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David R. Boyd
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David R. Boyd is a partner at Balch & Bingham and practices in the Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama offices. Mr. Boyd's practice focuses primarily on business litigation, with experience in employment litigation, high-stakes constitutional and civil rights litigation, and other complex litigation including class actions. He is also principal outside litigation counsel for one of Alabama's flagship public universities. In 2006 Mr. Boyd became the second-ever recipient of the Alabama State Bar's William D. Scruggs Service Award, recognizing career contributions to the profession. He has served for a number of years as Chair of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Boyd received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Townes Duncan
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Townes Duncan has been the Managing Partner of Solidus Company, LP since 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Duncan served as Chairman and CEO of Comptronix, an $100 million electronics manufacturing services company; from 1985 to 1993, Mr. Duncan was a partner at Massey Burch, a venture capital firm with $120 million of assets under management; and from 1978 to 1985, Mr. Duncan served as an Associate & Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, TN. Mr. Duncan has been an active investor in Tennessee since 1985 and focuses his efforts on seed and early-stage companies. Solidus has $75 million in assets under management in private and public equity markets. Mr. Duncan currently serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies, such as J. Alexander's Corporation, New Constructs, and Change:Healthcare, and is a past board member on companies including Bright Horizons, Motricity, Inc, and Information America, Inc. Mr. Duncan is an active participant in community and charitable organizations such as KIPP Academy Nashville, Nashville Public Library Foundation Board, and Leadership Nashville; is a trustee for Ensworth School and has twice served as President of Ensworth's Board. Mr. Duncan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University.



Bingham D. Edwards
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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.



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.



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.



T. Parker Griffin, Jr.
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Parker Griffin is an associate with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. His work focuses in the area of bankruptcy law and he has extensive experience in corporate bankruptcies. Mr. Griffin has served as Vice Chair of the Creditors' Rights Subcommittee for the American Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Joseph Heilman
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JOSEPH HEILMAN. Joe Heilman graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, he was the IP Law Society President, a member of the Bruce Siegal Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, a BBL Student Researcher, and Senior Editor of the Law & Psychology Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University. Joe is the owner and founder of Heilman Productions, LLC, and has worked as a law clerk for the Alabama Attorney General's Office, an extern for The Honorable John Ott, and a law clerk for the United States House of Representatives.



Deborah J. Long
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Debbie Long is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation whose principal subsidiaries include Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company.

Prior to becoming General Counsel of Protective Life in 1992, Ms. Long was a member of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law. Prior to entering law practice, Ms. Long clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit). Ms. Long has served as Chair of the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers; Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Business Counsel of Alabama; President of the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association; Vice-Chair of the Texas Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association; Member of the Board of Governors and as President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, an international bar association for life insurance lawyers; Chair of the Board of the Alabama Women?s Commission (appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley); and on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham; the YWCA of Birmingham; Oasis Women?s Counseling Center; Birmingham Museum of Art; and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc. Ms. Long received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Joseph B. Mays Jr.
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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.



Ken Minturn
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Ken Minturn is the founder of Kenji, a trusted community marketplace for users to find, compare, and hire attorneys to help tackle their legal projects - online or from a mobile phone or tablet. An entrepreneur at heart, he has a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and a MBA from the Manderson Graduate School of Business. Comparing the way law is currently practiced to sound business principals led Ken to explore ways in which attorney's services could be provided more efficiently and could better serve the interests of clients and attorneys, ultimately resulting in the seeds of the idea that became Kenji.



Wilson Moore
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Wilson Moore is President of Pritchett-Moore, Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has served as President, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; President, West Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Inc.; Director, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; Director and Vice President, Druid Glass Construction, Inc.; and as a member of the Boards of the Bank of Tuscaloosa; the DCH Foundation; and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Moore received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Arthur Orr
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Arthur Orr was elected to the Alabama Senate in 2006. He serves as Trustee, Southern Growth Policies Board; Chair of the Joint Legislative Water Resources Committee; Chair of the State Water Commission; Chair of Select Commission on High School Dropouts; Chair of the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Committee; and as members of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee; the Elections Commission; and the Wrongful Incarceration Committee.

Mr. Orr has long been involved in public service, volunteering during law school with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Community Soup Bowl. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Orr joined the Peace Corps where he was assigned to the remote Himalayan village of Khandbari, Nepal. He established there a college scholarship program to benefit female village students. To date, over 80 village students have benefited by attending college and seeking the opportunities an education provides. After completing his Peace Corps commitment, Mr. Orr returned to Decatur, Alabama, where he joined the law firm of Harris, Caddell and Shanks, P.C. While in private practice, he served as President of the Decatur Jaycees; President of the Volunteer Center of Main Street Decatur; and was an active Board member of multiple civic organizations and church committees. Mr. Orr was selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Decatur Rotary Club and as a "Community Hero" to carry the 1996 Olympic Torch in Morgan County, Alabama.

Mr. Orr left his law practice in Decatur to work with Habitat for Humanity International and establish a Habitat program in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh program was built from scratch and, to-date, has constructed over 500 houses in partnership with the working poor residents of that country. Mr. Orr served as legal counsel for Habitat for Humanity International throughout the Asia/Pacific region, traveling to numerous countries and negotiating with government officials, aid organizations and local citizens.

After serving with Habitat for Humanity International, Mr. Orr returned to Decatur where he is Vice President and General Counsel of Cook?s Pest Control, Inc., and part-owner of several local businesses involved in real estate development and management. Mr. Orr has re-engaged as an active community leader and has served as President of the Calhoun College Foundation; President of the Community Foundation of Decatur; President of the Decatur Rotary Club; and President of the National Alumni Association for Wake Forest University. Mr. Orr helped start the Community Free Clinic and has served on the Boards of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce; the Mental Health Center; and the Hartselle Development Board. Mr. Orr received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.




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.



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.



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



Cathy S. Wright
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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).