• University of Southampton
      LL.M., in Maritime Law, with merit, 2013; Beaumont Aviation Prize
    • University of Alabama School of Law
      J.D., cum laude, 2012; Lead Articles Editor and Managing Board Member, The Journal of the Legal Profession
    • University of Mississippi
      B.A., magna cum laude, in History and Political Science, 2009; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
    • Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

E. Barrett Hails

Barrett Hails practices in the area of litigation and admiralty. His practice includes representing shipyards, vessel owners, contractors and businesses in commercial and tort litigation. He is licensed in Alabama and Florida.


  • Representation of vessel interest and insurers in Jones Act, Unseaworthiness and Maintenance and Cure claims.
  • Representation of vessel owners in capsizing/sinking cases.
  • Representation of shipyard in US L&H injury claims.
  • Representation of vessel repair yard in tort cases.
  • Representation of vessel owners in limitation of liability proceedings.
  • Representation of cargo owners in in rem arrest action.


  • Author, "I'll Supervise, Your Honor: Ethical and Legal Considerations Arising from the Use of Law Students in Court Proceedings," 36 J. Legal Prof. 225 (2011-2012)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • The Florida Bar
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute


  • Beaumont Aviation Prize, University of Southampton, 2013