Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Legal Services | Alabama, USA
tel: 256 517 5100 | fax: 256 517 5200
200 Clinton Avenue W, Ste 900 | Huntsville | Alabama | 35801 | USA


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.

Lawyers Worldwide: 550

Areas of Practice


Employer Discipline Lessons In DC Circ. Vulgar Protest Ruling

A ruling of the National Labor Relations Board in favor of an employee fired for using vulgar language on a company bulletin board was affirmed in August by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The ruling of both the NLRB and the court of appeals in Constellium Rolled Products v. NLRB regarding the employer's discipline for the comment is a perfect example of how confusing the protection of concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act can be. Although the facts in Constellium were not complicated, the case had a long history. It was tried before an NLRB administrative law judge, appealed to the NLRB, then appealed to the D.C...

Cannabis Laws & the Southern States

The changes in the cannabis industry in Southeastern United States represent some of the most surprising and remarkable changes in the history of the industry. The South is well positioned to be a leader in the cannabis industry, and in some ways, it should be expected. The region has been instrumental in highly regulated industries, such as alcohol and tobacco, and the only federally sanctioned cannabis grow program has operated at the University of Mississippi since the 1960s. Although several Southern states have enacted medical cannabis programs, no states have embraced recreational use of cannabis...

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Bruce Ely Quoted in Law360 Tax Authority on California's Supreme Court Pass on Administrative Agency Deference

Bradley partner Bruce Ely was quoted in the Law360 Tax Authority on the California Supreme Court’s recent decision to defer to the California FTB’s regulation in holding an out-of-state trust’s capital gain income subject to California franchise/income tax. This matter is a cause of concern for many tax professionals and practitioners, who believe that the litigation will have adverse consequences for nonresident partners and shareholders in future tax matters in the state...

Bradley Adds O. Cobb Bostick to Tax Group

Bradley is pleased to announce that O. Cobb Bostick has joined as an associate in the firm’s Tax Practice Group and Trusts & Estates Practice Group. “Cobb has an exceptional understanding of tax law and the complexities of estate planning,” said Bradley Birmingham Office Managing Partner Dawn Helms Sharff. “We are pleased to welcome him to the firm and know he will provide strategic, sound advice to our clients.” Mr. Bostick focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, and taxation...

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Labor & Employment Insights

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The Law of Order

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