Two Bradley Arant Boult Cummings attorneys elected Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Accolade, Firm News

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys J. William Manuel and A. Kate Margolis have been elected as Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Election as a Fellow recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated the highest principles of the legal profession, and is limited to less than 1 percent of attorneys licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

“We congratulate and celebrate Will and Kate for their well-deserved distinction,” said firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “The American Bar Foundation is honoring what we as their colleagues already know – that each is a talented, trusted lawyer dedicated to upholding the highest standards of the legal profession for their clients, peers and community.”

Manuel, a partner in the firm’s Jackson office, focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in Mississippi and other jurisdictions. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Manuel also has experience in advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. He focuses on active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial. Manual earned his BA (magna cum laude) from Mississippi State University and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Margolis, of counsel in the firm’s Jackson office, is an experienced litigator who focuses on interpretation of commercial liability and property insurance policies, and strategies for securing coverage for policyholders when an insurer has denied coverage or reserved its rights. In addition to her insurance coverage practice, Margolis counsels clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes, represents clients before state agencies, and assists clients with federal and state applications for registration of trademarks. Throughout her career, she has remained committed to public service through bar service and leadership. She currently serves as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and received the Outstanding Service Award from the Capital Area Bar Association for her work as a member of the board of directors and as editor of the association’s newsletter. She has also maintained an active pro bono practice in family law matters and post-conviction capital defense. Margolis earned her BA (summa cum laude) from Mississippi College, and her JD (summa cum laude) from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

About the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of the Fellows. Fellows have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. The Fellows support the research work of the American Bar Foundation through their annual contributions, and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to leaders of the legal profession. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdictions and elected by the board of the American Bar Foundation.

Contact: Vivian Hood