Convincing appellate judges is different from persuading a jury. It’s a challenge I continue to enjoy.
Aaron McLeod focuses his practice on appellate litigation. Aaron has represented multiple clients in appeals before the Alabama appellate courts, the Eleventh Circuit and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court, and has served as appellate counsel for clients facing major trials. Aaron is also experienced in defending professional-malpractice cases and has published on the topic of Alabama legal-malpractice law for the American Bar Association’s Professional Liability Litigation Committee. Aaron also represents clients in litigation regarding credit collection practices, including alleged violations of the TCPA.
- University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2008
- University of Mobile, B.A., 2004
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
Areas of Practice
- Youngest chairman ever elected of the Alabama State Bar's Appellate-Practice Section
- Served on the steering committee for the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute
- Named among the Mid-South Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) Litigation 2011-2018; Appellate 2019
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- American Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
- Alabama Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section Chairman
- American Society of Legal Writers
- Birmingham Bar Association
- Order of the Coif
- Hassell Constitutional-Law Moot-Court Competition Team, Cumberland School of Law, Coach
- Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute Steering Committee, Member
- Richardson v. Mobile County; Phelps v. Mobile County. These combined cases on appeal presented a question of first impression to the Alabama Supreme Court: may private landowners hold a county liable for rainwater run-off that overflows a public road and enters their land? The Court answered that question in the County’s favor, holding that our client owed no duty to the adjoining landowners to turn public roads into storm-water drainage systems. This ruling will affect all 67 counties in Alabama.
- Kary Meadows v. Steven Shaver et al. Our client was the director of a local community-corrections program and was sued because the plaintiff was held in detention for months beyond his end of sentence. But the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s summary judgment in our favor, holding that the director owed no duty to the inmate to release him without instruction from state corrections officials. The Court also made new law, adopting our arguments as to a material point of summary-judgment procedure that will benefit defendants going forward.
- Alexis Reese v. Varden Capital Properties. After the trial court denied our summary-judgment motion, the Alabama Supreme Court, in what is very rare in Alabama practice, granted an interlocutory appeal on the central statute-of-limitations issue and found for our client, the landowner defendant, ruling that the plaintiff had failed to evidence bona fide intent to perfect service on our client at the time the complaint was filed, making the entire case time-barred.