Bud Kirk and Jesse Evans Ranked in Chambers USA: Recognized for Achievements in Litigation and Real Estate Law


ORLANDO, Fla. and BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – February 20, 2014 – Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell partners W.L. “Bud” Kirk in Orlando, Fla. and Jesse P. Evans III in Birmingham, Ala. have been selected by Chambers and Partners for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA, which is considered the preeminent guide to lawyers and law firms. Evans was chosen for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Alabama) and Kirk for Litigation: General Commercial (Florida).

The guide commended Kirk for his extensive commercial litigation expertise. According to the publication, “He is an experienced trial lawyer with a ‘brilliant legal mind,’ and is ‘phenomenal in front of a jury.’”

Evans recently joined Rumberger from Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker. “He predominantly focuses on litigation matters, and is particularly singled out for his knowledge and expertise on eminent domain and condemnation matters,” stated Chambers USA.

Chambers and Partners employs a team of more than 150 highly qualified full-time researchers who identify and rank the world`s best lawyers and law firms based on in-depth, objective research and interviews. The results are published annually.

Kirk, one of the firm's founders, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability and product liability. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the representation of clients in commercial litigation matters. Kirk represents clients in commercial cases including those involving claims of contract breach, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and professional malfeasance. Among his commercial litigation clients are local and nationally known companies in the fields of law, accounting, real estate development and communications.

Kirk's product liability defense has centered on high profile cases in which plaintiffs seek recovery of millions of dollars for catastrophic injuries. He has represented domestic and foreign manufacturers of passenger cars and trucks throughout the United States, as well as manufacturers in the aviation and heavy equipment industry. A seasoned trial attorney, Kirk has represented clients in hostile territory in Florida and throughout the United States including Louisiana, Wisconsin, Maine, Georgia, Alabama, Vermont, Mississippi, and West Virginia.           

The defense of professionals in the legal and accounting fields is also part of Kirk's practice. Known as the "lawyer's lawyer,” he has defended individual lawyers, accountants and their firms against malpractice claims.

Evans has represented clients in a wide variety of businesses and real estate matters for over thirty years. His practice includes representation from the beginning to the end, and all in between, including negotiations and alternative resolution, transactions, litigation and arbitration, and appeals. Some of the areas within his practice area include contract and lease negotiations (whether residential or commercial), commercial and residential real estate development, land use and environmental matters, construction disputes, mining interests, condemnation and eminent domain, and various business disputes. Evans represents borrowers and lenders in loan workouts and defends lender liability claims. Having worked in the title insurance industry for a number of years, he is peculiarly situated to handle title insurance litigation, though he largely limits his practice to the defense of direct actions against title insurers for alleged policy breaches, bad faith, and similar claims as well as making coverage evaluations.

Evans has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 in the areas of Real Estate Law, Land Use, Zoning Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell was ranked among the top law firms in Litigation: General Commercial – Florida. Chambers USA stated, “This dedicated litigation firm is a strong player in the Florida market, with offices in Orlando, Miami, Tallahassee and Tampa. It represents a mixture of local and national clients before state and federal courts, concentrating largely on commercial and business litigation. It is active in a range of sectors, including retail, healthcare, insurance and transport.”

About Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell provides litigation and counseling services in a wide range of civil practice areas including product liability, securities, banking and financial services litigation, commercial litigation, real estate and construction litigation, intellectual property litigation, environmental, labor and employment law, insurance coverage, professional liability, bankruptcy, and administrative law. Offices are located in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee, Fla. and Birmingham, Ala. For more information, please visit www.rumberger.com or read more about us on our blog http://rumberger-kirk-caldwell.com.

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