Rick T. Kuykendall, III, Esq

Rick T. Kuykendall, III, Esq
  • Partner
  • The Kuykendall Group, Mobile AL
             

Frederick T. Kuykendall, III

 The Kuykendall Group

Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama

 

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale Hubbell

 

 

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

             

Product Liability/Mass Tort Litigation with concentration on Industrial and

Pharmaceutical Litigation

 

Class Actions with concentration in Consumer and Environmental Actions

 

Labor and Employment Litigation including Fair Labor Standards Act violations, Employment and Sexual Discrimination.

 

Select Defense Representation

 

Dispute Resolution/Negotiation

 

 

EDUCATION:      

 

Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Juris Doctor, 1981

Director Basic Skills and Trial Advocacy (Scholarship Position)

Justice, Honor Court

 

University of Alabama

Bachelor of Arts, 1976

Member, Student Court

Member, Honorary, Literary and Debate Society

 

 

PRIMARY EMPLOYMENT:

 

October 2014- 2017    HAUSFELD, L.L.P.
Of Counsel
                                        1700 K Street N.W.
Suite 650
 

 

Washington, D.C. 20006
December 1998-Present   THE KUYKENDALL GROUP 

KUYKENDALL & ASSOCIATES, LLC

Founding Member & President

2013 1st Avenue North, Ste 450

Birmingham, Alabama  35203 and

 

PO Box 2129

Fairhope, Alabama 36533

 

1981 to 1998 COOPER, MITCH, CRAWFORD, KUYKENDALL &

WHATLEY, L.L.C.

Birmingham, Alabama

Managing Partner and Attorney

 

1976-1977 Assistant Legislative Assistant to United States

Representative (R) Jack Edwards

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

 

1976 Linden Baines Johnson Intern

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS:

MDL 2179 Oil Spill Litigation in Eastern District of Louisiana, Admitted Pro Hac Vice, 2010

 

ALABAMA BAR ASSOCIATION, 1981

U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of

Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Third, Fifth and

Eleven Circuits          

 

United States Supreme Court, 1986

 

 

SELECTED DIRECTORSHIPS, OFFICES and APPOINTMENTS

 

ALABAMA STATE BAR

 

Chair of Judicial Liaison Committee, 2006-2007.

 

Elected Bar Commissioner, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Place No. 5, 1994-1997

 

Served on Executive Counsel of Young Lawyers and Member of Judicial Liaison

Committee

 

Bench and Bar Committee, 2005

 

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

 

BIRMINGHAM BAR ASSOCIATION

 

BALDWIN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

 

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1995-Present;

Board of Directors, 1997-Present

 

Advisory Panel, National Labor Relations Board, 1994-2000; Appointed by

Chairman of the NLRB

 

Alabama Trial Lawyers Association; Board of Directors, Sustaining Member, Board of

Governors, Member of Elections Committee 2005 to Present

Association of Trial Lawyers of America/American Association of Justice

ATLA-PAC Task Force

ATLA PPA Litigation Group Co-Chair

ATLA PAC Public Affairs Committee

ATLA Labor Liaison Committee

AAJ Leaders Forum Member

AAJ Public Affairs Committee

AAJ List Committee

 

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1995-present; Member, Board of Directors, 1995-2003

 

Pensacola Gulf Coast/River Keepers, Inc., Founding Member; Director, 2001-2005

 

Mobile Baykeeper; Board Member 2005 – Present

 

Board of Directors, Surfrider Foundation- 2012- Present

 

 

CERTIFIED MEDIATOR:

Mediator Training through Mediation Media, December 2012.

The Mediation Process and the Skills of Conflict Resolution, a comprehensive CLE-approved basic mediation training approved by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution that meets the training requirements for inclusion on the state court mediator roster.

 

Special Master by Appointment of the Honorable Joel Laird in Abernathy v. Solutia in Calhoun County, Alabama

 

Dean’s Advisory Board, Cumberland School of Law at Sanford University, 2004-Present

 

Maryland Association of Justice, Governor

 

General Counsel, Local 1657, United Food & Commercial Workers, Birmingham, Alabama (1998-2002)

 

Outside General Counsel, Lulu’s Landing, Inc. (1998-Present)

 

Included in multiple editions of Best Lawyers in America

 

 

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS,

LECTURES AND APPEARANCES

 

April 2014 Earth Week Key Note Speaker at Georgia State University.   Topic:
 

 

 

The State of Environmental Law Through the Lens of BP

GreenLaw Breakfast with Rick Kuykendall CLE at State Bar of Georgia

Building, Atlanta, GA.  Topic: Environmental Litigation

November 2013 Surfrider Foundation Florida Chapter Conference. Topic: Deepwater 
                         

 

Horizon Updates 
October 2013 Relevant- The Un-Conference: Five Year Road Map for Future Focused
 

 

Lawyers.  Topic: The Future of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees
March 2013 Class Action Seminar- Recent Developments in Quebec, in Canada and in
the United States.  Topic: The Importance of Meaningful Opt-Out Rights
                          in Class Actions in the United States and Developing Legal Systems

 

2010                           Warhorse Seminar, Maryland Association of Justice

 

October 2009

 

Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar, “Carbon Monoxide-Silent Killer”
April 14, 2005 American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Conference
In Los Angeles, “The Golden State of ADR”
 

 

Topic:  When Can Mass Torts Have Mass Settlements?
October 22, 2004 Louisiana Bar Association Class Action Symposium in New Orleans
 

 

Topic:  Settlement Negotiation as Art and Science
October 15, 2004 Effective Representation of Clients in Mass Tort and Class Action
 

 

Mediation;  Kissimmee, Florida “Meet the Masters” Symposium
November 6, 2003 Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar in New Orleans
 

 

Topic:  The Art of Negotiation
December 9, 2002 Mealey’s Emerging Litigation in Drugs & Medical Devices in Naples, FL
 

 

Topic:  PPA Litigation Update
July 22, 2002 ATLA Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA
Topic:  Update on the Current State of PPA and Ephedra Litigation

 

 

December, 1998          Alabama Trial Lawyers Association 1998 Ski Seminar in

Beaver Creek, CO

Topic:  The Crime-Fraud Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege

 

January 1997               Alabama State Bar-Joint Meeting of the Bench and Bar

Topic:  Alabama Judge’s Class Action Deskbook

 

 

October 1996             Cumberland School of Law CLE Seminar

Topic:  Litigating the Class Action:  Dispositive Motions, Settlement And Notice from the Plaintiffs’ Perspective

 

October 1994               UFCW Attorneys Conference

Topic:  The Law Relating to Traditional Organizing: Post-Election Litigation and Remedies

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:  

 

Contributing Editor: The Developing Labor Law, 2001 to 2005

 

Co-Author: Winegard & Wright’s The Labor Lawyer, 2001

Co-Author: Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast Ohio and the Recognition of Weingarten in the Non-Organized Workplace: A Manifestly Correct Decision, and a Seed for Further  Progress.  Published in The Labor Lawyer, Volume 17, Number 1.

 

SELECTED REPORTED CASES: 

Cotton v. U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., 856 F.2d 158 (11th Cir. 1988)

Shopman’s Local 539 of the International Association of Bridge Workers v. Mosher Steel Co., 796

F.2d 1361 (11th Cir. 1986)

Snowden v. United Steelworkers of America, 435 So.2d 62 (Ala. 1983)

Todd v. United Steelworkers of America, 441 So.2d 889 (Ala. 1983)

Acevedo Cordero v. Cordero Santiago,764 F. Supp. 702 (D.P.R. 1991)

Cunningham v. Warner Lambert, 21 PLLR 88 (June 2002)

 

 

SELECTED LEAD OR CO-LEAD COUNSEL IN COMPLEX LITIGATION/CLASS ACTION LITIGATION:

 

Co-Lead Counsel, Baldwin County, Alabama v BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, Mobile County, Alabama v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, Town of Dauphin Island, Alabama v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, Jackson County, Mississippi v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, City of Pascagoula, Mississippi v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, City of Moss Point, Mississippi v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, City of Gautier, Mississippi v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel, City of Ocean Springs, Mississippi v. BP et al

 

Co-Lead Counsel in $50 million settlement in environmental damage case Queen v.

Constellation Energy, MD 2009

 

In Re: CISCO SYSTEMS INC., Northern District of California

 

In Re: Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1348 (S.D. New York)

 

In Re: Conoco, Inc. Class Action, Case 2001 CA 000631 (Escambia County, FL)

 

Cox v. Shell, Polybutylene Plumbing Class Action

 

Moye v. Exxon/Mobile Corp., Class Action

 

 

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