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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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.



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.



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).