Helen Johnson Alford


(251) 415-9214
Fax (251) 432-1700
 
Halford@AlfordBolin.com
 
Legal Assistant: Amy Bennett
abennett@alfordbolin.com
Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • First Party Property Claims
  • Construction Claims
  • Extra-Contractual
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice/Long-Term Care
  • Product Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation
Education

J.D., Tulane University, cum laude, 1982
B.S., University of New Orleans, 1980

Admitted
  • Alabama State Bar; admitted 9/28/82
  • Mississippi State Bar; admitted 9/8/83
  • Texas State Bar; admitted 3/22/91
  • Tennessee State Bar; admitted 10/12/01
Biography
  • Named as Alabama “Super Lawyer” 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • Named by Business Alabama as an outstanding woman in business (September 2005 issue)
  • Listed in The National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Trained and experienced in alternative dispute resolution and is registered to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in state and federal litigation matters
Professional Associations
  • Alabama State Bar; Mississippi State Bar; Texas State Bar; Tennessee State Bar
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Member since 1993
  • State Representative for Alabama (2004 - present)
  • Vice Chair of the Life, Health and Disability Section (2004 –present)
  • Vice Chair of the Insurance Coverage Section (2007 - present)
  • Chair of ADR Section (2006 – 2008)
  • Faculty Member for the Litigation Management College (2006)
  • Dean of Students for the Litigation Management College (2006 - 2007)
  • Dean of Admissions for the Litigation Management College (2007 - 2008)
  • Dean of Technology for the Litigation Management College (2008 – present)
  • Vice Chair of 20/20 Insurance Summit (2008 – present)
  • Vice President (2007 - 2009)
  • Board of Directors (2010 – present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Membership Chair of Workers’ Compensation Section (2008)
  • Registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator/Arbitration Roster
  • Alabama and American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of Neutrals for the USDC Northern District
  • Alabama State Bar Committee of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Fellow of Alabama Bar Foundation
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Former Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (1994-1995)
  • Secretary of the Mobile Bar Association (1997)
  • Vice Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2001-2002)
  • Member Grievance Committee (2005 – 2008 and 2010 - Present)
  • Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section (2009)
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Instructor at the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy (2003-2006)
  • Coordinator and Instructor for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Deposition Workshop (February 2006, December 2006, February 2007, and March 2008)
  • Vice President of the Southern District (2005-2006)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2006)
  • President Elect (2007-2008)
  • President (2008-2009)
  • 2010 Recipient of Livingston Award
  • Completion of 2009 Wind Umpire Certification
  • Member of National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
  • Member of Alabama Workers’ Compensation Defense Lawyers
Publications and Presentations
  • Co-authored article with James D. Ebanks, Stephen E. Goldman, Marvin L. Karp, and Juan C. Ortega in Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel – Quarterly, Spring 2010, titled “Dealing with the Difficult Lawyer”
  • Changes in Insurance Language and Interpretation – Presented by Helen Johnson Alford and Daniel Arndt for PLRB – 4/08
  • The New Rules for E-Discovery: What it means for You – Presented by Helen Johnson Alford and Paul Lagarde – 8/14/07
  • Consulting Experts, Testifying Experts and In-House Experts – 5/3 – 5/7/2007
  • Article for the Federation of Defense Counsel Quarterly – Spring 2007 – Homeowner’s Insurance: Additional Living Expenses – The Insurer’s Ounce of Prevention
  • Additional Living Expenses – What is Reimbursable? – 2/25/07
  • Co-authored article with James W. Lampkin in Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Foundation – Summer 2006, titled “The Supersizing of America Obesity’s Potential Implications for the Insurance Industry”
  • Katrina and Other Natural Disasters, The Litigation Aftermath – 11/10/06
  • ALE: What is New on the Policyholder’s Shopping List – 10/22 – 10/13/06
  • The Ten Commandments for Giving a Good Deposition – 6/28/06
  • Engaging the Expert – 8/10/06
  • Reducing Workers’ Compensation Claims and Costs in Your Company - 1/26/06
  • Professional Ethics – The Character of a Lawyer – 2/18/05
  • Deposition Boot Camp No. 2 – 12/15/05
  • Legal Causation – “Arising Out of and in the Course of Employment” -
  • Preparing the Expert to Give Testimony – 3/25/04
  • Settlement/Mediation/Negotiation – 3/2/04
  • Workmen’s Compensation Law Update From the Defense Perspective – 12/5/03
  • Expert Witnesses – 8/7/03
  • Advanced Worker’s Compensation in Alabama – 4/26/01
  • Extra-Contractual Liability – 9/21/2000
  • Workers’ Compensation in Alabama – 9/14/00
  • Employment Tort Claims – 8/1/00
  • Objections at Trial 2000 and How to Deal with the Difficult Lawyer- 2/11/00
  • Article in Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly – Fall 1999 - The Americans With Disabilities Act and State Workers’ compensation Law in the Hands of the Court
  • Co-authored article with Kathleen Cobb Kaufman in Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel – Quarterly, Summer 1999, titled “Alternative Dispute Resolution: What is it?”
  • Co-authored article with W. Benjamin Broadwater in Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel – Quarterly, Fall 1999, titled “The Americans with Disabilities Act and State Workers’ Compensation Laws in the Hands of The Courts”
  • Boot Camp on Workers Compensation – 2/18/1997
  • Injuries in the Workplace – Examining the Workers’ Compensation Process”- 1996
  • The Statute of Limitations in Workers’ Compensation Cases or, When is Two Years Not Two Years – 10/4/1996
  • Corporate Counsel: Duties and Responsibilities – 11/5/1996
  • Cruising Alternative Dispute Resolution – 9/20/1996
  • Mediation; Its Benefits and Uses
  • Mediation – Who, What, Where, Why and How – 4/1995
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution – 3/1995
  • Recent Developments in Trial Practice – 12/1993