Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC served as local counsel for one of the sewer bond insurers in the bankruptcy case filed by Jefferson County, Alabama, which at the time of its filing was the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy, involving nearly $4 billion in debt. The firm worked closely with national counsel based in New York in the bankruptcy and numerous related proceedings, including several appeals to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury’s attention to detail and familiarity with federal trial and appellate litigation makes it a “go-to” firm for the most important matters in Alabama.
After the close of discovery in a complex commercial dispute, Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC was hired to develop summary judgment theories for a defendant. Spotswood attorneys developed a preemption theory, which had not been asserted in the defendant’s answer. Spotswood attorneys persuaded the court to allow the answer to be amended and, using an obscure procedure, convinced the court to dismiss five of the six counts asserted by the plaintiffs as well as the claim for punitive damages. We are creative lawyers who are not afraid to engineer new approaches to each case. We think outside the box and look beyond the accepted status quo.
Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC was hired to brief the First Circuit, on behalf of amicus curiae, on important issues of federal preemption under the Federal Aviation Authorization Administration Act (FAAAA). In its published decision, the First Circuit accepted the position advocated by Spotswood attorneys. In the Supreme Court, Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC again filed a brief on behalf of amici curiae, which included the Air Transport Association, the principal airline trade association in the United States. The Supreme Court affirmed the First Circuit’s decision, using FAAAA preemption to free motor and air carriers from a patchwork of state regulations, as Congress intended. We have the pedigree and the experience to compete with attorneys at any regional or national firm. We have represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, six of the eleven U.S. Courts of Appeal, and in state appellate courts across the country.