James Michael McMullan was raised in Huntsville, Alabama in the seventies. his father was a rocket scientist and my mother was a home engineer. (Never ask a rocket scientist for a “little help” with your math homework.) he graduated from Grissom High School in the mid-eighties and the University of South Alabama in 1990. My undergraduate degree is in Fiction Writing. For several years while in the Mobile area, He had the great pleasure to live on Dauphin Island. his days were spent reading and writing and running my crab traps. After working on a Master’s Degree in Fiction Writing, He left Mobile for Birmingham.
In Birmingham, He began his studies at Cumberland Law School, Samford University. He participated in the Environmental Law Society and was president of the International Law Society. In 1996, He received his Juris Doctorate degree and passed the state bar exam later that year. He “hung out my shingle” immediately afterwards setting up the Law Offices of James M. McMullan.
My first office was in Birmingham, down in Southside, on a spot that is now the dining room for Dreamland BBQ. I then moved my office to Bessemer where I shared space with Billy Jewell and Jon Tindle for several years. My practice consisted of criminal defense, probate work, domestic relations, and working with small, private companies. I joined Gentle, Pickens & Turner in the spring of 2004. While I still did some criminal defense and probate work, I also began to do more civil litigation, and bigger civil litigation. For several years, I litigated a dispute between shareholders of a small company that ended with my client being awarded several millions of dollars. I also got the chance to work on class action lawsuits, including the Jefferson County property tax case and the Jefferson County occupational tax case. I was retained by a Japanese seller of durable medical equipment to represent them in Birmingham’s federal court. But, after six years at the firm, I was tired of “being locked up” in a tower: I wanted to get “my feet back on the street.”
And, that’s where I am now. My friend and colleague, Brandon Walker, has joined me in starting a new firm: Walker McMullan LLC. While we handle all of our old practice areas—criminal defense, DUI, probate work, wills, divorce, child custody—the firm’s focus is civil litigation, specifically, personal injury and business-versus-business litigation.
When I’m not working, my wife and kids like me to mow the lawn, paint various rooms in our house, and go to the park or bicycle riding. I enjoy the Grateful Dead and picking out books for others to read.
I’ve been practicing law long enough to know whether I can help you or not. And, if I can’t help you, I know someone who can.
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