Congratulations Jon C. Conlin and team $670 Million DuPont Settlement Jon C. Conlin is co-lead Plaintiffs’ counsel for this massive environmental litigation against DuPont. On February 13, 2017, DuPont agreed to a preliminary settlement of $670.7 million to resolve the claims of approximately 3,550 people who developed cancer or other illnesses attributed to drinking water
contaminated by the toxic chemical C-8 discharged for decades from a DuPont plant in West Virginia. Cory Watson is honored to have the privilege of representing these men and women who had the courage to take up their legal fight against one of the world’s biggest companies.
Attorneys listed from left to right: Stephen Hunt Jr., Jon C. Conlin, Elizabeth E. Chambers, Hirlye R. “Ryan” Lutz, III, Ernest Cory, F. Jerome Tapley, Leila H. Watson, Kristian Rasmussen, G. Rick DiGiorgio, Douglas A. Dellaccio, and Brett Turnbull.
We are proud to introduce our newest Principals Stephen Hunt, Jr. serves on our Mass Tort leadership team, and in his nine years with Cory Watson has made key contributions to successful outcomes in high profile drug and medical device litigation. His practice is focused on Products Liability, Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation and Defective Medical Device Litigation.
Brett Turnbull will serve as Co-Chair of the Cory Watson Complex Litigation Department. He joins Cory Watson with more than a decade of success practicing Personal Injury Law with a focus on Wrongful Death, Product Liability, Business Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith. He has represented clients in numerous cases resulting in jury verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million.
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Left to right: Leila H. Watson, F. Jerome Tapley, Ernest Cory, Douglas A. Dellaccio, and Elizabeth E. Chambers
Thank you for trusting Cory Watson. We have been helping people like you for more than 35 years and are honored to have the opportunity to serve you. We fight to win and are trusted nationally as fierce advocates for people injured or killed by the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
$2.7 BILLION IN RECOVERIES FOR OUR CLIENTS
CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS CORYWATSON.COM • 2131 Magnolia Avenue South • Birmingham, AL 35205 • (205)328-2200 Case descriptions, recoveries and testimonials presented here are not an indication of future results. Every case is different and must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. Litigation outcome and valuation depend on many factors including jurisdiction, venue, witnesses, parties, testimony and documentary evidence. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
A survey of local attorneys, reveals the names you should know. A good lawyer is a guide through the tricky parts of life, from real estate to business disputes to criminal acts to family upheavals, helping us wade through the weightiest of matters. The lawyers noted in the following pages have been chosen because of their ability to guide clients to successful outcomes. Just what you want in a good attorney.
Left to right: Megan Elder, Jessie Keating Hardy, Jessica Kirk Drennan, J. Derek Drennan, Meredith Busby
FAMILY LAW GROUP •Divorce •Custody •Pre · Post nuptial agreements •Paternity •Appeals
PROBATE GROUP •Wills •Estates •Trusts •Adoptions •Guardianships
Kirk Drennan Law (205) 803-3500 email@example.com kirkdrennanlaw.com
CRIMINAL LAW GROUP •White Collar Crimes •Death Penalty Offenses •Felonies •Misdemeanors •Appeals
No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
For many years, B-Metro has turned to outside reserach companies to compile our Top Flight Attorneys List. Our criteria include education, involvement in professional organizations, and community service. This Fall, we sent out an email to thousands of local attorneys and invited them to nominate their peers, as well. There are many excellent attorneys in Birmingham. Our list represents many of them, and we encourage you to do your own research, as well.
Matt Abbott Abbott Law Firm, LLC
Lisa Karen Atkins Ogletree Deakins, PC
Scott Abney Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Annemarie Axon Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt
Amy Adams Balch & Bingham
Walker Badham Badham & Buck, LLC
Janell Ahnert Bressler Amery & Ross, PC
Stephen Bailey Bailey Law Firm
Leslie Garrett Allen Balch & Bingham
Lee Bains Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Mitchell Allen Allen & Shamblin, LLC
Tammy Baker Jackson Lewis, LLP
Russell Allison Carr Allison
Drew Barnett Belt & Bruner, PC
Labella Alvis Christian & Small, LLP
Taylor Bartlett Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
William Andrews Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC
Reed Bates Starnes Davis Florie, LLP
Leon Ashford Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Robert Battle Battle & Winn, LLP
Melanie Atha Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & Oâ€™Neal, LLP
Alan Baty Frohsin & Barger, LLC
Mike Atchison Burr & Forman, LLP
Michael Beard Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Lois Beasley-Carlisle Carlisle & Carlisle, PC
Jenna Bedsole Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Keith Belt Belt Law Firm, PC Alicia Bennett Boardman Carr Hutcheson & Bennett, PC Lee Benton Benton & Centeno, LLP Christopher S. Berdy Butler Snow LLP Julia Bernstein Bradley William Biddle The Biddle Law Firm, PC Brandon Bishop Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys Gordon Blair Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart Sela Blanton Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP Francois Blaudeau Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Nolan Byers, P.C. Nolan Byers, PC provides clients with strong support to navigate what comes next. When your spouse asks you for a divorce or legal separation; when your spouse owns a business that was created during the marriage that provides all the familyâ€™s support; when your children are vulnerable to parental conflict. When your ex-spouse stops paying support, or gets a raise, or decides to relocate to another state. When your new spouse wants to adopt your child; or when your grandchild is left without proper care and supervision. When you have decided to marry, but want to protect and preserve your assets from possible divorce. Frances Ross Nolan and Leigh Reynolds Byers joined in 2013 under a shared vision to apply their almost twenty years of legal experience to work to improve the lives of those facing family law disputes. Providing clients with compassion, understanding and insight, and guiding them to achieve their most desired outcomes, Nolan and Byers provide strong support to clients in the areas of divorce, asset division, child custody and support, spousal support, modifications, relocation, prenuptial agreements, and dependency.
nolanbyers.com Frances Ross Nolan and Leigh Reynolds Byers
No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Steven Brom Bachus Brom & Taylor, LLC William Bross Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC David Brown Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP David Brown Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Katherine Brown White Arnold & Dowd PC H. Lanier Brown II Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP Scott Brown Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Whitney Brown Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland, PC William Brown WhatleyKallas, LLP C. Brandon Browning Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC
Brett Bloomston Bloomston & Basgier
Bradford Botes Bond, Botes, Reese, & Shinn, PC
Robert Bruner Belt Law Firm
H. Hampton Boles Balch & Bingham, LLP
Melanie Bradford Bradford & Holliman, LLC
William Bryant Dominick Feld Hyde, PC
John Bolus Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
William Bradford Bradford Ladner, LLP
Brannon Buck Badham & Buck, LLC
Jason Bonar Jason J. Bonar, Attorney at Law, PC
Jeffrey Bramer The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Bramer
Carin Burford Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
Emily Bonds Jones Walker LLP
Michael Brandt Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC
Carl Burkhalter Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Jess Boone Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC
Bonnie Branum Protective Life
Lisa Borden Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Toni Braxton Braxton Legal Services, LLC
Francis Burnett Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & Oâ€™Neal, LLP
Paige Boshell Bradley Brian Bostick Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
Thomas Brinkley Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Gregory Brockwell Leitman Siegal & Payne, PC
Robin Burrell Najjar Denaburg, PC Richard Burton Burton & Associates, LLC James Bussian Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Najjar Denaburg, PC is located on historic Morris Avenue in a renovated 1800’s warehouse, with the firm’s origin dating back to 1962 and an early office sharing arrangement between Charles Denaburg and Tom Najjar. The firm’s philosophy is to forge client relationships that will last a lifetime by putting the client first and by offering creative and beneficial solutions to legal problems. Adherence to this approach has enabled it to maintain lasting relationships with individual and business clients across the nation in a wide array of industries, including banking, finance, real estate development and manufacturing. The firm’s attorneys possess extensive experience in varied practice areas including: Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution; Matrimonial and Family Law; Real Estate; Foreclosure; Corporate and Business Law; Insolvency and Restructuring/Bankruptcy; Litigation; Construction Law; Landlord Tenant Law; and Estate Planning and Probate. Najjar Denaburg is Alabama’s only member of the Legal Netlink Alliance, an international alliance of carefully selected, midsized, general practice, independent law firms across the globe, and Rachel Moore is a member of the Legal Netlink Alliance Global Construction and Infrastructure Group. The firm moves beyond the realm of its practice to excel in many different areas and to participate in the community and the Bar Association as well. Richard Theibert teaches real estate law at The Birmingham School of Law and has been selected as Teacher of the Year for twenty-two consecutive years, and also serves as the head softball coach at Indian Springs High School. Robin Burrell is a Past President of the Birmingham Bar Association. The Birmingham Bar Association
awarded Charles Denaburg the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, an award that is presented to outstanding and distinguished members of the legal community based upon service to the Bar and the community together with professional achievement, and he is listed as one of the top ten attorneys in Alabama by Business Alabama Magazine. Charles Denaburg, Steve Wright, Robin Burrell, Richard Theibert, Marty Franklin, Rachel Moore, Steve Altmann and Steve Corenblum are rated AV (the highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell. Charles Denaburg, Steve Wright and Robin Burrell have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers for many years, and Steve Altmann was recognized in Super Lawyers in 2012. Steve Wright is a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, USA Chapter, and Robin Burrell and Steve Wright are Fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The firm’s bankruptcy department has attorneys certified by the American Board of Certification including Marty Franklin in Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Charles Denaburg in Business, Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights law. Charles Denaburg is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. To meet Najjar Denaburg’s attorneys and review additional information about their areas of practice, you may visit the firm’s website at www.najjar.com.
2125 Morris Avenue Birmingham, Alabama 35203 205-250-8400
najjar.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Patricia Clotfelter Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Glenda Cochran Glenda Cochran Associates Attorneys at Law Bryan Coleman Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC John David Collins Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Paul Compton Bradley Matthew Conn Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC N. Lee Cooper Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Ralph Cook Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Ernest Cory Cory Watson Attorneys
Thomas Butler Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Richard Carmody Adams & Reese, LLP
Roy Crawford Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP
Leigh Reynolds Byers Nolan Byers, PC
Richard Carrigan Ogletree Deakins, PC
Wendy Crew Crew Gentle Law, PC
Bradley Byrne Beckum Kittle, LLP
Henry Cassady Cassady & Cassady, PC
Judith Crittenden Crittenden Partners, PC
Tanita Cain The Cain Law Firm
Elizabeth Chambers Cory Watson Attorneys
Michelle Crunk Dodson Gregory, LLP
Angela Cameron Smith Burr & Forman, LLP
Rhonda Chambers Taylor & Taylor
Russell Cunningham Red Mountain Law Group
Andy Campbell Campbell Guin
Lee Clanton Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland
Gregory Curran Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Thomas Campbell Campbell Law John Caraway Campbell and Campbell, LPC Craig Cargile Cargile & Hodnett, LLC
Thomas Clark Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC William Clark Redden, Mills, Shaw & Clark, LLP Kori Clement Hare & Clement, PC
David Cybak Over the Mountain Law Center, LLC Christopher Daniel Sheffield & Lentine, PC Charles Daniels Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP
NOTABLE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS: $26,000,000 Industrial Accident Case $22,714,000 Settlement in Defective Drug Cases $22,200,000 Settlement in Defective Drug Cases $20,000,000 Settlement in Defective Drug Cases $17,308,000 Commercial Arbitration Award $11,000,000 Class Action Settlement $7,150,000 Defective Medical Implant Cases $7,000,000 Defective Medical Implant Cases
$4,500,000 Injury and Death Settlement $3,766,000 Pool Drowning Verdict $3,500,000 Wrongful Death Verdict $3,000,000 Motorcycle Wreck Verdict $1,700,000 Wrongful Death Settlement $1,600,000 Defective Saw Verdict $1,450,000 Car Wreck Verdict $1,575,000 Truck Accident Settlement
Bo Bell, Carter Clay, Josh Wright, Drew McNutt, Tyler Vail & John Spade
Celebrating 15TH Year as a Law Firm FIRM EXPERIENCE: The attorneys of Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, PC bring great litigation experience to serve their client base. Focused on representing individuals and business clients all over the country, the attorneys of Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, PC are strongly committed to providing legal services in the following fields: Catastrophic Personal Injury Truck & Auto Accidents Auto Defects & Designs County & City Government Claims Financial Fraud
Wrongful Death Alcohol Related Injuries Defective Products Commercial Business Disputes Bad Faith Insurance
Construction & Work Accidents Environmental Dumping Drug & Pharmacy Claims Medical Negligence Mass Tort & Class Actions
In the last fifteen years, the firm has represented over 25,000 clients in individual cases and multi-party claims. The firm takes on single-party cases and also represents small businesses and claims involving thousands of clients at one time (called mass tort actions). We believe in representing each client with compassion and attention, which is consistent with the firm’s motto: “Work hard every day to ‘level the playing field’ for personal injury victims, consumers, and businesses with a level of quality and service more commonly associated with the corporate community.” CURRENT LITIGATION PROJECTS: In addition to representing clients in the above practice areas, the attorneys are currently representing hundreds of clients that were injured as a result of various pharmaceutical and medical devices or implants including, metal on metal hip implants, transvaginal mesh products, Actos, Mirena IUD, Pradaxa, Risperdal, Xarelto, Granuflo, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters and proton pump inhibitors (Nexium). FIRM RESULTS: The attorneys that make up the firm are responsible for, or have participated in, cases rendering verdicts, awards, or settlements throughout their professional careers in an amount totaling over $1 billion. Although such previous recoveries are not indicative of future results, the attorneys of Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail, PC are proud of their history of verdicts, awards, and settlements. Experience does equal results!
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HOLLIS, WRIGHT, CLAY & VAIL P.C 2201 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 324-3600 or toll free (844) LAW-TALK hollis-wright.com
No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
William Donovan DonovanFingar, LLC Richard Dorman Badham & Buck, LLC Luther “Rusty” Dorr Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Susan Doughton Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Gayle Douglas Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Michael Douglas Leak & Douglas, PC Augusta Dowd White Arnold & Dowd, PC Christie Dowling Lyman Dowling Law Helen Kathryn Downs Butler Snow
Kim Davidson Law Office of Kim Davidson Brent Davis Brent W. Davis & Associates, LLC Eric Davis Parkman & White, LLC Kathy Davis Carr Allison Stacey Davis The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis Richard T. Davis Wallace, Jordan Thomas Davis Jackson Lewis, LLP Thomas Davis Peeples & Davis, Family Law Thad Davis The Law Offices of Davis & Davis, LLC Tracy Davis Hand Arendall, LLC 96
Whit Drake Drake Law Law Firm DiDandra Debrosse Zarzaur, Mujumdar and Debrosse
Jessica Drennan Kirk.Drennan, PC
Christopher Deering Ogletree Deakins, PC
Carter Dukes Scott, Dukes & Geisler, PC
Douglas Dellaccio Cory Watson Attorneys
John Dulin Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
April DeLuca Magic City Law
David Dunkle Cabaniss, Johnston
Lauren Demoss Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Adrian Dunning A. B. Dunning, LLC
Charles Denaburg Najjar Denaburg
Audrey Dupont Bressler, Amery & Ross, PC
Gregory Denny Powell & Denny
Anne Durward Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC
Joel DiLorenzo The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC
Thomas Dutton Pittman Dutton & Hellums, PC
H. Hube Dodd The Dodd Law Firm
Victoria Dye Fischer & Associates, LLC
Integrity Justice Success
Wakisha is a distinguished attorney, who works tirelessly for the advancement of the legal profession. Wakisha is a vigorous and persistent advocate for her clients. She practices primarily in the fields of criminal defense, personal injury, and family/domestic relations. She is a philanthropist and loves giving back to others. She is a member of the Junior League of Birmingham, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and she sits on the advisory council for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Wakisha is also a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Alabama Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.
If you want someone to fight for your rights, call Attorney Wakisha E. Hazzard.
THE HAZZARD LAW FIRM, LLC Wakisha E. Hazzard, Attorney At Law 205-521-7378 or 1-877-988-8867
Tale of Two Attorneys Jennifer G. Rose,
Certified Family Law Specialist and founder of The Rose Law Firm, LLC Q: Why do you do practice family law for a living? J: Growing up, I used to assist and watch my father in the courtroom and the work he did fascinated me. I loved how he fought for his clients, how they cried when they won, how structured the process was, and how someone could use knowledge to protect another person. It was almost like being a superhero except we were using our brains instead of brawn. It just seemed like a very honorable and enjoyable way to make a living. I went for it and haven’t looked back since.
Q: Favorite thing about the job? J: This may not be the glamorous answer you were looking for; however, I like helping people at the toughest point in their lives. I don’t enjoy seeing people suffer but I do enjoy guiding people through something tough and then seeing them not only survive but also thrive. I like to think God gave me my toughness for a reason and that is to be a protector for others who need someone to lean on in a time of extraordinary grief. Family law allows me to do that for people.
Q: Speaking of superheroes, what would you say is your superpower as an attorney? J: Although it might sound boring, I think one of my biggest assets is my commitment to preparation. I’m always the most prepared person in any room and this fact allows me to be as aggressive or as passive as my client’s case needs me to be. You’d be amazed how many times I’ve come up against another attorney who came unprepared and couldn’t even remember simple things like what their client does for a living or the names and ages of the client’s children. Not being prepared puts them at a huge disadvantage. For me, I know every client’s story backwards and forwards to the point where their story IS MY story, their cause IS MY cause. It’s almost like a method actor, except with a courtroom… (laughs)
Q: What do you wish more people knew about lawyers? J: That attorneys aren’t emotionless robots. I think there’s this misconception that attorneys are devoid of feeling or empathy for others but I can honestly say that with most attorneys I know, nothing could be further from the truth. As a lawyer there’s a fine line we have to walk between being professional and tough for our client’s sake and likeable at the same time. I like to think I’m good at this. A lot of lawyers out there struggle with this, and I think they sometimes get unfairly judged as being cold and unfeeling. Granted there are some real pieces of work out there, but I think most of us attorneys do care about and want the best for our clients.
Q: What would you do for a living if you weren’t practicing law? J: I’d be a schoolteacher, believe it or not. I love kids and could easily spend every day with them. I personally love learning and think it would be a joy to pass that love on to our next generation of leaders. In my opinion, teachers are the real unsung heroes of our society the way they give of themselves and shape young minds.
Get to know two of Alabama’s top family law attorneys, Jennifer Rose and Katherine Haynes of Birmingham’s Rose Law Firm LLC, with a quick Q&A session.
Katherine W. Haynes
Family Law Attorney and Lead Associate at The Rose Law Firm, LLC Q: Why do you practice family law for a living? K: I think that everyone has a gift, some people teach, some people build things, some people invent, you get the point. Me? I’m a problem solver. I enjoy solving complex problems and I love variety. Honestly, there aren’t many places where can you get to do more of those two things than family law. I hear from other attorneys that they won’t or can’t do this every day because it burns them out. For me, the challenge energizes me. Even better yet, I get to use my gift doing something I enjoy, AND I get to help people in the process. Q: What would you say is your superpower as an attorney? K: I’d say relationship building with my clients. I get to know them really well, especially since they are telling me some tough things about their lives. I try to form a bond of trust with them. I intently listen to their problems and stories, and I care about what happens to them. It’s just human nature that you fight hard for those you have formed bonds with and those you like. These bonds help me stay sharp and be able to go to war in the courtroom on their behalf. Some of my clients have even become like family to me and have done things like invite me to the graduations of their children and other family functions. Things like that are so rewarding.
Q: What would you do for a living if you weren’t practicing law? K: I’d be a physical therapist for the elderly or work with caring for older people in some capacity. First of all, I love being around older people. Hearing the stories about their lives and experiences and just spending time with them is very enjoyable to me. I remember fondly the people who helped my grandparents and would love to be the person to do that for someone else. Q: Favorite thing about the job? K: My favorite thing about my job is being able to improve the lives of children through my work. There really isn’t a much better feeling than getting a child away from abuse or setting a family on the right path for their future. I know that every day my work has the ability to affect someone’s entire family and life in a positive way. It’s a lot of responsibility, but responsibility that I enjoy. Q: What do you wish more people knew about lawyers? K: Almost all lawyers are good people who care deeply about what happens with clients and their cases. The law was always seen as a very honorable profession in the past, but I think modern society and a few bad apples in the legal bunch have spoiled it for those of us who are serious and passionate about what we do. We aren’t just a bunch of mercenaries for hire. Most of us got into this because we love helping people. Attorney Rose and Attorney Haynes have a practice located in Birmingham’s historic Southside district and handle cases throughout the state of Alabama. Those wishing to reach them may call their office at 205-323-1124.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Louis Feld Dominick Feld Hyde, PC
Honora Gathings Gathings Law
John Earnhardt Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Samuel Fisher Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC
Lloyd W. Gathings Gathings Law
Robert Eckinger Adams and Reese, LLP
Linda Flippo White Arnold & Dowd, PC
Chelsey Mitchell Edgerly Vernis & Bowling of Birmingham, LLC
Sara Ford Lightfoot Franklin & White, LLC Charlene Ford Whatley Kallas, LLP
Nancy Eady Morris, Hayes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson
Bing Edwards Edwards + Partners, LLC Jennifer Reid Egbe Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart Mark Ekonen Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Megan Elder Elder Law Firm, LLC
Leigh Forstman Pittman Dutton & Hellums Robert Fowlkes Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Sam Franklin Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP
Jonathan Geisen Baker Donelson Kathryn Crawford Crew Gentle Law, PC Laura Gibson White Arnold & Dowd, PC Jon C Goldfarb Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC W. Clark Goodwin Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Lisha Graham White Arnold & Dowd, PC
Kathryn “Katy” Eldridge Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
Sydney Frazier Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP
Robert Elliott Vulcan Legal Group, LLC
Brandi Frederick The Frederick Firm
Jonathan Green Green Law, LLC
Mike Ermert Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
G. Courtney French Fuston, Petway & French, LLP
Paula Greenway Greenway Bankruptcy Law, LLC
Glenn Estess Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC
Karl Friedman Sirote & Permutt
Richard Greer The Greer Law Firm, PC
Rebecca Eubanks Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP
Jeffrey Friedman Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC
Wendy Hartley Gregerson Attorney at Law
G. Daniel Danny Evans The Evans Law Firm, PC Dawn Evans Guin, Stokes & Evans, LLC Steven Eversole Eversole Law, LLC Heather Fann Fann Law, LLC Kirby Farris Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Joseph Fawal Fawal & Spina 100
Peter Fruin Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC Frank Galloway Galloway Scott Moss & Hancock, LLC Robert Gardner Red Mountain Law Group Nedra Garrett McClinton Garrett & Associates, LLC William Garrison Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Bradley Green King & Green, LLC
W. Walter Gresham Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC James Griffin James B. Griffin, LLC David Guin Guin Stokes & Evans, LLC William Hancock Galloway Scott Moss & Hancock, LLC Jennifer Hanson Bainbridge Mims Rogers & Smith, LLP Francis Hare Belt & Bruner, PC
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TOP LAWYERS 2017
Larry Harper Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland Kathryn Harrington Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Josh Harrison Ogeltree Deakins Anna L. Hart Beckum Kittle, LLP
Daisy Holder Daisy M. Holder Attorney at Law Brett Hollett Peagler & Hollett, LLC Caroline Hollingsworth Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Christopher Hood Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Albert Jordan Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Elizabeth Kanter Carr Allison Doug Kauffman Balch & Bingham Christopher Keith Wettermark Keith
Carrie Hartfield Bradley
Harry Hopkins Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
Michael Harwell The Harwell Law Firm, LLC
Brad Howell Meadows & Howell, LLC
Denise Killebrew Baker, Donelson
Alicia Haynes Haynes & Haynes
Ann Huckstep Adams and Reese, LLP
Katherine W. Haynes The Rose Law Firm, LLC
Stephanie Hunter Hunter Law Firm, PC
Annette Kinderman Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & Oâ€™Neal
Kenneth Haynes Haynes & Haynes
Elizabeth Hutchins Sirote & Permutt PC
Randy Haynes Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson
Brett Ialacci Badham & Buck, LLC
Greg Hawley Jones & Hawley, PC
Jeffrey Ingram Law Offices of Galese & Ingram, PC
Waksiha E. Hazzard Southern Company Services, Inc.
Joel Isenberg Ely Isenberg LLC
Chris Hellums Pittman Dutton & Hellums, PC
Michael Jackson Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC
Deborah Hembree Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete, LLP Erik Heninger Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Stephen Heninger Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Karen Hennecy White Arnold & Dowd, PC Mark Hogewood Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC 102
Richard Jaffe Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, PC Brice Johnston Johnston Law Firm, PC Keith Johnston Southern Environmental Law Doug Jones Jones & Hawley, PC
Thomas Kendrick Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner
Lawrence King King Simmons, PC Rachel King Vella, King & Smith Donald Kirkpatrick Carr Allison Leslie Klasing Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC Jeremy Knowles Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson Sammye Kok Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Peyton Lacy Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart Amber Ladner Bradford Ladner, LLP Jayna Partain Lamar Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. Lyle Larson Balch & Bingham John Lentine Sheffield & Lentine, PC
TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS Attorney Matt Abbott
“The Outlawyer®” Abbott Law Firm, L.L.C. Attorney Matt Abbott “The Outlawyer®” is not your ordinary lawyer. He takes a different approach when it comes to personal injury and wrongful death litigation by setting himself apart from the rank and file. From his law office on Morris Avenue, Abbott represents the injured and their families in the litigation areas of tractor-trailer accidents, automobile accidents, defective product liability, and medical and pharmaceutical negligence. Abbott also strives to protect those who are the victims of civil rights violations and/or employment discrimination. Abbott works to hold those accountable for fraud against the government by his involvement with qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, and is currently involved in litigation pending in multiple states across the country. Abbott is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama as well as for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and 11th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He belongs to the American Association for Justice, The National Trial Lawyers, the Alabama Association for Justice, the Mississippi Association for Justice and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Abbott also maintains membership with multiple National Personal Injury Legal Societies and Associations, as well as the National Police Accountability Project. Abbott’s legal peers awarded him an AV-Preeminent* rating with Martindale-Hubbell in 2010, at the age of 36. All of his clients have his personal cell number to reach him anytime, and Abbott prides himself on client service and satisfaction. “My clients can talk to me like they are talking to their neighbor, says Abbott, and in the end, my goal is to help them ‘out-lawyer’ the other side…” Abbott has “two children, a cool ex-wife and a smoking hot girlfriend.” In his spare time, he enjoys college football, hunting/ fishing, playing the drums, cold beer and he appears often to “enjoy a good rock show” at many of Birmingham’s live music venues. FREE consultation
2100 Morris Avenue • Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 338-7800
outlawyer.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS Jeffrey Leonard Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Heather Leonard Heather Leonard, PC Debra Taylor Lewis Balch & Bingham Jon Lewis Lewis, Feldman, Lehane & Snable, LLC Larry Logsdon Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Catherine Long Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Jeremy Love The Love Law Firm, LLC Jonathan Macklem Christian & Small Yvonne Maddalena Jackson Lewis, LLP Trey Malbrough The Malbrough Firm, LLC Barry Marks Marks & Associates, PC
Crawford McGivaren Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP
Larry Morris Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson
Candis McGowan Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC
Andrew Moak Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys
Jenelle Evans McGraw Balch & Bingham
William Motlow Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland
Jodi McKelvin Shelby Roden, LLC Don McKenna Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Emily Nelson Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson
Hobart McWhorter Bradley
Kevin Newsom Bradley
AshLeigh Meyer Dunham Magic City Law
Hughston Nichols Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Shannon Miller Jackson Lewis, LLP
Steven Nichols Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Tracy Miller Hand Arendall, LLC
Craig Niedenthal Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys
Derrick Mills Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC William Mills Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland
Deborah A. Mattison Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC
Matt Minner Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Diane Maughan Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP
Anne Mitchell Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Joseph B. Mays Jr. Bradley
Jamie Moncus Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Angie Godwin McEwen Butler Snow
John Neese Dominick Feld Hyde, PC
Douglas McWhorter Dominick Feld Hyde, PC
David Marsh Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC
John McBrayer John A. McBrayer Attorney at Law Inc.
Katharine Musso Jones Walker, LLP
Frances Nolan Nolan Byers, PC Jim Noles Balch & Bingham Bernard Nomberg The Nomberg Law Firm David Nomberg The Nomberg Law Firm David Norris Norris Injury Lawyers, PC Lynne O’Neal Leitman Siegal & Payne, PC
John Morrow Burr & Forman, LLP
Thomas Oliver Carr Allison
Anne Moses Moses & Moses, PC
Shane Oncale The Oncale Firm
Nothing matters like family law matters. With a firm commitment to the dignity of clients, Fann Law, LLC – established in 2017 -- approaches divorce, paternity, custody, support, and other family law issues such as pre-nuptial agreements with an eye toward achieving longterm successful solutions as quickly as circumstances allow. Heather is a leader locally and statewide; she served as Chair of the Alabama State Bar Family Law Section from 2014-2016, and was also selected to the Alabama State Bar Future Leaders Forum’s 2016 class. In March of last year, Heather Fann secured a rare family law victory from the United States Supreme Court in the case of V.L. v. E.L., which reversed the Alabama Supreme Court and affirmed the parental rights of a client who adopted her children of a same-sex relationship in another state; and she served as local counsel on the legal team for the Strawser v. Strange litigation, which successfully created plaintiff and defendant classes for enforcement of marriage equality in Alabama. A survivor of divorce as a child as well as an adult, Heather is sensitive to the importance of her role in this type of case. “Complex problems – particularly in family law situations -- often require thoughtful, creative solutions,” Heather says. “It’s not just about a piece of paper: A family lawyer must be aware of modern approaches and be prepared to explain all the options to provide the client a truly satisfactory result.”
HEATHER FANN Attorney 2151 Highland Ave S, Suite 110 Birmingham, Alabama 35205 (205) 263-0743 • fax (205) 238-7129
fannlaw.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Katy Ottensmeyer Balch & Bingham
Walter Pittman Pittman Dutton & Hellums, PC
Patricia Palmer Gilpin Givhan, PC
Adam Plant Battle & Winn, LLP
Dennis G. Pantazis Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC
Marcus Polson Polson & Polson, PC
James Parkman Parkman White, LLP Suzanne Paulson Leitman Siegal & Payne, PC Linda Peacock Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Zachary Peagler Peagler & Hollett, LLC Julie Pearce Gaines Gault Hendrix, PC Candace Peeples Candace B. Peeples Family Law Ashley Peinhardt Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP James Pennington Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart Giles Perkins Adams and Reese, LLP Richard Perry The Perry Law Firm, LLC William Pfeifer William L. Pfeifer, Jr. Tae Phillips Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC Wesley Phillips Phillips Law Group, LLC Sean Pierce Gilpin Givhan, PC
Whitney Polson Polson & Polson PC Denise Pomeroy Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Joseph Ponder Montgomery Ponder, LLC Jack Porterfield Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland
James Ransom Law Offices of Candice Shockley, Attorneys at Law, LLC Wendy Reese Law Offices of Wendy A. Reese, LLC Karen Reeves Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC Sally Reilly Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Sandra Reiss The Reiss Firm, LLC Jeremy Retherford Balch & Bingham
Scott Powell Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Victor Revill The Revill Law Firm
Charles Powell Littler Mendelson, PC
Lynn Reynolds Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Thomas Powell Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC William Powell Powell & Denny Jessica Powers King Simmons, PC Harlan I. Prater IV Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLP Honza Prchal Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Rebecca Pritchett Pritchett Environmental & Property Law, LLC Frances Quarles Quarles Law Firm, LLC Barry Ragsdale Sirote & Permutt Chris Randolph Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Lea Richmond Carr Allison Jeffrey Rickard Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Kenneth Riley Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Elizabeth Ritter Ritter Law Firm John Robbins John C. Robbins, Attorney at Law Brandon Robinson Balch & Bingham Scott Roberts Burgess Roberts, LLC Brandy Robertson Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Brandon Robinson Balch & Bingham, LLP
Candi Peeples & Tommy Davis formed PEEPLES & DAVIS as a boutique-styled practice, limited to Matrimonial and Family Law, because helping families with these difficult issues is what they love. “We could be practicing other types of law, but we do this because we love it. With us, it’s not a slogan—it’s just the truth,” Candi tells us. A core belief within the firm is that every case has the potential to settle out of court: “We make it a priority to exhaust all reasonable options for settlement, but we are both absolutely ready for trial when that is what is best for our clients,” Candi says. “While a trial may be difficult for a client, we love to try cases—for us, it is one of the most fulfilling parts of our job; we see all the pieces of our team’s hard work come together,” Tommy adds. Candi and Tommy consistently receive high praise from their clients for their commitment to Matrimonial and Family Law and are proud to be of service to their community. Both Candi and Tommy say, almost in unison, “We both feel that by keeping in mind that we are here to be of service to our clients, we can deliver our very best for them.” The AV-rated firm is proud to boast that they have been featured in distinguished publications, such as Vanity Fair, for their excellence in Family Law. Candi is a graduate of The University of Georgia and the Cumberland School of Law, with honors. She is a certified domestic and appellate mediator, has been named in the 2016 “Best of Birmingham” list by Birmingham Magazine, and named by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40.” She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a Certified Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Candi is married to Lloyd Peeples and lives in Vestavia with their two children, Lily and Chandler. Tommy is a graduate of Auburn University (Accountancy, Economics, & Master of Accountancy), with highest honors, and the Cumberland School of Law. He has been certified as a Collaborative Law Professional and has received advanced certification in Domestic Relations trial practice by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a frequent speaker regarding drafting, defending, and attacking the marital settlement agreement, as well as divorce trial practice. He has also received numerous peer-reviewed awards for excellence in client relations and family law practice, including the prestigious “Top 10 under 40 Nationwide, Family Law” designation. He lives in Birmingham with J.R. and Sue Ellen, his two cocker spaniels. Tommy also has a passion for spending time on Lake Martin and Auburn football.
PEEPLES & DAVIS MATRIMONIAL & FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS The Historic A.B. Loveman Home • 2956 Rhodes Circle, South • Birmingham, Alabama 35205 • 205.293.0024
www.peeplesdavis.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Jeremiah Rogers Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart Bruce F. Rogers Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP Jennifer Rose The Rose Law Firm, LLC Brett Ross Carr Allison Stephen Rowe Adams & Reese, LLP Freddy Rubio Rubio Law Firm, PC Andrew Salser Lloyd & Hogan, PC Shay Samples Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Joseph Schreiber Burke Harvey, LLC
Jim Shaw Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart
Shane Sears The Sears Firm, PC
Paul B. Shaw, Jr. Shaw Family Law, LLC
Jennifer Devereaux Segers Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart
Stephen Shaw Redden, Mills, Shaw & Clark, LLP
Michael Shabani Shabani & Associates, PC
Alexander Shunnarah Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys
Jason Shamblin Allen & Shamblin, LLC Dawn Sharff Bradley Jackson Sharman Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC Charles Sharp Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC
Don Siegel Leitman Siegel & Payne, PC Adam Sigman Sirote & Permutt, PC Susan Silvernail Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Lindsey Simmons King Simmons, PC
TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS PARNELL THOMPSON, LLC is a full service, general civil practice law firm representing clients throughout the State of Alabama. Parnell Thompson was founded by Mark Parnell and Mary Thompson after practicing law together for over 20 years at a larger firm. This experience has allowed us to take the best of the large firm attributes to combine with the small, client-focused setting of our firm. We are a modern, technologically proficient law firm, that believes in creative, “thinking outside the box” approaches to solving client problems. Whether you are an individual, small business, large corporation or local government, our clients have trusted us to offer creative solutions, deliver sound advice and vigorously represent their interests. We are dedicated to understanding our client’s needs and providing results that meet those needs, avoid potential problems and allow for success in their goals and endeavors.
200 Office Park Drive, Suite 328 Birmingham AL 35223 • 205-582-2652
Mary H. Thompson
Sheffield & Lentine, P.C. Sheffield & Lentine, PC is a full-service criminal defense firm handling everything from trial work to post-conviction appeals. Our experienced lawyers share a zeal for and dedication to professional representation of those accused of serious felony and misdemeanor offenses in all municipal, state, and federal courts of Alabama. Since 1955, the firm has represented people charged with serious offenses in courts as diverse as the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of appeals, and every federal district court in Alabama. Our lawyers also have substantial experience helping clients with Direct Appeals and Rule 32 Petitions for Post-Conviction Relief. We fervently believe that our professional duty includes educating our clients and community on the law. This philosophy has lead our attorneys to spend time teaching at law schools throughout Alabama, and to lecture on criminal defense to fellow lawyers across the United States. Our focus on knowledge and service is also the inspiration behind our pioneering successful and easyto-understand process for guiding our clients through Alabamaâ€™s new expungement law and potentially clearing prior records. In addition to our proven reputation in criminal defense, we also assist clients with personal injury, domestic relations, and family law. We understand our clients put their futures in our hands for every case, and we honor that by giving each case the attention, care, and personal expertise necessary to ensure successful results. When you contact our professional legal team, you will always receive the guidance you deserve.
Left to right: R. Wendell Sheffield, Christopher Daniel, John A. Lentine
205 20th Street North â€˘ Suite 915 Birmingham, Alabama 35203
sheffieldlentine.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
A Man For The People B-Metro Magazine
Serving the community for over 15 years, Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C. has made their clients their #1 PRIORITY inside the courtroom and throughout the community.
STATES SERVED: ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, MISSISSIPPI, & TENNESSEE
EMERGING LEADERS IN THE ALABAMA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
TOTAL OFFICES LOCATED IN THE SOUTHEAST
AREAS OF PRACTICE
COMMUNITY EVENTS THE FIRM HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH OR SPONSORED
ATTORNEYS IN THE SOUTHEAST
CLIENTS SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS
RECOVERED FOR CLIENTS IN 2016 ALONE
NOTABLE COMBINED SETTLEMENTS
$13,475,000 – 18-Wheeler Accident Settlements
$3,000,000 – Bus Accident Settlement
$8,600,000 – Railroad Accident Settlements
$1,850,000 – Premise Liability Settlements
$5,500,000 – Commercial Vehicle Settlements
$1,500,000 – Road Construction Case Settlement
$50,000,000 – Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements
These recoveries and testimonials are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family, or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venues, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Winning Never Gets Old Celebrating Over 125 Years of Legal Excellence
“I am proud of the hard work and experience our team of lawyers and professionals bring to the table.”
Leon Ashford, Managing Partner
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Lawyers Helping People We keep it simple—we hire good people, and we work hard all of the time. We go the extra mile, we call people back, and we listen. We get it done, day in and day out—we work together, and we like to win. With more than 125 years of experience, we are one of the region’s oldest law firms. At the end of the day, “helping people is what we are all about.”
Lawyers Helping People—Since 1890
No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. PERSONAL SERVICE. The firm Crew Gentle Law, P.C. is comprised of aggressive and highly distinguished attorneys who bring creativity and compassion to the practice of Matrimonial, Family, and Tax law. The firm addresses the most complex issues, both financial and custodial, with a novel approach. Passionate in their beliefs, the attorneys of Crew Gentle Law, P.C. welcome a challenge, no matter how sensitive the issues. Wendy Brooks Crew has been named as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama, chosen as the Lawyer of the Year by the Alabama Family Law Section, and is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. Wendy is boardcertified in matrimonial law. She is also a fellow in the American Academy and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has received numerous peer-reviewed awards for her excellence in trial advocacy and her family law practice and is an author of International Relocation of Children: A Global Guide. Wendy lives in Mountain Brook with her husband Richard. Kathryn Crawford Gentle is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law with bar licenses in both Alabama and Georgia. Kathryn has had intensive professional training in the art of Family Law Advocacy Skills at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and is passionate about the practice of family law. In addition, she is licensed in the U.S. Tax Court and has been assisting clients in resolving their federal and state tax debts for over fifteen years. She lives in Mountain Brook with her husband Scott, their two boys, Nathan and Smith, and their two dogs, Lily and Pete. Christina Vice Vineyard is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Law. She joined the firm as a new Associate in 2016 after passing the bar, but has been with the firm for five years. Christinaâ€™s enthusiasm and passion for the practice of law helps build strong relationships with our clients. Christina just moved into a new house in Trussville with her husband Willie, their dog Sally and their cat Jack.
Left to right: Kathryn Crawford Gentle, Wendy Brooks Crew, Christina Vice Vineyard
2001 Park Place N. Ste. 550â€˘ Birmingham, AL 35203 (205) 326-3555
Continuing to build upon a rich history dating back to 1943, we would like to congratulate all of the attorneys from our firm that have been recognized in this issue. We at Dominick Feld Hyde attribute our successes to our “client first” philosophy. Our focus on providing the utmost quality legal service to our clients has been the driving force of our practice. We are proud to offer 5 major practice areas for our clients: estates, healthcare, business, family law and tax. Within these areas, our 25 attorneys have a depth and breadth of experience that allows them to provide the solutions our clients need, and with 12 of our lawyers having advance degrees in tax, we can offer our knowledge in the most complex of matters for our clients. So, the next time you are in need of legal service, give us a call. Our attorneys have the expertise, desire, and experience to provide you the legal guidance you need.
www.dfhlaw.com • 205.536.8888 • 1130 22nd Street South, Suite 4000 • Birmingham, Alabama 35205
We’re excited to announce that beginning January 30, our Birmingham office has a new address. You can find us in the newly renovated Historic Federal Reserve Building. OUR LOCATION HAS CHANGED.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU HAS NOT.
1801 5 th AVENUE NORTH, SUITE 400 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 35203 205.324.4400 / HANDARENDALL.COM
© 2017 Hand Arendall. No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Contact: I. Ripon Britton, Jr., Esq. 1801 5th Avenue North, Suite 400; Birmingham, AL 35203.
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SERVING CLIENTS WITH SKILL AND COMPASSION NOTABLE VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS $240,000,000 Gun Defect Class Action $58,200,000 Product Defect Case $15,400,000 Business Fraud Case $11,500,000 Tire Tread Separation Case $10,000,000 Personal Injury Case $8,000,000 Wrongful Death Case $3,000,000 Wrongful Death Pre-Suit Settlement $2,750,000 Confidential Georgia Wrongful Death Settlement $28,000,000 Jail Sex Abuse Judgment MHH represents clients in cases involving trucking accidents, car wrecks, wrongful death, product defect, medical malpractice and insurance fraud. We also represent individuals with Legionnaire’s Disease and victims of wrongful gun discharge. Please visit our Legionnaires website at www.legionnaireattorney.com and our firm website at www.mhhlaw.net for more information.
Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson Attorneys at Law 3500 Colonnade Parkway, Suite 100 • Birmingham, Alabama 35243 • 205 - 324-4008 131 Main Street • Alexander City, Alabama 35010 • 256 - 329 - 2000
www.mhhlaw.net • www.legionnaireattorney.com These recoveries and testimonials are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family, or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers
REPRESENTING CLIENTS ACROSS ALABAMA AND THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST Wrongful Death · Motor Vehicle Accidents · Trucking Collisions · Products Liability Business Litigation · Workers’ Compensation · Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Samuel K. Ford, Roger K. Fuston, G. Courtney French, Ryan D. Wilson and Michael D. Petway
SERVING CLIENTS WITH SKILL AND COMPASSION Fuston, Petway & French was founded on the principles of experience, integrity, and commitment. Our legal team works tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve while being treated with respect and care. We are dedicated to serving the individual needs of our clients.
EXPERIENCE Fuston, Petway & French attorneys have been recognized among The Top Trial Lawyers in America, Alabama Super Lawyers, The Top Attorneys in Alabama and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. The attorneys are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group of attorneys across the county who have received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients.
INTEGRITY Fuston Petway & French attorneys treat clients the way they would want their families to be treated under the same circumstances. They give their clients the respect, hard work, and attention they deserve, while personally assisting them every step of the way during their time of need.
COMMITMENT Fuston, Petway & French attorneys are committed advocates for their clients. Their passion in practicing law comes from serving as devoted advocates for individuals from all walks of life during their time of crisis. They are committed to our community and actively participate in numerous civic and non-profit organizations.
The Luckie Building â€˘ 600 Luckie Drive, Suite 300 Birmingham, AL 35223 (205) 977-9798
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Crittenden Partners would like to congratulate Managing Partner, Laura E. Montgomery, on her selection as a Birmingham Top Flight Attorney. Crittenden Partners is a boutique domestic relations firm focusing on divorce and family litigation, including jurisdictional issues, spousal and child support, asset valuation and division, modifications, and adoptions. At Crittenden Partners, our goal is to combine excellent advocacy with compassion to achieve the best results for our clients. As Laura says, “Litigation is our job, but our clients are our passion.”
Crittenden Partners, PC 1 Independence Plaza, Suite 305 • Birmingham, AL 35209 (205) 874-8680
crittendenpartners.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Derek Simms Simms & Associates
Carol Smith Smith & Pace, PC
Lisa Singer Smith & Pace, PC
Deborah Smith Christian & Small, LLP
Andrew Sinor Hand Arendall, LLC
Tammy Smith Taylor & Taylor
Jeanie Sleadd Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Tempe Smith Hare Wynn Newell Newton LLP
Ralph Smith Jones Walker, LLP
Jennifer Smith Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb, LLC
T Shane Smith Vella, King & Smith
Richard Smyly Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP
Abbey Clarkson, Cameron Hogan, Bill Lloyd, Andrew Salser, Tommy Glanton
Lloyd & Hogan PERSONAL INJURY • WRONGFUL DEATH • AUTO ACCIDENTS • TRUCKING ACCIDENTS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY • DOMESTIC RELATIONS • FAMILY LAW • TAX LITIGATION With decades of experience handling a variety of legal needs, the attorneys at Lloyd & Hogan Pride ourselves on giving clients premium representation with the personal attention they deserve. We are honored to congratulate Andrew R. Salser on being recognized by B-Metro magazine and its subscribers as a “Top Flight Attorney.”
2871 Acton Road, Suite 201 • Birmingham, Alabama 35243 T: (205) 969-6235 • F: (205) 969-6239
lloydhoganlaw.com No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Suit up in the Finest Men's Clothing Remon Danforah stands in the middle of his men’s clothing store at The Summit, surrounded by racks and shelves of the finest in clothing. The things that make a man stylish, that make him feel confident and comfortable, are found within this beautiful and well-stocked store. Remon had the vision and determination to create this oasis of style, and the hard work and determination to make the vision a reality. Merchandise from the finest men’s clothing label—Hickey Freeman, Nikky, Coppley, Jack Victor, Barbour, Zanella, David Donahue, Martin Dingman, and Robert Talbott—make Remon’s the destination for fine men’s wear. More casual clothing from labels like Peter Millar, Southern Tide, Southern Point, St. Croix and Scott Barber are great choices for rounding out the wardrobe of the well-dressed man.
123 Summit Blvd. • Birmingham , Al 35243 • 205.977.5512
TOP LAWYERS 2017
Marc Solomon Burr & Forman, LLP
Leah Taylor Taylor & Taylor
Stephen Walsh Adams and Reese, LLP
James Sparrow Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Richard Theibert Najjar Denanburg
Jeannie Walston Starnes Davis Florie, LLP
Joseph Spransy Jaffe & Drennan, PC
Martha L. Thompson Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart
David Ware Ware Immigration
Tommy Spina Criminal Defense Attorney
Michael Thompson Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland, PC Emily Tidmore Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury, LLC
David Warren Ogletree Deakins, PC
Jay St. Clair Littler Mendelson, PC William Stewart Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Matthew Stiles Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Dale Stone Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Christie Strange Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland Stephen Strickland The Law Office of Stephen Strickland
Jay Tidwell Tidwell Law Group, LLC Temple Trueblood Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC Joseph Tucker Jackson and Tucker, PC Tommy Tucker Hall & Tucker
Sharon Stuart Christian & Small, LLP
Kile Turner Norman Wood Kendrick & Turner
Ted Stuckenschneider Law Offices of Ted Stuckenschneider, PC
Sara Turner Baker Donelson
Kristin Sullivan Massey, Stotser & Nichols
Nate C. VanDerVeer Farris Riley & Pitt
Jennifer Swain Littler Mendelson, PC
Michael Vercher Christian & Small
John Swiney Swiney & Bellenger, LLC
Brian Vines Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
Will Hill Tankersley Balch & Bingham
Susan Wagner Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
John Tally Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Frank Tapley Cory Watson Attorneys Everette Taylor Tedford Taylor, Attorney at Law, LLC 122
Charlie Waldrep Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC Marion Walker Fisher & Phillips, LLP Summer Walker Summer G. Walker, PC
Laura Washburn Bradley Michael Waters Jones Walker LLP Leila Watson Cory Watson Attorneys John Watts Alabama Consumer Dennis Weaver Weaver Tidmore, LLC Stephanie Weems Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC Martin Weinberg Martin Weinberg Attorney at Law Leonard Wertheimer Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP Herbert West Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP Kimberly West Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC James Wettermark Wettermark & Keith LLC Todd Wheeles Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson Amber Whillock Starnes Davis Florie, LLP J. Mark White White Arnold & Dowd
H. HUBE DODD AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell since 2008. TOP 100 Criminal & Civil Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers Association, the First Alabama Lawyer to Receive Both Designations. Best Lawyers in America, 2017. Birmingham Magazineâ€™s Best of Birmingham, White Collar Defense. Member of the Federal CJA Panel for the Northern District of Alabama. Multiple Rising Star and Top 40 under 40 designations.
THE DODD LAW FIRM BIG FIRM RESULTS. SMALL FIRM SERVICE. The Dodd Law Firm represents both individuals and small to mid-sized companies in state and federal courts throughout Alabama and before regulatory boards nationwide. Mr. Dodd’s unique combination of criminal, civil and administrative litigation experience provides clients of the Dodd Law Firm a global perspective and the multi-faceted guidance of a large firm, while they still receive the individual attention that the firm’s boutique size suggests. Utilizing a large network of adjunct counsel with specific areas of expertise, the firm addresses a wide array of issues with precision and efficiency. Mr. Dodd’s fastest growing practice area involves Administrative Law, representing various professionals and businesses whose livelihoods depend on the federal and state licensing. Numerous lawyers and law firms around the state have retained his services to represent them during investigations by the Alabama State Bar. The faith placed in him by his peers on these often difficult matters underscores the value his clients receive with the global perspective he provides. Similarly, doctors, pharmacists, nurses…even electrical contractors…have all received assistance from the firm in navigating issues in front of both state and federal agencies. Mr. Dodd has personally testified in front of numerous state boards across the country on behalf of pharmacy clients, and litigated complaints in over 20 states. White Collar defense remains a cornerstone of the Dodd Firm’s practice. Individuals and businesses investigated by federal, state, or local authorities face a number of difficulties. Potential misconduct often involves civil statutes, administrative regulations and even criminal laws. The Dodd Law Firm focuses on providing comprehensive strategies for their clients by addressing these concerns collectively, as early in the process as possible. The Firm’s criminal defense practice has traditionally focused on federal crimes as well as certain complex areas of state criminal law, including DUI, conspiracy and drug charges. As a member of the CJA panel for the Northern District of Alabama, Mr. Dodd is on the front lines of federal criminal practice. In state court, an increasing focus on forfeiture by law enforcement has created a growing practice emphasis on representing individuals with a good faith defense to the seizure of money or assets by the state. The Dodd Law Firm’s civil practice includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal courts. This approach is designed to benefit the firm’s clients through a dedication to pursuing a comprehensive practice in civil litigation, rather than exclusively focusing on a single type of client. When he founded the Dodd Law Firm seven years ago, Mr. Dodd sought to provide big firm results with small firm service. Nearly seven years after it was initially founded, the Dodd Law Firm has grown while maintaining its roots as a client responsive, broad based litigation practice. Mr. Dodd’s passion for the law and the clients he is fortunate enough to represent burns as brightly as it did on the day he passed the bar, and the people of the Dodd Law Firm reflect that passion in the service and care they provide. They are proud of their results, but most importantly they are proud of the relationships they have formed with the clients and the community they serve.
2323 Second Ave North, Suite 111 • Birmingham, AL 35203 • 205-327-8388
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