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Tenley E. Armstrong
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TENLEY E. ARMSTRONG. Tenley Armstrong is an associate with Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on white collar matters, product liability, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare, consumer fraud and bad faith, and general business litigation. Tenley currently serves at the Annual Meeting Chair of the Women in Law Committee for DRI and is the President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Board of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Brooke Bacak
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BROOKE BACAK. Brooke Bacak is the Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Brooke formerly served as U.S. Senator Tom Coburn's Senate Judiciary Committee chief counsel as well as on the staffs of Senators Kyl and Sessions. Before returning to Washington to join Senator Cruz, she was an assistant dean at the University of Alabama School of Law. Brook received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.



David M. Benck
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David Benck is Vice President and General Counsel, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. He received his B.A. in Economics from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. His current title is Vice President and General Counsel for Hibbett Sports, Inc., a publicly-traded Birmingham, AL based retailer with almost 900 retail locations in approximately 30 states. On top of his responsibilities at Hibbett Sports, David holds a number of other roles.

He serves on the International Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution and as an Arbitrator in Commercial, Employment, and Sport disputes for the American Arbitration Association.

Additionally, David serves on the Ethics, Grievance and Safe Sport Committee for the USA Gymnastics Team where he counsels the organization on matters involving Conflicts of Interest and in disputes regarding qualification, discipline, and doping among others.

Further, David serves on the National Athletics Board of Review for USA Track and Field; as an adjunct law professor at Cumberland School of Law, where he has taught Practicing Law In House since 2008; on the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Alabama; and as an Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Council for International Business, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

David is a past President of the Alabama chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.



Bo Bledsoe
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Bo Bledsoe is an associate at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Al, practicing in the areas of general litigation, product liability, real estate and title insurance litigation. Mr. Bledsoe received his B.A from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



William H. Bostick
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Bill Bostick is Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, where he presides over civil, criminal and domestic cases. For nineteen years prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bostick served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mobile and Shelby counties of Alabama. Judge Bostick has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Law School since 1996 and serves as Co-Director of the Summer Externship Program. Mr. Bostick received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College 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.



Thomas Carter
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THOMAS CARTER. Thomas Carter works as an Associate with Baker Botts, LLP, of Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, Thomas was an Articles Editor for the Alabama Law Review; a member of the Campbell Moot Court Board; a participant with the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team; a scholarship recipient; and President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, where he was awarded a merit scholarship and also a Prize for Excellence in chemical engineering principles. Thomas has prior engineering experience with Southern Company, Birmingham, Alabama, and Tate & Lyle Sucralose of McIntosh, Alabama.



Nathaniel M. Cartmell, IV.
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NATHANIEL M. CARTMELL, IV. Nathaniel Cartmell graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, he was a scholarship recipient, Senator for the Student Bar Association, member of the Business Law Society, President of the Federalist Society, member of the Moot Court Board, and received the Order of Samaritan and the Dean's Community Service Award. Nate received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Dean's List, Publicity Chair for the Vanderbilt Speakers Committee, and Assistant Advertising Manager for the Vanderbilt Student Newspaper. Nate has interned with the Honorable L. Scott Coogler, U.S. District Court, N.D. AL; clerked at the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office (Nashville) and Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP (Birmingham); and externed with The Honorable Karon O. Bowdre, U.S. District Court, N.D. AL. He also has prior experience as a Senior Client Manager, Informa Investment Solutions, Nashville, Tennessee, and an Associate Equity Research Analyst with New Constructs, LLC, Franklin, Tennessee.



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.



Marcel L. Debruge
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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.



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.



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.



Ruth Ann Hall
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Ruth Ann Hall is a Professor of Legal Studies in the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. She has been teaching since 1994, and was also in private practice for fourteen years. Her solo practice work focused on family law, juvenile law, criminal law, corporate law, and SSI disability work. During her teaching career, Ms. Hall has been a member of several committees for the University, including serving as Faculty Senate Representative for the Master Plan Committee. She also served as a member of the Farrah Law Alumni Society Board of Trustees. Ms. Hall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her 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.



Ann Phelps Hill
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Ms. Hill is an associate with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on business litigation and complex litigation, and she is a member of the firm's E-Discovery Team and co-chair of the American Bar Association's pretrial practice and discovery programming committee. Ann received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Heath Holden
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HEATH HOLDEN. Heath Holden is a partner at Newell & Holden, LLC. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama. He focuses his practice on Real Estate matters, Landlord-Tenant Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Collections. Heath is also a trained mediator who first practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama as a contract/staff attorney for the firm of Whatley Drake, LLC. He later returned to Tuscaloosa and joined Herbert M. Newell, III. Heath is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar. He is also involved in the Farrah Law Society, Tuscaloosa BNI, United Way of West Alabama (Young Leaders Society), and The Red Elephant Club of Tuscaloosa. Heath received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama 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.



Elizabeth H. Huntley
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ELIZABETH H. HUNTLEY. Liz Huntley is Of Counsel to the firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. She practices in the areas of banking and financial services, consumer law, business litigation and products liability. Liz serves on DRI's Diversity for Success Seminar Committee and is active in the Alabama Sate and Birmingham Bar Associations. She is also a well-known child advocate, serving on several boards such as Leadership Alabama Board of Directors, Children's First Foundation Board of Directors, and Children's Village Board of Directors, and is also the President and Co-Founder of Project Gear. She has been the recipient of many honors and awards. Liz received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her J.D. 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.



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.



Marcus M. Maples
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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.



Carey McRae
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Carey McRae, a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, represents a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in connection with their state and federal regulatory issues as well as certain litigation matters involving regulatory, peer review, and reimbursement issues. In addition to being recognized as Birmingham's 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Cumberland School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Law. Carey received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1988 where he was on the Dean's List and was recognized among the Outstanding College Students of America; his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992 where he served as Lead Articles Editor of the Alabama Law Review; and his M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997.



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.



Richard Newton
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RICHARD NEWTON. Richard Newton is a partner in Newton Business Law. He specializes in providing connections with and for Asia and the United States and assisting in providing and connecting with all legal services necessary to internationalize business, make and grow connections, and facilitate business transactions. Additionally, he practices employment law, advising and representing both companies and employees in Title VII claims and litigation. Rick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Emily K. Price
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Emily Price is Of Counsel with the firm Price Armstrong LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. She has experience in construction disputes, securities fraud cases, and First Amendment litigation. Prior to joining Price Armstrong, Emily served as law clerk for the Honorable Abdul Kallon of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



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.



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.



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.



Nicholas B. Roth
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Nick Roth is a partner at Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Middleton & Adams in Decatur, AL. His practice focuses in all areas of civil litigation, primarily medical negligence. Mr. Roth is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Trustee in the Farrah law Society. Mr. Roth has been listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers numerous times for his work in the areas of Mass Tort and Complex Litigation. Mr. Roth received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.



R. Cooper Shattuck
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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.



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.




Arnold W. Umbach III
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"Trip" Umbach is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Umbach chairs the firm's labor and employment law practice group. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Umbach clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has served as Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Umbach has been featured in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



J. Jefferson Utsey
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J. JEFFERSON UTSEY. Jeff Utsey is in private practice with the firm Utsey & Utsey, in Butler, Alabama. Utsey & Utsey represents individuals throughout the State of Alabama and surrounding areas in general practice matters with an emphasis on litigation. Jeff is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, Bench and Bar Legal Association, the American Associate of Justice, and the Alabama Association for Justice. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Jon Waggoner
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JON WAGGONER. Jon Waggoner is a corporate attorney currently in practice for Auburn University as Special Counsel to the President. Mr. Waggoner's practice has been substantially based in the private sector focusing on a corporate transactional practice. At Auburn, he specializes in assisting the University where its activities intersect with the market, maximizing the University's financial power in designing, negotiating and drafting corporate transactions. He also assists the University in the issues related to corporate, educational, and foundation governance. Jon was a member of the 2005-06 Alabama State Bar Leadership Class. He is also a member of the State Bar Associations of Alabama, Georgia, New York, and Florida. Mr. Waggoner received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.