Danny Feldman

Personal Story

I always knew I was going to be a lawyer. That’s a strange thing, because none of my family practiced law, none of my friends’ parents were lawyers, and I honestly can’t remember watching a single TV show or movie and saying to myself, “That’s going to be me one day.” But I became a lawyer just the same.

As a lawyer, I’ve found there are challenges to this profession — just like any other. Large insurance companies seem to deny more claims, offer less for the claims they will settle, and delay any decision they make much longer than ever before. By the time we start working for clients they’ve often heard “no” so many times, they just want to quit.

Personal Story

I always knew I was going to be a lawyer. That’s a strange thing, because none of my family practiced law, none of my friends’ parents were lawyers, and I honestly can’t remember watching a single TV show or movie and saying to myself, “That’s going to be me one day.” But I became a lawyer just the same.

As a lawyer, I’ve found there are challenges to this profession — just like any other. Large insurance companies seem to deny more claims, offer less for the claims they will settle, and delay any decision they make much longer than ever before. By the time we start working for clients they’ve often heard “no” so many times, they just want to quit.

One of my favorite things about practicing law is taking a client’s case and working to make the right thing happen. Taking someone who’s heard “No, No, No,” over and over again – and finally being able to tell them, “Yes — Yes, you will get those bills paid. Yes, you will get what’s right. Yes, you will see justice.” That’s what keeps me coming back to work, day after day. Winning for my clients. Seeing that justice is done.

Down the road, at the end of my career, I want to be able to look back and say – I’ve fought the best I could for my clients. I’ve used my experience and skills to guide them through a complicated and sometimes frustrating process. It may be a long fight at times, but we’ve come out on the other side of this, together.

Most importantly — I’ve helped them get the justice they deserve.

Cycling Injuries

As an avid cyclist, I’ve been combining my passion with my work for the past 15 years plus. I’ve been dedicated to representing injured cyclists throughout Alabama, which has lead me to be one of the most experienced lawyers for these cases, recovering several million dollars over the years. I have likely represented more injured cyclists than any other lawyer in the State. Over the years I have shared my experiences speaking to cycling groups, civic groups, and being interviewed by print and television journalists, such as the show, The Attorneys.

Education

  • Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, 1983 B.A.,
    Political Science and Economics
    Summa Cum Laude; Dean’s List all semesters
    Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Beta Sigma National Honor Societies
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, 1987 J.D.
    Law Journal: Journal of Transactional Law, Member
  • 1990-1995   Adjunct Professor Jefferson State Junior College (Business Law)

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Alabama
  • The District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member of Bike Law
  • Member of Alabama Association for Justice
  • Member of the American Association For Justice

Admitted to practice in:

  • State of Alabama, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District, Middle District, and Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • District of Columbia

Representative Cases

  • K-Mart Corp. v. Perdue, 708 So.2d 106 (Ala. Sup. Ct. 1997) – $4 million jury verdict in false arrest case
  • K-Mart v. Kyles, 723 So.2d 572 (Ala. Sup. Ct. 1998) – $200,000 jury verdict in false arrest case
  • Waiker v. Royal Insurance Company, 765 So.2d 572 (Ala. Civ. App. 1999)
  • Butler v. Town of Argo, 871 So.2d 1 (Ala. Sup. Ct. 2003) – $500,000 jury verdict in slander and defamation case
  • Kendrick v. City of Midfield, 2016 Ala. Lexis 52 (April 15, 2016) – reversed trial court’s grant of immunity to municipal police officer

Noteworthy Verdicts/Settlements*

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$4,000,000 jury verdict in 1994 in Bessemer – case involved wrongful arrest for shoplifting

$200,000 jury verdict in 1998 in Mobile – false arrest case

$295,000 settlement in 2004 – dram shop (suit against business that sold alcohol to drunk patron) case

$950,000 settlement in 2004 – motor vehicle wreck in which client was inebriated

$2,850,000 settlement in 2005 – bicyclists struck and injured by drunk driver

$5,000,000 settlement in 2005 – mis-filled prescription case

$550,000 settlement in 2006 – negligence case for worker injured on job by 3rd party

$700,000 settlement in 2007 – car versus truck wreck

$500,000 jury verdict in 2008 in Jefferson County – slander and defamation case

$415,000 settlement in 2013 – family injured in motor vehicle wreck

$300,000 settlement in 2015 – bicyclist struck and injured by motorist

$225,000 settlement in 2016 – slip and fall in fast food restaurant

$915,000 settlement in 2017 – bicyclist struck and injured by motorist in Jefferson County

$225,000 settlement in 2017 – bicyclist struck and injured by motorist in Baldwin County

Seminars

  • Conducted classes/seminars on “How to Try a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Case”

Community Involvement and Recognition

  • 1992 – 1996 – member Homewood City Council
  • 1996 – 2000  –  President Homewood City Council
  • 1996 – 1998 –  Board of Directors Shades Valley YMCA
  • 2014 – 2016 – Board – AlaBike
  • 2015 – Present – Chairman of the Board – Trips for Kids
  • 2016 – Present – Board – Redemptive Cycling

Professional History

  • Lewis & Feldman, formerly known as Feldman & Lehane and also formerly known as Lewis, Feldman & Lehane; 2004-present
  • Lamar, Miller, Norris & Feldman; 2000-2004
  • Burgess & Hale; 1998-2000
  • Hammond, Feldman & Lehane; 1996-1998
  • Roden, Hayes & Carter; 1994-1996
  • Haskell, Slaughter & Young; 1989-1994
  • Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge; Washington D.C.; 1987-1989

Family

Danny is married to Mary Anne (formerly Averyt) and has 3 children, a daughter and twin sons.

*These recoveries are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family, or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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