Mr. Wirtes works behind the scenes overseeing legal research, motion practice, and appeals.
Mr. Wirtes received his B.A. degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1981. While at Sewanee, Mr. Wirtes was a member of the Academic Order of Gownsmen. He then earned his J.D. degree from The Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1985. During law school, he was Articles Editor of the Adelphia Law Journal and an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Wirtes is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts serving Alabama and Mississippi.
He has for many years been rated by his peers (Martindale-Hubbell directory, www.martindale.com) as AV preeminent for ethical standards and legal ability in the fields of civil litigation and appeals.
He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by The American Institute of Appellate Practice.
Mr. Wirtes is listed in Benchmark Appellate as a "Litigation Star" and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Super Lawyers Magazine lists him as one of the top plaintiff attorneys in Alabama.
Mr. Wirtes is active in numerous professional organizations. He is a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice ("AAJ" - formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) where he serves as a Member of its Amicus Curiae Committee (1999-present), and previously served as Member, Board of Governors (2002-2004); Alabama Delegate (1999-2001); and ATLA PAC Eagle.
Mr. Wirtes is a Sustaining Member of the Alabama Association for Justice ("ALAJ" - formerly Alabama Trial Lawyers Association) and has served in numerous capacities, including as Member, Executive Committee (1997-present); Board of Governors (1992-96); Co-editor, the Alabama Association for Justice Journal (1996-present); and Member, Amicus Curiae Committee (1990-present / Chairman or Co-chairman, 1995-present).
Mr. Wirtes is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Sustaining Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute, and a Sustaining Member and the former Alabama Representative for Public Justice.
Mr. Wirtes is a member of the Alabama Supreme Court's Standing Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure.
Mr. Wirtes is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association (1985-present), and has served on its Ethics Committee and its Long-Range Planning Committee.
Mr. Wirtes is also a member of the Mobile County Bar Association, and has served on many of its committees, including as Chairman, Ethics Committee; Chairman, Bench and Bar Conference Committee; Co-chairman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; and Member, Grievance Committee.
Mr. Wirtes is frequently invited to present at Continuing Legal Education seminars. He has spoken on topics such as Defeating Unlawful Discrimination in Jury Selection, Appellate Practice, Perfecting the Appeal, HIPAA and Ex parte Contacts, Recent Updates on the Law, Electronic Discovery, Arbitration, and Immunity.
Outside the courtroom, Mr. Wirtes enjoys photography and restoring antique automobiles. He resides in Point Clear with his wife, Julie, and his children, Melly and Joe.
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