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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. Our survey took into account education, professional experience and community involvement. Just what you want in a good attorney.

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Matt Abbott Abbott Law Firm, LLC Scott Abney Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Amy Adams Balch & Bingham Janell Ahnert Bressler Amery & Ross, PC Mitchell Allen Allen & Shamblin, LLC Leslie Garrett Allen Balch & Bingham Russell Allison Carr Allison Anastasia Allmon Farris, Riley & Pitt W. Barry Alvis W. Barry Alvis & Associates, LLC Labella Alvis Christian & Small, LLP

W. R. Rip Andrews Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC

Tammy Baker Jackson Lewis, LLP

Allen D. Arnold Five Points Law Group

James F. Barger, Jr. Frohsin, Barger & Walthall Drew Barnett Belt & Bruner, PC Taylor Bartlett Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Reed Bates Starnes Davis Florie, LLP Robert Battle Battle & Winn, LLP Alan Baty Frohsin & Barger, LLC Michael K. Beard Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Lois Beasley-Carlisle Carlisle & Carlisle, PC

D. Leon Ashford Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Melanie Merkle Atha Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP William “Bill” C. Athanas Waller Lisa Karen Atkins Ogletree Deakins, PC Annemarie Carney Axon Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt Walker Percy Badham III Badham & Buck, LLC Steve Bailey Elder Law Firm of Steve Bailey Lee E. Bains Jr. Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

Elizabeth Beaube Maynard Cooper & Gale William Beckum Beckum Law Jenna M. Bedsole Baker Donelson Bobby Bell Hollis, Wright, Clay, & Vail, PC Keith T. Belt Jr. Belt & Bruner, P.C. Lee R. Benton Benton & Centeno, LLP Christopher S. Berdy Butler Snow LLP Julia Bernstein Bradley Greg Biddle The Biddle Law Firm, PC

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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys

A FIRM OF TOP LITIGATING ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys has more than 35 years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims in Alabama and nationwide. Our team of distinguished attorneys has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Top 100 Alabama Trial Lawyers and Top Birmingham Attorneys. They fight to win, and have a reputation as fierce advocates for those injured or killed by the negligence of others. As a leading national law firm, Cory Watson Attorneys has taken on insurance companies, large corporations, and the pharmaceutical industry to help recover more than $2.7 billion for our clients. Our 2017 victories include a $670 million C-8 DuPont water contamination settlement and $25 million verdict against Nissan North America in a defective brakes case.

2131 Magnolia Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35205 • 205.328.2200

www.CoryWatson.com

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.


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Congratulations to Farris Riley & Pitt’s Top Flight Attorneys

The Luckie Building • 600 Luckie Drive, Suite 300 • Birmingham, AL 35223 • (205) 977-9798

www.fpflaw.com Kirby Farris

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Brandon Bishop Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys Gordon L. Blair Ogletree Deakins, PC M. Stanford Blanton Balch & Bingham LLP Sela Stroud Blanton Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP Francois Blaudeau Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Brett Bloomston The Bloomston Firm Howard E. Bogard Burr Forman LLP H. Hampton Boles Balch & Bingham, LLP

John N. Bolus Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Jason Bonar Jason J. Bonar, Attorney at Law, PC Emily Sides Bonds Jones Walker LLP Jess Boone Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC Lisa W. Borden Baker Donelson Paige M. Boshell Bradley Brian R. Bostick Ogletree Deakins, P.C. Bradford Botes Bond, Botes, Reese, & Shinn, PC

TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS

William K. Bradford Bradford Ladner, LLP Jeffrey Bramer Bramer Law Michael J. Brandt Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Toni Braxton Braxton Legal Services, LLC Thomas Brinkley Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Barry Brock Southern Environmental Law Center Greg Brockwell Brockwell Smith LLC Steven Brom Bachus & Brom LLC

When simple or complex business conflicts arise, lean on experienced counsel that will advocate for you both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.

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Corporate and Shareholder Disputes and Litigation | Securities | Derivative and Class Actions Trust and Probate Litigation | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Arbitrations 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.

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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS Peeples & Davis 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

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

William Bross Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC David L. Brown, Jr. Watkins & Eager PLLC

C. Brandon Browning Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC

Whitney R. Brown Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland, PC D. Ty Brown Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Scott S. Brown Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC H. Lanier Brown II Watkins & Eager PLLC W. Tucker Brown WhatleyKallas, LLP Kitty Rogers Brown White Arnold & Dowd PC

Robert P. Bruner Belt & Bruner PC William Bryant Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Brannon Buck Badham & Buck, LLC Thomas W.H. Buck Longshore, Buck & Longshore, P.C. J. Carin Burford Ogletree Deakins P.C. Peter H. Burke Burke Harvey, LLC Carl Burkhalter Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

F. Gerald Burnett Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal Robin Burrell Najjar Denaburg, PC Richard Burton Burton & Associates, LLC Jennifer “Ginger” M. Busby Burr Forman LLP James Bussian Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Thomas Butler Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Leigh Reynolds Byers Nolan Byers, PC Bradley Byrne, Jr. Humble Law

Our lawyers do a lot of great things. Fortunately, this is one we can disclose. Congratulations to Mark White, Augusta Dowd, Linda Flippo, Laura Gibson, Karen Hennecy, Kitty Rogers Brown, and Lisha Graham

for being named B-Metro’s “Top Lawyers.”

Attorneys at Law 2025 Third Avenue North, Suite 500, Birmingham, Alabama 35203

205-323-1888 WhiteArnoldDowd.com

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Tanita Cain The Cain Law Firm Andy Campbell Campbell Guin Thomas Campbell Campbell Law

D. Christopher Carson Burr Forman LLP Elizabeth Chambers Cory Watson Attorneys Rhonda Chambers Taylor & Taylor

William Clark Redden, Mills, Shaw & Clark, LLP Thomas Clark III Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

Todd Campbell Campbell Guin Hope Thai Cannon Bradley

Larry B. Childs Waller Edward R. Christian Burr Forman LLP

Kori Clement Hare & Clement, PC Patricia Clotfelter Baker Donelson

John Caraway Bozeman & Caraway Craig Cargile Cargile & Hodnett, LLC John Richard Carrigan Ogletree Deakins, PC

Jay St. Clair Littler Lee Clanton Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland Jennifer Hoover Clark Bradley

Brian M. Cloud Cloud Willis & Ellis, LLC Glenda Cochran Glenda Cochran Associates Bryan Coleman Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

Carter Clay Hollis, Wright, Clay, & Vail, PC

TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS Paul B. Shaw, Jr.

Paul B. Shaw, Jr., has been recognized as a leader in the area of divorce and family law by Birmingham Magazine and “Super Lawyers.” Mr. Shaw, an AV-rated TM attorney, displayed his divorce and financial expertise in his top-selling book on Alabama divorce, Saving Your Assets When You Can’t Save Your Marriage. Paul recognizes that the emotional and financial aspects of divorce and child custody are intertwined. He strives to successfully settle those cases which can be resolved and aggressively litigate those that must be taken to trial.

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John David Collins Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Matt Conn Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC Ralph Cook Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP N. Lee Cooper Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Ernest Cory Cory Watson Attorneys Roy Crawford Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal Wendy Brooks Crew The Crew Law Group Judith Crittenden Crittenden Partners, PC

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Michelle I. Crunk Dodson Gregory, LLP Russell Cunningham Red Mountain Law Group Gregory Curran Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC David Cybak Over the Mountain Law Center, LLC John G. Dana Gordon, Dana & Gilmore Christopher Daniel Sheffield & Lentine, PC C. Fred Daniels Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal Kim Davidson Kim Davidson Law Office

Brent Davis Brent W. Davis & Associates, LLC Kathy R. Davis Carr Allison Tracy Davis Hand Arendall, LLC Thad Davis The Law Offices of Davis & Davis Thomas A. Davis Jackson Lewis, LLP Thomas Logan Davis Peeples & Davis, Family Law Stacey Davis The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis Richard T. Davis Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC.


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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS Fuston, Petway & French, LLP SERVING CLIENTS EXPERIENCE Fuston, Petway & French WITH SKILL AND attorneys are members COMPASSION Fuston, Petway & French was founded on the principles of experience, integrity, and commitment. We are dedicated to serving the individual needs of our clients.

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.

COMMITMENT

Fuston, Petway & French attorneys are committed advocates for their clients. They are committed to our community and actively participate in numerous civic and non-profit organizations.

Pictured: Samuel K. Ford, Roger K. Fuston, G. Courtney French, Ryan D. Wilson and Michael D. Petway

Wrongful Death · Motor Vehicle Accidents · Trucking Collisions · Products Liability Business Litigation · Workers’ Compensation · Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect The Luckie Building • 600 Luckie Drive, Suite 300 • Birmingham, AL 35223 • (205) 977-9798

www.fpflaw.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.


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Timothy C. Davis Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Tracy Davis Hand Arendall LLC Diandra Debrosse Zarzaur, Mujumdar and Debrosse Christopher Deering Ogletree Deakins, PC Tiffany J. deGruy Bradley Douglas Dellaccio Cory Watson Attorneys April DeLuca Magic City Law Lauren C. Demoss Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

Charles Denaburg Najjar Denaburg Gregory T. Denny Powell & Denny Joel DiLorenzo The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC H. Hube Dodd The Dodd Law Firm Judith Dolan Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC William Donovan DonovanFingar, LLC Richard Dorman Badham & Buck, LLC Luther Dorr Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

L. Susan Doss Bradley Susan Doughton Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Gayle Douglas Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Michael Douglas Leak Douglas Moreno PC Augusta Dowd White Arnold & Dowd, PC Christie Dowling Lyman Dowling Law Whit Drake Drake Law Firm Derek Drennan Kirk Drennan Law

TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS Elizabeth Shaw

REPRESENTING BIRMINGHAM’S INJURED A trial attorney, with over 25 years experience, Elizabeth Shaw specializes in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation. A graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law, Elizabeth has been recognized as one of the top Plaintiff’s attorneys by Birmingham Magazine. Elizabeth works closely with each client to develop a specific plan of action so that the best possible result may be achieved. Elizabeth understands what her clients have been through and how seriously an injury impacts their lives. Her approach makes the legal process for her clients as easy and effective as possible.

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TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS Kirk Drennan Law

Kirk Drennan Law is strong so you don’t have to be. #KDPCstrong

FAMILY LAW GROUP

•Divorce •Custody •Pre · Post nuptial agreements •Paternity •Appeals

PROBATE GROUP

•Wills •Estates •Trusts •Adoptions •Guardianships

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•White Collar Crimes •Death Penalty Offenses •Felonies •Misdemeanors •Appeals

Kirk Drennan Law (205) 803-3500

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Jessica Kirk Drennan Kirk Drennan Law Carter Dukes Scott, Dukes & Geisler, PC John P. Dulin Jr. Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Burton Dunn Five Points Law Group AshLeigh Meyer Dunham Magic City Law David Dunkle Cabaniss, Johnston Adrian Dunning A. B. Dunning, LLC Anne Durward Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC

Thomas Dutton Pittman Dutton & Hellums, PC Victoria Dye Fischer & Associates, LLC Nancy Eady Morris, Hayes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson LLP Melody Eagan Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLP John Earnhardt Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Robert Eckinger Adams and Reese, LLP Chelsey Mitchell Edgerly Vernis & Bowling of Birmingham, LLC Bing Edwards Edwards + Law LLC

Jennifer Reid Egbe Huie Mark Ekonen Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Megan Elder Kirk Drennan Law Kathryn Roe Eldridge Maynard Cooper & Gale PC David A. Elliott Burr Forman LLP Mike Ermert Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Glenn Estess Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Dawn Stith Evans Guin, Stokes & Evans, LLC

Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick LLC congratulates Charlie Waldrep, Leslie Klasing and Judith Dolan for being named Top Flight Attorneys of 2018.

Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick LLC, formed in 1978, offers clients comprehensive legal services. The firm is distinguished by its trial attorneys and also has a deep bench for government relations, business, probate and employment law. Our mission is to deliver success for our clients.

TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick LLC

2323 Second Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 254-3216

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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS: Najjar Denaburg, P.C. Najjar Denaburg, PC is located on historic Morris Avenue in a renovated 19th century 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 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. The firm moves beyond the realm of its practice to excel in many different areas, and its attorneys are active in the community and Bar Association. Richard Theibert teaches real estate law at Birmingham School of Law and has been selected as Teacher of the Year for twenty-seven consecutive years. He also serves as the head softball coach at Indian Springs High School. Robin Burrell is a Past President of the Birmingham Bar Association. Charles Denaburg was awarded the presti-

gious Birmingham Bar Association 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. Additionally, Charles Denaburg is listed as one of the top ten attorneys in Alabama by Business Alabama Magazine. Charles Denaburg, Steve Wright, Robin Burrell, Richard Theibert, 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®, Super Lawyers, Birmingham Magazine Top Attorneys and B-Metro Magazine Top Flight Attorneys for many years, and Steve Altmann has been recognized in Super Lawyers and Birmingham Magazine Top Attorneys. 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 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

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

G. Daniel Evans The Evans Law Firm, PC Heather Fann Five Points Law Group Kirby Farris Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Joseph Fawal Fawal & Spina Carmen Ferguson Slater Ferguson, LLC Erby J. Fischer Fischer & Associates LLC Laura Karnes Fischer Fischer & Associates LLC Samuel Fisher Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC Linda Flippo White Arnold & Dowd, PC Kira Fonteneau Five Points Law Group Sara Anne Ford Lightfoot Franklin & White, LLC

Charlene Ford Whatley Kallas, LLP Leigh King Forstman Pittman Dutton & Hellums Robert Fowlkes Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Sam Franklin Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP Sydney Frazier Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal Brandi B. Frederick Austill Lewis Pipkin & Maddox PC. G. Courtney French Fuston, Petway & French, LLP Jeffrey Friedman Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC Karl Friedman Sirote & Permutt Linda Friedman Bradley Henry I. Frohsin Frohsin, Barger & Walthall Peter Fruin Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC

Roger K. Fuston Fuston, Petway & French, LLP Frank Galloway Galloway Scott Moss & Hancock, LLC Robert Gardner Red Mountain Law Group Neki Garrett McClinton Garrett & Associates, LLC W. Lewis Garrison Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Honora Gathings Gathings Law Lloyd W. Gathings Gathings Law Jonathan Geisen Baker Donelson Matthew S. Geller Sirote & Permutt Kathryn Crawford Gentle Lloyd & Hogan PC Laura Gibson White Arnold & Dowd, PC Jason E. Gilmore Gordon, Dana & Gilmore Dennis Goldasich Goldasich & Associates LLC Jon C. Goldfarb Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC W. Clark Goodwin Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Bruce L. Gordon Gordon, Dana & Gilmore Lisha Graham White Arnold & Dowd, PC Gaile Gratton Sirote & Permutt James C. Gray III Lloyd Grey Whitehead & Monroe

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ASK JENNIFER

Attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist, Jennifer Rose, answers readers’ questions about family and matrimonial law.

A Taxing Situation

Dear Jennifer: I have been considering divorce recently and when I discussed it with my best friend he told me that because of the new tax laws that I “better be quick about it”. I asked what he meant but he told me he just read a headline about it and said I should look into it. Can you explain what has changed and what in the world tax laws would have to do with a divorce? Is he right, should I get a divorce quickly? For reference, I’m the sole breadwinner in the family as my spouse hasn’t worked for our entire marriage (22 years), and we have two children together (ages 8 and 21). Perplexed in Pelham Dear Perplexed, First, I would never suggest that anyone rush into divorce, regardless of tax law. I always suggest that people exhaust all other options before jumping to a divorce, especially when children are involved. That being said, your friend is absolutely right that the new tax law will make a big change in the area of divorce, especially in regards to how alimony is handled. Under the old law, if you paid alimony, you were able to deduct that amount from your taxable income and the person getting the alimony paid taxes on the money that they received from you. Under the new tax law for all divorces finalized after December 31st of this year, the person paying alimony will no longer be able to deduct that amount from their taxable income and thus will be responsible for paying taxes on all of that money whereas the person receiving alimony will receive the money tax free. Basically, under the old system, more money stayed with the divorced couple and less went to Uncle Sam. The person paying the alimony got a tax break on the alimony payments, which made them a little easier to swallow. This also made it easier to pay an agreeable level of alimony as it was deducted from taxable income, this even helped your overall tax rate in most cases. The person receiving the alimony was most likely taxed at a much lower rate on the money that they received. Overall, both parties ended up with more money in their pockets at the end of the day. For those who divorce in 2019 and beyond, however, you will have to pay out of pocket signi cantly more for your ex to receive the same level of support as in the past since you would now be the one paying the tax and your bracket is much higher to begin with. Overall, I think this tax change will

make divorces much less likely to settle out of court as the person paying alimony is going to want to pay less to counter the burden of having to pay out taxes on alimony, while the one receiving is still going to want as much alimony as possible. This is a huge game changer for how we divorce attorneys negotiate settlements and how alimony payments will be structured in our agreements in the future, not to mention how it might complicate things like prenuptial agreements and property division. As to your specific case, just based on the fact that you told me your spouse has not worked in over 22 years and you are the sole breadwinner, it’s very likely that a judge would order some sort of alimony payment. In this case, if you do decide to get a divorce and are able to get it nalized this year, you and your soon to be ex will likely have more money to split amongst yourselves as opposed to giving a larger portion to taxes due to the way alimony will be structured going forward. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck. God bless. - Jennifer Jennifer G. Rose is the founder and lead attorney at The Rose Law Firm LLC. One of only a handful of certified family law specialists in the state, Jennifer and her firm have won dozens of awards for their work in the field. Those wishing to reach her may call 205-323-1124 24 hours a day or visit rosefamilylaw.com. Her firm gives complimentary initial consultations in person.

Have a family law question you’d like to have answered? Send an email to askjennifer@theroselawfirmllc.com and you could be in our next article.

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Bradley Green King Green & Dobson Paula Greenway Greenway Bankruptcy Law, LLC Richard Greer The Greer Law Firm, PC Wendy Hartley Gregerson Attorney at Law W. Lee Gresham III 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 Jessie Keating Hardy Kirk Drennan Law Larry Harper Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland Kathryn Harrington Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC E. B. Harrison Willis Cloud Willis & Ellis, LLC Josh Harrison Ogeltree Deakins, PC Anna L. Hart Hart Law LLC Michael Scott Harwell Harwell Law Firm LLC W. Todd Harvey Burke Harvey, LLC Greg Hawley Hawley & Nicholson, PC. Alicia Haynes Haynes & Haynes 90

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Kenneth Haynes Haynes & Haynes Randall Haynes Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson LLP Katherine W. Haynes The Rose Law Firm, LLC Victor L. Hayslip Burr Forman LLP Wakisha E. Hazzard The Hazzard Law Firm, LLC Chris Hellums Pittman Dutton & Hellums, PC 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 Cameron L. Hogan Lloyd & Hogan Mark Hogewood Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Daisy Holder Daisy M. Holder Attorney at Law Brett Hollett Farris Riley & Pitt John Holliman Bradford & Holliman, LLC Melanie Bradford Holliman Bradford & Holliman, LLC Caroline U. Hollingsworth Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Harry Hopkins Ogletree Deakins PC William Horton Jones Walker

Brad Howell Meadows & Howell, LLC Stephanie Hunter Hunter Law Firm, PC Elizabeth Hutchins Sirote & Permutt PC Gregory D. Hyde Dominick Feld Hyde Brett Ialacci Badham & Buck, LLC Angie H. Ingram Angie Ingram Law Jeffrey Ingram Law Offices of Galese & Ingram, PC Joel Isenberg Ely & Isenberg LLC Michael Jackson Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Richard Jaffe Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, PC Brice Johnston Redmont Law Group Keith Johnston Southern Environmental Law Albert Jordan Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Elizabeth Kanter Carr Allison Doug Kauffman Balch & Bingham Christopher Keith Wettermark Keith Thomas Kendrick Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner Denise Killebrew Baker, Donelson


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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC

The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC was founded based on a steadfast commitment to represent and serve individuals who have died or suffered serious injuries due to the careless and reckless actions of the pharmaceutical drug industry. Stated simply, we devote our lives to giving you a voice to fight back against the billion-dollar drug companies that routinely put their own profits over your health and safety. Recently named by Super LawyersŽ as one of the top classaction/mass tort plaintiff firms in the Mid-South region, we recognize that taking on the drug companies can be a hard-fought battle, but we’re ready for that fight. With offices in Birmingham and New York City, our law firm is currently involved in a number of mass tort cases throughout the United States including Xarelto, hernia mesh, Zofran, and most recently, the opioid litigation in which our firm has filed lawsuits on behalf of several Alabama cities and towns against the major opioid drug companies. At The DiLorenzo Law Firm, we make justice a reality.

D THE DILORENZO DILORENZO LAW FIRM, LLC. THE BIRMINGHAM OFFICE 505 20th Street N, #1275 Birmingham, AL 35203 205-212-9988

NEW YORK OFFICE 745 5th Avenue New York, NY 10151 212-803-3335

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Annette Kinderman Cabaniss Johnston Lawrence T. King King Simmons, PC Rachel King Vella & King Donald B. Kirkpatrick II Carr Allison Leslie Klasing Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC Jeremy Knowles Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson, LLP Sammye Kok Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Peyton Lacy Ogletree Deakins

Amber Ladner Bradford Ladner, LLP Jayna Partain Lamar Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. Lyle Larson Balch & Bingham John Lentine Sheffield & Lentine, PC Heather Leonard Heather Leonard, PC Jeffrey Leonard Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Debra Taylor Lewis Balch & Bingham Jon Lewis Lewis & Feldman, LLC

William B. Lloyd Jr. Lloyd & Hogan Larry Logsdon Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Catherine Crosby Long Baker, Donelson William L. Longshore III Longshore, Buck & Longshore, P.C. Jeremy Love Love Immigration Margaret Loveman Butler Snow Colin H. Luke Waller Jonathan Macklem Christian & Small, LLP

TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS King Green & Dobson For several years Brad Green has been recognized by B-Metro as one of the “top flight attorneys” in Birmingham. Brad manages the Birmingham office of King Green & Dobson, and he is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Brad has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Brad’s practice is focused on divorce/family law and general civil litigation. Brett King and David Dobson manage the Blount County offices. King Green & Dobson provides service for individuals who face divorce, personal injury, criminal charges, contractual disputes, and probate litigation. Our attorneys have a strong track record from winning jury verdicts, and successful appeals before all three of Alabama’s appellate courts. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping clients find solutions.

Birmingham Office:17 North 20th Street, Suite 350 Birmingham, AL 35203 (205) 683-0660 Blount County Office: 204 Third Street North Oneonta, AL 35121

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ATTORNEYS Sheffield & Lentine, PC

Left to right: R. Wendell Sheffield, Christopher Daniel, John A. Lentine

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 Alabama’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.

205 20th Street North • Suite 915 • Birmingham, Alabama 35203

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Yvonne Norris Maddalena Jackson Lewis, LLP Trey Malbrough The Malbrough Firm, LLC Barry Marks Marks & Associates, PC David Marsh Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Melinda Mathews Sirote & Permutt Deborah A. Mattison Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC Diane Maughan Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP Joseph B. Mays Jr. Bradley Angie Godwin McEwen Butler Snow Crawford McGivaren Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP

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Candis McGowan Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC Jodi McKelvin Shelby Roden, LLC Don McKenna Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Gregg McCormick Bressler, Amery & Ross Ann McMahan Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford PLLC Hobart McWhorter Bradley Douglas McWhorter Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Bryance Metheny Burr Forman LLP Tracy Miller Hand Arendall, LLC Shannon Miller Jackson Lewis, LLP Derrick Mills Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC William T. Mills II Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland

Matt Minner Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Anne Mitchell Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Andrew Moak Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys James R. Moncus Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP E. Britton Monroe Lloyd Grey Whitehead & Monroe Laura E. Montgomery Crittenden Partners Larry Morris Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson LLP John Morrow Burr & Forman, LLP Anne Moses Moses & Moses, PC William Motlow Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland Ashley L. Neese Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Emily Nelson Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson LLP S. Hughston Nichols Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Randall Nichols Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC Craig Niedenthal Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys Frances Nolan Nolan Byers, PC James L. Noles Jr Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC Bernard Nomberg The Nomberg Law Firm


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AUTO ACCIDENTS • MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS • TRUCK ACCIDENTS • SOCIAL SECURITY • WRONGFUL DEATH • WORK INJURIES • DANGEROUS DRUGS • NURSING HOME ABUSE • SEXUAL ABUSE AND ASSAULT • DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICES

WE HAVE RECOVERED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR OUR CLIENTS THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST.

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

David Nomberg The Nomberg Law Firm David Norris Norris Injury Lawyers, PC Lynne Stephens O’Neal Leitman Siegal & Payne, PC Thomas L. Oliver II Carr Allison Shane Oncale The Oncale Firm Kathryn J. Ottensmeyer Maynard Cooper Gale Dennis G. Pantazis Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC James Parkman Parkman White, LLP K. Mark Parnell Parnell Thompson LLC Lenora Pate Sirote & Permutt Suzanne Paulson Leitman Siegal & Payne, PC Linda Peacock Baker, Donelson Zachary Peagler Peagler & Hollett, LLC Julie Pearce Gaines Gault Hendrix, PC Candace Peeples Peeples Davis LLC Ashley Reitz Peinhardt Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP James Pennington Ogletree Deakins Giles Perkins Adams and Reese, LLP Kathryn Perreault Bressler, Amery & Ross

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Kenneth Perry Kenneth Perry Law Firm

Gene T. Price Burr Forman LLP

Michael D. Petway Fuston Petway French William Pfeifer William L. Pfeifer, Jr. M. Tae Phillips Ogletree Deakins Wesley Phillips Phillips Law Group, LLC

Rebecca Pritchett Pritchett Environmental & Property Law, LLC Fran Quarles Quarles Law Firm, LLC Barry Ragsdale Sirote & Permutt Christopher S. Randolph Jr. Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP James J. Ransom III Shockley & Ransom Wendy Reese Law Offices of Wendy A. Reese, LLC Katherine Reeves Ogletree Deakins Sally Reilly Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Sandra Reiss The Reiss Firm, LLC Jeremy Retherford Balch & Bingham Victor Revill The Revill Law Firm Lynn Reynolds Baker, Donelson Lea Richmond Carr Allison

W. Lee Pittman Pittman Dutton & Hellums, PC Adam Plant Battle & Winn, LLP Whitney Polson Polson & Polson PC Mark Polson Polson & Polson, PC Denise Pomeroy Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Brad Ponder Montgomery Ponder, LLC Jack Porterfield Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, & Ireland Katie T. Powell Butler Snow Scott Powell Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Charles A. Powell IV Littler Mendelson, PC William V. Powell Jr Powell & Denny Jessica Powers Powers Injury Law Harlan I. Prater IV Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLP Honza Prchal Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC

Jeffrey Rickard Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Kenneth Riley Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Elizabeth Ritter Ritter Law Firm Scott Roberts Burgess Roberts, LLC John Robbins John C. Robbins, Attorney at Law


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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS: Crew Law Group, P.C. PROVIDING COMPASSION AND EXPERTISE IN THE MOST DIFFICULT TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Crew Law Group, P.C. is comprised of aggressive and committed attorneys who bring creativity and compassion to the practice of Matrimonial and Family Law state-wide.

Wendy Brooks Crew has been named one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama, chosen as the Lawyer of the Year by the Alabama Family Law Section. She is board certified in matrimonial law, and a member of the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Law. She is an author of International Relocation of Children: A Global Guide. Christina Vice Vineyard, associate, is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Birmingham School of Law. She is a member of the Women Lawyers and Young Lawyers sections of the Birmingham Bar Association and of the Family Law section of the Alabama Bar Association. Robbin Gaye started with the firm in 1998. As a paralegal, Robbin listens and provides strength and understanding to clients as they traverse during the litigation. Our tech-savvy and organizational whiz, Teyler Peele, provides assistance to the firm and clients in this increasingly electronic legal field.

2001 Park Place North Suite 550 Birmingham, AL 35203 205-326-3555

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Brandy Robertson Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Brandon Robinson Balch & Bingham 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 Ginny Rutledge Sirote & Permutt

Andrew Salser Lloyd & Hogan, PC S. Shay Samples Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP Joseph Schreiber Schreiber Law Firm Shane Sears The Sears Firm, PC Jennifer Devereaux Segers Huie Michael Shabani Shabani & Associates, PC Jason Shamblin Allen & Shamblin, LLC Dawn Helms Sharff Bradley

Jack Sharman Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC Charles Sharp Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC Jim Shaw Huie Stephen Shaw Redden, Mills, Shaw & Clark, LLP Paul B. Shaw, Jr. Shaw Family Law, LLC R. Wendell Sheffield Sheffield & Lentine Judy Bateman Shepura Dominick Feld Hyde Tanya Shunnara Sirote & Permutt

TOPFLIGHT

ATTORNEYS Fischer & Associates, LLC

Focusing exclusively on civil litigation, the attorneys at Fischer & Associates, LLC represent plaintiffs who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another. Utilizing the entire group of Birmingham personal injury attorneys, they take a team approach to representing you. This means tackling each case in a manner that uses the unique skills and talents of each member of the firm. Every lawyer on staff is fully devoted to representing you in an aggressive and zealous manner, and seeking justice for victims and loved ones who have been affected by negligence. You will have an entire team of professionals at your side managing all phases of your case from the opening investigation of your claim to its finality, including settlement, trial or appeal. Pictured left to right: Erby J. Fischer, Laura Karns Fischer, Victoria Dye

2201 Providence Park, #200 • Birmingham, AL 35242 205-423-8504

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Congratulations to Melanie Bradford Holliman

for being selected as a 2018 Top Flight Attorney by her peers Melanie B. Holliman and her law partner and husband, John R. Holliman, are often chosen by clients and other attorneys due to their decades of personal and professional experience in:

• Estate Planning for all stages of life • Elder Law including asset protection, long-term care, and VA benefits

• Special Needs Trusts for the disabled They share their knowledge on these topics to civic groups, to healthcare, social work and financial groups for CEU credit, and to legal groups through continuing legal education seminars. Melanie and John personally understand the impact of divorce, blended families, and longterm care for elderly family members. Both frequently receive legal awards of recognition and referrals from both their legal peers and clients as top lawyers.

www.bradfordholliman.com 2491 Pelham Parkway Pelham, AL 35124 205-663-0281 | 803 Garland Ferry Road Scottsboro, AL 35768 256-259-3301

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Alexander Shunnarah Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys Don Siegel Leitman Siegel & Payne, PC Adam J. Sigman Sirote & Permutt, PC Susan Silvernail Marsh Rickard & Bryan, PC Lindsey Simmons King Simmons, PC W. Scott Simpson Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford PLLC Derek Simms Simms & Associates Drew Sinor Hand Arendall, LLC

Jeanie Sleadd Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Angela Cameron Smith Burr & Forman, LLP Deborah Alley Smith Christian & Small, LLP Jennifer Smith Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb, LLC Ralph H. Smith II Jones Walker, LLP T. Shane Smith Steel City Law Tammy Smith Taylor & Taylor Tempe Smith Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP

R. Carlton Smyly Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP Marc P. Solomon Burr & Forman, LLP J. Callan Sparrow Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Tommy Spina Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph Spransy Spransy Law William Stewart Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC Matthew Stiles Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Sarah Stokes Southern Environmental Law Center

TOPFLIGHT

ATTORNEYS Kathryn Crawford Gentle

Kathryn Crawford Gentle, Partner of the Domestic Relations and Taxation division of Lloyd & Hogan, P.C., is dedicated to representing clients in divorce, family law, and tax resolution. At Lloyd & Hogan, we try to take each family and client as the different entity that they are and look at their own unique history, circumstances, and perspective that they bring to the table. Family law and tax debt are always highly emotional situations. There are many times that a very contentious situation, through an attorney who is actually focusing on caring about the individuals and their family, can be diffused so that a reasonable resolution can be obtained. Kathryn understands the importance of needing not only a strong litigator who will guide you step by step through the process, but also an attorney who will protect your assets and your family. 2871 Acton Road, Suite 201 • Birmingham, Alabama 35243 (205) 969-6235

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PROMOTION

TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS

Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson

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


TOP LAWYERS 2018

Dale Stone Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Garrick Stotser Massey, Stotser & Nichols Sharon Stuart Christian & Small, LLP Ted Stuckenschneider Law Offices of Ted Stuckenschneider, PC Jennifer Fox Swain Littler Mendelson, PC Kristin Waters Sullivan Five Points Law Group John Tally Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Will Hill Tankersley Balch & Bingham

F. Jerome Tapley Cory Watson Attorneys Richard Theibert Najjar Denanburg

Tommy Tucker Hall & Tucker Joseph L. Tucker Jackson and Tucker, PC

Martha Thompson Balch & Bingham LLP Mary Thompson Parnell Thompson LLC

Sara Turner Baker, Donelson Kile Turner Norman Wood Kendrick & Turner

Michael Thompson Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland, PC Emily Tidmore Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury, LLC Jay Tidwell Tidwell Law Group, LLC Temple Trueblood Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC

Tyler Vail Hollis, Wright, Clay, & Vail, PC Nate C. VanDerVeer Farris Riley and Pitt Tracy Owen Vella Vella & King Michael Vercher Christian & Small, LLP

TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS T. Shane Smith

T. Shane Smith opened Steel City Law, LLC in 2017, with a vision of creating a home-like atmosphere where clients would feel comfortable coming in to talk about their own lives. Assisted by his paralegal Dennis, Shane provides his clients with individualized plans of action and zealous legal representation in all areas of family law. His stated goal of “creating function out of dysfunction” is applied to each and every case, and clients leave not only divorced, but with a plan of action for a new and stable life for themselves and for their children. Shane holds a Masters in Psychology, as well as his law degree, and he serves the State by chairing the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, as well as several smaller committees, including one focused on the mental health and well-being of fellow attorneys. His trusty canine companion, Truman, is always at the office, ready to greet clients and offer face licks and emotional support.

STEEL CITY LAW, LLC 3000 Crescent Avenue • Birmingham, Alabama 35209 (205) 607-0225

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TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS Five Points Law Group Five Points Law Group is proud that all five partners: Kira Fonteneau, Allen Arnold, Burton Dunn, Kristin Waters Sullivan, and Heather Fann, have been selected by their peers as Top Flight Attorneys, and is excited to announce Angelica Prince and LaTonia Williams have joined the firm as associates to better serve our clients. The Five Points Law Group is a collection of lawyers focused on helping their clients through life’s transitions. Whether it’s the beginning or end of a family relationship, the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a job, our lawyers guide clients to the best possible outcomes. Fonteneau, Arnold, and Prince focus on employment and civil rights matters, including wrongful termination and wage and hour issues, while Sullivan and Dunn assist clients with estate planning for all stages of life and with probate needs, from adoptions to estate administration, guardianship, and conservatorship matters. Fann focuses on divorce, paternity, custody, support, and other family law issues such as pre-nuptial agreements, and Williams brings years of experience in criminal defense and financial matters such as bankruptcy to enforcement and modification cases as well as matters involving domestic violence or other criminal implications. Our clients can count on a team approach to their particular circumstances, and the firm offers nearly seventy years of combined experience in various areas of the law. Five Points Law Group is proud of its Birmingham roots and seeks to serve not only our own individual clients but the community at large through group and individual efforts with organizations such as the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Birmingham Bar Foundation, and through support of other community leaders and resources.

2151 Highland Avenue South • Suite 205 • Birmingham, Alabama 35205 • 205.352.4455

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

India Vincent Burr Forman LLP Stephen Wadsworth Campbell Guin Susan Wagner Baker, Donelson Charlie Waldrep Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC Barry Walker Walker Law Summer Walker Summer G. Walker, PC Stephen Walsh Adams and Reese, LLP Jeannie Bugg Walston Starnes Davis Florie, LLP

David Ware Ware Immigration David Warren Ogletree Deakins, PC Laura Washburn Bradley Michael Waters Jones Walker LLP Leila Watson Cory Watson Attorneys John Watts Watts & Herring LLC Dennis Rusty Weaver Weaver Law Group Stephanie Weems Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC Martin Weinberg Martin Weinberg Attorney at Law

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Herbert H. West Jr. Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal, LLP Kimberly West Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt, LLC James Wettermark Wettermark & Keith LLC Michael Todd Wheeles Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson LLP Amber Whillock Starnes Davis Florie, LLP William White Parkman White, LLP J. Mark White White Arnold & Dowd

TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS: Parnell Thompson, LLC K.Mark Parnell

Mary H. Thompson

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Representing businesses, local governments and individuals throughout Alabama.

200 Office Park Drive, Suite 328 Birmingham AL 35223 205-582-2652


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TOPFLIGHT ATTORNEYS

Jessica Powers.

Justice Begins with Your Story.

Jessica Powers has a reputation as a fighter— she takes cases to trial and wins. She is there when you need a trusted legal advocate not only to protect your rights, but also to guide you through the overwhelming justice system. Jessica explains, “This is a very personal process and as a result, it can be grueling. The relationship I have with clients helps make their experience less stressful and makes me a better advocate. As I tell them, Justice begins with your story… I’m listening.”

POWERS INJURY LAW 3430 Independence Drive #10 Birmingham, Alabama, 35209 205-582-2723

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TOP LAWYERS 2018

Steve Whitehead Lloyd Grey Whitehead & Monroe Kay Wilburn Dominick Feld Hyde Turner B. Williams Burr Forman LLP Sara Williams Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys Brian Williams Dominick Feld Hyde, PC Chris J. Williams Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC Mark P. Williams Norman Wood Kendrick & Turner James S. Williams Sirote & Permutt, PC

Amanda Williamson Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Thomas Willingham Pope McGamry Kilpatrick Morrison & Norwood PC. E. B. Harrison Willis Cloud Willis & Ellis, LLC Harlan F. Winn III Battle & Winn, LLP James Wright Bradley Josh Wright Hollis, Wright, Clay, & Vail, PC L. Stephen Wright Najjar Denaburg Gregory Yaghmai Rutledge & Yaghmai Attorneys at Law

G. Thomas Yearout Law Office of G. Thomas Yearout Jason Yearout Yearout & Traylor, PC Patrick Yeatts The Yeatts Law Firm, LLC Anne Yuengert Bradley Gregory Zarzaur Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse Christopher Zulanas Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, PC Elizabeth Zwiebel The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC Melissa Zwilling Carr Allison

TOPFLIGHTATTORNEYS: Anna L. Hart, Esq.

Love Brilliantly.

400 Vestavia Parkway, Suite 100 • Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 (205) 276-1286

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Every Organization is Defined by the Quality of its People. Our law firm has been fortunate to help many deserving individuals, families and small businesses obtain justice. At Hare Wynn, the practice of law is more than a business model - it is our calling. We are proud of our team members who have been recognized as Top Flight Attorneys by B-Metro: Leon Ashford

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