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Duane A. Graham

Partner

Phone: 251-405-1207
Fax: 251-432-6843
dag@ajlaw.com
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Education

  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1984, J.D.
  • Honors: Order of the Coif, Alabama Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1983-1984
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1981, B.A., Summa Cum Laude
  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

Admitted In

  • Alabama, 1984
  • .S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers®(Mobile, AL) “Lawyer of the Year” Trusts and Estates, 2020; Litigation – Trusts and Estates, 2018, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2017
  • Best Lawyers®, listed since 2008, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Commercial Finance Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Natural Resources Law, Trusts and Estates

Mr. Graham currently serves as Managing Partner of the firm. His practice areas include oil and gas law, real estate, and trusts and estates. In the oil and gas area, Mr. Graham has represented numerous oil and gas producing companies, as well as pipeline companies, in matters ranging from title evaluation, regulation by the State Oil and Gas Board, eminent domain, and litigation, especially litigation concerning royalty disputes, drainage claims, and coalbed methane issues. He has particular expertise concerning Alabama severance taxes due on the production of oil and gas and has litigated numerous assessment and refund claims in this area. He has spoken numerous times at the annual seminar sponsored by the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama. In the real estate area, Mr. Graham has significant experience in title evaluation, commercial leasing, and eminent domain proceedings, and he has served as an adjunct professor of real estate law at the University of South Alabama. In the trusts and estates area, Mr. Graham advises clients on estate and tax planning areas, including the drafting of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. He also represents clients in connection with the administration of trusts and estates, including litigation associated with both trusts and estates.

Representative Cases

  • Ankor Energy, LLC v. Jerry M. Kelly, Sr., 271 So. 3d 798 (Ala. 2018)
  • Regions Bank v. Lowrey, 154 So. 3d 101 (Ala. 2014)
  • Regions Bank v. Lowrey, 101 So. 3d 210 (Ala. 2012)
  • Ex parte Exxon Mobil Corp., 926 So. 2d 303 (Ala. 2005)
  • State v. Amerada Hess Corp., 788 So. 2d 179 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000)
  • State v. Union Oil Co., 686 So. 2d 284 (Ala. Civ. App. 1996)
  • NCNB Texas National Bank v. West, 631 So. 2d 212 (Ala. 1993)
  • State Oil and Gas Board v. Anderson, 510 So. 2d 250 (Ala. Civ. App. 1987), cert. denied, 510 So. 2d      250 (Ala. 1987)

Professional Affiliations

  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, J.D.
  • Auburn University M.B.A. Auburn University B.S.