Lawrence "Larry" T. King
Larry King, 2017 nationwide winner of the Beacon Award from the Work Injury Law & Advocacy Group and 2017 Birmingham Magazine selection as "Best Attorney," was born in Leesburg, Florida, in 1962. Admitted to the national College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, he also is 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 of 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 of his 4 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. He has chaired or served for many years on a variety of committees, and continues growing his faith under the incredible and dynamic wisdom of Rev. Dr. 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, 24American 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 ensure 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 2017, for his committed effort to working for peace, across religious and social lines, Larry was humbled to receive the first-ever “Champion for Justice” recognition conferred by the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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 from Martindale-Hubbell, which has notched perfect scores in both legal ability and adherence to professional standards for two decades, as well as peer-selected inclusion in SuperLawyers for nearly as long and selection for many years by Birmingham Magazine among the Best Lawyers in Birmingham.. Larry was selected to the Board of Directors of the Alabama Association for Justice for the 2010-2011 term.
Larry has also published extensively. A selected bibliography of his publications includes:
King, A Tort Defense in Crisis? The Defense That Is the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act, Alabama Lawyer (March 2020);
King, Testing the Exclusivity Provision of the Alabama Workmen’s Compensation Act, 11 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 121 (1987) (cited with approval, Busby v. Truswal Sys., Inc., 551 So.2d 322 (Ala.1989)(majority opinion), and Lowman v. Piedmont Exec. Shirt Mfg., 547 So.2d 90 (Ala.1989)(majority opinion)).
King, Re-Testing the Exclusivity Provision of the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act: Where We Are Now, 18 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 295 (1994) (cited with approval, Morris v. Merritt Oil Co., 686 So.2d 1139 (Ala.1996)(concurring opinion).
King, On Civil Punishment and Tort Reform in Alabama, 20 Cumb. L. Rev. 47 (1989) (cited with approval, Charter Hosp. of Mobile, Inc. v. Weinberg, 558 So.2d 909 (Ala.1990)(concurring opinion); Alabama Power Co. v. Turner, 575 So.2d 551 (Ala.1991)(dissenting opinion); Roberts v. State, 863 So.2d 1149 (Ala.Crim.App.2002)(majority opinion).
King, Fired in Retaliation for Claiming Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Alabama, 24 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 539 (2001) (cited as authoritative, Alabama Pattern Jury Instruction 41.00 (3d ed. 2016))
King & Van Der Hulst, What Triggers the Application of Alabama Code Section 25-5-11.1, 33 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 379 (2009) (cited as authoritative, Alabama Pattern Jury Instruction 41.00(3d ed. 2016))
King & Miodrag, “I Feel Your Pain”: Visible Evidence of Invisible Phenomena and Other Tales of Round Pegs and Square Holes, 32 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 235 (2008) (lead article)