S. ALLEN BAKER is a regionally-recognized trial attorney with 40 years of experience representing utilities, construction firms, and large corporations across the Southeast defending personal injury and death cases arising out of product liability, negligence, toxic and environmental torts. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he is a Partner in the firm’s Products Liability & Casualty Litigation Practice Group and serves as General Counsel to the firm.
Allen has been identified as one of America’s leading lawyers for litigation by Best Lawyers in America since 2005 and is included as a “Top Attorney” by Super Lawyers. He has extensive trial experience, serving as lead counsel in nearly 80 trials.
Allen has a deep understanding of national consensus standards such as the National Electrical Safety Code, NEC, OSHA, NFPA Standard 921 and FAA rules and has successfully defended a broad range of electrical cases, electrical products, and related claims which involve the application of these standards. Allen’s extensive knowledge of asbestos litigation has resulted in his position as Alabama counsel for several large corporations defending asbestos cases and as coordinating counsel for asbestos litigation for Alabama’s largest public utility.
Allen has successfully defended contractors, plant owners and manufacturers in a variety of negligence and product liability claims involving such products as sawmill equipment, electrical breakers, switches and transformers, motor control centers, electrical motors and generators and pressure vessels. Allen has also defended numerous power line contact cases, and power line wire strike cases, especially electrical cases involving fires. He represents premises owners in workplace contractor accidents involving claims of failing to provide a safe workplace, negligent inspection, failure to warn and special employer or labor broker cases.
Additionally, Allen has defended claims involving issues of riparian rights, water and flooding rights and determinations of navigability. Also, Allen has prosecuted numerous eminent domain cases for power line easements.
Representative cases include:
- Banks v. Alabama Power Company – Defense of helicopter wire strike case where plaintiff claimed violation of FAA regulations. Defense verdict.
- Charles Kilgore v. General Electric Company, et al. - Mesothelioma case in the Circuit Court of Colbert County involving a federal preemption defense in a wrongful death allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos on a locomotive steam engine.
- General Electric v. Viking Services, Inc. and Barnhart Crane - Prosecuted large property damage claim for GE arising out of crane accident and damage to GE's electric substation. Full recovery.
- Helen Beck v. Electric Mobility Corporation - Defense of product liability wrongful death case where plaintiff claimed a defectively-designed electric wheelchair tipped over killing driver.
- Lee George v. Alabama Power Company – Defense of electrical contact case claiming negligent maintenance of wires allowing neutral to become energized. Defense verdict.
- Mary Williams v. Alabama Power Company and Dr. Timothy Bassett – Defense of brain damage case arising out of termination of electric service while plaintiff was on life support equipment.
- Nash/Beddingfield v. ATS, et al. - Case involving four wrongful deaths that occurred in Tennessee when an 18-wheeler struck victims' van killing all occupants, applying Tennessee law and "Loaned Servant Doctrine." Verdict returned for plaintiffs for $24,500.000. Reversed and rendered in favor of our client upon appeal.
- Nelson v. Salem Equipment Company, et al. – Defense of products liability case involving sawmill equipment alleged to be defective causing plaintiff's accident and resulting in paralysis.
- Posey v. Beard Equipment Company and Deere & Company - Defense of a John Deere dealership involving claim of defective skidder equipment that exploded, killing nearby worker.
- Rose Green v. Alabama Power Company – Defense of wrongful death case alleging fire caused by faulty surge protector. Defense verdict.
- Savors/McGregory v. Alabama Power Company, et al. - Defense of electric utility in double wrongful death case involving construction site electrocution caused when crane contacted overhead power lines. Obtained summary judgment; affirmed on appeal.
- Thomas v. Evenflo, et al. - Defense of child restraint system alleging defective seat where seven-month-old strangled to death in seat while left alone in bedroom. Successfully prosecuted Daubert challenge to plaintiff’s experts resulting in summary judgment.
- American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
- Alabama State Bar, member, Disciplinary Rules & Enforcement Committee
- Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
- Alabama Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, former faculty
- Lawyers for Civil Justice Representative
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - Present
- Super Lawyers, 2008 - Present
- 2005 Birmingham Magazine "Best of the Bar," Products Liability (100 + lawyers)
- "Local Star" by Benchmark Litigation
- "Top Attorney" by Birmingham Magazine, 2009
- Admitted in all U.S. District Courts, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, & the Court of Federal Claims