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Allen M. Estes

Partner Birmingham
(205) 226-8717
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Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 2000
  • The University of Alabama
    B.A., Communications, 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2000
About Allen
Q&A
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    Issues surrounding the emerging technologies used by today's energy companies consume the majority of a typical day.

  • What types of clients do you represent?

    Energy and communications companies, as well as innovative mining businesses.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?
MORE ABOUT Allen
  • Electrical Contact/Wrongful Death Litigation: Currently defending multiple actions in various jurisdictions arising out of plaintiffs alleging property damage, injuries and/or death arising out of contact with overhead power lines. (Current)
  • AMI: Represent multiple electric utilities in all legal issues (contracting, regulatory and liability) related to the installation and maintenance of AMI meter systems. (Current)
  • Toxic Exposure Litigation: Led a team of Balch trial attorneys in successfully defending an international manufacturer during a twelve day jury trial in Alabama state court. The plaintiff alleged multiple catastrophic injuries after working as a contractor at the client's facility.  Plaintiff has incurred more than $3 Million in medical expenses to date, and plaintiff’s experts projected that it will cost over $7 Million for future care.  Plaintiff's counsel asked the jury for $25 million, but the jury returned a verdict for the defense. (May 2017)
  • Joint Use/Pole Attachments: Represents numerous electric utilities in contract negotiations, contract disputes and litigation at the state and federal levels. For example, represented several statewide cooperative organizations and many investor owned utilities in (1) negotiations for uniform pole attachment agreements, and (2) in efforts to collect millions of dollars owed by various attachers. (Current)
  • Nuclear Plant Construction Litigation: Member of Balch team representing electric utility owners of the first new nuclear plant construction in 30 years related to various contractual disputes with construction consortium. 
  • Declaratory Judgment Action Regarding Reactive Power Charges in Power Purchase Agreement: Counterparty to a multi-year PPA demanded tens of million dollars annually in extra-contractual payments for reactive power. Successfully prosecuted a declaratory judgment action by, in less than 10 months, defeating the defendant’s numerous procedural challenges (including removal to federal court and subsequent remand) and successfully obtaining summary judgment. Defendant/PPA counterparty did not appeal and dropped demands for extra payments. (2013)
  • Communications M&A: Represented investment group in asset purchase acquisition of telecommunication company. (2017)
      Education
      • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2000
      • The University of Alabama, B.A., Communications, 1997
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 2000
      Professional Affiliations
      • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Past President 2017-2018, President, 2016-2017, President-Elect 2015-2016, Secretary-Treasurer 2014-2015, Board of Directors 2012- Present
      • DRI, Alabama State Representative, 2017- Present
      • Birmingham Bar Association -- Grievance Committee 2015-Present
      • Energy Bar Association
      Awards & Accolades
      • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, 2013-Present
      • Chambers USA, 2013-2014