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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.



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.



L. Susan Doss
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Susan Doss is a partner with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Susan represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide range of business transactions, focusing especially on commercial lending and other financial transactions while also advising on compliance with state and federal regulatory schemes, particularly in the area of banking law. Recognized as both an Alabama Super Lawyer and as among the Best Lawyers in America, Susan also devotes significant time to charitable activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, in the President's Cabinet at the University of Alabama, as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, and past Chair of the Farrah Law Alumni Society. Susan received the Marcus Whitman Finance Award and her B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Alabama. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a Hugo Black Scholar, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award winner and on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review, as well as a recipient of Order of the Coif, and the Presidential Scholarship.



Michael D. Ermert
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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.



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.




Vincent "VJ" Graffeo
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V.J. Graffeo practices with the firm Burr & Forman, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. V.J. is an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney and maintains a diverse practice in the area of commercial litigation. He focuses on representing companies and individuals in real property, financial services, employment and shareholder litigation in state and federal courts. V.J. has been recognized as a Rising Star by Alabama Super Lawyers and named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Frank S. James
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Mr. James is senior counsel in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. His practice focuses on employment law and he counsels on issues related to numerous labor and employment laws, including Title VII and the ADA. Mr. James has been awarded the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Alabama School of Law and recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Frank is currently a trustee and a past chairman of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Metro Birmingham; member of the Board of Directors, Board of Pensions, Presbyterian Church; past director of Kiwanis Club of Birmingham; and past President of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Board of Directors. He was a Colonel in the United States Army; clerked for the Honorable Virgil Pittman, S.D. AL; served as an Assistant United States Attorney; and was a Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. James received his undergraduate degree from Campbell College 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.



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.



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.



Frances King Quick
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Frances Quick is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. She practices in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Ms. Quick practiced with another Birmingham firm, and was law clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr. She has served as past Chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama School of Law Foundation. Ms. Quick has been honored as an AV Preeminent Women Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney; named in The Best Lawyers of America, Alabama Super Lawyers, and Birmingham Business Journal's Best of Bar; and chosen as Birmingham Magazine's Top ERISA Lawyer in 2011. She also received the Burton Barnes III 2012 Public Service Award. Ms. Quick earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



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.



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.



Arnold W. Umbach III
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"Trip" Umbach is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Umbach chairs the firm's labor and employment law practice group. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Umbach clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has served as Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Umbach has been featured in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Aldos L. Vance
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Al Vance serves as Associate General Counsel at Altec Industries in Birmingham, AL. Prior to entering his current position as in-house counsel, Mr. Vance was a partner at Starnes Davis Florie in Birmingham, AL. He has served as vice president of the Magic City Bar Association and is a member of the Farrah Law Society Board of Trustees. Mr. Vance received his B.S. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



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