Jim's Profile

Commercial litigation involving complex financial, accounting, lending and/or contractual issues, together with corporate counseling that involves contract formation and regulation of insurers and environmental concerns.

Prior to Maynard Cooper

Following graduation from the University of Alabama, Mr. Priester interned with Lloyd's of London and developed a keen interest in insurance and financial matters, which complemented his undergraduate studies and set the stage for much of his professional interest as a lawyer.

Mr. Priester served as law clerk to the Honorable Seybourn H. Lynne, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Mr. Priester recently served as Chief Legal Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, which included oversight of the company's external affairs.

Jim's Experience

  • Jim represents Alabama's largest health insurer/payor, which he is currently defending in several nationwide and statewide class actions pending in federal and state court in Alabama. These matters include suits alleging violation of Section 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act. He previously defended the same company in federal court that resulted in a published opinion dismissing claims that the company had violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act.
  • Jim also represents the Alabama affiliate of the nation's largest waste management company, which has included successfully defending the company at a trial against business tort claims, counseling on Commerce Clause issues, representation before local governments, and developing and executing strategies for public hearings and competitive situations. Mr. Priester also represents one of the largest community banks in Alabama in lender liability and other banking litigation. He has advised several financial institutions regarding rights and obligations under Loan Participation Agreements. His general litigation practice often involves post-acquisition disputes between the buyer and the seller.

Jim's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Health Care Law (2009-present); Commercial Litigation (2008-present), Litigation: Banking and Finance (2016-present); Antitrust Law (2018, 2021-present)
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Antitrust Law (2022)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate (2017-present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers for Business Litigation (2009-2010)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV ® - Preeminent Rating
  • Recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation

Jim's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
Civic Involvement
  • The Kings Ranch and Hannah Homes, Past Chair and Board Member
  • Birmingham Zoo, Board Member


State Bar: Alabama

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    • (1983, J.D., Patrick Wilson Scholar)
  • University of Alabama
    • (1980, B.S., cum laude; Student Government Association, President; Omicron Delta Kappa; Jasons Honorary)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021


Maynard, Cooper & Gale (Maynard) has earned the distinction of a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm and Highly Recommended Labor & Employment Firm in the recently released 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide spotlighting the nation’s leading law firms and litigators. The list of Maynard lawyers recognized in the...

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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