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William P. Cobb II

Partner Montgomery
(334) 269-3128
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Education
  • Cumberland School of Law
    J.D., 1980, cum laude; Charter inductee, Curia Honoris
  • Auburn University
    B.S., 1976, Public Administration
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1980
About Pete
Q&A
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I regularly represent both large and small clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, local businesses and individuals who have had the misfortune to have others allege wrongdoing or assert claims against them. The early years of my practice were almost exclusively devoted to representing individuals and smaller, local entities. As my practice has grown to include larger clients, I continue to enjoy those bonds formed years ago but find great satisfaction in developing relationships with the people of the various companies with whom I work.  A successful attorney-client experience is all about responsiveness and relationship. 

  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    I am continuously working on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, many of which involve claims of defective products, negligent conduct, or both, as well as claims brought against employers under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act. I have regularly defended cases alleging fraud in the business relationship or the insurance sales context, and have successfully handled cases brought against licensed sellers of alcoholic beverages under the Alabama Dram Shop Act.

  • How are you involved in your community?
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
MORE ABOUT Pete
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a public utility charged with negligence and wanton misconduct in an electrical accident resulting in serious personal injuries to a child. Result: Summary Judgment for the defense. (1996).
  •  Lead counsel in the defense of a Fortune 500 company charged with the illegal sale of alcohol through a local vendor, allegedly in violation of Alabama's Dram Shop Act and resulting in the wrongful death of the purchaser. Result: Summary Judgment for the defense. (2009)
  •  Lead counsel in the defense of a locally based title insurance company charged with fraud and misrepresentation in connection with the issuance of a policy insuring title to real property valued at over $5,000,000 . Result:  Summary Judgment for the defense. (2008)
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a public utility charged with negligence and wanton misconduct in a premises liability case allegedly resulting in personal injuries to two individuals occurring at  the utility's public fishing and recreational area. Result: Summary judgment for the defense. (2013)
  •  Lead counsel in the defense of a textile manufacturer sued by multiple claimants under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act, charged with causing the claimants to develop or  aggravate asthma and other respiratory disorders allegedly due to chemicals used in the work environment. Result: Non-jury trial resulting in defense verdicts as to all claims of all claimants. (1997)
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a public utility charged with negligence and wanton misconduct in an electrical accident resulting in the death of a catfish farmer. Result: Jury trial resulting in a defense verdict. (1994)
  •  Lead counsel in the defense of a public utility charged with negligence and wanton misconduct, allegedly nullifying the protections of Alabama's Recreational Use Statute and resulting in serious personal injury to one individual. Result: Summary judgement for the defense. (2014)
  •  Representation of a consortium of self-insured manufacturers, industrial concerns and businesses with respect to the drafting and introduction of legislation designed to amend Alabama's Workers' Compensation Act. (2012-2013)
  • Representation of an individual in a criminal matter (through an alliance of radar detection device manufacturers) on certiorari proceedings before the Supreme Court of Alabama, challenging, as excessive and unconstitutional, the fine for conviction of speeding while in possession of a radar detection device. Result: Case reversed/fine determined illegal and excessive. (1986)
 
    Education
    • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1980, cum laude; Charter inductee, Curia Honoris
    • Auburn University, B.S., 1976, Public Administration
    Courts
    • Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
    Bar Admissions
    • Alabama, 1980
    Professional Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • Alabama State Bar 
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Defense Research Institute 
       Trials and Tribulations, editor
       Trial Tactics and Techniques Committee, 2001 - 2002
    • Alabama Supreme Court, Commission on Dispute Resolution, chairman
    • Business Council of Alabama, Labor and Employment Committee, co-chair
    • Montgomery County Bar Association, Grievance Committee
    • Auburn University Mock Trial Team, Executive Committee, advisor
    Awards & Accolades
    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability (defense), 2013 - present 
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Workers' Compensation (defense), 1996 - present
    Community Involvement
    • Samaritan Counseling Center of Montgomery, Executive Committee and board of directors
    • Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award, trustee and chief corporate fundraiser
    • Auburn University, College of Liberal Arts, Dean's Advisory Council
    • Montgomery Country Club Invitational, tournament chairman
    Clerkships
    • Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, 1980 - 1981