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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.

J. Alan Baty
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J. ALAN BATY. Alan Baty is Of Counsel to the firm Frohsin & Barger, LLC. His work focuses on criminal defense, white collar cases, internal corporate investigations, and fraud victim assistance. Alan is an accomplished trial attorney who has handled over a thousand criminal cases ranging from drug possession to capital murder while serving more than eleven years as a Deputy District Attorney. Prior to his work as a prosecutor, Alan was in private practice with a Birmingham law firm. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law where he teaches basic trial advocacy skills, and has taught Legal Ethics at the Birmingham School of Law. Alan has been voted one of the top five state and federal prosecutors in Birmingham by fellow attorneys, and was a member of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class 6. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University 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.

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.

Mark L. Drew
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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.

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.

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.

David J. Hodge
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DAVID J. HODGE. David Hodge is a member of the firm Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., in Huntsville, Alabama. His practice focuses on products liability cases and mass torts, and also has a strong emphasis on small business representation. Following law school, before joining a firm, David clerked for Judge Inge P. Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Settlement Committee for the multidistrict litigation involving Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. David is also a member of the Alabama State Bar Association's Judicial Liaison Committee and the Civil Rules Committee. He has gained the distinction of being named one of the top lawyers in Alabama by SuperLawyers Magazine and the National Trial Lawyers organization. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford 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.

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.

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.

Sam Stumpf
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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.

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.

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.

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.