Walter R. Meigs
Walter Meigs served as General Counsel of Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company renamed ADDSCO Industries, Inc., through its acquisition by Atlantic Marine Holding Company in 1992, and thereafter served as as general counsel for Atlantic Marine and its affiliate, Alabama Shipyard until their acquisition by BAE Systems in 2010. After the acquisition by BAE Systems he continued such service to BAE Systems’ Southeast Shipyard division, through divestiture 2018 of all of Southeast Shipyards but the Jacksonville yard until early January, 2021.
Prior to joining Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company he was engaged in the general practice of law, worked on the implementation of a fully revised Judicial Article to the Constitution of Alabama and was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama as initial and later general guardian ad litem to represent mental patients incarcerated in Alabama’s principle mental institution.
During his tenures with Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company through BAE Systems Ship Repair he was involved in an expansive range of maritime related business transactions, including advising and negotiating domestic and foreign shipbuilding, ship conversion, and ship repair contracts which including ones with MARAD financing (including its export program) and others with conventional financing. He has also been involved in sales and acquisitions of watercraft both domestically and foreign.
Corporately he has been involved in internal reorganizations (recapitalizations), mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions which included ones with substantial risk management and limitation considerations and extensive negotiations with risk underwriters; physical improvements and maritime developments utilizing conventional and municipal finance and concomitant environmental assessments; special purpose and general labor negotiations; and he has been involved extensively in maritime litigation and arbitration.
He has been admitted to practice in Alabama, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts and the 5th, 9th, and 11th U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U. S. Supreme Court.
He graduated Marion Military Institute (High School) 1966, Birmingham-Southern College, B.A. 1970, and University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. 1973.