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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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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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

David Roth

David RothPartner

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


Taxpayer Appeals Loss in Rare Constitutional Challenge to Composite Return Statute
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

Cases challenging the constitutionality of state pass-through entity (PTE) nonresident owner withholding or composite return statutes are extremely rare. However, a recent Alabama Circuit Court decision, Black Eagle Minerals, LLC v. Alabama Department of Revenue, Case No. CV-2018-900328.00 (Cir. Ct. Montgomery County, Ala., July 27, 2020), highlights why such challenges may be more common when PTE composite returns are mandatory. The case shows a deep fissure in the constitutional jurisprudence addressing jurisdiction to tax nonresident owners, and the dual nature of pass-through entity taxes as simultaneously being taxes on the entities and on their owners...

GAO Report on Abusive Tax Schemes Perpetuates Misunderstandings of Captives
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

A GAO report was intended to shed some light the use of captives as abusive tax shelters. Instead it only risks perpetuating misunderstandings, says Bradley’s Davis Smith. On August 31, 2020, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its reported prepared at the behest of Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Finance Committee, on the uses of certain captive insurance companies and life insurance products in offshore domiciles that are categorised in this report as abusive tax schemes. Actual risk The report provides a general overview of captive insurance arrangements where a section 831(b) election has been made...

All articles submitted by Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP


Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jon Skeeters Featured in Thomson Reuters 'On Leadership' Series
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

[!Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters was featured in the Thomson Reuters "On Leadership" series. The series spotlights conversations with law firm CEOs or managing partners about how they are leading their law firms in today's dramatically changing and highly competitive legal industry. Rose Ors, Thomson Reuters: You became managing partner in September 2018. How did you spend your first 90 days? Skeeters: I visited all of our offices to have as many face-to-face meetings as I could with our partners on what I called my barnstorming tour. My goal was to better understand their practice and the support they needed...

Four Bradley Attorneys Named to BBJ's 'Best of the Bar' for 2020
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

[!Four Bradley attorneys were named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” for 2020. Jim Archibald, Jennifer Hoover Clark, Rod Kanter and Anne Yuengert were all included in the annual list of Birmingham’s top legal minds. The complete list of the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 “Best of the Bar” was announced on September 15, 2020...

All press submitted by Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP


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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