Joshua K. Payne – Partner
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Josh Payne is a litigator with experience handling complex matters in state and federal court. Josh has an AV-preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated by Super Lawyers and selected as a “Rising Star” for the Alabama and Mid-South editions since 2014.
Josh’s practice spans a variety of industries and subject matter. In addition to individuals, Josh has represented manufacturers, insurers, financial and investment firms, and energy companies. He has handled cases involving antitrust and competition issues, trade secrets and patents, breach of contract, fraud and other torts, insurance coverage, and fiduciary-duty claims against officers and directors. Josh has also represented state officials and agencies in constitutional and public law litigation.
Josh has tried and argued matters before state and federal judges, and has been responsible for conceptualizing and implementing dispositive motions and challenges to expert witnesses in high-stakes litigation. Josh has deposed witnesses throughout the country, including plaintiffs and putative class members, company executives, and various kinds of experts. He has also defended the depositions of corporate representatives on a broad range of topics. Josh has managed large data and document productions and is knowledgeable in the evolving field of E-Discovery, including with respect to preservation, collection, search methodologies, and privilege. Josh has engaged in extensive third party discovery, from the standpoint of requesting as well as responding, including motion practice. In addition to trial court work, Josh has handled state and federal appeals, and has litigated motions for stay and injunction pending appeal.
Prior to joining the firm, Josh represented Alabama agencies and officials as an Assistant Attorney General, primarily in actions challenging state law on constitutional grounds. He was instrumental in resolving many of those challenges, and regularly advised the Governor, Attorney General, and lawmakers on legislative and enforcement matters.
Josh is committed to community service. He has represented clients in civil and criminal matters on a pro bono basis, including serving on the legal team for a death row inmate in state habeas proceedings. Outside the office, Josh volunteers with Holy Family Cristo Rey, a school devoted to equipping inner-city students for college and career. He served for many years, including a term as President, on the school’s advisory board. Josh has participated in leadership forums of both the Birmingham and Alabama Bars. Josh is also an AmeriCorps/VISTA alum, having served on the inaugural staff of Impact Alabama where he helped launch and coordinate the FocusFirst vision screening initiative.