Rick Kuykendall- Mass Tort, Class Action, and Environmental Law Attorney

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TEL: 205-453-0060

Kuykendall & Associates, LLC

23937 US Highway 98, Suite 3

Fairhope,  AL 36532

Email: ftkuykendall@yahoo.com

Mr. Kuykendall began his law practice over twenty years ago in Birmingham, Alabama with one of the most successful union side, labor law firms in the United States -- Cooper, Mitch, Crawford and Kuykendall. After becoming the managing partner in 1983, Rick presided over the firm’s evolution into a successful and powerful plaintiff/public interest law firm with a nationwide practice. Despite the firm’s rapid growth and financial success, Rick never allowed the firm to deviate from its core mission of helping those who needed it the most, despite the odds.

Recent Victories

Rick’s practice, while currently focused on complex litigation all over the country, also involves active efforts in alternative dispute resolution. Since 1995 he has been lead counsel or co-counsel in cases which resulted in verdicts and/or settlements far in excess of two billion dollars (over 500 million dollars since 2003 alone). These cases range from individual personal injuries to national mass and class actions in the areas of environmental, consumer and pharmaceutical law. Rick has served as a court appointed special master in the Anniston, Alabama Monsanto litigation.

Since his days on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives, Rick has maintained an active role in politics. He was appointed by the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board to serve as a select committee member to oversee reforms of practice and procedure before the Board. Rick was appointed by the Governor of Alabama to his commission on environmental affairs, served as a trustee on the Kerry/Edwards Campaign and is currently a member of the Majority Trust of the Democratic Senatorial Committee. Rick has served multiple terms on the public affairs and elections committees of plaintiff side bar associations and plaintiff steering committees of MDLs.

A frequent speaker at national meetings, Rick is a member of Kuykendall and Associates LLC and lives in Fairhope, Alabama with his daughter, Amalee. His son Frederick is an honors student at the University of Alabama who just completed an internship with the majority leader of the United States Senate, Harry Reid (D-NV). Rick’s long time interests in his community and the environment have led to his active participation in the Water Keepers Alliance. After having helped co-found the Pensacola Water Keepers, he served on its first board of directors before eventually joining the board of directors of the Mobile Bay Water Keepers.

Rick Kuykendall BP Oil Spill Litigation Team Part 1 & 2

An April 20 drilling rig explosion claimed the lives of 11 workers, and the rig's subsequent collapse unleashed a major oil spill that threatens the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and economy. 

Scott Drake interviews Rick Kuykendall of the Murphy firm in Baltimore and Kuykendall and Associatesin Fairhope AL, has joined efforts working with a group of lawyers from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Florida to prosecute claims for those who have been affected by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In this video from May of 2012 Rick and his co-counsel Attorney Wes Farrell of the Miami, FL firm of Farrell and Patel, discuss the extent of the threat, BP's clean up agreement with the fisherman in the area and new legislation to remove the damage liability cap, but more importantly the status of the reworked claims process now that the Special Master has been removed and the process has been turned back over to the US Federal Courts.

Attorney Rick Kuykendall on the impact of the November 8th BP Oil Spill hearing

Attorney Rick Kuykendall and Attorney Ronnie Penton discuss the ever evolving situation regarding the BP Oil Spill Settlement. On November 8th 2012 yet another major hearing was held in US Federal court regarding the claims and payment process for those individuals and businesses who suffered economic hard during this major oil spill event. 

In this video, Attorney's Kuykendall and Penton discuss their separate claim on behalf of wet land owners who had been cut out of the previous process and some of the important remedies for relief that appear to be on the horizon for their clients in this matter.