A.H. “Nick” Gaede, Jr.


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Nick Gaede spent more than 40 years in the practice of construction law, government contracts, and general litigation at one of Alabama’s largest law firms. During that time, he served as lead counsel in a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, and spearheaded five cases in the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. He later joined an international construction firm; but when that company merged with another, Mr. Gaede felt the time was right to join a Birmingham law firm that he had come to know quite well through his association with two highly respected attorneys: Frank Bainbridge and Bruce Rogers. As a result, in 2009 Mr. Gaede became a partner at Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, specializing in the areas of construction law, alternative dispute resolution, international litigation, and business litigation.

A graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law, Mr. Gaede served on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal and was the recipient of the Fleming, Robinson & Bradshaw Award. He is the author of a multitude of articles on construction law, and has served as a visiting lecturer both locally and abroad for more than 20 years. He has been a sought-after speaker on the subject of construction law and alternative dispute resolutions at numerous law schools and professional seminars, including those hosted by the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the Practicing Law Institute, the Florida State Bar, and the Southeastern Corporate Law Institute.

Mr. Gaede is a Fellow and Past President of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and has served on the Advisory Board of the International and Comparative Center of the Southwestern Legal Foundation. He was also a member of Class VI of Leadership Alabama. And for many years, he has been recognized in publications such as Alabama Super Lawyers®.

  • Primary Services
    • Construction Law
    • Government Contracts
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • General Civil and Business Advice
  • Education
    • LL.B., Duke University School of Law, 1964
      Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal
    • B.S., Yale University, 1961
  • Bar Admission
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • Professional Associations & Involvement
    • International Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Alabama State Bar, Co-Chair, ADR Committee, 1990-1991 and 2009-2010; Chair Dispute Resolution Section, 2010-2011
    • Birmingham Bar Association, Vice Chair, Public Service Committee
    • Alabama Law Institute
    • American Arbitration Association
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
    • CPR Centre for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (former)
    • London Court International Arbitration
    • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (Past President)
    • Fellow, Alabama Bar Foundation
    • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Board of Directors, 1999; Chair, 2000-2008
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Alabama School of Law
    • Adjunct Professor, Cumberland School of Law
  • Honors & Awards
    • Fleming, Robinson & Bradshaw Award, Duke University School of Law, 1964
    • Charles A. Dukes Award, Duke University, 1990
    • President, Law Alumni Association, Duke University School of Law, 1988-1989
    • Board of Visitors, Duke University School of Law, 1997-2002
    • Selected to the Alabama Super Lawyers® list, multiple years
    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating
  • Community Involvement
    • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (former Senior Warden)
    • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham
    • President, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham
    • Board of Directors, The Horizons School
    • Board of Directors, Triumph Services, Inc
    • Former Vice President/Board Member, Community, Inc.
    • Former Board Member, American Red Cross, Mid-Alabama Chapter
    • Former Chair, Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice