Practice Areas

As a general practice law firm, we assist our clients in many areas of the law. Please see one of the paragraph headings below for more information about our practice in that area:


Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Family Law
Real Estate
Probate and Estate Administration
Wills
Worker's Compensation
Business and Employment Law


Criminal Defense

We have extensive experience defending the rights of people arrested and accused of criminal offenses. Walter A. Griess has practiced criminal law in West Alabama and the Black Belt for more than 25 years, including 15 years as an Assistant District Attorney for Greene, Sumter and Marengo Counties.

David T. Shaw has over 10 years experience in the field of criminal law. Griess & Shaw, P. C. handles all types of criminal cases in Alabama State District and Circuit Courts, from minor infractions such as traffic tickets and misdemeanors such as drunk driving (DUI/DWI), to the most serious felony indictments, including drug possession, sales and distribution, assault, theft, white collar fraud, embezzlement, arson, and homicide. We also represent children charged with delinquency offenses in the Juvenile Courts.

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Personal Injury

Griess & Shaw, P.C. represents people throughout the State of Alabama who have been injured by someone else, such as wrongful deaths, all types of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, trip and falls, dangerous conditions, premises liability, and all other negligent and intentional misconduct. Our firm assists our clients in receiving the maximum possible compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages.

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Family Law

Our firm handles a full range of family law matters in West Alabama and throughout the Black Belt, including contested and uncontested divorces, premarital agreements, legal separation, establishment and modification of child custody and visitation, step-parent adoptions, cohabitation and domestic partnership documents, mediation, common law marriage, and paternity.

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Probate and Estate Administration

We also practice in probate and estate administration. Probate is the legal process by which a will is proved to be valid and decedents' debts are paid and assets distributed after they die. Estate administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets and generally includes collecting all of the decedent's assets, liquidating his or her liabilities, paying necessary taxes (if any), and distributing property to heirs.

State laws direct the probate court how to distribute the deceased's estate, so it is important to consult a firm with expertise in this area of the law. Griess & Shaw, P.C. handles all types of cases in Alabama County Probate Courts, including conservatorships, guardianships, name changes, and commitments.

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Wills

Our firm drafts wills for people who wish to plan in advance for the distribution of property upon their death, so that their property goes to the persons or charities that they wish, and their heirs pay the minimum possible tax. Additionally, Griess & Shaw, P.C. can prepare Power of Attorney agreements and advance directives for health care ("Living Wills") so that family members and loved ones are provided with explicit instructions regarding medical care should you become incapacitated. A Living Will gives your family the legal authority to honor your wishes, and can spare them some of the pain of making difficult decisions alone.

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Workers' Compensation

We represent employees who have been injured on the job in claims for lost wages and medical treatment expenses against private businesses, federal, state, and local government employers, and their insurers. We handle all related issues, including those dealing with defenses, fraud, subrogation, and appeals.

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Business & Employment Law

Employment law covers a complex network of laws and regulations that control how employers must treat employees, former employees, and applicants for employment. Our firm has considerable experience in interpreting and construing state and federal statutes and court decisions in areas such as employment discrimination, violations of civil rights, affirmative action, sexual harassment, employee discrimination, violations of civil rights, affirmative action, sexual harassment, employee benefits, whistleblower claims, wrongful discharge allegations, employment contracts, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Employer's Liability Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Acts (OSHA), and special laws governing municipal employment.


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Alabama State Bar requires the following:

"No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers." Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(e) (1997).