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CommunicationMichael A. Bownes
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.Starr Turner Drum
Starr Turner Drum is an associate at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Al, practicing in the areas of both general and complex litigation, white-collar defense and cybersecurity. Ms. Drum has served as judicial clerk for the Honorable James E. Graham of the Southern District of Georgia. Ms. Drum received her B.A from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.Fournier J. "Boots" Gale
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.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.Edward A. "Ted" Hosp
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.Marcus M. Maples
Marcus Maples is a shareholder of Sirote & Permutt, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. He practices in the areas of insurance litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and construction litigation. Marcus has been recognized as a Rising Star by Alabama's Super Lawyers. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section and served as the Co-chair for the Alabama Bar Association's Minority Pre-Law Conference. Marcus has also been involved with the Defense Research Institute, chairing the Diversity Sub Committee and vice-chairing the Public Service Sub Committee, and is also a member of the Farrah Law Society Board of Trustees. Marcus received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. Dena D. Prince
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.Richard J.R. "Rich" Raleigh, Jr.
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
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.William "Lee" Thuston
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.