Allen E. "Teeto" Graham

Teeto Graham represents parties in complex and/or commercial litigation in the Federal and State Courts throughout Mississippi and Alabama. His litigation experience includes business contract litigation, disputes involving trade secrets, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements and unfair trade practices, business torts, defense of state securities law claims, fraud, suppression and misrepresentation claims, product liability cases, warranty claims, construction disputes, construction defect claims, professional liability matters and negligence actions. He also handles appeals through the State and Federal Courts of Appeal and serves the firm as the practice coordinator of the litigation group in the Mobile office.

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Teeto Graham represents parties in complex and/or commercial litigation in the Federal and State Courts throughout Mississippi and Alabama. His litigation experience includes business contract litigation, disputes involving trade secrets, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements and unfair trade practices, business torts, defense of state securities law claims, fraud, suppression and misrepresentation claims, product liability cases, warranty claims, construction disputes, construction defect claims, professional liability matters and negligence actions. He also handles appeals through the State and Federal Courts of Appeal and serves the firm as the practice coordinator of the litigation group in the Mobile office.

With a Masters in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Mr. Graham represents and counsels clients in the marine industry on marine insurance issues, marine finance and security issues, vessel construction and repair matters, and vessel negligence and seaworthiness issues. He has represented financial institutions, contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, engineering and consulting firms, service contractors and product manufacturers. Representation includes cases in the courts, administrative proceedings and arbitrations within and outside of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”).

Mr. Graham is the managing partner of the firm's Mobile office.

Experience

  • Representation of facilities owner, contractor(s) and subcontractor(s) in personal injury and death cases.
  • Representation of shipyards, general contractors, subcontractors and specialty contractors in all aspects of business planning, contracting, lien enforcement and defense, commercial contract and tort litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Representation of manufacturers, distributers or dealers of products in personal injury or death product liability cases.
  • Representation of builders, developers, and various trades in residential and commercial construction disputes including construction defect cases.
  • Representation of clients in the drafting and enforcement of employment agreement, non-competition, non-solicitation and trade secret matters.
  • Representation of engineers and consultants in E&O claims. 
  • Representation of clients in brokerage disputes.
  • Representation of financial institutions in commercial litigation, collateral disposal and special asset management. 
  • Representation of employer/carrier in US L&H injury and occupational disease claims and coverage disputes.
  • Representation of employer/carrier in Alabama workers’ compensation injury and occupational disease claims and coverage disputes.
  • Representation of employer/carrier in workers’ compensation lien enforcement and intervention.
  • Representation of employer in OSHA inspection and penalty assessment dispute and appeal.
  • Representation of clients in commercial insurance coverage disputes and coverage litigation.
  • Representation of clients in marine insurance coverage disputes and coverage litigation.
  • Representation of vessel interest and insurers in seaman Jones Act, Unseaworthiness and Maintenance and Cure claims.
  • Representation of international charterer in personal injury and death cases.
  • Representation of clients in vessel collision, allision and grounding cases. 
  • Representation of marine equipment and barge/tug charterers in contract negotiation and litigation of contractual disputes and vessel arrest matters.
  • Representation of vessel suppliers of necessaries for enforcement of maritime liens.
  • Representation of clients in marine financing transactions.
  • Representation of clients in vessel and marine equipment purchase/sale transactions.
  • Representation of clients in foreclosing first preferred ship mortgage(s), fleet mortgage(s) and marine assets in secured transactions.
  • Representation of financial institution and major equipment/material suppliers in transactions securing loans with vessel under construction.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, Conservation Easements: Preserving the Environment and the Family Estate
  • Author, The Equal Footing Doctrine: Mapping Tidal Boundaries
  • Author, Tidal and Navigable Waters
  • Author, Tide Waters and Navigable Waters
  • Author, ‘Maritime Employee' Compensation Exposure
  • Author, Rules of the Road and the ‘Pennsylvania Rule'
  • Author, Marine Salvage
  • Author, Vessel Liability
  • Author, A Corporation - To Be or Not To Be?
  • Author, Admiralty Contract Jurisdiction
  • Author, Dram Shop Exposure
  • Author, Is Your Vessel Seaworthy?
  • Author, Seaman: Wards of the Court
  • Author, Simple Mistakes Can Lead to Costly Consequences
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter and Author for the National Association of Charter Boat Operators
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Alabama Bar
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Secretary, 2011; Treasurer, 2010; Past Port Director; Past Presenter; Past Long Range Planning Committee Member; and Past Editor in Chief of Editorial Board)
  • Maritime Law Association (Proctor)
  • Council for Litigation Management
  • Manufacture Alabama
  • Propeller Club of Mobile
  • Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (Registered Mediator)

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Admiralty and Maritime Law, Construction Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Top 50 in Alabama: 2013)