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Will Lee is the grandson of one of Lee & McInish's founding members, Alto V. Lee, III, and the son of senior partner William L. Lee, III.

Mr. Lee attended the University of Alabama where he earned both his undergraduate degree, and in 1995, his J.D. degree. Immediately following graduation, Mr. Lee joined Lee & McInish and continues the family's tradition of service to the legal profession and the community.

As with each member of the firm, Mr. Lee actively engages in litigation. His areas of practice include civil defense litigation, personal injury, general insurance defense, workers' compensation law, product liability, premises liability and insurance litigation. He is particularly involved in the litigation of vehicular injury claims, representing multiple prominent automobile insurers.

In addition to his membership in the Alabama State Bar Association and the Houston County Bar Association, Mr. Lee is actively involved in the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Will is married to the former Cora LaDelle Copelan. Cora is from Columbus, Georgia. Will and Cora have three children, William, Cora LaDelle, and Sara Wellons.



Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation

Personal Injury

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Workers' Compensation

Insurance Litigation

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1995

U. S. District Court, Middle District of

Alabama 1995


University of Alabama School of Law

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence 1995

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

B.S., Bachelor of Science 1992

Honors and Awards

American Inns of Court, Barrister

Farrah Law Society, Board of Trustees

Journal of the Alabama Defense

Lawyers Association, Editorial Board

The University of Alabama National Alumni Assocation, Vice President

Professional Associations and Memberships

Alabama State Bar

Houston County Bar Association (Past President of Young Lawyers Section)

Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (Director and Past President of Young Lawyers Section)

Defense Research Institute


Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols, P.C.

Address: 238 W. Main St.(P.O.Box 1665, 36302), Dothan, AL 36301
Tel: (334) 792-4156
Fax: (334) 794-8342
Website: www.llln-law.com

All attorneys regularly try civil jury and non-jury cases in Dothan (Houston County); Geneva (Geneva County); Ozark (Dale County); Enterprise (Coffee County); Elba (Coffee County); Andalusia (Covington County); Abbeville (Henry County; Eufaula (Barbour County).


Two of Houston County's Circuit Judges, Lawson Little and Edward Jackson, recently retired. Our congratulations go out to Mike Conaway and Kevin Moulton, who were recently appointed by the Governor to fill the vacated judgeships. Judge Conaway has already been sworn in, and Judge Moulton's swearing in ceremony is scheduled for June 25, 2010. 

Annual Meeting of the Alabama Defense Lawyer's Association, Sandestin Beach Resort, June 17, 2010

ACA 71st Annual Convention, July 11-14, Washington D.C. 

Legislative News

The Alabama Legislature has convened the 2010 session. Of the almost 600 bills filed thus far, we've identified the following as noteworthy: 

HB20: proposes a revised Uniform Arbitration Act

HB21:would remove the cap on permanent partial disability

HB24: would increase the homestead exemption by 6%

HB32: proposes to allow grandparents to petition for visitation with grandchildren

HB35: bans text message and GPS use while operating a motor vehicle

HB45: would ban same-sex partner benefits from being offered by state colleges and universities

HB102: would make misappropriation of trade secrets a crime

HB103: grants limited immunity to property owners acting in self defense

About the only Senate bill relevant to our clients would be SB215, extending the statute of limitations for claims of toxic exposure. There will not doubt be other Senate bills of interest as the 2010 Session progresses. 

Recent Decisions

In a recent unpublished decision rendered by the 11th Circuit, our firm represented the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in a case involving the application of the ministerial exception. The primary issue on appeal was whether the District Court properly granted a motion to dismiss under 12(b)(6) when it found the ministerial exception applicable to plaintiff's (a minister) employment discrimination claims. Of particular interest was whether the ministerial exception is applicable to claims of race discrimination under Section 1981. The 11th Circuit affirmed, finding that the ministerial exception precluded all of plaintiff's claims of employment discrimination, including the Section 1981 claims. At this writing, the case is still within the period for an application for reconsideration or en banc review. 

11th Circuit affirms judicial estoppel: in Robinson v. Tyson Foods, Inc., __ F.3d __ (11th Cir. 2010) failed to disclose in a Chapter 13 case her claim against Tyson. She had a confirmed Chapter 13 plan, paid out, and never amended her schedules. The District Court granted summary judgment for Tyson on judicial estoppel grounds, and the 11th Circuit affirmed. 

BMJA, LLC v. Murphy: the Alabama Supreme Court held that simply recording a judgment does not create a lien under Ala. Code 6-9-210, 211. The lien is created only upon the filing of a certificate of judgment. 

Firm News

Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols is very proud to count among its attorneys two "Super Lawyers."  Now included in the Super Lawyers directory for Alabama lawyers are William L. ("Bill") Lee, III and Alan C. Livingston. The recognition and honor is well-deserved by both. 

Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols  now has the ability to assist its clients with their title insurance needs in Florida through First American Title Insurance Company.