Louis M. Calligas

Louis M. Calligas

Balch & Bingham LLP, Counsel

Montgomery, Alabama

About About Q&A Select Matters News Credentials About Louis Louis Calligas handles a wide variety of general civil litigation matters, including wrongful death and personal injury claims, commercial disputes, property rights disputes, condemnations, and insurance claim and coverage disputes. Louis has litigated matters across the State of Alabama, in circuit court and on appeal to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and Supreme Court of Alabama, and in all Alabama federal courts and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Q&A Expand All Collapse All What do you find most exciting about your work? I enjoy learning more about my corporate client’s business and developing relationships with its people. Given my general litigation practice, I find myself learning something new or meeting someone new every single day. What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice? I draw a great deal from my education and experience in journalism to benefit my legal writing. Journalists must be focused and concise with their writing, and the same is true for lawyers. How are you involved in your community? I currently serve as president of a local Montgomery charity (AHEPA Charities of Montgomery, Alabama, Inc.), which awards approximately $30,000 in college scholarships and charitable donations each year. Select Matters Class Action / Insurance: Successful appeals and reversals of a trial court’s class certification orders involving claims alleging improper labor depreciation on insurance claims. (Baldwin Mutual Insurance Company v. McCain, 260 So. 3d801 (Ala. 2018) and Baldwin Mutual Insurance Company v. McCain, 176 So. 3d 1195 (Ala. 2015)). Insurance Coverage: Successfully argued in the district court and on appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, including oral argument, that, under Alabama law, sewage backups in two residences were not excluded from coverage under a commercial general liability policy based on a total pollution exclusion. (Evanston Insurance Company v. J&J Cable Construction, LLC, 2016 WL 5346079 (M.D. Ala. Sept. 22, 2016), aff’d 719 Fed. Appx. 1002 (11th Cir. 2018)). Foreclosure Redemption: Obtained judgment, affirmed on appeal, declaring that client was entitled to redeem real property after foreclosure. (Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Citibank, N.A., 806 F. Supp. 2d 1212 (M.D. Ala. 2011), aff’d 494 Fed. Appx. 974 (11th Cir. 2012)). Foreclosure Redemption: Obtained dismissal of redemption claim against client. (Wyatt v. Mortgage Elec. Registration Sys., 501 F. Supp. 2d 1345 (M.D. Ala. 2007)). Prescriptive Easement: Obtained summary judgment in favor of electric utility client on claims of trespass and nuisance based on the establishment of a prescriptive easement for power poles and lines. (Circuit Court of Elmore County, Alabama; 2016). Prescriptive Easement: Obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, in favor of electric utility client on claims of trespass based on the establishment of a prescriptive easement for a power pole and lines. (Jackson v. City of Auburn, 971 So. 2d 696 (Ala. Civ. App. 2006), aff’d Ex parte Lightwave Techs., 971 So. 2d 712 (Ala. 2007)). Employment / Trade Secrets: Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a majority of claims against clients in aerospace trade secrets case; involved an issue of first impression under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; on remaining claims, court held that plaintiff was limited to nominal damages only. (Bell Aero. Servs. v. U.S. Aero Servs., 690 F. Supp. 2d 1267 (M.D. Ala. 2010)). Mortgage Validity: Obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, in favor of client on claims of quiet title, slander of title, and declaratory judgment that challenged the validity of client’s mortgage; claims involved the interpretation of a will. (Estate of Ingrum v. Fin. Freedom Acquisition, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89670 (M.D. Ala. 2010), aff’d 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 2250 (11th Cir. 2012)). Recreational Use Statute: Obtained summary judgments in favor of landowner client, which were affirmed on appeal without opinion, in two separate premises liability actions under Alabama’s Recreational Use Statute. The actions involved an accident at a public fishing pier (Circuit Court of Elmore County, Alabama; 2013) and an accident at Acapulco Rock at Lake Martin (Circuit Court of Elmore County, Alabama; 2014). Insurance Coverage: Obtained summary judgment declaring that insurance company client had no duty to defend an industrial development board in underlying litigation. (Landmark Am. Ins. Co. v. Indus. Dev. Bd. of Montgomery, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128041 (M.D. Ala. Sept. 9, 2013)). Wrongful Foreclosure / Mortgage Servicing: Successful appeal and reversal of a trial court’s judgment that had impermissibly changed its prior final judgment from with prejudice to without prejudice in a wrongful foreclosure /mortgage servicing case. (Washington Mutual Bank, F.A. v. Campbell, 24 So. 3d 435 (Ala. 2009)). News View More Credentials Education Auburn University, B.A., Corporate Journalism, 2000, magna cum laude Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2003 Courts U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama Bar Admissions Alabama, 2003 Professional Affiliations American Bar Association Alabama State Bar, Young Lawyer Section,Executive Committee, 2008 - 2012 Montgomery County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, Ex Officio Board Member, 2012 - 2014, President, 2010 - 2012, Vice President, 2008 - 2010, Board of Directors, 2006 - 2008 Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Awards & Accolades Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2022 - 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2011, 2013 -2017 Community Involvement American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), Liberty Chapter #23, 1996 - present AHEPA Charities of Montgomery, Alabama, Inc., President, 2010 - present

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