Burr & Forman

Forrest S. Latta

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  • J.D., magna cum laude, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (1980)
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Troy University (1976)
  • Mobile Bar Association, Vice President
  • Alabama State Bar, Alabama Board of Bar Examiners
  • American Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️, "Lawyer of the Year," Insurance Law, Mobile, AL (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️, Appellate Practice (2009-2022), Insurance Law (2008-2022), Commercial Litigation (2021-2022)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage (2016-2020)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2008-2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️, "Lawyer of the Year," Appellate Practice, Mobile, AL (2014)
  • Defense Research Institute, Duffield Smith Award for Best Defense Publication (2001)
  • Troy University, Board of Trustees
  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Board of Advisors
  • Baptist Foundation of Alabama, Board of Trustees
  • American Camellia Society, Board of Directors
  • The Nature Conservancy, Board of Directors
  • Insurance-Coverage/Bad Faith

  • Defense of excess D&O insurer in coverage litigation with Directors and Officers of a major national health rehabilitation provider arising from underlying claims by individual and institutional investors alleging corporate and criminal fraud.

  • Jury defense verdict in Florida bad faith lawsuit against insurer who delayed making a $5 million umbrella payment to 17-year old brain injury victim (with $30 million in damages) where the amount of underlying coverage was still in question.

  • Lead counsel in successful defense of pollution claim over costs incurred by insured for its EPA-mandated remediation of ground pollution at a paper manufacturing facility that had been in continuous operation for over 50 years, triggering multiple policies.

  • Defense of national health insurer in series of Georgia bad faith claims over alleged pattern of rescissions, post-claim underwriting, and fraudulent actuarial/rating practices. Resolved through favorable settlements and summary judgment.

  • Defense judgment for individual disability insurer on bad faith claim by a lawyer who alleged her benefits were terminated unlawfully while she suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and/or fibromyalgia preventing her from practicing law.

  • Commercial

  • Defense judgment for international product manufacturer in suit alleging that it unlawfully canceled a manufacturing agreement with an international company to build products overseas.

  • Lead counsel for inventor of cellulosic fuel process in defense of business suit by a former investor who sued to enforce certain rights under an option agreement. Injunction claim by investor was denied; Order was issued declaring option void.

  • Appellate

  • Appellant's counsel on appeal of $1 million jury verdict arising from injury causing paraplegia. Reversed and rendered.

  • Appellant's counsel on appeal of $50 million wrongful death verdict arising from fiery truck accident allegedly caused by manufacturing defect. Remitted to $4 million.

  • Appellant's counsel on reversal of $7.5 million "wrongful death" jury verdict against a road contractor. Auto accident occurred 6 years after the contractor's work was completed and accepted by the state transportation department.

  • Class Actions

  • Defense of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in putative class action arising from business agreements with participating drugstores and providers.

  • Product Liability

  • Lead counsel in defense of death claim arising from a hunting accident involving alleged defective tree-stand. Favorable settlement.

  • Lead counsel in defense of tire manufacturer in multiple death case arising from auto accident allegedly resulting from tread separation. Favorable settlement.

  • Media

  • Successful defense (dismissal) on behalf of syndicated radio talk show host in defamation claim by public figure for alleged injurious comments about him and his wife.

Partner | Mobile, AL

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Mr. Latta is a seasoned litigator with many years of courtroom experience, both trial and appellate.

His track record includes major wins and successful settlements in complex business cases, insurance coverage and bad-faith disputes, consumer class actions, product liability defense, and cases against broadcast and print media companies. In addition to handling cases in the trial courts, he chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice Section, leveraging his experience in over 200 appeals including several landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases on punitive damages.

Mr. Latta sits on the Alabama Board of Bar Examiners, the Alabama Rules of Evidence committee, and is a Fellow in the Alabama and American Bar Foundations. He also serves as Vice-President of the Mobile Bar Association, one of the nation’s oldest.

In the community, Mr. Latta serves on the Board of Trustees of Troy University, a public university system. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Cumberland School of Law (Samford University), and is active in the American Camellia Society and several non-profits.

Mr. Latta was an honors graduate of Troy University in 1980. He obtained a law degree from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, in 1983. He previously was a radio broadcaster in several cities, winning two Associated Press awards.

Peer ratings: Martindale Hubbell (A-V), Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), and Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law & Appellate Practice).

Case experiences: Business litigation; insurance bad faith; insurance coverage disputes; excess & reinsurance; unfair claim practices; product liability; punitive damages defense; ERISA litigation; media liability; dealer/franchise termination; fair housing; false advertising; unfair competition; shareholder oppression; class actions; defamation; Robinson-Patman Act; price fixing; Sherman Act; securities fraud and broker-dealer claims; Directors & Officers Liability; Errors & Omissions; Agribusiness; appeals in state and federal courts.