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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.



James F. Barger
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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.



Michael A. Bownes
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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.



Alexander B. "Alex" Buchanan
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Alex Buchanan is Counsel at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, where he uses his knowledge of tax-exempt bond transactions and public purpose debt funding to assist in loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity and debt securities, and healthcare transactions. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers; a former Trustee, Executive Committee Member, and Secretary of the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center; a past President of the Exchange Club of Nashville; and a former Board Member of Easter Seals Tennessee, Inc., Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, and the Vanderbilt Club. Mr. Buchanan earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he served as Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.



J. Chase Cole
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Chase Cole is a Partner at Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP whose practice covers a wide range of transactional practices including Corporate, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Governance, while also serving as a guest lecturer on Public Offerings at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management Entrepreneurship Program. A sampling of Mr. Cole's extensive community and professional engagement includes his membership on the ABA Committees on Corporate Governance, Negotiated Acquisitions, Federal Regulation of Securities, and Venture Capital; service as Co-Chair of the ABA Host Committee ABA Section of Business Law 2005 Spring Meeting; membership on the Dean's Council of the Vanderbilt University School of Law; membership and service as Tennessee chair of the Society of International Business Fellows; involvement as a Founder, Director, and past Chairman of the Nashville Sports Council; service as former Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency; appointment by the Governor and past service as Chairman of the Board to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation Board of Directors; and participation in Leadership Nashville, Class of 1998-1999. Mr. Cole received his A.B. from the University of North Carolina, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.



Fournier J. "Boots" Gale
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Fournier J. (Boots) Gale. Boots Gale currently serves as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Regions Financial Corp. in Birmingham, AL. Prior to joining Regions Financial Corp, Mr. Gale was a founding partner of the Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Gale has served as the President of both the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association. Mr. Gale has served as Special Counsel to the Governor of Alabama. Mr. Gale is a former president of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation and has been listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Gale received his Bachelor's and J.D from the University of Alabama.



Tripp Haston
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Tripp Haston is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Al. Mr. Haston co-chairs on Bradley Arant's Life Sciences Industry Team handling matters within the region and abroad. Prior to joining Bradley Arant, Mr. Haston clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Haston is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Haston received his B.A. from Auburn University and 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.



Michel M. Marcoux
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Michel Marcoux is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Marcoux works in the firm's Corporate Finance & Securities, Healthcare Law, and Government Contracts practice groups.Prior to attending the University of Alabama School of Law Mr. Marcoux worked as an editor and reporter for "The Gray Sheet" in Washington D.C. Mr. Marcoux received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, and received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Phillip Reich
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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.



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.



H. Thomas Wells, Jr.
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Tommy Wells is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Wells' practice focuses on complex mass tort, environmental and product liability cases. Mr. Wells is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been listed as one of the top ten lawyers in Alabama by Super Lawyers. Mr. Wells received his B.A and J.D. from the University of Alabama. Mr. Wells also holds an honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Suffolk University.



J. Mark White
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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