At Eiland & Ritchie, L.L.C., we are dedicated to individual, results-driven legal representation.
As a full-service Personal Injury law firm, conveniently located in beautiful Mobile, Alabama, our accident injury attorneys place an emphasis on representing injury victims and are committed to each and every one of our clients.
Bill was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.A. in Political Science in 1991. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1995. While there, he received the Dean’s Award and also served as President of the Law School student body.
He is admitted to practice in all Alabama State Courts and the U.S. District Court in the Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama. Bill is a member of the Mobile County Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Area Sports Commission, where he was selected as the Commission’s first President.
Allen was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Montevallo with a B.A. in English in 1988. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 1991.
He is admitted to practice in all Alabama State Courts and the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Alabama. Allen is a member of the Mobile County Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (where he has been a member of the Board of Governors) and the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (where he has been a member of the Executive Committee).
Jason Steele graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with a degree B.A. in Economics. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2007. He joined Eiland & Ritchie, LLC, in 2007, and practices in the areas of personal injury and domestic relations. Jason is a member of the Mobile County Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, Mississippi State Bar, South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and the Alabama Association for Justice.
Russ was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Springhill College in 1988 and went on to attend the University of Alabama School of Law where he received his law degree in 1991. While in law school, Russ was a member of the National Moot Court Team which qualified and competed in the National Competition in New York City.Russ joined the firm as a partner in January 2015 Russ is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Alabama and in the United States District Courts in the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Association for Justice, the Mobile and Baldwin County Bar Associations, Alabama State Bar and the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association.
Russ has over 25 years of litigation experience. He spent the first seven years of his practice working for a large defense firm in Mobile where the bulk of his practice consisted of representing doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. For the last 16 years, Russ’ exclusive emphasis has been on the plaintiff’s side focusing primarily on personal injury, products liability, nursing home related claims and insurance disputes. While the bulk of his cases have been in Mobile and Baldwin counties, Russ has handled cases throughout the state. Russ feels that his past experience on the defense side gives him a unique advantage when fighting for his clients.
When he is not practicing law Russ enjoys running, coaching his daughters in basketball, and coaching the Spanish Fort High School Girls Cross Country Team. Russ has served on the Board of the Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation, and currently serves on the Citrin Safety Foundation Board where he has participated in putting on the “Alive at 25” safe driving seminars to area high schools in Mobile and Baldwin County.
My inherited passion for helping others is the unrelenting force that drives me to obtain justice on behalf of my clients both in the courtroom and through the claims’ phase of client representation. Professionally, I am a member in good standing of the Alabama State Bar, the American Association for Justice, the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, and Mobile’s Paul W. Brock Chapter of the American Inns of Court. My primary area of practice is personal injury in the area of motor vehicle negligence. I also handle land condemnation matters.
Licensed to practice law in 2006, I attained a position with the Mobile County District Attorney’s office where I represented the State in the Juvenile and Adult Court Systems, at both the District and Circuit Court levels. In addition to my regular duties as an Assistant District Attorney, I gave the District Attorney’s weekly “Early Warning Truancy Address” to children attending schools throughout Mobile County along with their parents to insure an understanding of the laws that govern truancy, while underscoring the importance of a good education. I also learned our judicial system from within and the perspective needed to obtain a winning decision.
Moreover, in 1999, I earned my Bachelors Degree in Business Management, Cum Laude, from the University of Mobile while working full time at Kimberly-Clark Corp. Following graduation, I enrolled at Miles Law School in Fairfield, AL. While studying at Miles, I served as Student Bar Association Vice-President in 2004 and President in 2005. While in law school, I worked full time as Judicial Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Eugene R. Verin, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Jefferson County, Alabama. Although employed full time and active in the Birmingham community, I graduated as the class valedictorian in 2005 from Law School.
Striving to serve the community, I was elected President of the 2008 class of Leadership Mobile. I currently serve as President of the Mobile Chapter of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and the Vernon Z. Crawford, Bay Area Bar Association. In addition, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Dearborn Street YMCA, 15 Place Homeless Shelter, as well as the Executive Committees of the Mobile Bar Association and the Alabama Lawyer’s Association.
As the product of a family dedicated to community service for nearly a century, I am proud to carry on that tradition. My grandfather, Dr. James A. Franklin, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Medical School in 1914, served Mobile’s medical needs for 53 years. The Franklin Memorial Primary Health Clinics were named in his honor. Continuing the legacy, my parents, the late Mr. James H. Finley, Sr. and Mrs. Joycelyn Franklin Finley started out as educators. My father opened the first African-American owned chain of drug stores in the state of Alabama (Finley’s Drug Stores). His efforts also helped to send the first African American State Representatives from Mobile to the State House in 1972. My mother taught history in Public Schools across the nation, including 25 years in the Mobile County Public School System. As Civil Rights Advocates, they instilled an early sense of social responsibility and commitment to the physical and spiritual health of one’s community.
I have taken up their torch of community stewardship as I strive to protect the rights of those in need. It is my goal to ensure that our clients are treated fairly and with the respect and dignity they deserve.
AV Rated, Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
Joe is fearless. Joe is intense. Joe loves the battle and is not afraid of any defendant. He has sued and tried cases against individual defendants as well as international corporations. Joe loves being a plaintiff personal injury trial lawyer and it shows.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama Joe attended and graduated from a public high school. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout during those years before college and competed on the junior varsity wrestling team and the varsity golf team. As part of his Eagle Scout process, Joe was given the opportunity to spend the day with another local Eagle Scout that worked in a field that Joe thought would be interesting. Joe selected a local trial lawyer as his mentor. This passion for working inside a courtroom was something that Joe wanted from an early age.