W. Kent Upshaw

W. Kent Upshaw

W. Kent Upshaw

(205) 250 - 7670
wkupshaw@comerupshaw.com

Education

Graduate of W.A. Berry High School (1971) and University of Alabama in Birmingham (1974) with major in Psychology.  Attended Cumberland Law School at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama graduating in 1978 Cum Laude. Served as Research Editor of Cumberland Law School Publication "The American Journal of Trial Advocacy".

Employment

Following graduation from law school worked as Assistant District Attorney for Madison County, Alabama.  Responsible for one half of all District Court criminal prosecutions and one third of Circuit Court prosecutions. (1979-1981).  Returned to Birmingham, Alabama in 1981 and took position with the law firm of Holt & Cooper.  Joined the firm as a  partner in 1984.  Majority of firm's matters are handled in the District Courts.  Have served as the firm's "utility player" handling prosecution and defense of contested matters before the State and Federal (Bankruptcy) Courts.  Formed Comer & Upshaw. LLP in February 2003.

Professional

Admitted to practice in State of Alabama (September 1978).
Admitted to practice in United States District Court Northern District of Alabama (November 1978).
Admitted to Practice in United States Circuit Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit  (September 1985).
Admitted to Practice in United States Tax Court (February 1996)

Appellate Cases

  • Williams v. Borden Foods Co., a Div. of Borden, Inc.429 So.2d 591(Ala.Civ.App. 1982).

  • Belcher v. State, 462 So.2d 968 (Ala.Crim.App. 1984).   

  • Ex parte Pratt,  514 So.2d 947 (Ala. 1987).    

  • Ex parte Thrailkill,  543 So.2d 1201 (Ala.Civ.App. 1989).    

  • Guin v. Carraway Methodist Medical Center, 583 So.2d 1317 (Ala. 1991).             

  • Roberts v. Carraway Methodist Medical Center,  591 So.2d 870 (Ala.Civ.App. 1991).

  • Ex parte SouthTrust Bank of Alabama, N.A.,  679 So.2d 645 (Ala. 1996).

  • Ex parte Infinity Southern Ins. Co., Inc., 737 So.2d 463 (Ala. 1999).

  • Ex parte University of South Alabama 761 So.2d 240 (Ala. 1999).

  • In re Spain, 831 F.2d 236, Bankr. L. Rep.  P 72,030 (11th Cir.(Ala.).

  • In re Matos, 790 F.2d 864, Bankr. L. Rep.  P 71,177 (11th Cir.(Ala.)

Activities

  • Chairman Bio-Ethics Committee,  Carraway Methodist Medical Center for 1999 and 2002.Speaker at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, third year practice seminar  for past five years, (Topics Covered - "Choosing a Lawyer", "Selecting a Business Entity",  "Risk Management for the Medical Professional"

  • Member Attorney General Don Siegelman's "Victim's Task Force," (January 1990).

  • Recipient of 1999 "Helen M. Yerger Award" presented by Alabama Chapter of Health Care Financial Management Association for work on amicus curiae brief before Alabama Supreme Court in case of Ex parte University of South Alabama 761 So.2d 240 (Ala. 1999).

  • Faculty Member, Alabama Bar Institute, "Garnishments in Alabama", Birmingham, AL. 1988.

  • CLE Speaker, HFMA Dixie Institute, "Employing Hospital Liens to Enhance Third Party Collections", Birmingham, AL. 1999.

  • CLE Speaker, NBI, "How to Get Results in Collection of Delinquent Debts in Alabama", Birmingham, AL. 1997.

  • Speaker, Alabama State Hospice Association, "Medical Ethics," Mobile AL. 2001.

  • Member, State Ethics Committee, Alabama Home Health Services, Inc. 1994.