Stan routinely represents product manufacturers and healthcare providers and is particularly proud of having successfully tried at least 30 wrongful death cases, which are unique to Alabama as far as damages. He believes that injury mechanism in product liability cases meshes well with his understanding of medical treatments and prognoses. His experience in trying these type cases has seen clients seek his expertise in defending many wrongful death matters throughout the state. Alabama is the only state where punitive damages are the only damages recoverable – a difficult concept for clients to grasp since negligent conduct only allows recovery. From his four decades of practicing law, Stan has developed the following perspective with regard to wrongful death cases: “To understand how to argue to the jury in a wrongful death case for a defendant, you must analyze the facts that caused the death from a lay person’s perspective. It is essential to gauge what may upset a juror and then go about building your case so these can be explained.” Often times, a sensational cause of death (e.g., burns) can portend an angry juror and from voir dire onward you want to address these facts and diminish them as much as possible. Additionally, Stan has used the fact that Alabama is a pure contributory negligence jurisdiction to limit punitive damages, even when the plaintiff receives a verdict. While the deceased’s contributory negligence may not defeat the case in chief, prior experience has shown that it can lower a punitive award.
As a senior partner with over four decades of litigation experience, Stan Cash knows his way around just about any case and courtroom. He’s tried over 100 jury trials to conclusion in both State and Federal Courts. Throughout his impressive career, Stan has developed a wisdom few lawyers can claim. His keen awareness of the ins and outs of the litigation process comes from having what he calls a “360-degree radar” awareness to every aspect of a case.
Growing up, Stan was intrigued by the positive impact lawyers were able to make on their community. He followed their lead, and since joining the firm in 1974, he has been actively engaged in defending medical malpractice cases, product liability actions, professional errors and omissions and other complex litigation.
Stan enjoys being a mentor for the firm’s next generation, teaching them exactly what it takes to fiercely defend clients and win cases. He shows emerging attorneys how to identify the right expert for a trial and how to best leverage their wisdom to the client’s advantage. He demonstrates how to be fearless without being reckless, and that while they may not win every case, they should learn from every case. He has presented CLE programs on product liability law and medical malpractice issues as well as to industry groups which deal with specialized litigation.
Stan was recently one of two lawyers in the firm recognized by peers through research done by the respected Chambers USA. Chambers is trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms. In its 2017 publication recognizing the firm’s expertise in Commercial Litigation, it was noted that Stan was called a “legend of the defense bar” by his peers. Chambers recognized his expertise in representing “high profile clients” in medical liability and medical malpractice cases.
Stan has again been requested by the reputable Defense Research Institute to author the Alabama Chapter on product liability in its publication Product Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium. This will be his fourth time to be honored by being asked to contribute to this definitive work on Alabama product liability law. It is used nation-wide by lawyers as an authoritative resource of product liability law in all 50 states.
When he’s not working, Stan and his wife, Jan, enjoy traveling. He also loves to bird hunt and engage in other shotgun sports. He continues to enjoy playing tennis. He has served his church as a Deacon, Elder, President of the Congregation and President and Board Member of the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation. He also served on the Presbyterian Retirement Homes of Birmingham, Inc. board of directors.
Stan earned his BS from The University of Alabama and his JD from The University of Alabama School of Law.
Bar & Court Admissions
Alabama State Bar
Supreme Court of Alabama
United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (former President)
American Bar Association
Birmingham Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
International Association of Defense Counsel
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Distinctions & Contributions
Speaker, 2017 Medical Malpractice Conference for Alabama Attorneys (April 2017)02
Listed by Super Lawyers (2008-2016)03
Chambers USA Guide "Leaders in their Field" Honoree (2015, 2016, 2017)04
Listed in “Best of the Bar”, “Birmingham’s Top Attorneys”, Birmingham Magazine, and “Who’s Who in Healthcare” by the Birmingham Business Journal05
Elected into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 201406
Listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants since 201307
Best Lawyers 2012 Medical Malpractice Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham08
Listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants since 201109
Past president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and has served as a member of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Executive Committee and Grievance Committee on several occasions10
Author of the Alabama chapter of the Defense Research Institute’s Product Liability Defenses; A State by State Compendium11
Frequent speaker at CLE seminars, especially on medical malpractice and product liability issues