Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Legal Services | Alabama, USA
tel: 205 521 8000 | fax:
1819 Fifth Avenue North | Birmingham | Alabama | 35203 | USA

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Overview

Bradley is a national law firm with a reputation for skilled legal work, exceptional client service, and impeccable integrity. We provide business clients around the world with a full suite of legal services in dozens of industries and practice areas.

Founded in 1870 in Elyton, Alabama, before moving to Birmingham the following year, Bradley has retained the tradition of southern hospitality even as the law firm has grown into a global force. Our founding partners established the highest standards of value, ethics, and professional excellence in the practice of law - standards that have guided us through to the present day. Respect for our clients, colleagues, and communities and passion for our work are the driving forces behind everything we do. That kind of integrity means that clients can trust us to not only serve their needs, but ensure that the work is completed the right way.

Our 13 offices are located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia, giving us an extensive geographic base to represent clients on a regional, national, and international basis. We frequently serve as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and statewide counsel for clients in various industries.

Diversity and equality in the workforce are core values at Bradley, allowing us to leverage a wide range of perspectives to help us achieve the results that we expect and our clients demand. We are also committed to giving back to our communities with meaningful pro bono legal services and charitable contributions.

Although we are a large law firm with more than 650 lawyers, our clients still enjoy the personal attention, responsiveness, and deep relationships they would expect from a boutique firm. Our attorneys and staff combine legal experience and knowledge with a sophisticated understanding of industries to work side by side with clients and come up with practical, strategic solutions specifically tailored to their business operations. Bradley lawyers use their talents, judgment, work ethic, and experience to go above and beyond expectations to help our clients meet their goals.

Year this Office was Established: 1870
Lawyers Worldwide: 650

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Partners

Kay K. Bains

Kay K. Bains

Retired Partner
William C. Barclift

William C. Barclift

Retired Partner
Anne  Baroody

Anne Baroody

Partner
Jay  Bender

Jay Bender

Partner
Lee  Birchall

Lee Birchall

Partner
Paul P. Bolus

Paul P. Bolus

Retired Partner
Axel  Bolvig

Axel Bolvig

Partner
Phil  Butler

Phil Butler

Retired Partner
Stanley D. Bynum

Stanley D. Bynum

Retired Partner
Beau  Byrd

Beau Byrd

Partner
Philip J. Carroll

Philip J. Carroll

Retired Partner
Tom  Carruthers

Tom Carruthers

Retired Partner
Paul  Compton

Paul Compton

Partner
Robert M. Couch

Robert M. Couch

Retired Partner
Anna  Craft

Anna Craft

Partner
Ty E. Dedmon

Ty E. Dedmon

Partner
R. Alan Deer

R. Alan Deer

Retired Partner
L. Susan Doss

L. Susan Doss

Retired Partner
Bruce P. Ely

Bruce P. Ely

Partner
Linda A. Friedman

Linda A. Friedman

Retired Partner
James W. Gewin

James W. Gewin

Retired Partner
Lee  Gilley

Lee Gilley

Partner
Tripp  Haston

Tripp Haston

Partner
Rudy  Hill

Rudy Hill

Partner
William L. Hinds

William L. Hinds

Retired Partner
William L. Hinds

William L. Hinds

Retired Partner
Rod  Kanter

Rod Kanter

Partner
J. Riley Key

J. Riley Key

Partner
Joseph B. Mays

Joseph B. Mays

Retired Partner
Michael D. McKibben

Michael D. McKibben

Retired Partner
Kacie  McRee

Kacie McRee

Partner
George D. Medlock

George D. Medlock

Partner and Director of Inclusion and Diversity
Carly  Miller

Carly Miller

Partner
John H. Morrow

John H. Morrow

Retired Partner
John  Nail

John Nail

Partner
Donald B. Sweeney

Donald B. Sweeney

Retired Partner
Laurence D. Vinson

Laurence D. Vinson

Retired Partner
Paul S. Ware

Paul S. Ware

Retired Partner
Laura P. Washburn

Laura P. Washburn

Retired Partner
Meade  Whitaker

Meade Whitaker

Retired Partner
John N. Wrinkle

John N. Wrinkle

Retired Partner

Associates

Alexander  Ash

Alexander Ash

Associate
Sarah  Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Associate
Erik J. Badia

Erik J. Badia

Associate
Samuel E. Bartz

Samuel E. Bartz

Associate
Jared C. Batte

Jared C. Batte

Associate
Cortlin  Bond

Cortlin Bond

Associate
O.  Cobb Bostick

O. Cobb Bostick

Associate
Mazie  Bryant

Mazie Bryant

Associate
Katherine  Carey

Katherine Carey

Associate
Nolan S. Clark

Nolan S. Clark

Associate
Callie  Cochran

Callie Cochran

Associate
Turner  Collins

Turner Collins

Associate
C. Reed Cowart

C. Reed Cowart

Associate
Bonnie  DeCarlo

Bonnie DeCarlo

Associate
John H. Elliott

John H. Elliott

Associate
Dmitry  Epstein

Dmitry Epstein

Associate
Sami  Harb

Sami Harb

Associate
Emily A. Hopper

Emily A. Hopper

Associate
Morgan C. Kain

Morgan C. Kain

Associate
Caroline  Kerr

Caroline Kerr

Associate
Danner  Kline

Danner Kline

Associate
Mason  Kruse

Mason Kruse

Associate
Christine  Levi

Christine Levi

Associate
Chase  Lyndale

Chase Lyndale

Associate
Maddie N. Lynn

Maddie N. Lynn

Associate
Riley  McDaniel

Riley McDaniel

Associate
Ocasha O. Musah

Ocasha O. Musah

Associate
Arabella  Okwara

Arabella Okwara

Associate
Stephen  Parsley

Stephen Parsley

Associate
Jack  Pease

Jack Pease

Associate
Mason  Rollins

Mason Rollins

Associate
Jared C. Searls

Jared C. Searls

Associate
Rachel M. Sims

Rachel M. Sims

Associate
Jared  Skinner

Jared Skinner

Associate
Jonathan  Stuart

Jonathan Stuart

Associate
Alex  Thrasher

Alex Thrasher

Associate
Jack  Tucker

Jack Tucker

Associate
Evan  A.  Ward

Evan A. Ward

Associate
Jake K. Watson

Jake K. Watson

Associate
W. Hunter Webb

W. Hunter Webb

Associate
Carmen  Weite

Carmen Weite

Associate
Timothy  Willman

Timothy Willman

Associate

Of Counsel

Jack B. Levy

Jack B. Levy

Counsel
David  Roth

David Roth

Partner and General Counsel
Craig  Smith

Craig Smith

Counsel
John D. Watson

John D. Watson

Retired Partner and General Counsel Emeritus

Other

R. Lawrence Ashe

R. Lawrence Ashe

Senior Attorney
David A. Bedgood

David A. Bedgood

Senior Attorney
Joshua O. Blades

Joshua O. Blades

Senior Advisor
Anna-Katherine G. Bowman

Anna-Katherine G. Bowman

Senior Attorney
Chris  Burkhalter

Chris Burkhalter

Senior Attorney
Abigail C. Castleberry

Abigail C. Castleberry

Senior Attorney
Gabriella  Cole

Gabriella Cole

Senior Attorney
Jonathan  DeLuca

Jonathan DeLuca

Senior Attorney
Brandon  Demyan

Brandon Demyan

Attorney
Rico  Falsone

Rico Falsone

Senior Attorney
Katherine M. Fish

Katherine M. Fish

Senior Attorney
Graham W. Gerhardt

Graham W. Gerhardt

Senior Attorney
Kortni M. Hadley

Kortni M. Hadley

Senior Attorney
Maegan A. McCollum

Maegan A. McCollum

Senior Attorney
Walter D. McCorkle

Walter D. McCorkle

BD & Marketing Technology Manager
Megan  McDowell

Megan McDowell

Attorney
Harry  Ollinger

Harry Ollinger

Senior Attorney
Alex  Patrick

Alex Patrick

Senior Advisor
Douglas  Robertson

Douglas Robertson

Senior Attorney
Dave  Stewart

Dave Stewart

Senior Advisor
Gregory H.  Suess

Gregory H. Suess

Senior Advisor
Christopher A. Wetzel

Christopher A. Wetzel

Senior Attorney
Joe  Wilson

Joe Wilson

Senior Attorney
Julie A. Wood

Julie A. Wood

Senior Attorney

Articles

Pro Bono Litigation: Why Every Young Lawyer Should Volunteer

As a young lawyer, you might be struggling to believe that you can make a difference and to figure out how to do so. You might also be wondering how to gain the courtroom experience seemingly necessary to build a legal practice. If either of these is true, consider how pro bono litigation has impacted our legal system and could impact your career. Even if you read no further, take this advice: volunteer for pro bono cases. In Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment, as incorporated against the states by the Fourteenth Amendment, guarantees an indigent defendant the right to state-appointed counsel in any felony criminal prosecution. Id...

5th Circ. Bond Claim Ruling Shows Creditors Must Be Vigilant

With its January opinion in Raymond James & Associates Inc. v. Jalbert, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the bankruptcy debtor's indemnification obligations were discharged by the confirmed plan because the indemnified party failed to speak up.[1] Key takeaways include when an unscheduled creditor may be bound to a confirmed plan, whether a liquidating trust assumes the debtor's liabilities, and what creditors with contingent and unliquidated recoupment and offset claims must do to preserve those claims post-confirmation...

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Press

Nine Texas-Based Bradley Attorneys Named to 2024 Lawdragon 500 X – Next Generation List

Bradley is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s Dallas and Houston attorneys have been named to the 2024 Lawdragon 500 X – Next Generation list. The second annual guide recognizes young attorneys who have been in practice between seven and 15 years and who have made significant achievements early in their careers that have vaulted them to the forefront of the legal profession. Lawdragon notes that these honorees “… look and sound anew­ – with eyes turned toward the future and an undiminished belief in the opportunity each of them has to make an impact in their chosen field of expertise...

Brooks R. Smith Elected Fellow of American College of Mortgage Attorneys

Bradley is pleased to announce that Nashville partner Brooks R. Smith has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA). The newly elected Fellows will be formally inducted into membership at ACMA’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting on September 19-21, 2024. Formed in 1974, ACMA is a professional group of more than 500 experienced real estate finance attorneys across North America dedicated to developing professional excellence, trustworthy referral networks, and lasting collegial relationships...

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Blogs

BuildSmart

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...

Declassified

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

It Pays to Be Covered

Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Labor & Employment Insights

Our Labor and Employment team has extensive experience helping our clients resolve disputes both in and out of the courtroom. We are proud to work with a large and diverse group of local, regional, and national clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, mining, media,...

Patent 213

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

The Law of Order

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

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