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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.

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.

Edward Sledge
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Edward S. Sledge, IV, formerly of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Ed has an extensive general litigation practice, representing businesses in commercial, class action, financial services and intellectual property litigation, as well as in personal injury and product liability matters. When not advancing his clients' interests, Ed serves as the Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Leadership Forum Section, the Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Service Members and Veterans Support Task Force and the Chair of the IADC's Business Litigation Committee. Ed received his B.S. in 1995 from the United States Military Academy, where he received the Superintendent's Award, and his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a Senior Editor on the Alabama Law Review, winner of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition, a member of the Moot Court Board, and the Jessup International Moot Court Team, as well as a member Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and justice on the Honor Court. Ed is a member of the Order of Barristers. Prior to law school, Ed served with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia as an armor platoon leader, infantry mortar platoon leader, assistant battalion operations officer and battalion logistics officer.

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.