. James R. Gillis is that attorney.