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Owens & Millsaps is a highly experienced and well-respected general practice law firm that serves clients throughout Alabama. All of the firm’s attorneys are graduates of the University of Alabama School of Law, one of the top 25 law schools in the nation, and have well-established connections throughout West Alabama. Our four attorneys bring varied skills, varied experiences, and nearly one hundred years of experience to the firm. Owens & Millsaps employs an experienced staff and many of the most talented law students at the University of Alabama School of Law. Owens & Millsaps is set-up to provide the personal attention of a small firm and the full range of services and aggressive litigation capabilities of a large firm.

Practice Overview

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Estate Planning & Probate

Owens & Millsaps handles all aspects of Probate and Estate Administration for estates. Probate is the legal process by which a person’s will is allowed by the Probate Court. The provisions of the will dictate how the individual’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon death. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased’s assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements. We assist the personal representative of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent’s assets. We prepare federal and state estate tax returns as well as the appropriate documents in order to release liens on a decedent’s real estate. It is our responsibility to assure that all steps are properly taken in order to carry out the decedent’s intent in accordance with the law.

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Personal Injury & Civil Litigation

The attorneys at Owens & Millsaps have nearly 100 years experience prosecuting and defending personal injury claims. We use that experience to best serve the needs of each individual client, develop each client’s case, and, if necessary, take cases that cannot be resolved to trial. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and will not hesitate to take cases to trial and handle those cases up through an appeal, especially when doing so is in the best interest of the client.

In addition to personal injury claims, Owens & Millsaps handles a wide variety of civil litigation including contract disputes, construction disputes, storm-water drainage problems, and zoning disputes.

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Business & Corporate Law

The form of business chosen for a business entity potentially affects every aspect of its operations. Our firm assists our clients in formation and business planning in deciding whether they want to operate as a closely held business, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation. We advise our clients about directors’ and officers’ liability, dissolution, franchising, reorganization, trade association membership and activity, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business successions, and shareholders’ rights. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling both transactional and litigation matters. In addition, we offer compliance and risk management advice on issues including HIPPA, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination

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Workplace & Employment Law

The attorneys at Owens & Millsaps have extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment law cases. We find that handling both sides of employment law cases helps us better evaluate the issues facing our clients.

Owens & Millsaps has significant experience in interpreting and construing state and federal statutes and case law in areas such as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, employment contracts, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Employment law often involves complicated legal issues and high-stakes for both employees and employers. Our attorneys understand how to develop employment law cases form both the employer’s and employee’s perspective and how to manage the risk involved in this area.

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Medical Malpractice Defense

Owens & Millsaps has decades of experience handling medical malpractice cases throughout Alabama and Mississippi. Our firm exclusively handles the defense side of medical malpractice actions. We are very proud of our work on behalf of local doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Owens & Millsaps seeks to resolve medical malpractice actions effectively and efficiently. The firm understands that accusations of negligence weigh heavily on healthcare providers and need to be addressed aggressively and quickly.

Attorney Profiles

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Apsilah (Appie) Owens Millsaps (Partner)

Appie Millsaps was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama by John A. Owens and Dorothy Terry Owens. Appie and her husband Leland Edward Millsaps have three daughters.

Appie Millsaps graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992.  She received numerous honors  as a law student including being selected as a Hugo L. Black Scholar, being elected an Editor of the Alabama Law Review, receiving the Editor in Chief’s Award, receiving multiple best paper awards, and being named as a member of the Bench & Bar Honor Society. She has continued to receive accolades as an attorney — serving as President of the Women’s Section of the State of Alabama Bar Association, and serving on the Young Lawyer’s Executive Committee. Appie has been rated as an AV Preeminent® attorney by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review process, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.

Mrs. Millsaps is an active member of the Tuscaloosa community. She has served many local organizations including the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, Zonta Club of Tuscaloosa, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors, the Boy Scouts of America, and the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. Appie is currently the Advisor for Delta Gamma at the University of Alabama.

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John A. Owens (Senior Partner)

John A. Owens was raised in Gordo, Alabama. He is married to Dorothy Terry of Red Level, Alabama. They have two children who are: Apsilah (Appie) Geer Owens Millsaps and Terry Owens Alvarez.

Mr. Owens graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science degree in Commerce and Business Administration and a major in Accounting. After graduation, he served three years on active duty for the United States Navy. Mr. Owens remained in the United States Navy Reserves for eleven years and attained the rank of Lieutenant.

Upon completion of his activity duty military obligations, John A. Owens enrolled in the University of Alabama School of Law. He graduated as valedictorian of his law school class. Mr. Owens was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in April 1967 and has practiced law in Tuscaloosa, continuously, since that date.

Throughout his legal career, John A. Owens has devoted significant time and effort to serving his fellow attorneys. He has consistently been an active member of the Tuscaloosa County and Alabama State Bar Associations. Mr. Owens served as the President of the Alabama State Bar from July 1995 to July 1996.

Mr. Owens understands the importance of giving back to Tuscaloosa and has remained very active in local community organizations. He has served in countless capacities including President of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, President of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and United Way Chairman – Professional Division.

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Susie Taylor Carver (Partner)

Susie Taylor Carver received a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama in 1971 and is a 1986 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1986, and is authorized to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and the Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association.

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Rebecca Young (Associate)

Rebecca Young has worked for Owens & Millsaps, LLP since graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2009. She is licensed to practice before Alabama’s United States District Courts in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Rebecca has extensive experience representing a wide variety of clients in both state and federal courts. She has specific trial practice in matters involving personal injury and employment cases, mass torts, and environmental and product liability cases.

Rebecca is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa and serves her community through involvement in her church and a number of civic organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, the Druid City Garden Project, and First Presbyterian Preschool. Rebecca and her husband, Jonathan, enjoy spending time on Lake Tuscaloosa with their young son Jack.

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