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George W. Finkbohner III
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
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George W. Finkbohner III

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In an era when fewer and fewer civil cases go to trial, Skip Finkbohner has consistently won major court battles over a significant period of time and across a wide range of different types of cases, including wrongful death, product liability, complex commercial litigation, fraud, industrial accidents, environmental, medical malpractice, and others. Skip and his team examine the smallest of details and take the time to explain to juries the complex scientific, engineering and medical issues that are often the key factors in winning cases.

After graduating from college at Duke University (magna cum laude), and then from Duke Law School, the Mobile Alabama native achieved early success in the courtroom. This inspired him to fight for those who he felt were wronged, knowing that with enough preparation, and by adhering to ethical values, he could help improve the lives of others by fighting for them rather than taking unfair settlements.

Skip has represented plaintiffs in many cases that resulted in record-breaking jury verdicts, including the two of the three largest jury verdicts in Alabama since 2003. These include his representation of the following:

  • Dr. Peter Mannsfeld, a scientist, against Ineos Phenol GmbH & CO., KG, which resulted in a $192 million verdict. This was the largest verdict ever achieved in Mobile County, and the largest ever achieved in Alabama for an intellectual property/trade secrets case.
  • The family of Sharron Juno against Thomas Hospital and Precise Solutions in a medical malpractice/wrongful death case in Baldwin County, which is generally considered one of the most conservative venues in Alabama. The trial of this case resulted in a $140 million verdict, which was the largest ever achieved in Baldwin County, and the largest ever achieved in a medical malpractice trial in Alabama. Skip was featured on Great Trials Podcast discussing the facts of this verdict in November, 2019.
  • The parents of Tiffany Stabler in a product liability case against Kia for a defective seatbelt that resulted in their daughter’s death during a single vehicle accident. The trial of this case resulted in a $40 million verdict, the largest verdict ever achieved in Mobile County for a case involving a single death.
  • The family of Annie Barnes for consumer fraud against American General Life and Accident arising from the sale and servicing of a life insurance policy. The trial of this case resulted in a $35 million verdict, which is the largest verdict ever achieved in Mobile County for fraud perpetrated on a single consumer.
  • The family of Ben Brackett in an industrial accident, electrical contact wrongful death case against Alabama Power Company. The trial of this case resulted in a $20 million verdict.

These and other verdicts were recognized by The National Law Journal and Verdict Search as ranking in the top 100 jury verdicts in the United States in the years these cases were tried. More information about these and many other cases Skip has handled can be found by clicking here: “Significant Verdicts.”

Skip applies years of experience and invests the time necessary to understand the details of every case. Working tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients, he has traveled to India, the Ukraine, Europe, and throughout the United States to subpoena and obtain testimony from witnesses. He even ordered a team of engineers to tear apart a marine engine the size of a tractor trailer rig to identify a single missing bolt that had caused a large explosion and ship fire.

Skip and his wife Sandra live in Theodore, and have been married more than 30 years. They have three grown daughters, Baxter, Rachel and Hannah Marie.

Skip and some of his courtroom work has been featured in several publications:

Recognition & Awards

Top 100 jury verdicts in America as compiled and published by the National Law Journal and VerdictSearch:

  • Jury verdict in 2003 for $20 million for wrongful death in an industrial accident--#92 largest verdict in the United States. (more info link)
  • Jury verdict in 2007 for $50 million in product liability wrongful death trial--#32 largest verdict in the United States. (more info link)
  • Jury verdict in 2008 for $192 million in commercial litigation/intellectual property trial--#14 largest verdict in the United States. (more info link)
  • Jury verdict in 2011 for $40 million in product liability/crashworthiness trial--#50 largest verdict in the United States. (more info link)
  • Jury verdict in 2012 for $140 million in medical malpractice/wrongful death trial--#20 largest verdict in the United States. (more info link)
  • Settlement in 2014 for $46 million on the eve of trial in product liability case--#2 largest settlement in the United States. (more info link)
  • Business Alabama Magazine: “Top Dollar Takedowns: Biggest Jury Awards in the Last Five Years” (more info link)

Skip has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.

He is one of only 20 attorneys in the United States recognized as National Personal Injury “Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Plaintiff in 2012 and 2013.

In recognition of Skip’s courtroom achievements and of his integrity, he has been invited into the most prominent and highly regarded professional societies.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Other Recognitions Include:

  • Consistently listed in Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top plaintiff attorneys in Alabama / Mid-South Region (2009-present)
  • Listed annually in Best Lawyers in America® since 2006 for Personal Injury Litigation; and since 2010 for Product Liability Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions, and Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs.
  • Named by Best Lawyers in America® as “Lawyer of the Year: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs” in Mobile, Alabama (2017, 2021)
  • Martindale – Hubbell rating – AV® PreeminentTM 5.0/5.0 Peer Rating
  • Listed in Chambers USA
  • Inducted into the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2001 for athletic accomplishments
  • Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2019 – present)
  • President, Mobile Bar Association (2020)
  • President, Alabama Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (2019)
  • $192 Million Verdict for Inventor in Intellectual Property Case
  • $140 Million Verdict for Wrongful Death of a Patient
  • $50 Million Defective Water Heater Explosion
  • $46 Million Defective Marine Engine Product Liability Case
  • $40 Million Defective Seatbelt Case
  • $35 Million Verdict Against American General Life & Accident Company
  • $20 Million Verdict in Wrongful Death Case
  • $14.8 Million Home Gas Explosion
  • $10 Million Baldwin County Sewer System v. Regions Bank
  • $10 Million Collision with Tractor-Trailer Resulting in Death
  • $9.5 Million Man Burned in Workplace
  • $7.15 Million Wrongful Death by Gas Poisoning
  • $6.5 Million Client Injured in Head-On Collision
  • $5.5 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case
  • $5.1 Million Verdict Against Waste Management of Alabama
  • $5 Million Settlement Over Industrial Incident
  • $4 Million Verdict Against Hospital Pharmacy for Fatal Dose
  • $900,000 Settlement for Man Who Suffered a Herniated Disc
  • $870,000 Jury Verdict Against Driver Failing to Yield Right-of-Way
  • Confidential Settlement Reached in Product Liability Case
  • Confidential Family Settles in Dangerous Furnace Case
  • Confidential Fatal Rollover Accident Due to Tire De-treading
  • Confidential Physician Assistants Win in Court Against Blue Cross
  • Confidential Collision With Log Truck
  • Confidential Settlement Negotiated for Client in Truck Accident
  • Confidential Fatal Truck Accident
  • Confidential Wrongful Death Settlement Reached in Truck Accident
  • Confidential Nursing Home Malpractice Case
  • Confidential Settlement Negotiated for Family in Workplace Accident Case
  • Confidential Settlement Negotiated for Woman in Cemetery Accident
  • Confidential Man Burned in Workplace Accident
  • Confidential Man Settles Over Burns From Workplace Explosion
  • Confidential Wrongful Death in Recycling Operation
  • Confidential Settlement for Family Over Wrongful Death in Fatal Truck Crash
  • Confidential Settlement Reached in Death Due to Faulty Stove Installation
  • Confidential Workplace Injury Case
  • Confidential Workplace Asphyxiation Case
  • Admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1986
  • Duke University, J.D., 1986
  • Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, President Alabama Chapter 2019
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Alabama Association for Justice, Executive Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Mobile Bar Association, President 2020
  • South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Alabama Bar Association
Publications
  • Legal Update Winter 2021
  • Legal Update Summer 2020
  • Legal Update Spring 2020
  • Legal Update Winter 2020
  • Legal Update Fall 2019
  • Legal Update Summer 2019
  • "Voir Dire – Plaintiff’s Perspective," American College of Trial Lawyers CLE, Jere F. White, Jr., Trial Advocacy Institute
  • "Openings and Closings in Civil Procedures," Mobile Bar Association Trial Fundamentals CLE
  • “Notes to Myself - Fundamental Principles for Handling Plaintiff’s Cases,” Alabama Association for Justice Mid-Winter Conference
  • Legal Update - Fall 2016
  • Legal Update - Summer 2015
  • “Vanishing Jury Trials,” Paul W. Brock Inn of Court Meeting
  • “Effective Closing Argument,” Alabama Association for Justice, Mid-winter Conference
  • “Cross Examination,” Alabama Young Lawyers’ Seminar
  • “Effective Cross Examination,” Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
  • “Industrial Accidents,” Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
  • “Hot Topics in Civil Litigation: Evidence That Makes a Difference,” Cumberland School of Law
  • “New Tort Reform Laws,” Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Procedural Hurdles and Emerging Theories of Recovery,” Cumberland School of Law Recent Developments Seminar
  • “Class Actions: Consumers’ Sword or Cheaters’ Shield,” American Bar Association
  • Alabama Law Update Seminar, Mobile Bar Association
  • Why Our Firm Is Equipped To Represent Industrial Accident Claims

    In this video, Skip Finkbohner talks about how they represent working people in Industrial Accident and Wrongful Death.

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