Edgar M. Elliott IV

Phone: 205-250-6603
Fax: 205-328-7234

Richard M. Thayer

Phone: 205-250-6654
Fax: 205-328-7234


David L. Faulkner, Jr.

Jordan C. Loper

Duncan Y. Manley

Rick D. Norris Jr.

James L. Pattillo

Richard E. Smith

Michael A. Vercher

F. Todd Weston

Priscilla K. Williams


Christian & Small enjoys an established reputation as a preeminent transportation litigation law firm and practice group. Our transportation attorneys are experienced defending transportation companies in personal injury cases, cargo and property damage claims, employment matters, and worker’s compensation claims. We routinely provide regulatory advice based on the latest rule changes from state and federal departments of transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Surface Transportation Board, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 

Our goal is to proactively assist our clients with the assessment of risk and liability and reduce the cost of claims and the number of lawsuits. The transportation team is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist transportation clients with a proven process to protect crucial evidence. When a client contacts the 24/7 Response team, our first call is to our Accident Reconstruction Expert and insurance adjuster closest to the scene of the accident. Together, our team documents the scene with photos, conducts interviews, obtains witness statements, gathers police and EMT reports and driver’s logs, and preserves the ECM.

Our attorneys are members of the 

  • Trucking Industry Association (TIDA)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • The Primerus Defense Institute: Transportation Defense Group
  • The International Association of Defense Council
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association: Commercial Transportation Section
  • Claims and Litigation Management Institute  

Aviation is a unique sector of the transportation arena. The aviation attorneys at Christian & Small have significant experience deciphering the complex Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policies and regulations and possess the industry knowledge to guide clients through the specialized discovery and investigative issues inherent in aviation disputes including:

  • Insurance
  • Products Liability
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Complex Litigation