The Business of Being a Lawyer

Faculty Bios

CYNTHIA LEE ALMOND.  Cynthia Almond is a sole practitioner in Tuscaloosa.  Her practice focuses on business, probate, and estate planning law.  Ms. Almond serves on the Tuscaloosa City Council; the Board of First National Bank of Central Alabama; and the Board of West Alabama Regional Planning Commission.  She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.  Ms. Almond received her B.A. from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
NOEL AMASON.  Noel Amason is General Counsel for Amason & Associates, Inc., a general contracting and construction management firm based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Prior to joining Amason & Associates, Inc., Ms. Amason practiced with the law firms of Burr & Forman, LLP, Birmingham, Alabama, and Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, LLP, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Ms. Amason received her B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
JAMES F. BARGER.  Jim Barger, Jr. is a founder and partner of Frohsin, Barger, L.L.C., which specializes in a white collar practice including the civil False Claims Act and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).  Mr. Barger’s pro bono work includes appellate representation of death row inmates.  Mr. Barger has been distinguished as both a “Rising Star” and an “Alabama Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, an “Outstanding Young Lawyer” in Business Alabama, and a “Top Attorney” by Birmingham Magazine.  Mr. Barger serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, teaching White Collar Practice.  He is an award-winning travel and fly-fishing writer, having visited more than thirty countries on six continents with by-lines in periodicals such as Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Sporting Tales.  Mr. Barger received his B.A. from Furman University, his M.A. from the University of Mississippi, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
THE HONORABLE WILIAM BOSTICK.  Bill Bostick is Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, where he presides over civil, criminal and domestic cases.  For nineteen years prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bostick served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mobile and Shelby counties of Alabama.  Judge Bostick has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Law School since 1996 and serves as Co-Director of the Summer Externship Program. Mr. Bostick received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
MICHAEL A. BOWNES.  Michael Bownes is Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama, and serves as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Deputy General Counsel for the University of Alabama.  Prior to joining the UA System in October 2004, Mr. Bownes served as General Counsel for the State of Alabama Insurance Department, and as Director of the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection. Mr. Bownes received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland Law School.

 
MICHAEL D. ERMERT.  Mike Ermert is a partner of the law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, L.L.P. of Birmingham, Alabama.  Prior to entering the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Ermert served as a United States Army officer.  Mr. Ermert has served as President of UA Law School’s Order of the Coif chapter and Chair of the Farrah Alumni Society.  He has also served as a member of Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation.  Mr. Ermert has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates; selected by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top litigation attorneys in the state of Alabama; selected as an Alabama Super Lawyer; and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Ermert received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.

 
PRIM F. ESCALONA.  Prim Escalona practices with Maynard Cooper and Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama.  She has served as the Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, State of Alabama; and as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Jeff Sessions in the areas of health care, education, and social policy.  Ms. Escalona received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
BRANDON K. FALLS.  Brandon Falls was appointed to serve as District Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Birmingham Division, on September 1, 2008; elected to this position in 2010; and re-elected in 2012.  For nineteen years, prior to his appointment as District Attorney, Mr. Falls served as Assistant District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

 
Mr. Falls has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cumberland School of Law; faculty for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina; and faculty for the National College of District Attorneys.  Mr. Falls received his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Alabama.
 

JILL GANUS.  Jill Ganus serves as an Assistant District Attorney, Tuscaloosa County.  Ms. Ganus previously served as Jefferson County District Court Judge (2006-2013); Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson County, Bessemer Division (1993-2006; 2013-2014); and practiced law with Miller Hamilton Snider Odom (1991-1993).  Ms. Ganus received her undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

 
EDWARD A. “TED” HOSP.  Ted Hosp is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Montgomery, Alabama, as a member of the firm’s government affairs group.  Mr. Hosp has also served as Legal Advisor to the Governor of Alabama; Adjunct Faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law; Chair of the Alabama State Bar Section on Ethics, Elections and Government Relations Law; law clerk to the Honorable Harold Albritton, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; and on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Hosp currently serves on the Alabama Access to Justice Commission; he served as the Commission’s first Chair from 2007-2011. Mr. Hosp has served on the Board of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program; the Board of the Montgomery Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program; and the Board of the Middle District of Alabama Federal Defenders Program.  Mr. Hosp has long served on the Alabama State Bar Committee on Volunteer Lawyer Programs.  Mr. Hosp received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

 
ANTHONY JOSEPH.  Anthony Joseph is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama.  Mr. Joseph’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. Mr. Joseph has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (N.D. AL); a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and an Assistant District Attorney (Jefferson County, Alabama).  Mr. Joseph has served as chair, Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Legal Aid Society; President of the Alabama State Bar; Vice Chancellor of the Alabama Episcopal Diocese; President of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education; and President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  Mr. Joseph received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.

 
DEBORAH J. LONG.  Debbie Long is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation whose principal subsidiaries include Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company.  Prior to becoming General Counsel of Protective Life in 1992, Ms. Long was a member of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law. Prior to entering law practice, Ms. Long clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit).  Ms. Long has served as Chair of the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers; Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Business Counsel of Alabama; President of the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association; Vice-Chair of the Texas Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association; Member of the Board of Governors and as President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, an international bar association for life insurance lawyers; Chair of the Board of the Alabama Women’s Commission (appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley); and on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham; the YWCA of Birmingham; Oasis Women’s Counseling Center; Birmingham Museum of Art; and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc.  Ms. Long received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
WILSON MOORE.  Wilson Moore is President of Prudential Pritchett-Moore Realty of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He has served as President, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; President, West Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Inc.; Director, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; Director and Vice President, Druid Glass Construction, Inc.; and as a member of the Boards of the Bank of Tuscaloosa; the DCH Foundation; and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Moore received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
ARTHUR ORR.  Arthur Orr was elected to the Alabama Senate in 2006.  He serves as Trustee, Southern Growth Policies Board; Chair of the Joint Legislative Water Resources Committee; Chair of the State Water Commission; Chair of Select Commission on High School Dropouts; Chair of the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Committee; and as members of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee; the Elections Commission; and the Wrongful Incarceration Committee.

Mr. Orr has long been involved in public service, volunteering during law school with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Community Soup Bowl.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Orr joined the Peace Corps where he was assigned to the remote Himalayan village of Khandbari, Nepal.  He established there a college scholarship program to benefit female village students. To date, over 80 village students have benefited by attending college and seeking the opportunities an education provides.  After completing his Peace Corps commitment, Mr. Orr returned to Decatur, Alabama, where he joined the law firm of Harris, Caddell and Shanks, P.C.  While in private practice, he served as President of the Decatur Jaycees; President of the Volunteer Center of Main Street Decatur; and was an active Board member of multiple civic organizations and church committees. Mr. Orr was selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Decatur Rotary Club and as a “Community Hero” to carry the 1996 Olympic Torch in Morgan County, Alabama.

Mr. Orr left his law practice in Decatur to work with Habitat for Humanity International and establish a Habitat program in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh program was built from scratch and, to-date, has constructed over 500 houses in partnership with the working poor residents of that country. Mr. Orr served as legal counsel for Habitat for Humanity International throughout the Asia/Pacific region, traveling to numerous countries and negotiating with government officials, aid organizations and local citizens.

After serving with Habitat for Humanity International, Mr. Orr returned to Decatur where he is Vice President and General Counsel of Cook’s Pest Control, Inc., and part-owner of several local businesses involved in real estate development and management. Mr. Orr has re-engaged as an active community leader and has served as President of the Calhoun College Foundation; President of the Community Foundation of Decatur; President of the Decatur Rotary Club; and President of the National Alumni Association for Wake Forest University.  Mr. Orr helped start the Community Free Clinic and has served on the Boards of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce; the Mental Health Center; and the Hartselle Development Board.  Mr. Orr received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
KATHRYN (KATIE) OSBURNE.  Katie Osburne is Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System.  Prior to joining the UA system, Ms. Osburne practiced with the firm, Rosen Harwood P.A., Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she specialized in administrative law, litigation and family law.  Ms. Osburne has served as a member of the Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Alabama State Bar; Chair, Law School Relations Committee, Alabama State Bar; Member, Alabama Custodial Law Revision Task Force; Member, Executive Committee, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association; Member, 2013 Leadership Tuscaloosa Class; and Member, Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s Executive Board.   Ms. Osburne received her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from the University of Alabama.

 
DENA  PRINCE.  Dena Prince is Of Counsel to the firm, Prince Glover & Hayes, P.C., Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Ms. Prince previously served as Assistant City Attorney, City of Tuscaloosa; Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, City of Tuscaloosa; President, Junior League of Tuscaloosa; President, United Methodist Women; President, Board of Trustees, Tuscaloosa Academy; and President, Administrative Board, First United Methodist Church.  Ms. Prince received her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from the University of Alabama.

 
RICHARD J.R. RALEIGH.  Rich Raleigh is managing shareholder of the firm, Wilmer & Lee, P.A., in the firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office.  Prior to joining Wilmer & Lee, Mr. Raleigh served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp and was stationed in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Macedonia.  In 2014-2015 Mr. Raleigh serves as President, Alabama State Bar.  He has also served as a Bar Commissioner, Alabama State Bar; Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation; and Chair, Board of Directors, Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program.  Mr. Raleigh received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.

 
PHILIP REICH. Philip Reich serves as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Alabama; and Director of Special Programs and Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System. Previously, Mr. Reich served, for twenty years, as Presiding Circuit Judge of Lawrence County, Alabama. Upon retiring from the bench, Mr. Reich maintained a mediation practice serving over ten counties in the state of Alabama in domestic, civil and appellate matters. Mr. Reich teaches in the Honors College, University of Alabama and serves on the President’s Cabinet of the University. Mr. Reich received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.

 
COOPER SHATTUCK. Cooper Shattuck serves as General Counsel, University of Alabama System where he represents the Board of Trustees, affiliated entities and senior management in all legal matters, and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services for the System, its three campuses and affiliated entities, including the retention and management of outside counsel. Prior to joining the UA System, Mr. Shattuck served as the Chief Legal Advisor for Governor Robert Bentley, and practiced with two law firms: Rosen Harwood P.A. and Hubbard, Smith, McIlwain, Brakefield & Shattuck, P.C, both of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Mr. Shattuck received his B.S. in Economics from Georgia Tech and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
 

ALYCE MANLEY SPRUELL.  Alyce Manley Spruell serves as Of Counsel to the law firm, Rosen Harwood, P.A., Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to joining the Rosen firm, Ms. Spruell served as Administrative Director of Courts; and as Director of the Legal Division, State of Alabama, Unified Judicial System.  Prior to her service with the State of Alabama, Ms. Spruell was managing partner, Spruell & Powell LLC, Northport, Alabama, where her practice focused on general civil litigation, employment and business law, legislative and regulatory law, and alternative dispute practice.

Ms. Spruell has served as President, Alabama Bar Association (2010-2011); Member, Alabama Law Foundation Board of Directors; Member, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program; Chair, Protocol and Security Subcommittee, Alabama State Bar, Digital Communications Task Force; and Member, Chamber of Commerce, West Alabama’s Public Affairs Council.  Ms. Spruell is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Alabama and served as a founding co-chair for the Alabama State Bar’s Leadership Class. Ms. Spruell received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

 
CHAD TINDOL. Chad Tindol serves as Director of Risk Management and Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System, where he is responsible for the coordination of risk management functions throughout the University of Alabama System. Prior to joining the UA System, Mr. Tindol served as Associate Dean of Academic Services, University of Alabama School of Law; practiced law in Coffee County, Alabama; and clerked for the Honorable W. Harold Albritton. Mr. Tindol received his B.A., summa cum laude, University of Alabama and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
 

WILLIAM (“BILL”) VEITCH.   Bill Veitch is Chief District Attorney, Bessemer Division, Jefferson County, Alabama.  Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office, Mr. Veitch maintained a criminal defense and general litigation practice.  Prior to and throughout law school, Mr. Veitch served as a police officer with the city of Birmingham, Alabama.

 
MARK WHITE. J. Mark White is a founding partner of White Arnold & Dowd P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where his practice focuses on white collar crime, environmental and mass tort, personal injury, antitrust and securities litigation. Mr. White has served as President, Alabama State Bar; President, Birmingham Bar Association; and Member, Alabama Judiciary Inquiry Commission. Mr. White received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law

 
CATHY WRIGHT.  Cathy Wright is a founder and principal of Clarus Consulting Group, a consultancy specializing in organizational development, communications, training, strategic and business planning and facilitation.  Prior to founding Clarus Consulting Group, Ms. Wright was a founding member and shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where her practice focused on business litigation.  Ms. Wright served as law clerk for United States District Judge Frank M. Johnson upon her graduation from law school.  Ms. Wright has served as a practitioner-in-residence and as Adjunct Faculty, University of Alabama School of Law; Adjunct Faculty, Samford University Cumberland School of Law; and Instructor, Duke University’s Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program.  Ms. Wright is the author of A Report on the Status of Women in Leadership in Alabama, published by the Alabama Women’s Initiative (2002).