Larry was recently recognized by Super Lawyers ® as one of the Top 50 lawyers in the entire state - for the third consecutive year. According to Super Lawyers’ website, "Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis." Less than 5% of Alabama’s 16,000+ lawyers were selected. This humbling recognition followed shortly after having been selected on the vote of other lawyers as a "Top Lawyer" in 2012 as published by Birmingham magazine. In fact, 2014 marks the seventh consecutive year that Larry has been chosen for the distinction of being a Super Lawyer (r).
Larry King was born in Leesburg, Florida, on July 27, 1962. He was admitted to the Alabama and Georgia Bars (1988), and to the Florida Bar (1989). He is admitted to all state and federal trial courts in Alabama; all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; all state trial and appellate courts in Florida and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; and to the United States Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit. He graduated from Florida State University (B.A., English-Business Administration, 1984), after being admitted on a National Merit Scholarship, and from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D. 1988).
In law school, he was a member of the Order of Barristers, an articles editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, a member of the moot court board, and a member of the trial board. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice C.C. Torbert, Jr., and to Chief Justice E.C. Hornsby. After practicing in Orlando, Florida, for a brief time thereafter, where he represented major manufacturers and insurance companies, Mr. King returned to Birmingham, practicing briefly on behalf of manufacturers and insurance companies, but representing people from the plaintiff's side since 1993.
A lifelong Methodist, Larry and his family are members at Asbury United Methodist Church. His service there has included the introduction of God's Garage Sale, an annual event where donated items all are given away for free – the same cost as God's grace. A few years ago, he and his wife gave up his retirement fund and established the Hands of Christ Fund at Asbury, a ministry that provides financial assistance to those in need, helping them to break free from poverty by furthering educational or employment goals; several participants in that program have been able to graduate from college with aid from the Fund. His wife and two children were baptized at Asbury, and his two other children were confirmed there. Larry credits Asbury pastor, Rev. Mark Lacey, with being the most positively influential person on his adult life. Presently serving as Asbury's Missions Committee chairperson, Larry continues growing his faith under the incredible and dynamic wisdom of Rev. Kip Laxson.
Professionally, Larry is proudest of his service on behalf of the injured people of the state. Having secured over $5,000,000 in verdicts on behalf of workers fired for having exercised their rights to workers' compensation benefits – including record jury verdicts in at least 4 Alabama counties, and having published several articles in leading legal publications in that area of the law, he has been one of Alabama's leaders in protecting the rights of those hurt during the course of their work. Two of his scholarly articles, Fired in Retaliation for Claiming Workers' Compensation Benefits in Alabama, 24 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 539 (2001) and What Triggers the Application of Alabama Code §25-5-11.1?, 33 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 1 379 (2010) (with Christina Van Der Hulst), were cited as authoritative in the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions (3d ed. 2012), on the topic of retaliatory discharge. He has likewise championed the rights of those injured outside the workplace, as well, landing millions of dollars in jury verdicts for accident victims, helping insure that they are adequately and properly compensated for the losses that accompany devastating injuries.
Larry also gives professional time for causes he believes in. For years, he has given countless hours at no charge by speaking to high schools and church youth groups on the variety of consequences that drunk drivers will face, both criminally and civilly. This work has been in conjunction with his founding of Lawyers Against Drunk Driving; that organization is on the web at LawyersAgainstDrunkDriving.com. He also piloted the beginning of the Asbury Lawyers' Forum, a group of lawyers that periodically meets as a group to offer free legal advice to the public at Asbury United Methodist Church.
In March 2010, Larry was recognized in b metro, The Magazine of Birmingham Living for having "reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence" in its article, "The City's Top Legal Minds." Those accolades dovetail exactly with his peer reviewed rating, which notched perfect scores in both legal ability and adherence to professional standards. Larry was selected to the Board of Directors of the Alabama Association for Justice for the 2010-2011 term.