Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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

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 10 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 through the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Charitable Foundation.

Although we are a large law firm with more than 500 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: 550

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Partners

Kay K. Bains

Kay K. Bains

Retired Partner
William C. Barclift

William C. Barclift

Retired Partner
Jay  Bender

Jay Bender

Partner
Lee  Birchall

Lee Birchall

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
Brittin T. Coleman

Brittin T. Coleman

Retired Partner
Paul  Compton

Paul Compton

Partner
Anna  Craft

Anna Craft

Partner
Ty E. Dedmon

Ty E. Dedmon

Partner
R. Alan Deer

R. Alan Deer

Partner
L. Susan Doss

L. Susan Doss

Retired Partner
Bruce P. Ely

Bruce P. Ely

Partner
Stuart J. Frentz

Stuart J. Frentz

Retired 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
Andy  Johnson

Andy Johnson

Partner
Rod  Kanter

Rod Kanter

Partner
J. Riley Key

J. Riley Key

Partner
Jack B. Levy

Jack B. Levy

Partner
Joseph B. Mays

Joseph B. Mays

Retired Partner
Michael D. McKibben

Michael D. McKibben

Retired Partner
Hobart A. McWhorter

Hobart A. McWhorter

Retired 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
Donald B. Sweeney

Donald B. Sweeney

Retired Partner
Laurence D. Vinson

Laurence D. Vinson

Retired Partner
Paul S. Ware

Paul S. Ware

Retired Partner
Meade  Whitaker

Meade Whitaker

Retired Partner
John N. Wrinkle

John N. Wrinkle

Retired Partner

Associates

J. Mark  Adams

J. Mark Adams

Associate
Alexander  Ash

Alexander Ash

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
Nolan S. Clark

Nolan S. Clark

Associate
Daniel  Feltham

Daniel Feltham

Associate
Jake M. Gipson

Jake M. Gipson

Associate
Sarah  Gunn

Sarah Gunn

Associate
Jude S. Halawi

Jude S. Halawi

Associate
Kate R. Hawley

Kate R. Hawley

Associate
Emily A. Hopper

Emily A. Hopper

Associate
Nicole B. Jones

Nicole B. Jones

Associate
Morgan C. Kain

Morgan C. Kain

Associate
Christine  Levi

Christine Levi

Associate
Riley  McDaniel

Riley McDaniel

Associate
Ocasha O. Musah

Ocasha O. Musah

Associate
Stephen  Parsley

Stephen Parsley

Associate
Mason  Rollins

Mason Rollins

Associate
Emily M. Ruzic

Emily M. Ruzic

Associate
Jared C. Searls

Jared C. Searls

Associate
William  Stoll

William Stoll

Associate
Alex  Thrasher

Alex Thrasher

Associate
Evan  A.  Ward

Evan A. Ward

Associate
Jake K. Watson

Jake K. Watson

Associate
Carmen  Weite

Carmen Weite

Associate

Of Counsel

David  Roth

David Roth

Partner and General Counsel
Rich  Sharff

Rich Sharff

Counsel
John D. Watson

John D. Watson

Retired Partner and General Counsel Emeritus

Other

Kaylie  Becker

Kaylie Becker

Attorney
Joshua O. Blades

Joshua O. Blades

Senior Advisor
Anna-Katherine G. Bowman

Anna-Katherine G. Bowman

Senior Attorney
Chandler  Combest

Chandler Combest

Senior Attorney
Brandon  Demyan

Brandon Demyan

Attorney
Graham W. Gerhardt

Graham W. Gerhardt

Senior Attorney
Paul A. Kavinoky

Paul A. Kavinoky

Senior Advisor
Harry  Ollinger

Harry Ollinger

Senior Attorney
Douglas  Robertson

Douglas Robertson

Senior Attorney
Dave  Stewart

Dave Stewart

Senior Advisor
Gregory H.  Suess

Gregory H. Suess

Senior Advisor

Articles

Who Do We Think We Are? Lawyers as Stewards of a Noble Profession

Introduction: Lawyers as Stewards of a Noble Profession In the final scenes of the movie “A Few Good Men” – one of the great classics of legal cinema – under dramatic, but extremely risky cross-examination by Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise), Col. Nathan Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) admitted to directing the kind of “Code Red” discipline which led to the unintentional death of a Marine stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although contrary to military law, Col. Jessup explains that he did it for what he personally determined to be the greater good. When he is being arrested following this in-court admission, he is outraged, and he and Lt...

The Great Debate: Do You Arbitrate Commercial Disputes?

In a civil case, is it wiser for a business to try to persuade the counterparty to agree from the outset to arbitration—or potentially to place it's very solvency in the unpredictable hands of a judge and jury? Many "form" commercial contracts contain clauses mandating that any disputes that arise be resolved by binding arbitration rather than a jury or bench trial. Most trial courts, overwhelmed by a flood of cases, regularly enforce arbitration clauses—yet the decision to arbitrate and not litigate is a major business decision that should not be made lightly...

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Press

Bradley Awards 2023 Diversity Scholarship to University of Mississippi Law Student

Bradley is pleased to announce that the firm has awarded its 2023 2L Diversity Scholarship to Joe Curry from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Bradley’s diversity scholarship is awarded to law students who reflect and promote diversity in the legal profession and who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal marketplace. Each scholarship includes a summer clerkship with the firm. “Joe is an outstanding law student and individual, and we look forward to his contributions when we welcome him back to Bradley next summer,” said Bradley’s Director of Inclusion and Diversity George Medlock. Mr...

Bruce Ely Quoted in 1819 News on Potential Repeal of Municipal Occupational Taxes in Alabama

Bradley partner Bruce Ely was quoted in 1819 News on Alabama Sen. Andrew Jones’ proposed bill to gradually repeal all municipal occupational taxes, which is an additional tax imposed in certain cities in Alabama that’s withheld from the salaries of employees who work in that city, even if only periodically or temporarily. Ely said he was “hoping somebody would challenge the [City of Birmingham] tax,” but he hasn’t heard of any pending lawsuits against Birmingham yet, where there is a 1% occupational tax on workers employed in the city that is projected to produce nearly 20% of total revenue for the City in the 2023 fiscal year...

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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...

Underwritten

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...

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