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Celia J. Collins
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Celia Collins is a member of the law firm Johnstone Adams, LLC. of Mobile, Alabama. She practices in the areas of labor and employment law, and has experience with civil rights work related to Fair Housing Discrimination Claims. Ms. Collins serves as Secretary, Board of Trustees of the United Way of South Alabama; Member, Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Examiners; Member of the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners; and Member, Executive Committee of the Mobile Bar Association. She has been designated as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Workers' Compensation, Employment Law, and Labor Law; and designated a Super Lawyer in the areas of Workers' Compensation and Employment Litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon Women's College and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.



Starr Turner Drum
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Starr Turner Drum is an associate at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Al, practicing in the areas of both general and complex litigation, white-collar defense and cybersecurity. Ms. Drum has served as judicial clerk for the Honorable James E. Graham of the Southern District of Georgia. Ms. Drum received her B.A from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Townes Duncan
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Townes Duncan has been the Managing Partner of Solidus Company, LP since 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Duncan served as Chairman and CEO of Comptronix, an $100 million electronics manufacturing services company; from 1985 to 1993, Mr. Duncan was a partner at Massey Burch, a venture capital firm with $120 million of assets under management; and from 1978 to 1985, Mr. Duncan served as an Associate & Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, TN. Mr. Duncan has been an active investor in Tennessee since 1985 and focuses his efforts on seed and early-stage companies. Solidus has $75 million in assets under management in private and public equity markets. Mr. Duncan currently serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies, such as J. Alexander's Corporation, New Constructs, and Change:Healthcare, and is a past board member on companies including Bright Horizons, Motricity, Inc, and Information America, Inc. Mr. Duncan is an active participant in community and charitable organizations such as KIPP Academy Nashville, Nashville Public Library Foundation Board, and Leadership Nashville; is a trustee for Ensworth School and has twice served as President of Ensworth's Board. Mr. Duncan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University.



Brandon K. Falls
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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.




Ruth Ann Hall
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Ruth Ann Hall is a Professor of Legal Studies in the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. She has been teaching since 1994, and was also in private practice for fourteen years. Her solo practice work focused on family law, juvenile law, criminal law, corporate law, and SSI disability work. During her teaching career, Ms. Hall has been a member of several committees for the University, including serving as Faculty Senate Representative for the Master Plan Committee. She also served as a member of the Farrah Law Alumni Society Board of Trustees. Ms. Hall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Ann Phelps Hill
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Ms. Hill is an associate with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on business litigation and complex litigation, and she is a member of the firm's E-Discovery Team and co-chair of the American Bar Association's pretrial practice and discovery programming committee. Ann received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Donald McKenzie
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Donald McKenzie is a founding partner of the firm McKenzie Laird PLLC after having maintained his own law practice for five years. Previously, Mr. McKenzie was with Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans, & Petree, P.C., Sherrard & Roe, PLC, and Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Nashville, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller and Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York, and Freeman, Rothe, Freeman & Salzman in Chicago. Before emigrating to the United States in 1975, Mr. McKenzie served as an officer in the Army in his native Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and with the Office of the Attorney General and in private practice at the Bar in Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe). In addition to his membership with the mergers and acquisitions and federal regulation of securities committees of the American Bar Association's business law section, Mr. McKenzie is a frequent speaker at CLE events sponsored by the American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations on corporate and securities law topics such as mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, third party opinions, and corporate governance. Mr. McKenzie received his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Rhodesia in Harare, Zimbabwe and an LL.M and degree in comparative legal studies from Cambridge University in England.



Barry Johnson Parker
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Barry Johnson Parker is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Mobile, AL. Ms. Parker currently serves as a member of the firm's labor and employment, class action litigation and complex litigation practice groups. Prior to coming to Maynard, Ms. Parker served as the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Movie gallery Inc./Hollywood Entertainment. Ms. Parker has been recognized as a top lawyer in the area of labor and employment in Chambers USA, America's leading Lawyers for Business, and has received an AV preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Parker received her B.S. from University of South Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



James M. "Jim" Pool
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Jim Pool is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Pool is the chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice. Mr. Pool has been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers as well as he Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, his M. Div. and S.T.M degrees from Yale Divinity School and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Nicholas B. Roth
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Nick Roth is a partner at Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Middleton & Adams in Decatur, AL. His practice focuses in all areas of civil litigation, primarily medical negligence. Mr. Roth is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Trustee in the Farrah law Society. Mr. Roth has been listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers numerous times for his work in the areas of Mass Tort and Complex Litigation. Mr. Roth received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.



R. Cooper Shattuck
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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.



Sam Stumpf
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SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR. Sam Stumpf is a member of the firm Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in Nashville, Tennessee. He focuses primarily on privately-held companies, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital transactions. He is also experienced in working with franchisors and franchisees in franchise system formation; franchise agreement negotiations and franchise regulatory matters; investment managers in the formation of hedge funds and other investment partnerships; and investment advisors and broker-dealers in a variety of registration and compliance matters. Sam has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as Nashville Securities Law Lawyer of the Year (2015); Nashville Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year (2013); and Nashville Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year (2012). Mr. Stumpf received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.



William "Bill" Veitch
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Bill Veitch is Chief Deputy 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.