Trial Lawyer

Attorney Alva Caine has been with Hare Wynn since 1971 and now serves as Of Counsel for the firm. He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1970 and has worked in several practice areas including product liability, contract disputes, and catastrophic injury. He has many years of legal experience under his belt, but his background as a Harvard graduate and his service as an officer in the Unites States Army truly sets him apart.

Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree, Alva served three years of active duty in the United States Army. He was commissioned a Lieutenant, serving at Fort Rucker as an aviator and army helicopter instructor pilot. During his tour of duty overseas, he was promoted to captain while stationed at Camp Casey, Korea with the 7th Aviation Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division.

Alva is a scholar and a gentleman, inside and outside of the courtroom. He is a well-rounded trial lawyer and brings much experience, perspective, and success to the firm.


Raised on a farm in Safford, Alabama, Alva is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Law where he earned his post-graduate Master of Laws degree in 1971. As an undergraduate, Mr. Caine was educated at the Marion Military Institute (A.A., 1961) and the University of Alabama, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964.

Alva graduated cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1970, after which he worked as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

  • Marion Military Institute: A.A., 1961
  • University of Alabama: B.S., 1964
  • Cumberland School of Law, Bench & Bar; Member, Phi Delta Phi; 1970
  • Harvard University Law School: LL.M., 1971

Notable Work

In 1972, Alva authored “Termination of Franchise Agreements—Some Remedies for Franchises Under the Uniform Commercial Code” for the Cumberland Law Review.

Alva has served as a member of The Alabama Trial Lawyer’s Board of Governors as secretary (1982-1983) and president (1984-1985). He also served as president of the Alabama State Bar Association from 1989-1990.

Alva is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, the All-American Law Foundation, The American Association for Justice, The Alabama Association for Justice, The Birmingham and American Bar Associations and the Alabama State Bar.


  • Alabama Association of Justice
  • Alabama Association of Justice, 1982 - 1983, Secretary
  • Alabama Association of Justice, 1984 - 1985, President
  • Alabama Law Foundation, 1990 - 1992, Trustee
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama State Bar, 1989 - 1990, President
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar
  • International Society of Barristers


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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
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  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
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  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
  • National Featured Verdict
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