Adams White Oliver Short and Forbus

All members of the firm are engaged in a general civil litigation practice in the state and federal courts of Alabama. The firm performs all types of general civil litigation, including representing insurers and their insureds who have been sued for bodily injury, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, and property damage. Furthermore, the firm’s attorneys regularly provide assistance to insurers on insurance coverage issues.

The firm has for years represented clients in various domestic relations matters. Michael E. Short focuses on complex matrimonial and divorce cases, including child custody and support, real and personal property matters, alimony, and retirement. He is a skilled and compassionate divorce/family law attorney.

He understands the difficulties associated with family law issues. Therefore, he has developed a divorce and family law practice that focuses on meeting the specific needs of the family. He has experience with premarital contracts, which may also be appropriate prior to some marriages. Michael has experience in a broad range of divorce and non-divorce related family law issues,


  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Property division
  • Paternity actions
  • Protective orders
  • Step-parent and Grandparent adoptions
  • Premarital contracts

Michael empowers his clients to take control of their family law situation. He listens to the client’s concerns and provides the client with information and options to enable wise decision making.

Through the years the firm has represented the citizens of East Alabama in all types of litigation matters, including personal injury, breach of contract, real estate litigation, construction litigation, insurance claims, etc.  Matt White is the attorney primarily responsible for handling these types of cases within the firm.  Matt handles the following types of cases: 

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Claims

Please contact Matt regarding any of the above matters.

When you choose Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP to take your case, you can be confident that we will fight for your rights and stand by your side every step of the way. We will go through all avenues of the court system and will work in a professional manner to achieve positive results. Our attorneys represent people in Auburn, Opelika and the surrounding parts of Alabama, to include college students and residents of Auburn University. Michael Short and Jason Forbus have extensive experience in criminal defense. Michael served as City Prosecutor in Auburn Municipal Court from 2004 to 2014, where he prosecuted numerous cases. With Michael’s experience as City Prosecutor, he knows exactly what to do to protect your rights. Michael knows about unique opportunities and avenues available throughout the prosecution process. Michael is familiar with the various possibilities of pretrial diversion programs and other options that apply to certain charges and situations. He knows how to explore all options available, and he will work with you one-on-one to determine the option that will benefit you and your unique situation, to include the circumstances surrounding the same.

Jason spent five years in law enforcement in Lee County prior to beginning his law practice.  With this experience, Jason has the knowledge and qualifications to represent clients charged with various misdemeanor offenses in Auburn Municipal Court, Opelika Municipal Court and Lee County District Court.

Michael and Jason know the options available, and have experience in defending all misdemeanor charges, to partially include the following areas:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Influenced (DWI)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Resisting arrest
  • Assault charges
  • Domestic Violence charges
  • Drug charges
  • Drug possession and paraphernalia
  • Burglary and theft
  • Alcohol-related offenses
  • All other miscellaneous

Regardless of what you have been accused of, you can be confident with Michael or Jason on your side. Each will put forward an aggressive defense and work hard to achieve positive results.

Matt White focuses a large percentage of his practice in the area of workers’ compensation litigation.  Alabama workers’ compensation claims are governed by the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act, and all disputed claims are litigated in court, as opposed to a claims process (as is the case in other states).  Thus, a thorough understanding of both the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Code and the litigation process in the state of Alabama is essential for any lawyer representing litigants in a workers’ compensation case.  Matt has been practicing in the area of workers’ compensation law for approximately 20 years.  Please feel free to contact Matt with any questions regarding workers’ compensation matters.

If you have a claim for Social Security Disability, you already know the series of hoops and hurdles you must jump through and over in order to obtain benefits.  If you have been denied benefits, or are filing a first time claim for benefits, please call Matt White to assist you with this complicated process.  Matt has been practicing Social Security Disability Law for approximately 20 years, and is thoroughly familiar with the process.  Matt takes great pride in assisting hardworking individuals who have become disabled due to injury or illness.  Matt will meet with you face-to-face regarding your Social Security Disability claim and will be available to consult with you during the pendency of your case.  He will also thoroughly prepare you for the hearing and argue your case on your behalf.  Please feel free to call Matt regarding any questions concerning your Social Security Disability claim.

Phil Adams has been a registered mediator in the State of Alabama since 1996. Since that time, he has conducted over 2,500 mediations in civil cases filed in 65 of the 67 counties in Alabama.  He has been a member of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution since 1996. He is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), a professional association whose membership consists of attorneys distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution. Membership into NADN is by invitation only. In addition to Mr. Adams’ conducting mediations throughout Alabama, he has also mediated cases in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas. Moreover, the firm has excellent facilities available to lawyers and parties to utilize at its Opelika office to conduct mediations in house.

Mr. Adams’ reputation of being a fair, knowledgeable and effective mediator is well recognized throughout the state.

He has conducted pre-suit, pretrial and appellate mediations in the following areas of practice:

  • Construction
  • Domestic Relations
  • Fraud
  • Insurance and general contracts
  • Negligence
  • Personal injury/Wrongful death
  • Products liability

The firm’s attorneys regularly advise bank clients on matters involving all aspects of their operations, from transactional and corporate issues to lending and government compliance.

The firm has an in-house real estate department staffed by trained real estate paralegals who are responsible for preparing and closing all types of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Jason Forbus heads the firm’s real estate practice and is highly experienced in all aspects of real estate matters. The firm enjoys a relationship with many local financial institutions as well as state and national financial institutions. The firm is also an agent for First American Title Insurance Company and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.

Adams White employs two real estate paralegals who exclusively focus their efforts and time on real estate matters. The firm has utilized the services of a professional abstractor who assists in examining courthouse records and compiling chains and abstracts of title in a number of counties in Alabama. Adams White has in-house access to this extensive collection of title records for real estate properties in Lee and surrounding counties accumulated over the past six decades.  The firm also handles foreclosures, deed preparation and various other real estate matters.

The firm’s attorneys have years of experience writing motions and appellate briefs. Its lawyers understand the procedures, personalities, and intricacies of the Alabama Appellate Court systems, with two of its attorneys having clerked for the Alabama Supreme Court. In addition to handling the firm’s own motions and appeals, its attorneys are often retained by fellow attorneys to draft their motions at the trial level and briefs on appeal.