Located in Tallassee, Alabama The Segrest Law Firm brings a unique combination of creative thinking and practical experience to serve our clients and the communities in the Tallassee Area including Dadeville, Tuskegee, Wetumpka, Auburn, Opelika and Montgomery, Alabama. The firm is particularly active in the River Region of Central Alabama and throughout Alabama’s Fifth Judicial Circuit, but has provided services throughout the state.
The Segrest Law Firm was founded in 2001 by retired circuit court judge, Dale Segrest. He was joined in the practice by his son, John Michael (Mike) Segrest in 2012.
Sometimes the most creative part of practicing law is identifying the nature of the problem and the best path to a solution. The Segrest Law Firm has provided creative solutions for clients in many areas, both in and out of court, including the following:
• Business Dealings
• Family Law and Domestic Relations
• Real estate closings and disputes
• Personal injury, fraud, and business litigation
• Wills, estates, and trusts
• Business organization establishment
• Employment law
Meet the Team
Dale Segrest’s distinguished legal career spans more than 40 years. Born in Shorter, Alabama, he has practiced law in the state since 1967 and served as judge of the Alabama Fifth Circuit Court for 18 years. He founded the general practice Segrest Law Firm in 2001, the day after he left the bench. The law firm now serves Tallassee, Tuskegee, Dadeville, Alex City, Wetumpka, Auburn, and the surrounding areas.
A member of the bar since 1967, Dale Segrest was elected circuit judge in Alabama’s Fifth Judicial Circuit, where he served Macon, Tallapoosa, Chambers, and Randolph counties for 18 years. As a circuit judge, he dealt with every type of case presented in a court of general jurisdiction in rural Alabama. During his tenure as a judge, he pioneered the model of probation sponsorship. He can draw on this deep well of knowledge to help his clients prevail in legal matters of all kinds. He believes that a commitment to truth is a centerpiece in problem solving and professionalism.
Judge Segrest has also been active in the legal community:
• Taught court skills to law students
• Taught basic skills to new judges
• Promoted judicial education
• Lectured extensively
• Wrote on a wide array of legal, philosophical, religious, and cultural issues
His holistic understanding of the law creates a solid groundwork for all his cases. His commitment to his legal career, the community, and the field pay off for his clients in his determination to obtain justice for their claims and solutions to their problems.
Legal advice based in study and creative analysis
Judge Segrest has always been keenly interested in legal ideas and philosophy, particularly:
• The role of law in society
• The role of the legal profession
• The role of the court
After completing undergraduate studies at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Dale Segrest earned his law degree at the University of Alabama School of Law and a Master of Judicial Studies degree from theUniversity of Nevada at Reno, where he completed his thesis on Punitive Damages in Alabama. He studied to be both a mediator and an arbitrator and is listed on the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution’s rosters. He is also qualified as a Private Judge, an innovative new concept to actually hear and decide certain cases, if lawyers choose to have a private judge. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Huntingdon College.
Conscience and Command, published in 1994, developed the idea of a basis of law in human motivation.
Foundations in Pluralism used a study of writings of significant black authors as a basis for discussions by a diverse group of judges.
• Huntingdon Board of Directors, 1982 until 2004, serving as Chair of the Board from 1995-1999.
• Conference lay leader of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
• Greater Tallassee Area Chamber of Commerce
• Instrumental in organizing the Tallassee Redevelopment Authority, a statute municipal corporation charged with revitalization of Tallassee’s business district.
• Organized Tallassee Community Development Corporation, a non-profit public foundation that works for improvement of quality of life in the expanded community of Tallassee.
Mike Graduated from the Birmingham School of Law in December of 2011 and was admitted to practice law in April of 2012. He also has a degree in Management of Human Resources from Faulkner University.
Prior to going to law school, Mike spent 13 years in the insurance industry servicing and selling insurance, including personal auto and home, group health and disability, workers compensation, commercial business owners policies, life insurance, and annuities. This area of expertise gives a unique perspective to handling cases dealing with insurance companies including automobile accidents and personal injury cases.
Other areas of focus include employment law and civil rights. Currently Mike is handling a wide variety of cases for his clients including personal injury automobile accident, wage and hour collective action, Class Action for violation of the Worker’s Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act(WARN Act), Class Action for COBRA violations, family law and divorce, defense of trademark infringement, race discrimination , sexual harassment, the Pregnancy discrimination act, retaliatory discharge, worker’s compensation, and consumer utility class action.
Recent success includes negotiating a class action settlement for $1.3 million dollars against Macon County Greyhound Park (Victoryland) and successfully arguing a summary judgment on another class action for violation of the WARN Act.
Mike believes in establishing a personal relationship with clients and coming up with creative legal solutions to whatever the problem might be. Legal problems can be stressful and are likely to be the biggest event going on in your life at that time. With Mike, you can discuss your problems in a friendly; stress free environment without compromising the benefit of a zealous advocate in the court room that will always make your best interest his priority.
Legal assistant and office manager
Teresa Huff has been working with Dale Segrest for over 20 years, and was his assistant during most of his 18-year tenure as a circuit judge.
Responsibilities: Drafts documents, communicates with clients and other attorneys, schedules meetings and other events, handles accounting, and keeps the office running smoothly.
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