Member Profile: Clarence M. Small Jr.

Clarence M. Small Jr.
Christian & Small LLP
505 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Tel: (205) 795-6590
Fax: (205) 328-7234

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Clarence M. Small Jr. has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Class Actions
Land Use/Planning
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence



Clarence Small has 50 years of legal experience, and has spent much of his time mediating and arbitrating a wide variety of civil and commercial cases (including  business disputes, commercial transactions, bank failures, catastrophic personal injury, product liability, land use disputes, and insurance fraud and bad faith cases).  After graduating law school in 1961, he joined the firm of Rives & Peterson.  Mr. Small is now senior partner with Christian & Small LLP, the successor to Rives & Peterson.

Mr. Small was President of the Alabama State Bar in 1992 and 1993.  While President of the State Bar, he participated in the establishment of Alabama's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center.  He was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association from 1983 to 1990.  He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to serve on its Appellate Rules Committee and the committee which developed the Uniform Rules of Evidence now used in the trial courts throughout the State of Alabama.

Over the last several years Mr. Small has been named in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in the Alternative Dispute Resolution category.


  • Auburn University, 1956, B.S., Business Administration
  • University of Alabama School of Law, 1961, LL.B.
    (Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa (honorary);
    Farrah Order of Jurisprudence; Alabama Law Review, Editorial Board)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Alabama State Bar, President, 1992
  • Birmingham Bar Association, President, 1979
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1983-1990
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama Appellate Rules Committee
  • Jefferson County Judicial Commission
  • Tort Reform Summit


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