Ross Diamond

Mr. Diamond received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1967, and graduated from the University of Alabama Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree in January 1969. He joined the law firm of his father and began a practice which has since concentrated in representing the victims of marine, railroad, industrial and motor vehicle accidents. He has accumulated 40 years of expertise in the Jones Act remedies for seamen an offshore oil employees, the FELA remedies for railroad employees, the remedies for longshoremen and shipyard workers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and maritime law, and the remedies of industrial employees under the Alabama Workers Compensation Act.

His Bar Association and other professional organization committee chairmanships and offices held include the American Association for Justice (Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), where he has served as Chair of the Admiralty Law Section in 1985-1986 and again in 2007-2008. He is a member of the Railroad Law Section and one of the early members of the FELA Litigation Group of AAJ. He also served as State Delegate from 1992 through 1996. He has been a member of the Alabama Association for Justice since 1971, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Association since1983. His other memberships include the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, in which he has served on the Board of Directors from 1971 to1973 and again from 1998 to 2000, and the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

He has published articles on various admiralty topics in the Louisiana Law Review, Trial Magazine, the Alabama Trial Lawyers' Journal, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers’ Voir Dire magazine and other publications. He has also been a speaker at more than thirty previous educational seminars on a variety of topics relating to admiralty law, personal injury and wrongful death.

He was the author of an Amicus Curiae Brief filed in the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of AAJ in Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. v. Calhoun, 516 U.S.199, 116 S. Ct. 619 (1996), on the issue of damages recoverable for a non-employment death occurring on state waters.

He was also the author of Amicus Curiae Brief filed in the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of AAJ in Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine, 537 U.S. 511 (2002), on the issue of whether a tort claim based on the lack of a guard on an outboard motor propeller is preempted by the Federal Boat Safety Act.

He is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Alabama; the U. S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama, and the Northern District of Florida; the U. S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He also has frequently handled cases in association with local counsel in the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Louisiana and Southern District of Mississippi.