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After forty-six years with Hand Arendall LLC in Mobile, Clay Rankin is continuing his law practice through Rankin Law LLC in Fairhope, Alabama.  He provides a wide range of legal services:

Maritime Litigation

Shipboard fires, collisions, marine products liability, charter parties, general average, salvage, limitation of liability, marine insurance coverage and personal injury. Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1972.

Vessel and Maritime Construction and Repair

Drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, disputes over work scope, quality and time, dealings with vendors and regulatory bodies, vessel and equipment defects, loss and damage to vessels and structures, warranty claims by and against shipyards, breakaways and regulatory issues.

Civil Litigation

Lead trial lawyer in trials and appeals in state courts in Alabama, and in federal courts including New York, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas as well as all districts in Alabama.

Computer Aided Legal Practice

Acting as lead discovery and trial lawyer in major litigation involving large electronic document collections, guiding clients in cost-effective methods for collection, review, analysis and presentation of electronically stored information.  Advising other lawyers in planning and conducting electronic discovery, selecting and acting as liaison with e-discovery service providers, resolving electronic discovery issues and using computer technology for case-related information management..  Working with third-party programmers and accountants in developing and utilizing computer-based models for calculating damages and proving causation.

Arbitration and Mediation

Serving as arbitrator and mediator as well as representing parties in alternate dispute resolution.


For over four decades Rankin has dedicated himself to delivering high quality legal services, practical advice and a common sense approach centered on the client’s best interest.  He offers both the proven expertise of a larger firm and the flexibility of a sole practitioner.