Edgar M. Elliott III
In Memoriam (1930 - 2012)


  • Birmingham-Southern College, 1950, B.A.
  • University of Alabama School of Law, 1953, LL.B. (Omicron Delta Kappa, Honorary Member; Farrah Order of Jurisprudence; Alabama Law Review, Editor-in-Chief)
  • The legal community has long recognized Ed Elliott as one of Alabama’s top litigators. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a retired Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

    Ed has served in various leadership positions during a legal career that has spanned more than fifty years. He was president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association from 1977-1978, and led the Birmingham Bar Association from 1992-1993.

    Ed was a partner at Christian & Small’s predecessor firm, Rives & Peterson, until 1994. That year he accepted a position as general counsel of litigation for Liberty National Life Insurance Company. Of Counsel with Christian & Small since 2000, Ed’s influence is still ever-present at the firm.


    • Alabama State Bar
    • Birmingham Bar Association, President, 1992-1993
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): President, 1973-74
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Fellow
    • American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow
    • American Bar Association (ABA): Member
    • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*
    • Recipient of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Nina Miglionico “Paving the Way” Leadership Award recognizing professional excellence and contributions to the success and advancement of women lawyers, 2008
  • Alabama, 1953
  • United States, Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama