Johnstone Adams Ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Johnstone Adams LLC has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 13 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Johnstone Adams LLC received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

Regional Tier 1 – Mobile

Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Regional Tier 2


Nine Johnstone Adams Lawyers Named to 2019 “Best Lawyers” List

Johnstone Adams LLC is pleased to announce that nine (9) lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. “Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession. After three decades, we are proud to continue to serve as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals worldwide,” says CEO Phillip Greer.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Johnstone Adams LLC would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Celia J. Collins – Litigation – Labor and Employment, Labor Law – Management, Employment Law ­Management, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

William H. Hardie – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance
Ben H. Harris – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Wade B. Perry – Health Care Law, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Employment Law ­Management

Lawrence J. Seiter – Litigation – Construction, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Charles C. Simpson – Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate

E. Watson Smith – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law

Tracy P. Turner – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
R. Gregory Watts – Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

About Johnstone Adams LLC

Johnstone Adams, LLC is committed to providing its clients with the full range of services necessary to meet their legal needs. Our lawyers develop and maintain the knowledge and experience to provide top notch legal representation consistent with the needs of our clients, both as to time and expense.

Johnstone Adams, LLC specializes in the following practice areas:

Banking, Finance, & Creditors’ Rights
Business and Corporate, including Business Dispute and Shareholder Rights Litigation
Construction Litigation
Employment, Labor, and Workers’ Compensation Law
ERISA, Tax, Trusts, & Estates
Forest Use
Health Care, including Mental Health
Immigration, including Employment, I-9 Compliance, and Family
Insurance Litigation: (1) Defense: Construction & Completed Operations; Major Claims & Professional Liability; (2) Coverage and Regulatory: Agency, Commercial, Fidelity, Personal lines & Title
Oil and Gas
Real Estate, including Conveyancing, Environmental, & Zoning
Real Estate Litigation, including Conveyancing, Lien Priorities, & Titles
For more than a century Johnstone Adams, LLC has strived to improve upon how we deliver legal services to our clients in this ever changing economic climate.

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban Proclamation

Relying on the President’s broad authority under 8 U.S.C. §1182(f) and 1185(a), the Supreme Court held the President lawfully exercised his discretionary powers under the law to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States. The Court’s Opinion emphasizes the law in question defers to the President with respect to such decisions, stating it “vests the President with ‘ample power’ to impose entry restrictions” and further noting that “[p]residents have repeatedly exercised their authority to suspend entry on the basis of nationality.” The Court held the Proclamation is squarely within the scope of the President’s authority. The President only had to show that the entry of the covered aliens “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” and found the President fulfilled this obligation by including comprehensive details and assessment of the national security risks in the text of the Proclamation. With respect to the President’s statements calling for a Muslim ban, the issue before the Court was “not whether to denounce the statements” but the significance of those statements on the President’s Proclamation, which did not contain the same statements and is facially neutral. The Court found the “Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices,” and emphasized the text “says nothing about religion.” As a result, the Court upheld the Proclamation finding it was neutral on its face and relied on legitimate purposes related to national security.

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling today, entry of foreign nationals from the following seven countries will be restricted to some degree: Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Venezuela. The Proclamation does provide for case-by-case waivers when a foreign national demonstrates undue hardship, and that his or her entry is in the national interest and would not pose a threat to public safety. However, Justice Breyer notes in his dissent there is no evidence the Government is applying the Proclamation as written with respect to the issuance of waivers. Justice Breyer points out that while “[t]he Proclamation provides that the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security ‘shall coordinate to adopt guidance’ for consular officers to follow when deciding whether to grant a waiver,” to his knowledge no guidance has issued. Consequently, the actual process and potential availability of any such waivers remains unclear.

AG Sessions Announces DACA Is Being Rescinded

This morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. No new initial applications or related applications filed after today will be processed. However, no current beneficiaries will be affected before March 5 of next year.
In making the announcement, Sessions cited the Trump Administration’s belief that DACA was unconstitutional  and that engaging in a legal battle to preserve it would be futile. Sessions also called on Congress to act if it wished to preserve DACA, echoing President Trump’s earlier Tweet, and pushed for adoption of the RAISE Act. Many details of the wind down remain unknown at this time.

Johnstone Adams LLC Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List

Johnstone Adams LLC would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Celia J. Collins (Labor and Employment Litigation, Labor Law – Management, Employment Law, Management, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)
William H. Hardie (Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation)
Ben H. Harris (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)
Wade B. Perry (Health Care Law, Labor and Employment Litigation, Employment Law – Management)
Lawrence J. Seiter (Construction Litigation, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)
Charles C. Simpson (Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation)
E. Watson Smith (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law)
Tracy P. Turner (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)
R. Gregory Watts (Tax Law, Trusts and Estates)
Read the full press release here.



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