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For over fifty collective years, Wettermark Holland & Keith attorneys have taken on the tough battles and proven themselves again and again as being up for the fight. It is the pursuit of fairness and Justice that motivates Wettermark Holland & Keith. There is no battle too small or too big if Justice can be served. Whether you need a Birmingham car accident attorney or a personal injury lawyer anywhere in the United States, Wettermark Holland & Keith are here for you. From its offices in Alabama, and in only four short years, Wettermark Holland & Keith has grown from a small Alabama firm to a firm with a national influence representing clients in over twenty-nine states throughout the Country.
What is it that brings people from across the Country to Wettermark Holland & Keith? Perhaps it is the multiple millions of dollars they have obtained for their clients? Perhaps it is their numerous accolades as recognized by their peers? The answer is simple – satisfied clients. If you want a tough, experienced, and respected law firm on your side, contact Wettermark Holland & Keith to begin the step of obtaining the Justice you deserve.
If you are looking for experience, reputation, and professionalism, contact us. The right lawyer can make a difference.
James H. Wettermark is the senior partner of Wettermark Holland & Keith, LLC. He has spent his entire 25 year legal career representing individuals who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of others.
After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Economics, Mr. Wettermark attended law school at the University of Alabama graduating in 1978. His academic achievements at Alabama included being the Student Work Editor of the Alabama Law Review, a member of the winning team in the John Campbell Moot Court Competition, and a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society.
During his 25 year career, Mr. Wettermark has been, first and foremost, a trial lawyer. He has tried over 100 jury trials to a verdict. He obtained the largest verdict in the history of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)($34,000,000). He obtained what was, at the time, the largest medical malpractice settlement in Tennessee history ($6.2 million). He has obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts on behalf of clients from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. His cases and verdicts have been featured in the Atlanta Constitution/Journal, the Birmingham News, the Cincinnati Post, the Louisville Courier Journal, the Macon Telegraph, the Florence Times, and the Birmingham Business Journal. His work on behalf of railroad workers injured by toxic chemicals was featured on National Public Radio as well as a four part series by the Louisville Courier Journal.
Mr. Wettermark has received numerous honors and awards from the legal profession. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America. He is Board Certified as a civil trial attorney. He has an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible award. Most important, he has earned the respect and friendship of the hundreds of clients he has represented.
James Holland II (known as “Jamie” to his clients and friends) has come to the practice of law from a unique background. After obtaining a theater degree (with honors) and a pre-med degree curriculum from the University of Alabama and a Master of Fines Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Jamie pursued a career as a professional actor in Los Angeles with several appearances in the soap operas Santa Barbara and Young and the Restless. Leaving his union cards with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist behind, Jamie returned to the University of Alabama and obtained a law degree. In law school Jamie’s highest accomplishment was a national finalist in a national mock trial competition. Since graduation in 1992, Jamie has devoted his legal career to representing injured people and their families against Corporate wrongdoing. The majority of his practice has been devoted to pursuing the rights of injured railroad workers, but he has also had significant results in medical malpractice and toxic torts.
In the courtroom Jamie has applied the lessons learned on stage and screen. He is noted for his use of technology and visual presentations in the courtroom. Jamie has repeatedly been asked to speak in seminars to the legal profession on technology and demonstrative evidence. He has served for several years as chairman and an advisor to the Al Cone Trial Seminar for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
In 2004 Jamie earned board certification as a civil trial lawyer by the State Bar of Florida. He has also been recognized by American Registry of Outstanding Professionals.
Originally from Panama City, Florida, Chris appreciates the warm weather and sunshine. Growing up 90 miles from Tallahassee, Chris has a strong passion for his undergraduate alma mater – Florida State University. The first in his immediate and distant family to attend College, Chris excelled. While at Florida State Chris served as the President of Garnet Key Honor Society and was one of a few students selected to attend the Inaugural College Leadership Florida. Chris then attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama where he served as the Editor in Chief of the Cumberland Law Review. After graduating from Cumberland with honors and receiving membership in the Order of the Coif, Chris began pursuing his ultimate passion of seeking Justice for his clients in Courtrooms throughout the Country.
Shortly after becoming a founding member of Wettermark Holland & Keith, and only two years out of law school, Chris obtained his first million dollar jury verdict. He joined a small distinguished group of attorneys throughout the Country to achieve such a result in only their second year of practice. That initial verdict, however, was just the start of something big. Over the next four years, Chris amassed over 30 million dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for his clients throughout the Eastern United States. Chris’s success resulted in recognition from National and Local print and television media across the Country and eventually led to him being recognized as an Alabama Superlawyer (2008), a “Leading Plaintiff Lawyer in America,”“Law Dragon’s Leading Lawyers in America,” and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum – quite a feat considering that these types of recognitions are generally bestowed upon lawyers who have been practicing for over twenty years. Chris is entering his seventh year of practice and holds his law licenses in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, Alabama Association for Justice, Birmingham Bar, and various Federal Courts throughout the Country.
Vincent Swiney specializes in workers’ compensation, auto tort, and personal injury litigation. Vincent is currently head of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Section and also handles Social Security Disability and SSI cases for the firm’s clients as well.
Vincent received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law. He is a member of the American Association for Justice (Workers’ Compensation Section, Social Security Section, Railroad Law Section), the Alabama Association for Justice (Workers’ Compensation Section, Auto Torts Section, Emerging Leaders Section), the Alabama Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Section, Young Lawyers’ Section), the Birmingham Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Section, Young Lawyers’ Section), and the Birmingham Inns of Court.
Vincent is licensed to practice in all state courts within the State of Alabama as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama as well as the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
2101 Highland Avenue South, Suite 700
651 East 4th Street, Suite 100
Toll Free: 877.715.9300
There is a reason Wettermark Holland & Keith is considered one of the Country’s leading law firms - RESULTS. The Firm’s work has been featured in the Atlanta Constitution/Journal, the Birmingham News, the Cincinnati Post, the Louisville Courier Journal, the Macon Telegraph, the Florence Times, the Birmingham Business Journal, the Bay County Florida News Herald and National Public Radio. It has been said that the best indicator of where you are going, is where you have been. Below is a sample of some of the Firm’s work for our clients – a “small” sampling of where we have been.
WARD V. CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. VERDICT - $34,558,333 This is the largest recorded verdict ever obtained on behalf of an injured Railroad worker. Butch Ward was a bridge worker in CSX’s B&B department. He and his crew were replacing a trestle in Southern Mississippi. Mr. Ward fell from the bridge and suffered a neck fracture that caused paralysis.
BRONSON V. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD VERDICT - $6,920,669 A sixteen year old high school student suffered a closed head injury when the automobile in which he was a passenger was struck by a Norfolk Southern train. The case was filed against the railroad for failing to adequately maintain the crossing warning devices and against the driver of the vehicle. Before trial, a $900,000 settlement was entered into with the driver’s insurance carrier. After a five week trial, the jury returned its verdict.
WHK CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER SETTLEMENT - 6,500,000 Confidential settlement obtained for two WHK clients following a motorcycle accident.
LUCAS V. JOHN OSBORNE TRUCKINGVERDICT - $6,215,837
Louis Lucas was was pinned between a train and a dump truck loaded with Salt at the Port of Tampa. Mr. Lucas was riding the point of a shoving movement of a train when the truck driver ran a stop sign into the path of the oncoming train. One of Mr. Lucas’s legs was amputated and the other leg suffered a crush injury. The Tampa, Florida jury returned a verdict against the Trucking Company after a several week trial.
ELLIOTT V. ANONYMOUS HOSPITAL SETTLEMENT - $6,200,000 At the time, this was the largest settlement in a Tennessee medical malpractice case. A forty-two year old man suffered brain damage when a nurse anesthetist failed to properly administer and monitor his anaesthesia during surgery.
JORDAN V. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD VERDICT - $5,000,000 David Jordan was struck by a Railroad train. He sustained numerous injuries that prevented him from returning to his previous occupation. Prior to trial, the Railroad offered $300,000 to settle the case. The jury returned its verdict in favor of Mr. Jordan after a four week trial.
WHK CLIENT V. CORPORATIONSETTLEMENT - $2,750,000Confidential settlement for WHK client who lost his leg in on an on the job injury.
WHK CLIENT V. CORPORATION SETTLEMENT - $2,750,000 Confidential settlement reached between a forty-five year old WHK client who multiple orthopedic injuries while performing his job duties for his employer.
HUTCHENS V. CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. VERDICT - $2,000,000
A fifty year old signal man fell twenty feet from a bridge while carrying a dwarf signal. He fractured his elbow, both wrists, and his foot. His injuries prevented him from returning to his employment with the Railroad. The railroad payed for Mr. Hutchens’ retraining in computer sciences and offered to settle the case for $400,000. The verdict came after a four day trial.
WILLIAMS V. CSXTVERDICT - 1,953,000
Christine Williams, a CSXT bridge tender, was the victim of a criminal attack while attempting to enter a bridge house in Bradenton, Florida. Christine suffered a traumatic brain injury with balance problems, a fracture of her cheek and orbit socket, shallow stab wounds and a torn meniscus in her knee. A previous CSXT employee had reported the presence of trespassers on the bridge in the years prior to the attack with no recognizable response from the railroad. The Tampa, Florida jury returned its verdict after a several week trial.
KIRKLAND V. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD VERDICT - $1,924,000 Mr. Kirkland, a forty-five year old Norfolk Southern trainman, slipped from a hopper car that was covered with kaolin clay. He suffered permanent back injuries. Although Mr. Kirkland’s injuries were not severe enough to require surgery, he was unable to return to his previous employment with the Railroad. The Railroad offered $150,000 to settle before trial. During the trial, the Railroad raised its offer to $350,000. Following a three day trial, the jury deliberated for less then thirty minutes returning its verdict for Mr. Kirkland.
WHK CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER SETTLEMENT - 1,750,000 A forty year old WHK client sustained severe fractures of his hip requiring surgery following an automobile accident.
WORSHAM V. CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. VERDICT - $1,679,262 Mr. Worsham was a forty-fear year old switchman for the Railroad. He injured his shoulder while trying to align a railroad switch. During the physical recovery of his shoulder, he became severely depressed. The settlement offer was $400,000. This was the first recorded million dollar FELA verdict against a railroad for primarily psychological injuries.
OAKS V. WILEY SANDERS TRUCK LINESVERDICT - $1,666,238Connie Oaks was struck by a Wiley Sander’s Truck after it ran a red light. Connie was airlifted from the scene with multiple fractures throughout her body. She required one surgery to her hip pelvis. Initially, the trucking company claimed that Connie’s actions contributed to the collision. They, however, abandoned that defense on the eve of trial. The Lexington, Kentucky federal jury returned its verdict after a five day trial.
MONHOLLEN V. CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. VERDICT - $1,600,000 This fifty-five year old pipefitter worked his entire career at the railroad’s locomotive repair facility. His job required extensive use of solvents and chemical degreasers. Eventually, these toxic chemicals caused him to develop toxic encephalopathy. This verdict was the first million dollar plus verdict for a railroad worker exposed to cleaning solvents. Before trial, the Railroad offered $25,000 to settle the case.
HALL V. CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILROAD VERDICT - 1,501,097 James Hall was a fifty-nine year old switchman for the Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad. He fractured his left knee while attempting to mount a moving locomotive engine. He was medically disqualified from returning to work with the Railroad. The morning of the first day of trial, the Railroad offered $150,000 to settle the case. The jury returned its verdict following a four day trial.
WHK CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER SETTLEMENT - $1,000,000
WHK client suffered from severe hip injuries following a car accident. A confidential settlement was reach on behalf of WHK client shortly before trial.
JOHNSON V. ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROADVERDICT - $985,000Jury verdict rendered for Everett Johnson an employee of the Illinois Central Railroad our of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Everett sustained a knee injury after slipping in mud in the Railroad’s railroad yard. The Railroad contended his knee injury was a preexisting condition. Prior to trial, the Railroad offered $300,000 to settle the case. The Ascension Parish jury returned its verdict after a five day trial.
RHINEWALT V. J&S TRUCKING COMPANY SETTLEMENT - 980,000 Cecil Rhinewalt sustained neck and back injuries after a J&S tractor trailer pulled out in front of him. The case settled for the trucking company’s insurance policy limits.
WHK CLIENT V. CORPORATIONSETTLEMENT - $850,000Confidential settlement for WHK Mississippi client who sustained a broken wrist while performing his job duties.
WHK CLIENT V. TRUCKING COMPANYSETTLEMENT - $750,000Confidential settlement for WHK client’s family who sustained back injury in accident with a semi-truck.
WHK CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER/INSURANCE SETTLEMENT - 675,000 Confidential settlement obtained for WHK client who sustained knee injuries after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by another driver. The settlement was obtained from the other driver and his employer, who happened to be an insurance company.
WHK CLIENT V. TRUCKING COMPANYSETTLEMENT - $525,000Confidential settlement obtained for an Indiana WHK client who sustained leg injuries resulting in fractures following a collision with a Tractor being driven by a large trucking company. WHK contended the driver of the truck ran a red light.
WHK CLIENT V. TRUCKING COMPANY SETTLEMENT - $250,000Confidential settlement obtained for WHK client injured in an automobile accident with a trucking company. WHK client sustained fractures to his face. The trucking company initially contended that it wasn’t at fault and that the WHK client was racing another vehicle at the time of the accident.
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