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The purpose of the Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association is as clear as a well-written brief. The group exists to foster the personal and professional development of women who practice law, and to enhance the quality of life and culture of the legal community. “Formed 21 years ago, it is the second largest section of the bar with more than 300 members. Our focus is on supporting women in the process and practice of law,” says current section president Katie Suttle Weinert, an attorney at Littler here in Birmingham. The purpose of the section is to encourage participation by women in the practice of law, to enhance the quality of life for women who have chosen law as a profession, to provide role models and mentors for women seeking to enter or grow in the profession, and to provide an environment that fosters cooperation between and among women in the profession, thereby enhancing the profession as a whole. Beginning around 1979, a group of like-minded women lawyers who had been friends in law school or who had become friends after starting their legal careers gathered for regular social events. After a few such occasions, their discussions turned to the state of women in the legal profession and their desire to create an organization to meet their professional and personal goals. These women were visionaries who believed the needs of women lawyers were greater than the profession’s ability at the time to meet them. For more than a decade, these women continued to talk about what form and structure such an organization might take, gleaning any useful information

from other women’s bar organizations nationwide. On Jan. 4, 1994, Judy Crittenden and Robin Burrell met with Bill Clark, the then current president of the Birmingham Bar Association (the BBA) at the Summit Club to discuss the issues facing women lawyers and the need to establish a formal group to support the advancement of women in the legal profession. He agreed. On May 13, 1994, the proposal to create the WLS was presented to the BBA Executive Committee. The vote to create the WLS was successful and WLS became an official section of the BBA. So

These women were visionaries who believed the needs of women lawyers were greater than the profession’s ability at the time to meet them. after years of discussion about the form and structure of the new organization it was now time to put the ideas in writing. At Highlands Bar and Grill, Robin Burrell and Marion Walker drafted the first set of bylaws and the preliminary structure of the WLS on napkins. At a meeting on Sept. 22, 1994, more than 120 women lawyers joined WLS. By October 1994, the WLS boasted 233 members. The focus of the WLS is on the professional and personal concerns and needs of women lawyers. In addition, the WLS founders recognized the need to encourage the participation of women lawyers in the BBA and charitable activities, as well as providing networking and mentoring. The WLS members have also reached out into the community to help women and children in need, frequently partnering with the YWCA and other organizations

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Kathryn C. Gentle

Kathryn Crawford Gentle, a native of Alabama, is a Partner at Crew Gentle Law, P.C., and was founder of Crawford-Gentle & Associates, L.L.C. She began advocating for families in the areas of family law, matrimonial and adoption law in 2007. She began negotiating on behalf of individuals and businesses with the I.R.S. and the Department of Revenue in 2004. Kathryn is a cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama when she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Marketing. She was graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2001. After surviving her own divorce, Kathryn was determined to gain the understanding and experience necessary to become a skilled and passionate family law attorney. She represents individuals with issues involving child custody and child support daily in her practice. Her tax experience and knowledge has become a key skill in resolving complex cases regarding the division of assets with high net worth marital estates. Kathryn also has a strong focus in tax resolution. She is licensed in the U.S. Tax Court, and has worked for over eleven years assisting individuals and businesses resolve their tax liabilities with the IRS and the Department of Revenue. Her tax resolution skills focus on installment agreements, audit assistance and representation, offers in compromise, new business start up, and penalty abatement. Kathryn is licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama, the State of Georgia, and the U.S. Tax Court. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, The Women’s Law Section of the Alabama Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and the Birmingham Bar Association. She was elected as a member of the 2013 Future Leaders Forum of the Birmingham Bar Association, is involved with the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, and has been involved in facilitating a “Divorce Care” program at Canterbury United Methodist Church.

Kathryn C. Gentle Attorney at Law

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Alicia Haynes

A partner with Haynes & Haynes, P.C., Alicia Haynes is a plaintiff ’s employment discrimination attorney. Her firm focuses on discrimination cases involving race, gender, pregnancy, age, and disability, including sexual harassment and family and medical leave act cases. Her brother, Kenneth Haynes, is her law partner. With over 28 years of trial experience, Alicia frequently takes on complex and multiplaintiff cases involving large corporate employers. Alicia has been recognized for the past eight years in the separate editions of Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in Alabama in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Alicia serves as the national president of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the country’s largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment related matters. She also serves on the board of the Labor and Employment Section of the Alabama State Bar and is an active volunteer in giving back to her community and church. She has two children that are students at the University of Alabama.

Haynes & Haynes, P.C. 1600 Woodmere Drive

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Traci Owen Vella and Rachel A. King

At Vella & King, the practice of family law is more than just litigation and preparing documents; it is about guiding clients through the stressful processes of divorce, adoption, and other legal issues facing families. With more than twenty five years of combined experience as family law attorneys, Traci Owen Vella and Rachel A. King bring both depth and breadth of experience to the table. Following her lifelong dream to help people work through the complicated process of the American court system, Rachel A. King received her Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2005. With a focus on counseling clients during difficult times, King is recognized for her skill in making her clients feel at home, even when their home may be falling apart. Traci Owen Vella is regarded as one of Alabama’s preeminent family law and domestic relations appellate attorneys. Since receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law, she has devoted herself to all aspects of family law, including divorce, adoptions, alimony, custody, paternity, and child support. Together, Vella & King’s innovative approach to family law combines tried-and-true methods with creative ideas for resolution. Their dedication to their work is evident in the way they lead clients through the maze of uncertainty that typically surrounds family law issues. They have handled a wide variety of cases involving challenging and contentious situations, all of which require sensitivity and confidentiality with their clients. Highly skilled and broadly experienced, Vella & King work on their clients’ behalf to create the most beneficial outcomes possible. They tenaciously pursue solutions that will move clients from crisis to closure, from chaos to resolution.

Vella & King 3000 CReSCenT Avenue //BiRmingHAm, AlABAmA 35209 //(205) 868-1555

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Tanita Cain

The Cain Law Firm, LLC has a long history of guiding individuals through the complexities of federal and state courts. Where this road feels bumpy, the Cain Law Firm ensures a smooth ride. Now more than ever the clients who seek The Cain Law Firm’s assistance always enjoy the warmth and compassion the staff and attorneys bring. Tanita Cain is the founder of The Cain Law Firm, LLC, a top emerging general practice firm with emphasis on Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, family law and Medical Malpractice. Attorney Cain has more than 14 years of legal experience which includes 4 years of practice for a Fortune 500 company that specialized in diesel engines. Some of her most recent acknowledgements have been: The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 lawyers, 2012 Attorney Of The Year Nominee, Diversity Business Top 100 Woman Business, Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 under 40, Minority Business Nominee, Top Women in Birmingham, Graduate of Dartmouth’s Tuck Minority Business Exchange Program, ACORN Women Making A Difference in Their Community Award, and Who’s Who in Black Birmingham.

The Cain Law Firm THe mediCAl FoRum Buidling 950 22nd STReeT noRTH BiRmingHAm, Al 35202

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Stephanie A. Hunter, ESq. Stephanie Hunter grew up in Jamaica, where she was raised by parents who stressed the importance of education and hard work. For Stephanie, family is of the utmost importance, so it is no surprise that she spends her days in Family Court advocating for families caught in the system. Stephanie understands that many of her clients are unfamiliar with the legal system, so she works to guide and educate them about their legal rights and choices. Her practice is primarily focused on family law, including divorce, child custody/support, adoption and other juvenile issues. While juggling the tasks of being a full-time attorney, wife, and mother, Stephanie still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering at various legal clinics and undertaking pro bono cases through the State Bar Association. She is also a commissioner on the Birmingham Sister Cities board where she represents the Caribbean and is a board member of the Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization.

Hunter Law Firm, P.C. 1823 3Rd Avenue n. BeSSemeR, AL 35020 205-565-7294

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women ATToRneYS To wATCH: AshLeigh Meyer

AshLeigh Meyer is a family law, divorce and child custody attorney with Magic City Law, LLC. After graduating from Cumberland School of Law in 2010, she immediately joined a firm with over 20 years of domestic experience. AshLeigh felt she found her true calling in the law knowing that her job makes a difference in her client's families forever. Now, as a partner at Magic City Law, LLC, their boutique family law firm is dedicated to providing families with the support they need within their family unit, including divorce, estate planning, child custody and support disputes, and adoption.

Magic City Law, LLC 2 offiCe PARk CiRCle SuiTe 220 mounTAin BRook, Al 35223//205-582-2832

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Heather Fann

The first female shareholder at the firm of Boyd, Fernambucq, Dunn & Fann, P.C., which has served as leaders with a goal of elevating the practice of family law in the state of Alabama since 1987, Heather Fann appears regularly in both domestic relations and family courts on financial and custody aspects of paternity, divorce, and post-divorce matters. Heather serves as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and Vice-President of the board for the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. Heather has also fought for equal rights of litigants regardless of gender or sexual orientation in family law in both local courts and landmark state and federal cases. Having experienced divorce on a personal level in addition to years of concentrated practice, Heather understands the value of a holistic approach to family crisis solutions. “The right court order can help but doesn’t always accomplish a client’s true goals,” she says, “Often, a collaborative, no-nonsense approach, which may employ mental health or other professionals, better — and often more efficiently — accomplishes the outcomes clients really need for a better future.”

Boyd, Fernambucq, Dunn & Fann, P.C. 3500 BLUe LAKe DRIVe, SUITe 220 // BIRmInGHAm, ALABAmA 35243 // (205) 930-9000 FAX: (205) 970-7297

www.BFATToRneYS.neT 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.

women ATToRneYS To wATCH: Angie Godwin McEwen and Helen Kathryn Downs Some law firms promise client service. Butler Snow delivers on that promise. With a foundation grounded in helping clients succeed, the firm has emerged as one with national and international recognition. Angie Godwin McEwen is a member of the firm’s Finance, Real Estate, and Restructuring Group, where she focuses her practice on real estate law, business transactions, financial services, and commercial lending. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, she earned her J.D. at Vanderbilt University. Helen Kathryn Downs practices in Butler Snow’s Product Liability and Commercial Litigation Groups, where she focuses her practice on complex pharmaceutical, medical device, and industrial litigation, as well as commercial and securities litigation. After graduating from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, she received her J.D. at the University of Virginia. As attorneys with Butler Snow, Angie and Helen Kathryn are committed to providing unmatched value for their clients.

Butler Snow 1819 5TH Ave n #1000 // BiRmingHAm, AlABAmA //(205) 297-2200

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women ATToRneYS To wATCH: Annette Kinderman, Diane Maughan and Melanie Atha With a combined 60 years of experience, Annette Kinderman, Diane Maughan, and Melanie Atha expertly counsel clients in legal conflicts of all sorts and degrees of complexity. Each brings her own style to conflict resolution, empowering her clients to get their problems solved and working passionately to help them continue to thrive and prosper. Annette Kinderman practices primarily in the area of complex civil litigation. She is a member of ADLA, DRI, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. Diane Maughan concentrates on business litigation, trademarks, and appellate practice. From 2011 through 2014, she has been named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Alabama Super Lawyers. Melanie Atha specializes in collaborative practice, resolving civil and domestic relations disputes outside of traditional legal forums. She is a founding member of Birmingham Collaborative Alliance and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2012 through 2014.

Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP 2001 PARk PlACe noRTH, SuiTe 700 // BiRmingHAm, AlABAmA 35203-4804 // (205) 716-5200 FAX: (205) 716-5389

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Dawn Stith Evans

A top litigator in business and securities law, Dawn Stith Evans’ professionalism and success have earned her a listing in The Best Lawyers In America© 2015, an “AV” peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and a spot on Birmingham Magazine’s list of the “Rising Stars” among Birmingham attorneys. From FINRA securities arbitration to minority shareholder rights to employment and commercial litigation, Ms. Evans’ law practice runs the gamut of business and commercial concerns. Her cases typically involve accounting issues, business valuations, shareholder control fights, derivative suits, business “divorces” among co-owners, non-solicitation agreements, covenants not to compete, and securities fraud. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants on the state and federal court levels and before arbitration panels and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in Alabama and around the country. She graduated cum laude with an accounting degree from Auburn University in 1994, and a J.D. (cum laude) from Cumberland School of Law in 1998. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar and Birmingham Bar Association. She also is actively involved with PIABA – the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.

Guin, Stokes & Evans, LLC 505 20TH STReeT noRTH, SuiTe 1000 // BiRmingHAm, AlABAmA 35203 // (205) 226-2282 FAX: (205) 226-2357

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