ABOUT OUR FIRM
Frazer, Greene, Upchurch & Baker is a ten-lawyer firm devoted to excellence in the courtroom. In October 2015, the firm was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as the best small sized firm in Alabama in Business Litigation. The firm has also received Best Lawyers recognition, including in 2015-2016. The firm’s lawyers have tried more cases than the lawyers in most large firms have.
Frazer Greene represents clients in difficult, complex cases. The firm tries cases of all types, including shareholder derivative actions, toxic tort cases, professional liability, products liability, personal injury, commercial disputes, construction cases, employment and civil rights actions, arbitrations, and admiralty suits. Going to trial is routine and expected for the firm’s lawyers, and the firm is accustomed to facing aggressive and highly skilled plaintiff’s counsel. Through this extensive experience, the lawyers of Frazer Greene have developed superior trial skills, confidence in the courtroom, and perhaps most important, judgment.
Frazer Greene’s size and philosophy enable it to handle serious, high exposure cases in a cost-effective manner. The fact that the lawyers in the firm are seasoned trial attorneys not only benefits clients who go to trial, it also puts the firm’s clients in the strongest position to resolve cases before trial. The opponent knows that the firm’s lawyers are ready, willing, and most importantly, able to take the case to verdict in the courtroom. This often creates opportunities for firm clients to resolve a case early on favorable terms.
Frazer Greene’s clients also benefit from the firm’s experience and skill in alternative dispute resolution. The firm’s lawyers have represented clients in many high- stakes, complex mediations. Mr. Upchurch has served as a mediator for over 20 years and has conducted approximately 1200 mediations. Mr. Upchurch also is a certified and experienced arbitrator.
For many clients, trial is not the end of the legal process. Mary Margaret Bailey, a partner in the firm, specializes in appellate practice. Ms. Bailey has handled and prevailed in many serious appeals. For example, Ms. Bailey defended an appeal of a favorable summary judgment ruling for a client in a toxic tort case, which produced a landmark decision by the Alabama Supreme Court limiting recoverable damages. The Alabama Defense Lawyers Association has retained Ms. Bailey to write amicus briefs for the Association in three different cases.
Frazer Greene’s lawyers are active in many professional and community activities. The firm lawyers are members of prestigious national legal organizations (for example, the International Society of Barristers, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Litigation Counsel of America, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers), and have held leadership positions in organizations such as the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Upchurch is past President of the Mobile Bar Association. Mr. Mulherin is a Director of CPSI, an innovative information technology company and a Director of the Mulherin Home, a custodial home for mentally impaired children.
The firm is committed to diversity. Michael Upchurch was an original co-chair for the Mobile Bar Association Diversity Task Force and has been a speaker at two Defense Research Institute “Diversity For Success” meetings in Chicago. Ms. Bailey served as chair of the Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar from 2005 to 2007.