Beth McElroy is a partner in the firm and currently serves as the County Administrator for Jefferson County. She was appointed to fill that position in December of 2009 by the Probate Court of Jefferson County, Alabama. In her role as County Administrator, Beth handles estates of all sizes and complexity. She is responsible for gathering assets, pursing litigation on behalf of these estates, including wrongful death actions, managing estate funds and property, and disbursing these assets to heirs.
Prior to becoming the County Administrator, Beth’s practice primarily involved insurance defense, with a special focus on life and health insurance litigation in contractual, fraud and bad faith contexts. She continues to actively maintain this aspect of her practice. She has successfully defended shareholder derivative suits, class actions, and a variety of insurance based claims. Her practice has routinely involved complex insurance programs and the resolution of corporate disputes. She also assists insurance clients with claims evaluation and compliance issues. In addition to her trial court experience, Beth has successfully handled appeals at all levels of the Alabama State Courts, Federal Courts, and the Eleventh Circuit, and has argued before the Alabama Supreme Court.
Beth is the past Treasurer of the Probate Section of the Birmingham Bar Association and currently serves as President Elect of that organization. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and was recently named a Rising Star in the area of civil litigation by Alabama Super Lawyers for 2011.
Beth has been with Baxley, Dillard, McKnight & James since her graduation from law school in 1997. She is a 1994 graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a B.A. in history. She received her law degree from the University of Alabama, cum laude. Beth was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Birmingham. She is married to Robert McElroy and is the mother of three children.
Life Insurance Litigation
Health Insurance Litigation
Birmingham Bar Association
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Probate Section - Birmingham Bar Association
Alabama State Bar, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
Carter v. Liberty National Life Ins. Co., 849 So.2d 977 (Ala. Civ. App. 2003).
Continental Casualty Co. v. Southtrust Bank, N.A., 933 So. 2d 337 (Ala. 2006)