Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Welcomes 23 First-Year Associates

Press Release

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that a total of 23 first-year associates have joined the firm this fall across four offices.

“We proudly welcome our first-year associates who are some of the best and brightest recent graduates from many of the top law schools in the country,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “This is a diverse group of individuals with broad backgrounds and valuable work experience that will greatly contribute to the high caliber of legal services that we provide to our clients.”

Joining the firm in the Birmingham office:

Hillary L. Chinigo will serve as a member of the Litigation practice group. During law school, she worked as an intern for the Honorable R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, and for the Honorable Paul W. Greene, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Alabama. She also worked for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Ms. Chinigo holds a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

Mary Ann Lane Couch joins the firm as a member of the Litigation practice group. Ms. Couch was a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. She holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. She also has a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Anna Leigh Craft joins the firm as a member of the Litigation practice group. Previously a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Ms. Craft also served as a clerk with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office in Columbiana, Ala. She holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition, Ms. Craft has a B.A., summa cum laude, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama.

Denetra N. Hartzog will serve as a member of the Real Estate and Corporate practice groups. Ms. Hartzog worked as a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. She holds a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. In addition, she has an MBA from the Brock School of Business at Samford University and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Auburn University.

Elizabeth B. Crawford Josephs will serve as a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups. During law school, Ms. Josephs was a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. She holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She also has a B.A. from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, she studied at La Sorbonne: Université de Paris I, Université de Paris VII in Paris, France.

Jonathan R. Kolodziej joins the firm as a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Kolodziej was a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. He holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. He also has a B.A., cum laude, from Villanova University.

Elliot Jacob Labovitz will serve as a member of the Corporate practice group. Previously a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Mr. Labovitz also was an intern for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and for the Honorable R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Evelyn Diane McKinney will serve as a member of the Corporate practice group. Ms. She holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Furman University.

Spencer Mobley will serve as a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Mobley previously was a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and served as a clerk for the Honorable J. Scott Vowell, presiding judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Mobley holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. He also has a B.A., summa cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College.

J. Wilson Nash joins the firm as a member of the Litigation, and Construction and Procurement practice groups. Mr. Nash was a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. He holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. Nash also has a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College.

John Christopher Selman will serve as a member of both the Litigation and the Construction and Procurement practice groups. He holds a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a B.S., magna cum laude, from Auburn University.

Alison Marie Curran Smith joins the firm as a member of the Litigation practice group. Ms. Smith served as a summer intern for the Honorable Judge Karon O. Bowdre of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She holds a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.A., with honors, from Washington University.

Sean Michael Solomon will serve as a member of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Distressed Investing practice group. Mr. Solomon served as an intern for Judge Thomas A. Varlan of the Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Tennessee. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.S., with high honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Richard K. Vann, Jr. joins the firm as a member of the Financial Services Litigation practice group. Mr. Vann served a summer externship with U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins of the Middle District of Alabama. He holds a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and a B.S., cum laude, from Auburn University.

James P. Watkins will serve as a member of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Distressed Investing practice group. Mr. Watkins’ legal experience includes a legal department internship at Healthsouth Corporation. He holds a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and a B.S., cum laude, from Auburn University.

Joining the firm in the Charlotte office:

Amy Elizabeth Puckett will serve as a member of the Litigation practice group. Ms. Puckett holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and a M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also has a B.A., cum laude, from Davidson College.

Joining the firm in the Jackson office:

Simon Bailey will serve as a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Bailey worked as a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and served as a summer clerk for the Honorable Virginia Carlton of the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Mississippi State University.

Aaron Graham joins the firm as a member of the Corporate practice group. Mr. Graham’s work experience includes the Chancellor’s Urban Education Leaders Internship Program at the D.C. Public Schools. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also has a B.A., summa cum laude, from Mississippi College.

Bethany Ann Tarpley will serve as a member of the Construction practice group. Ms. Tarpley worked as a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and served as an associate with the International Bar Association in London, England. She holds a J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law. She also has a M.A., summa cum laude, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Florida State University.

Joining the firm in the Nashville office:

Sarah K. Baker will serve as a member of the Health Care practice group. Ms. Baker served as a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and also with the Honorable Judge Steve Dozier of the Davidson County Criminal Court of the 20th Judicial District in Nashville. Ms. Baker holds a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Furman University.

Robert Laser joins the firm as a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Laser was a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and served as a legal intern with Georgia Capital Defenders. Mr. Laser holds a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee.

Nikhil G. Mathews will serve as a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Mathews’ work experience includes a summer associate position with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and an internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

Amanda E. Nichols will serve as a member of the Corporate practice group. In addition to serving as a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Ms. Nichols worked as a legal intern at Clayton Homes, Inc., in Maryville, Tenn. She holds a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia.