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.
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Alex Buchanan is Counsel at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, where he uses his knowledge of tax-exempt bond transactions and public purpose debt funding to assist in loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity and debt securities, and healthcare transactions. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers; a former Trustee, Executive Committee Member, and Secretary of the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center; a past President of the Exchange Club of Nashville; and a former Board Member of Easter Seals Tennessee, Inc., Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, and the Vanderbilt Club. Mr. Buchanan earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he served as Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
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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.
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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.
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.
Mark Drew is the Managing Partner of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C. Mark practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital financings and related corporate activities and transactions where he addresses the needs of both public and private companies. Mark is an active member of the American Bar Association, including past service as a Cabinet member, Director of the Young Lawyers Division, and Liaison to the Business Law Section. Mark's service to the community includes participation in Leadership Birmingham and Alabama; membership on the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Law; membership in the Birmingham Business Alliance, Chairman's Circle, Board of Directors, and Public Policy committee; and service on the Board of Trustees of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mark is a graduate of Wake Forest University, having received a B.S. in Accounting, and Wake Forest University School of Law, where he received his J.D. cum laude after serving on the Wake Forest Law Review.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Anthony Joseph is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Joseph's practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. Mr. Joseph has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (N.D. AL); a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and an Assistant District Attorney (Jefferson County, Alabama). Mr. Joseph has served as chair, Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Legal Aid Society; President of the Alabama State Bar; Vice Chancellor of the Alabama Episcopal Diocese; President of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education; and President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mr. Joseph received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.
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.
Todd Lowther is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Lowther is a member of the firm's litigation section and serves as chair of the firm's Insurance Focus Group. Mr. Lowther has been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers. He received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.
Michel Marcoux is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Marcoux works in the firm's Corporate Finance & Securities, Healthcare Law, and Government Contracts practice groups.Prior to attending the University of Alabama School of Law Mr. Marcoux worked as an editor and reporter for "The Gray Sheet" in Washington D.C. Mr. Marcoux received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, and received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barry Johnson Parker is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Mobile, AL. Ms. Parker currently serves as a member of the firm's labor and employment, class action litigation and complex litigation practice groups. Prior to coming to Maynard, Ms. Parker served as the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Movie gallery Inc./Hollywood Entertainment. Ms. Parker has been recognized as a top lawyer in the area of labor and employment in Chambers USA, America's leading Lawyers for Business, and has received an AV preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Parker received her B.S. from University of South Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Jim Pool is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Pool is the chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice. Mr. Pool has been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers as well as he Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, his M. Div. and S.T.M degrees from Yale Divinity School and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
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.
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.
SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR. Sam Stumpf is a member of the firm Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in Nashville, Tennessee. He focuses primarily on privately-held companies, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital transactions. He is also experienced in working with franchisors and franchisees in franchise system formation; franchise agreement negotiations and franchise regulatory matters; investment managers in the formation of hedge funds and other investment partnerships; and investment advisors and broker-dealers in a variety of registration and compliance matters. Sam has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as Nashville Securities Law Lawyer of the Year (2015); Nashville Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year (2013); and Nashville Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year (2012). Mr. Stumpf received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Jarry Taylor is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Taylor currently serves as the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group of Lex Mundi. Mr. Taylor's focus is typically on water, hazardous waste, and Superfund matters. Mr. Taylor has been recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best lawyers in America. Mr. Taylor received his B.A. from Davidson College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
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.
"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.
Bill Veitch is Chief Deputy District Attorney, Bessemer Division, Jefferson County, Alabama. Prior to joining the District Attorney?s office, Mr. Veitch maintained a criminal defense and general litigation practice. Prior to and throughout law school, Mr. Veitch served as a police officer with the city of Birmingham, Alabama.
Tommy Wells is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Wells' practice focuses on complex mass tort, environmental and product liability cases. Mr. Wells is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been listed as one of the top ten lawyers in Alabama by Super Lawyers. Mr. Wells received his B.A and J.D. from the University of Alabama. Mr. Wells also holds an honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Suffolk University.
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).