Wesley Laird, opened the firm in Opp in 1987. David Baker, from Birmingham, joined the firm in 1992 and Thomas A. Blackstock, Jr. (Andy), a farmer’s son from Opp, joined in 1996. In 2000, the current firm of Laird, Baker & Blackstock was formed. Together, the three partners have over 75 years in broad experience in handling legal matters.
The three lawyers have worked together in class actions and multi-district litigation to achieve results for their clients, including litigating as class counsel for the Plaintiffs in a Covington County case representing all city schools in Alabama that ended with a $41 million settlement that continues to benefit school children today. And they have each been successful in personal representation.
Wesley L. Laird, or Wes to most, has collected more than $16 million in recent years in 18 wheeler and trucking litigation, and has achieved multi-million dollar settlements in construction accident and product liability litigation. Wes Laird grew up on the family farm in Florala, Alabama and understands the value of hard work and has experience operating heavy equipment. This experience and work ethic has helped achieve over $83 Million combined verdicts or settlements in trucking, construction accidents, product liability, wrongful death, personal injury, class actions, and insurance litigation. He is a long time Board Member and was elected to Treasurer in 2018 of the Alabama Association for Justice. He chairs the Legislative Committee.
David Baker, in addition to successfully representing injured clients in automobile accidents, has successfully defended numerous clients wrongfully accused of crimes. David also regularly represents clients in both simple and complex divorce and child custody matters. He has more than 22 years of courtroom experience.
Thomas A. Blackstock, Jr., known as Andy to his friends, is another south Alabama farm boy. Andy had done hundreds of real estate closings, assisted clients with complicated financial matters or debt reorganization, and has successfully represented farmers in crop insurance arbitration. He has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and is one of the few lawyers who can handle consumer real estate closings since January 1, 2016 when new regulations took effect.
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Your consultation for your personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, fraud, insurance bad faith, or business litigation case is free and, if we take your case, we will represent you on a contingency fee basis. In other words, we will fund your case and do the work for you, and you only pay us when we successfully collect.