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Nicholas W. Armstrong
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NICHOLAS W. ARMSTRONG. Nick Armstrong practices law with the firm Price Armstrong, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. He represents small businesses and consumers in class actions and consumer fraud cases across the country, obtaining multi-million dollar results for his clients. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the American Association for Justice. Nick has served on the executive committee for the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section, and was named a 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Super Lawyers? Rising Star in the area of Class Action Litigation. Nick has also been peer reviewed and rated A/V Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking awarded for legal ability and professional ethics. Nick received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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.

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.

Celia J. Collins
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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.

Lee Copeland
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LEE COPELAND. Lee Copeland is a member of the firm Copeland Franco in Montgomery, Alabama. His litigation practice includes products liability, malpractice, and a host of general commercial claims. Prior to joining Copeland Franco, Lee clerked for the Honorable Truman M. Hobbs, Sr., United States District Court, M.D. AL. He is active in local and state level bar activities, including serving as President for the Alabama State Bar, a former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners, Alabama State Bar, and past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Lee has been honored with membership in the Alabama Law Foundation and as a Fellow in the American Bar Association, as well as being named as one of the best lawyers in America, and an Alabama Super Lawyer. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Samuel N. Crosby
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SAMUEL N. CROSBY. Sam Crosby is a member of the firm Stone, Granade & Crosby, P.C. in Daphne, Alabama. Some of the areas his practice emphasizes are civil litigation, probate practice, personal injury, trusts, wills, business law, guardianships and real property. Sam has received many awards, including the Howell T. Heflin Honor and Integrity Award, the Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award, and the Chief Justice's Outstanding Leadership Award; served as a Fellow with the Alabama Law Foundation and with the National Conference of Bar Presidents; was elected to the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism; and served as President for the Alabama State Bar. Sam is also retired from the JAG Corps of the United States Naval Reserve. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama 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.

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.

Tripp Haston
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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.

Jim Hughey
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JIM HUGHEY. The Honorable Jim Hughey is a Circuit Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Birmingham, Alabama. Judge Hughey began his service as a Civil Division Circuit Judge on January 15, 2013. Prior to taking office, he was a partner with the law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC. During his years of practice, Judge Hughey was listed multiple times in Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and held an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He also served on the editorial board of the Alabama Lawyer and as co-chair of the Alabama State Bar's Diversity in the Profession Committee. In July 2014, Judge Hughey was awarded the Judge Drayton James Award by the young lawyers section of the Birmingham Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a judge who has exemplified Judge James' legacy of friendship, professionalism and legal guidance to young lawyers. Judge Hughey received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

F. Inge Johnstone
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F. INGE JOHNSTONE. Inge Johnstone is in private practice with the firm Johnstone Carroll, LLC. His practice focuses on litigation in a wide variety of matters, including insurance disputes, business disputes, fraud, personal injury, maritime injuries, and property litigation. Inge is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, and the American Association of Justice. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Young Lawyer's Section of the Birmingham Bar, Executive Committee. Mr. Johnstone received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama 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.

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.

Oscar M. Price, IV
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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.

Laura E. Proctor
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LAURA E. PROCTOR. Laura Proctor is Associate General Counsel over litigation with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee. Laura focuses her practice on products liability litigation, Class action litigation, employment litigation, Construction litigation, Antitrust, Toxic Torts, Premise Liability and general tort litigation. Ms. Proctor currently serves as President-Elect of DRI and will ascend to the presidency in 2016 as DRI's first corporate counsel president and third women president. She has served on DRI's Board of Director as a National Director since 2007. She is active in several DRI committees including DRI's Corporate Counsel Committee for which she is a founding member. She also served as Committee Chair for DRI's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and DRI's Young Lawyers Committee. Ms. Proctor is also a member of IADC where she serves on the Corporate Counsel College Advisory Committee. Laura received 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.

Tedford Taylor
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TEDFORD TAYLOR. Tedford Taylor is in private practice in the legal firm Tedford Taylor Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Tedford's focus is to handle single-event claims on behalf of individuals and businesses. He has represented those injured, cheated and most in need of representation for his entire legal career. He is honored to have successfully represented clients throughout the Southeast in numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. Tedford received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

M. Chad Tindol
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Chad Tindol serves as Director of Risk Management and Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System, where he is responsible for the coordination of risk management functions throughout the University of Alabama System. Prior to joining the UA System, Mr. Tindol served as Associate Dean of Academic Services, University of Alabama School of Law; practiced law in Coffee County, Alabama; and clerked for the Honorable W. Harold Albritton. Mr. Tindol received his B.A., summa cum laude, University of Alabama and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

D. Parks White
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D. PARKS WHITE. Parks White is the elected District Attorney of the Northern Judicial Circuit of Georgia. Mr. White's work includes the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor cases, supervising an office of Assistant District Attorneys dedicated to justice and victims' rights, as well as prior service as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Navy, including war time service in Iraq where he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his service as a liaison between a Special Operations unit and Iraqi Judges. He was recently promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. Mr. White was selected as one of Georgia's "Top 40 attorneys under 40" in 2014 by the Fulton Daily Report, and is an experienced litigator who has tried more than 60 felony jury trials, including multiple homicides, child molestations, and drug trafficking cases, and is also an accomplished appellate attorney in the State of Georgia. Mr. White received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama 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).