Paton v. GEICO, 190 So. 3d 1047 (Fla. 2016)—When Attorney Time and Client Billing Become Discoverable

By: Ranse Hare Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy The question of how far work-product privilege extends is one that can foster intense debate in courts across the country. While subject to exception, it is widely known that under federal law “documents and tangible things that are prepared…






Deadly Discrimination Exemplifies America’s Ongoing Capital Punishment Dispute: Buck v. Davis

Written by: Megan Seaton Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy The death penalty is a polarizing topic of debate. It always has been, and likely always will be, a controversial moral dispute for many. Nonetheless, even those with basic legal knowledge agree that defense counsel should not knowingly offer evidence…




Regulatory Challenges Restricting the Future of U.S. Seafood Production

Written by: Mitchell Reilly Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy On January 13, 2016, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a rule implementing a plan to regulate offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico.[1] This marked the first time that a United States agency implemented a comprehensive regulatory program…


To Expand or Not to Expand: The Liability of Alabama Hospitals for the Negligence of Independent Contractor Physicians

Written by: Alyson Smith Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy Every lawyer is familiar with the doctrine of vicarious liability. Commonly referred to as “respondeat superior,” this doctrine allows a principal to be held liable for the negligent acts of its agents when a principal-agent relationship exists. This doctrine can even…