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Bill Lee is presently the senior member of the firm, and is the son of Alto V. Lee, III and the grandson of W. L. Lee. Bill was born in Dothan, Alabama on July 14, 1944 .

Bill followed in his father’s footsteps by attending the University of Alabama, obtaining his B. S. degree in 1966.

Bill attended the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 1968. Bill’s law school career was marked by academic excellence including membership on the Alabama Law Review as its Assistant Editor, and selection for Curia Honoris and Order of the Coif and while serving in the Air Force Reserve.

After being admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1968, Bill joined his father and Dwight McInish in private practice in Dothan. In addition to State Bar membership, Bill is a member of the Houston County Bar Association (President, 1978) and the American Bar Association. His achievements in private practice have also been recognized by admission into the International Association of Defense Counsel, the International Society of Barristers, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bill practices primarily in the areas of workers compensation, personal and business liability and products liability.

Bill is married to the former Lucy ("Sis") Stuart of Montgomery, Alabama. Bill and “Sis” have three children, Will, Stuart and Lucy.



Areas of Practice

General civil litigation

Workers' compensation

Insurance coverage

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1968

U. S. District Court, Middle District of

Alabama 1975

U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

November 13, 1968


University of Alabama School of Law

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence 1968

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa , Alabama

B.S., Bachelor of Science

Honors and Awards

Assistant Editor, Alabama Law Review

Order of the Coif

Curia Honoris

Professional Associations and Memberships

Alabama State Bar (Member)

International Association of Insurance Counsel (Member)

International Society of Barristers (Member)

American College of Trial Lawyers

Personal Information

Born July 14, 1944, Dothan, Alabama


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.