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Cynthia Lee Almond
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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.



Marcel L. Debruge
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Marcel Debruge is a partner at Burr & Forman and Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing management in all aspects of Labor & Employment law, including litigation before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Marcel's practice ranges from matters related to wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination, and labor relations to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act and litigation of employment contracts and restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements. Marcel has been a member of Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law Management and Labor Law Management every year since 2006, and is a frequent lecturer on topics related to his practice. Marcel is a 1987 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1991 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.



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.



Bingham D. Edwards
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Bingham D. Edwards Jr. Bing Edwards is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Al. Mr. Edwards leads Balch's economic development and tax practices and has been named a top tax attorney by Birmingham Magazine. Prior to joining Balch, Mr. Edwards clerked for senior U.S. District Judge Seybourn H. Lynne. Mr. Edwards received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his 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.



Edward A. "Ted" Hosp
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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.



Richard S. Jaffe
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Richard Jaffe is the senior partner of Jaffe & Drennan in Birmingham, AL, concentrating in the areas of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Jaffe served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama and Deputy District Attorney for Tuscaloosa County. Mr. Jaffe is the founder and past president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and taught Evidence at Miles Law School for eight years. Mr. Jaffe is the author of the book, "Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned." Mr. Jaffe received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Anthony "AJ" Joseph
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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.



Joseph B. Mays Jr.
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Joe Mays is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Mays' practice concentrates on business litigation, especially antitrust, securities and shareholder litigation, government procurement fraud litigation, professional liability, and white collar criminal defense. Mr Mays is listed in Alabama Super Lawyers as well as The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Mays received his B.A. from Tulane University, his M.A. from Cornell University and his 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.



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.



Dena D. Prince
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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.



Robert F. Prince
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Robert Prince is the founding partner of Prince Glover & Hayes in Tuscaloosa, AL. Mr. Prince practices in the areas of personal injury, and environmental litigation. Mr. Prince has served as President of the Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Alabama Association for Justice. Mr. Prince also coaches Trial Advocacy competition teams at the University of Alabama School of Law. He received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.



Richard J.R. "Rich" Raleigh, Jr.
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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.



Julia Smeds Roth
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Julia Smeds Roth is a partner at Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Middleton & Adams in Decatur, AL. Ms. Roth's practice focuses in the areas of family law, wills and estate planning and litigation. Ms. Roth has served as the president of the Alabama Law Foundation as well special counsel to the Alabama House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Roth served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Ms. Roth received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.



Alyce Manley Spruell
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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.




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.



Jarred O. Taylor, II
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Jarry Taylor is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Taylor currently serves as the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group of Lex Mundi. Mr. Taylor's focus is typically on water, hazardous waste, and Superfund matters. Mr. Taylor has been recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best lawyers in America. Mr. Taylor received his B.A. from Davidson College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



William "Lee" Thuston
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Lee Thuston is the managing partner of Burr & Forman, LLP, in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Thuston practices in the corporate/tax practice group where he focuses on economic development, business and succession planning, trusts and estates, tax law, and international law. Mr. Thuston has been featured in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, and in 2015 was featured as lawyer of the Year in Economic Development on the latter list. Mr. Thuston received his B.A. from The University of Virginia, his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his LL.M in taxation from New York University.



M. Chad Tindol
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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.