Defense verdict in favor of a railroad tie manufacturer on May 3, 2017, in Blount County, Alabama.
Joe Duncan stands at the ready for his clients. With a quiet confidence and fiercely competitive spirit, he is always prepared to strategically and efficiently defend his clients. Joe believes firmly in putting clients first and never losing sight of the big picture. As a result, his clients have come to trust on him to be skilled, resourceful, dependable and fearless.
Since joining the firm in 2003, Joe has built a practice that consists of the defense of claims relating to personal injury, product liability, contractual disputes and insurance defense at both the trial and appellate levels. He works for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to contractors and startup businesses. Using lessons learned from litigation, Joe spends a great deal of time working with contractors, trade groups and insurance carriers to proactively reduce the risk of liability. Joe successfully argued before the Alabama Supreme Court to have the statute of limitations for wanton personal injury claims reduced from six years to two years. He also proposed the “accepted-work doctrine” to the Alabama Supreme Court to limit road builder liability. The Court applied the doctrine reversing a $7.5 million verdict in favor of plaintiffs and rendered the judgment in favor of the defendant.
When he’s not working, Joe finds time to coach baseball and involve himself in charity work. He also runs half marathons, travels and plays Santa Claus at Christmas. He is married to Ellen, and they have two children, Porter and Sophie.
Joe earned his BS from Auburn University and his JD from The University of Alabama School of Law.
Bar & Court Admissions
Alabama State Bar
United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Birmingham Bar Association
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute
Journal of American Law
Resources & News
...Joe Duncan stands at the ready for his clients. With a quiet confidence and fiercely competitive spirit, he is always prepared to strategically and efficiently defend his clients. Joe...02
...Huie partner Joe Duncan will speak at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference. The conference will be held in the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September...03
...Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart’s Joe Duncan is scheduled to speak at the 2014 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Construction and Environmental Conference on August 1 at the Renaissance...04
...Joe Duncan will speak at the CLM Annual Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, April 6-8, 2016. Joe’s session on Thursday, April 7th is...05
...We are pleased to announce that Joe Duncan has been included in the Birmingham Magazine Top Attorneys 2017 listing. Joe received recognition for being a top construction attorney. This...06
...Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart is pleased to announce that partner Joe Duncan has been elected to serve on the Business Council of Alabama’s Board of Directors. Joe is serving...07
...Huie partner Joe Duncan will speak at the CLM 2016 Claims College School of Construction. This event takes place in Baltimore, MD, September 7-10. Within the college, each school...08
...$7.5 million verdict in favor of plaintiffs and rendered the judgment in favor of Defendant Hosea O. Weaver, Inc. Joe Duncan and Jeremy Gaddy represented an amicus curiae, Alabama Road...09
...By: Joe Duncan and Jeremy Gaddy In Hosea O. Weaver, Inc. v. Balch, the Alabama Supreme Court, for the first time in Alabama, applied the “accepted-work doctrine” limiting road...10
...On Wednesday, June 14th, Huie hosted a webinar entitled: “A Closer Look: Emerging Employment Law Issues For Contractors.” Led by partners Kelly May, Joe Duncan and Megan Jones, the...
Distinctions & Contributions
Listed by Super Lawyers (2013-2016)05
Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP) designation awarded by Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (2016)06
Presenter, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2016 Claims College School of Construction in Baltimore07
Speaker, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando08
Speaker, Alabama Road Builders Association 2016 Annual Convention in Georgia09
“AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell10
Recognized among Birmingham’s best construction attorneys by Birmingham Magazine11
Listed among Birmingham’s Best Attorneys by b metro magazine12
Published in the Alabama Law Review and serves on the editorial board for construction and real estate for the Journal of American Law13
"The Subcontractor Revolution" Litigation Management Magazine, 201414
"Alabama Supreme Court Recognizes Acceptance Doctrine" Alabama Construction News, 201315
"Liability Concerns for Out-of-State Projects" Alabama Construction News, 201316
"Alabama Indemnity Basics" Alabama Construction News, 201217
"Alabama Supreme Court Restores Two Year Statute of Limitations for Claims of Wantonness" Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, 201118
"Alabama Legislature Modifies Rule of Repose for Contractors" Alabama Construction News, 201119
"What You Need to Know About Accident Investigations" Alabama Construction News, 201120
"The Alabama Supreme Court's Modification of The Rule of Repose" Alabama Construction News, 201021
"Alabama’s Contractor Statute of Repose" The Alabama Roadbuilder, 2010