Since its formation in October 1990, the Firm has retained an emphasis on the representation of local, state-wide, and national corporations in the conduct of their business affairs, including litigation. Representative clients have included American National Red Cross, Hesston Corporation, Hesston Credit Corporation, Atlantic & Gulf Railroad, The Glidden Company, Gray Communications Systems, Inc., The Albany Herald Publishing Company, WALB-TV, WFXL-TV, Raycom Media, Barrington Broadcasting Group, Capstone Logistics, LLC, Deerfield-Windsor School, Terrell Academy, Inc., Flint River Services, Inc., Albany Bank & Trust, Bank of Terrell, Bank of Lee County, The Bank of Dawson, First State Bank, Citizen’s Bank, Employer’s Casualty Insurance Company, American National Property and Casualty Company, MMI Companies, Inc., Ranger Insurance Company, American General Life and Accident Company, and the Georgia Municipal Association.
The Firm’s litigation experience is substantial and quite diverse. The attorneys of Lee Durham, LLC have defended cases based upon products liability (automobiles, blueprint photocopy machines, electrical fixtures, asbestos products), discrimination (age, race, handicap), municipal liability (negligence, nuisance, 42 U.S.C. §1983), defamation (personal, business, credit), ERISA, RICO, construction contracts, secured lending, restraint of trade, professional malpractice, national and international commodity transactions, as well as more routine matters such as car wrecks and slip-and-falls. The Firm has been involved in significant litigation in such corporate matters as franchise agreements, dissolution of closely held businesses, and enforcement of non-competition agreements. It is a testament to the Firm’s litigation expertise that it is often called upon to serve as local counsel for litigation being conducted in local courts by attorneys from around the country. The Firm’s litigation practice still includes some defense of insured parties, but has always included significant litigation on the part of various corporate and business entities. The firm also has a limited practice representing plaintiffs, which is felt to provide invaluable experience in connection with the firm’s defense practice.
Most of the litigation in which Lee Durham, LLC is involved is in the Southwest Georgia area – from Columbus and Macon south to the Florida line, and from Waycross and Dublin west to the Alabama line. For certain corporate clients, the Firm regularly practices in the coastal counties of Georgia as well, however, and, as is becoming true of many law firms throughout Georgia, the Firm has both prosecuted and defended cases in the courts of Metropolitan Atlanta. The Firm’s caseload includes matters pending in both the federal and state courts in the State of Georgia, at the trial and appellate levels, as well as matters in Alabama for certain of its clients.