Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Names 10 Attorneys to Partner, Two to Counsel

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has named 10 attorneys to partner and two to counsel effective Jan. 1. The new partners are Keith S. Anderson; C. Jason Avery; Ryan L. Beaver; Michael J. Bentley; Kyle C. Hankey; Johanna L. Jumper; James E. Long, Jr.; Kathleen Shields O’Beirne; Jeremy A. Smith; and Michael F. Walker. In addition, Lindy D. Brown and James W. Porter, III have been named counsel.

“We congratulate all of our talented new partners and counsel. Their commitment to legal excellence and superior client service has yielded significant achievements and professional recognition that has led to these promotions,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “We look forward to their ongoing contributions to our firm and service to our clients.”

Keith S. Anderson (Birmingham, Ala.) is a member of the Litigation and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on representing clients in the financial services industry. Mr. Anderson has handled causes of action including TILA, RESPA, HOEPA, FDCPA, predatory lending, wrongful foreclosure, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, mortgage-related fees and services, origination, pooling and servicing agreements, deceptive trade practices’ claims, loan repurchase disputes, investor disputes, servicing matters, mortgage fraud, Texas home equity loans, and contentious foreclosure actions. He earned his J.D. (with honors) from The Ohio State University and holds a B.A. (with distinction) from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

C. Jason Avery (Birmingham, Ala.) is a member of the Real Estate and Banking and Financial Services Practice Groups. He represents clients in both transactions and litigation, splitting his time between real estate transactional matters and real estate and mortgage litigation. Mr. Avery holds a J.D. ( cum laude) from The University of Alabama School of Law and a B.S. (cum laude) from Birmingham-Southern College.

Ryan L. Beaver (Charlotte, N.C.) is a member of the Construction and Procurement and Litigation Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice on large public and private commercial construction practice disputes. Mr. Beaver has extensive experience in representing contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in various state and federal courts, as well as private arbitrations. He also assists clients in drafting and negotiating their construction contracts. Mr. Beaver earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. He also holds a B.A. (cum laude) from Wake Forest University.

Michael J. Bentley (Jackson, Miss.) is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and the Appellate Team. He litigates commercial disputes in trial courts and on appeal. Mr. Bentley’s commercial litigation experience ranges from contract and commercial lease disputes to housing-discrimination claims, whistleblower suits, tort claims, and tax protests. He clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bentley holds a J.D. (summa cum laude) from Mississippi College School of Law and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Millsaps College.

Kyle C. Hankey (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the Government Enforcement and Investigation Practice Group. He also has experience in the areas of complex commercial litigation and governmental affairs. Mr. Hankey focuses his practice on handling internal investigations for corporations responding to alleged management or employee misconduct. He is experienced in assessing the complex issues that a company’s directors and management confront after ordering an internal investigation. Mr. Hankey holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He also holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University.

Johanna L. Jumper (Nashville, Tenn.) is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. She represents developers, landlords, and tenants in all types of real estate transactions, including real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and refinancing; closing of new loans and loan assumptions; workouts and foreclosures; and retail, office, and industrial leasing. She also has served equity investors in the purchase, reorganization, and sale of distressed assets. Ms. Jumper earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and holds a B.A. (cum laude) from Syracuse University.

James E. Long, Jr. (Birmingham, Ala.) is a member of the Tax Practice Group. He concentrates his practice primarily in the area of state and local tax matters, including income, franchise, and transactional taxes and various tax incentives. He also assists clients with federal tax issues, including those related to forming, acquiring, reorganizing, and operating their businesses as corporations or various limited liability entities. Mr. Long holds a J.D. (cum laude) from The University of Alabama School of Law. He also holds an LL.M. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. (cum laude) from Auburn University.

Kathleen Shields O’Beirne (Jackson, Miss.) is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Ms. O’Beirne focuses her practice on representing financial institutions, insurers, and attorneys in civil litigation matters in both federal and state courts. She represents companies and individuals against a wide variety of claims, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as claims for fraud, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duties, and wrongful foreclosure. Ms. O’Beirne earned her J.D. ( magna cum laude) from the University of Mississippi School of Law and holds an A.B. from Davidson College.

Jeremy A. Smith (Huntsville, Ala.) is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. A registered patent attorney, he focuses his practice on protecting and managing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret rights. His practice encompasses all fields of biotechnology, including the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and diagnostic industries. Mr. Smith holds a J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law. He also holds an M.S. and B.S., both from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Michael F. Walker (Birmingham, Ala.) is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He handles a broad variety of complex civil litigation. His experience encompasses cases in national multi-district litigation, in state and federal courts across the country, and in nearly half of Alabama’s 67 counties. Mr. Walker focuses his practice on products liability, intellectual property, and class action cases. He also has litigated commercial, employment, environmental, insurance, liquor liability, and real estate matters. Mr. Walker earned his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sharon L. Blackburn.

Lindy D. Brown (Jackson, Miss.) is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and focuses her practice on commercial, tort, and general litigation. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Barbour and has coauthored several Daubert update articles for DRI. Ms. Brown holds a J.D. ( summa cum laude) from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She earned a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Rhodes College.

James W. Porter, III (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and the Appellate Team and has extensive experience at both the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts. He has represented individual and corporate clients in cases involving a wide spectrum of issues. In addition to his focus on civil defense litigation, Mr. Porter has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in class actions, parties in defamation suits, parties involved in insurance-related actions, and plaintiffs in civil rights cases. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Probst. Mr. Porter holds a J.D. ( cum laude) from The University of Alabama School of Law and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

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