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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP  

Legal Services | Alabama, USA

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1819 Fifth Avenue North | Birmingham | Alabama | 35203 | USA

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's 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
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 10
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 535

Areas of Practice
  • Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Appellate
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Cannabis
  • Class Actions
  • Construction
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Economic Development
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Franchise and Distribution
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Enforcement and Investigations
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International and Cross Border
  • Labor and Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Parliamentary Procedure and Professional Presiding
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • State Attorneys General and Regulators
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications and Utilities
  • Trusts and Estates


Kay Bains

Kay K. BainsRetired Partner

William Barclift

William C. BarcliftRetired Partner

Jay Bender

Jay BenderPartner

Phil Butler

Phil ButlerRetired Partner

Stanley Bynum

Stanley D. BynumRetired Partner

Beau Byrd

Beau ByrdPartner

Philip Carroll

Philip J. CarrollRetired Partner

Tom Carruthers

Tom CarruthersRetired Partner

Brittin Coleman

Brittin T. ColemanRetired Partner

Anna Craft

Anna CraftPartner

L. Doss

L. Susan DossRetired Partner

Stuart Frentz

Stuart J. FrentzRetired Partner

James Gewin

James W. GewinRetired Partner

Lee Gilley

Lee GilleyPartner

Rudy Hill

Rudy HillPartner

Rod Kanter

Rod KanterPartner

Michael McKibben

Michael D. McKibbenRetired Partner

Hobart McWhorter

Hobart A. McWhorterRetired Partner

George Medlock

George D. MedlockPartner and Director of Inclusion and Diversity

John Morrow

John H. MorrowRetired Partner

Donald Sweeney

Donald B. SweeneyRetired Partner

Laurence Vinson

Laurence D. VinsonRetired Partner

Paul Ware

Paul S. WareRetired Partner

Meade Whitaker

Meade WhitakerRetired Partner

John Wrinkle

John N. WrinkleRetired Partner


Of Counsel


Joshua Blades

Joshua O. BladesSenior Advisor

Graham Gerhardt

Graham W. GerhardtSenior Attorney

Paul Kavinoky

Paul A. KavinokySenior Advisor

Preston Neel

Preston H. NeelSenior Attorney

Harry Ollinger

Harry OllingerSenior Attorney

Dave Stewart

Dave StewartSenior Advisor

Darrell Tucker

Darrell C. TuckerSenior Attorney

Benn Wilson

Benn C. WilsonSenior Attorney


The Pros and Cons of the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Effective February 19, 2020, Congress enacted new bankruptcy legislation granting debtors the option to elect a new subchapter V of chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code (Subchapter V). This was made possible by the bipartisan legislation known as the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA). 1 Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) of 2019, Pub. L. No. 11654, 133 Stat. 1079. Unless otherwise stated, all statutory references are to the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq...

Generating Captive Revenue through Tenant Liability Programmes
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

The real estate sector is facing numerous economic challenges. The property and casualty markets are hardening, while tenants are looking for rent concessions. Meanwhile, moves by some businesses to allow more working from home could significantly reduce demand for office space. When insurance expenses are increasing, a captive may be used to stabilise premium costs by increasing deductibles and insuring the deductibles in the captive. The higher deductible should lower the premium cost to third party carriers while allowing the insured to place the retained risk in its captive and benefit economically from positive claims experience...

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Charles Elder Joins Bradley's Nashville Office as a Litigation Associate
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

[!Bradley is pleased to announce that Charles E. Elder is part of the firm’s Nashville office as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. “We are pleased to have Chad as part of our team in Nashville,” said Bradley Nashville Office Managing Partner Lela Hollabaugh. “Chad brings more than 20 years of experience – largely focused in the areas of antitrust and securities – to Bradley’s highly skilled bench of litigators.” For more than two decades, Mr. Elder has worked on a wide variety of complex business disputes, with an emphasis on antitrust and securities litigation...

Bradley Featured in Business Alabama for Celebrating 150th Anniversary
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

[!Bradley was featured in Business Alabama for celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020. The article highlighted Bradley's history and evolution from a Birmingham-based firm to a national law firm serving clients in a wide variety of industries. Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters describes these more recent years as an active balance between strategic growth and legacy culture. “You can reach a tipping point where you could become just a bunch of people at different offices,” said Skeeters. “We’ll fight hard to avoid that...

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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...

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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...

Financial Services Perspectives
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Bradley's Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team offers the full spectrum of legal services to banks, bank holding companies, mortgage servicers, home mortgage lenders, and other consumer finance companies.

It Pays to Be Covered™
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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,...

Online and On Point
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

A Resource for Privacy Developments and Cybersecurity Risks in an Era of Evolving Technology

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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...

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

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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