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StrategicJames 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.Celia J. Collins
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.Marcel L. Debruge
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.Bingham D. Edwards
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. Vincent "VJ" Graffeo
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.Tripp Haston
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.Joseph B. Mays Jr.
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.Oscar M. Price, IV
Oscar M. Price IV is co-founder of the firm Price Armstrong, LLC, where he represents a wide variety of individuals and small businesses in personal injury and business disputes, with particular expertise in the area of class actions. An Alabama Super Lawyer and B-Metro magazine Birmingham Rising Star, Oscar also is an active contributor to the community through his attendance at Cathedral Church of the Advent and service on numerous Boards of Directors. Oscar received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and JASONS honor society as an undergraduate and a Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review while in law school. Phillip 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.R. 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.Cathy S. 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).