We do one thing: civil litigation – primarily complex business, financial and class action litigation.
We don’t draft wills, lobby Congress, give tax advice, defend DUIs, draft shopping center leases or negotiate collective bargaining agreements. No divorces.
Instead, our cases typically involve accounting issues, business valuations, shareholder control fights, derivative actions, business “divorces” among co-owners, covenants not to compete, municipal bond defaults, securities fraud, antitrust violations, whistleblower claims, and class actions.
We represent both plaintiffs and defendants, in state court, federal court or before arbitration panels, in Alabama and around the country. We’ve even taken cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
We have offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Chicago, Illinois.
We have an “AV” peer-review rating for the firm from Martindale-Hubbell, as does every member of the firm. Individual attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and the firm is listed in The Best Law Firms in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation.
Our firm was founded as Donaldson & Guin, LLC in the spring of 1997 when David Donaldson and David Guin, who had practiced together since 1986 in prior law firms, formed their own specialty firm focusing on complex business, financial and class action litigation. The firm’s first office was in the historic Carriage House on Cobb Lane on Birmingham’s Southside.
Tammy Stokes joined the firm in 1998, and after a brief foray to the suburbs, the firm relocated to downtown Birmingham in 2001. Dawn Evans joined the firm in 2003, and in 2010, the firm added Rex Slate and opened its Chicago office with the addition of Charles Watkins.
Throughout its history, the firm has been active in high-profile business and class action litigation across the country. As the practice has grown, so has the firm’s recognition, with the firm’s listing in The Best Law Firms in America, and the listings of the firm’s members in such publications as Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and The Best Lawyers in America.
After David Donaldson’s retirement from the firm, the name of the firm was changed to its current Guin, Stokes & Evans, LLC.