The Law of the Place

The attorneys at LMLL enjoy the practice of law and helping our clients achieve their objectives.  In addition to our years in law school, we have a combined 106 years in private practice.  As Justice Story opined, the law is “a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship.”  Mr. Lowe is soon to commence his forty-fifth year of that courtship.  What a career and mentor for all of us. Needless to say, we are all quite attached to the practice of law.

We are likewise remarkably attached to the local land.  Whether it be hunting, fishing, farming, golfing, or gardening, each of us have a love for the local landscape and enjoy our time outdoors. Our appreciation for northwest Alabama is in no small part due to the fact that we grew up in Marion and Winston Counties.  We have each had the blessing of enjoying years of pursuits in a majestic natural setting.  From the Sipsey Wilderness within the Bankhead National Forest to the Sam R. Murphy Wildlife Management Area, the place we call home is one of God’s great creations.

Given our love for both the law and the land of northwest Alabama, lex loci is a great title for our blog.  Lex loci is a Latin phrase defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as “the law of the place.”  The phrase is most often seen in contract law.  Generally thought of as a foundation of contract law, it allows citizens of one country/state to contract in territories of another with certainty as to which laws govern.  2 James Kent, Commentaries on American Law*454 (George Comstock ed., 11th ed. 1866).  Through our blog, we will expand on our interests in the law of this place we call home and hopefully add to your understanding of lex loci as well.


Matt LeDuke