More than 170 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Edition

Press Release

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that 173 of the firm’s attorneys are listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the most highly respected referral publications in the legal profession. Best Lawyers are regarded as among the top leaders in their practice areas.

The Best Lawyers guide selects attorneys for inclusion based upon an expansive peer-review survey of top lawyers who assess the legal abilities of other attorneys in their practice areas. More than 4 million evaluations went into developing the 2013 edition. Attorneys cannot pay their way onto the list.

“We congratulate our 2013 Best Lawyers honorees, many of whom are recognized in more than one practice area,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “For 2013 we also saw an increase in the total number of our attorneys listed as Best Lawyers, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to retaining and attracting the best talent in the legal profession. Most of our attorneys are among the top leaders in many diverse areas of the law.”

Attorneys in the firm’s Birmingham office who are listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America are: Scott E. Adams (Trusts and Estates); Hal Albritton (Commercial Litigation); Jim Archibald (Litigation – Construction); Marc James Ayers (Appellate); Kay K. Bains (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Timber Law); Charles A.J. Beavers, Jr. (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law); Jay R. Bender (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy); Dylan C. Black (Commercial Litigation); Paul P. Bolus (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law); Axel Bolvig III (Construction Law, Litigation – Construction); T. Michael Brown (Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs); Beau Byrd (Real Estate Law); Philip J. Carroll III (Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants); Tom Carruthers (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Tax Law); James W. Childs, Jr. (Business Organization [including LLCs and Partnerships], Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Venture Capital Law); J.S. Christie, Jr. (Insurance Law, Litigation – ERISA); Brittin T. Coleman (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); John J. Coleman, Jr. (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law - Management); Paul Compton (Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Insurance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law); Stewart M. Cox (Commercial Litigation); Patrick Darby (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy); Michael S. Denniston (Antitrust Law, Franchise Law); L. Susan Doss (Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law); J. David Dresher (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law); Bruce P. Ely (Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law); Denson N. Franklin III (Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships], Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); Stuart J. Frentz (Tax Law); Linda A. Friedman (Copyright Law, Franchise Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Trademark Law); James W. Gewin (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants); N. Chris Glenos (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy); Glenn E. Glover (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law); John E. Goodman (Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants); Beau Grenier (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation); Christopher R. Grissom (Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law); John W. Hargrove (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment); Tripp Haston (Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants); James F. Henry (Health Care Law); K. Wood Herren (Economic Development Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law); William L. Hinds, Jr. (Corporate Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates); Leigh Anne Hodge (Health Care Law; Insurance Law; Litigation – ERISA); Gary L. Howard (Insurance Law); David G. Hymer (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation); Rod Kanter (Public Finance Law); Joel M. Kuehnert (Environmental Law); Harold B. Kushner (Corporate Law, Tax Law); Bradley W. Lard (Tax Law, Trusts and Estates); Matthew H. Lembke (Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Water Law); Jack B. Levy (Corporate Law, Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law; Health Care Law); Colin H. Luke (Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); Robert Maddox (Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance); Joseph B. Mays, Jr. (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation & Controversy – Tax); Justin T. McDonald (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); Michael D. McKibben (Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Carey B. McRae (Health Care Law); Hobart A. McWhorter, Jr. (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants); T. Matthew Miller (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management); John K. Molen (Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation); Stephen R. Monk (Real Estate Law); Charles Moore (Banking & Finance Law); John H. Morrow (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants); Kevin C. Newsom (Appellate); David W. Owen (Construction Law); Dorothy Daigle Pak (Corporate Law); Virginia C. Patterson (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); Michael R. Pennington (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Securities, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants); Kenneth M. Perry (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); T. Gregory Peterson, Ph.D. (Biotechnology Law, Patent Law); J. David Pugh (Construction Law, Litigation – Construction); Laura Schiele Robinson (Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law); E. Mabry Rogers (Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Mediation); Jim Rotch (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); David Roth (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental); Walter J. Sears III (Construction Law); Anne Marie Seibel (Commercial Litigation); Jack W. Selden (Criminal Defense: White Collar); Dawn Helms Sharff (Real Estate Law); Frederic L. Smith, Jr. (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); J. David Stewart (Government Relations Practice); Jim Stewart (Corporate Law); Donald B. Sweeney, Jr. (Education Law, Municipal Law); Paul. M Sykes (Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law); Tracy M. Thompson (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law); Sid J. Trant (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental); Bobby C. Underwood (Real Estate Law); Laurence D. Vinson, Jr. (Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, International Trade and Finance Law); Jason A. Walters (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law); Robert C. Walthall (Corporate Law, Tax Law); Paul S. Ware (Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law); John D. Watson (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); Meade Whitaker, Jr. (Real Estate Law); J. Keith Windle (Real Estate Law); Kenneth T. Wyatt (Banking & Finance Law); Ralph H. Yeilding (Trusts and Estates); Anne R. Yuengert (Employment Law – Management); and Alan K. Zeigler (Public Finance Law).

Attorneys in the firm’s Huntsville, Ala., office who are listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America are: Hall B. Bryant III (Biotechnology Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Venture Capital Law); Frank M. Caprio (Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law); S. Revelle Gwyn (Corporate Law); Warne S. Heath (Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment); Cutter Hughes (First Amendment Law); G. Bartley Loftin III (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities), Scott E. Ludwig (Biotechnology Law, Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates); Kimberly B. Martin (Biotechnology Law, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law); George A. Smith II (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); Scott Burnett Smith (Appellate); and H. Harold Stephens (Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants).

Recognized attorneys in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office are: Roy D. Campbell III (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants); David W. Clark (Commercial Litigation); W. Rodney Clement (Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law); Margaret Oertling Cupples (Appellate); W. Wayne Drinkwater (Appellate, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants); Ralph B. Germany, Jr. (Construction Law); J. William Manuel (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants); J. Douglas Minor, Jr. (Commercial Litigation); Wendy R. Mullins (Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships]; Dinetia Newman (Health Care Law); William R. Purdy (Construction Law); Stephen L. Thomas (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); and Stephen M. Wilson (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law).

Attorneys in the firm’s Montgomery, Ala., office who are listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America are: Phil Butler (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation); Wendell Cauley (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Tax Law); W. Stanley Gregory (Public Finance Law, Tax Law); William C. McGowin (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants); and Charles Stewart (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation).

Listed attorneys in the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office are: Patrick L. Alexander (Corporate Law, Public Finance Law); Paul A. Alexis (Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation); Andrea C. Barach (Corporate Law, Trademark Law); Emily Hatch Bowman (Banking & Finance Law); Stephen T. Braun (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); Michael D. Brent (Health Care Law); Kevin B. Campbell (Health Care Law); Ann Peldo Cargile (Real Estate Law); Davis H. Carr (Banking & Finance Law); J. Greer Cummings, Jr. (Real Estate Law); William W. Earthman III (Banking & Finance Law); Joseph W. Gibbs (Economic Development Law, Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law); John E. Gillmor (Health Care Law); Jay Hardcastle (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); John R. Haynes (Real Estate Law); Lela Hollabaugh (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Energy Law); E. Berry Holt (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); H. Frederick Humbracht, Jr. (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Construction); B. David Joffe (Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law) Roger G. Jones (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy); Amy S. Leopard (Health Care Law); Mark C. Lewis (Health Care Law); Samuel D. Lipshie (Entertainment Law – Music); Matthew C. Lonergan (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment); Chuck Mataya (Litigation – Labor & Employment); Russell B. Morgan (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction); Patricia Head Moskal (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation & Controversy - Tax); John E. Murdock III (Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law); Jim Murphy (Economic Development Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law); Andrew J. Murray (Health Care Law); John W. Myers II (Banking & Finance Law); Gordon Earle Nichols (Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law); William L. Norton III (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation); Craig Oliver (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment); Robert S. Patterson (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property); Todd Presnell (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment); Nathan H. Ridley (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice); Charles S. Sanger (Banking & Finance Law); John M. Scannapieco (Litigation – ERISA); Brooks R. Smith (Real Estate Law); David K. Taylor (Arbitration, Construction Law, Mediation); John W. Titus (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law); J. Thomas Trent, Jr. (Economic Development Law, Real Estate Law); Thor Y. Urness (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property); Henry M. Walker (Energy Law); Richard F. Warren (Real Estate Law); and Robert E. Wood (Real Estate Law).

Recognized attorneys in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office are: Douglas L. Patin (Construction Law) and Stephen R. Spivack (Criminal Defense: White Collar).

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