236 Bradley Attorneys Listed in 2019 The Best Lawyers in America

Press Release, Awards and Recognition

Bradley is pleased to announce that 236 of the firm’s attorneys have been listed in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the most highly regarded attorney referral publications. In addition, Best Lawyers named 17 of the firm’s attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year.” In each metropolitan area, only a single attorney in each legal practice area is designated as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

The 2019 Best Lawyers includes 80 percent of Bradley’s partners and 47 percent of all the firm’s attorneys.

“We congratulate the Bradley attorneys who have been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as among the top attorneys in their practice areas,” said Bradley Interim Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Dawn Helms Sharff. “We are so proud that a very large number of our lawyers earn this distinction each year, which is a testament to the high level of service we provide to our clients.”

Now in its 25th edition, Best Lawyers lists attorneys who are selected through extensive surveys of leading lawyers who assess the legal abilities of their peers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay a fee to participate or be recognized. The 2019 edition is based on more than 7.8 million evaluations and recognizes over 60,000 attorneys in 145 practice areas.

Following are the Bradley attorneys selected by Best Lawyers, as well as their recognized practice areas, organized by office.

Birmingham, Ala.

  • Philip J. Carroll III was named Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.
  • Robert M. Couch was named Government Relations Practice “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Banking and Finance Law.
  • Stephen R. Monk was named Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Real Estate Law.
  • J. David Pugh was named Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Litigation – Construction.
  • Kenneth T. Wyatt was named Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

The other Birmingham attorneys listed as 2019 Best Lawyers are:

  • Scott E. Adams (Trusts and Estates)
  • Hal Albritton (Commercial Litigation)
  • F. Wendell Allen (Financial Services Regulation Law)
  • Jim Archibald (Construction Law, Litigation – Construction)
  • Marc James Ayers (Appellate Practice)
  • James Blake Bailey (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
  • Charles A. J. Beavers, Jr. (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law)
  • Jay Bender (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy)
  • Julia Gruenewald Bernstein (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Lee Birchall (Public Finance Law)
  • Dylan C. Black (Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Paul P. Bolus (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance)
  • Axel Bolvig III (Construction Law, Litigation – Construction)
  • T. Michael Brown (Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Phil Butler (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation)
  • Beau Byrd (Real Estate Law)
  • Hope Thai Cannon (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Jennifer Hoover Clark (Health Care Law)
  • Keith Covington (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Stewart M. Cox (Commercial Litigation)
  • William S. “Buddy” Cox III (Litigation – Environmental, Water Law)
  • Ty E. Dedmon (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • R. Alan Deer (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Corporate Law)
  • Michael S. Denniston (Antitrust Law, Copyright Law, Franchise Law, Trademark Law)
  • Lesley Smith DeRamus (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation 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)
  • Jeffrey D. Dyess (Commercial Litigation)
  • Hallman B. Eady (Commercial Litigation)
  • 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 Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and 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)
  • John Mark Goodman (Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Beau Grenier (Corporate Law, Mergers and 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 and Employment)
  • Judd A. Harwood (Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Tripp Haston (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Christopher L. Hawkins (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization 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, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Gary L. Howard (Insurance Law)
  • David G. Hymer (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation)
  • Andy Johnson (Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation -- Defendants)
  • Nathan W. Johnson (Information Technology Law, Patent Law)
  • Rod Kanter (Economic Development Law, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law)
  • Joel M. Kuehnert (Environmental Law)
  • Harold B. Kushner (Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships], Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Tax Law)
  • Bradley W. Lard (Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates)
  • Alex B. Leath (Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Tax Law)
  • Matthew H. Lembke (Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Water Law)
  • Jack B. Levy (Corporate Law, Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law, Health Care Law)
  • James E. Long Jr. (Tax Law)
  • Robert Maddox (Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance)
  • Stuart M. Maxey (Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Joseph B. Mays, Jr. (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation and Controversy – Tax)
  • Justin T. McDonald (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Jennifer J. McGahey (Litigation - Labor and Employment)
  • Michael D. McKibben (Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)
  • T. Matthew Miller (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Richard H. Monk III (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Cathleen C. Moore (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
  • Charles Moore (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law)
  • Jamie L. Moore (Insurance Law)
  • Daniel F. Murphy (Health Care Law)
  • D. Brian O’Dell (Commercial Litigation)
  • David W. Owen (Construction Law, Litigation – Construction)
  • Dorothy Daigle Pak (Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law)
  • Virginia C. Patterson (Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships], Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Michael R. Pennington (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Insurance, Litigation – Securities, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants)
  • Charles A. Roberts, Jr. (Corporate Law)
  • T. Atkins Roberts, Jr. (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law)
  • Laura Schiele Robinson (Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law)
  • J. Andrew Robison (Corporate Law)
  • E. Mabry Rogers (Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Mediation)
  • David Roth (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law)
  • Walter J. Sears III (Construction Law)
  • Anne Marie Seibel (Commercial Litigation)
  • Jack W. Selden (Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Qui Tam Law)
  • Dawn Helms Sharff (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law)
  • Edward S. Sledge IV (Commercial Litigation)
  • Frederic L. Smith, Jr. (Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Rusha C. Smith (Commercial Litigation)
  • John W. Smith T (Commercial Litigation, Labor Law – Management)
  • J. David Stewart (Government Relations Practice)
  • Donald B. Sweeney, Jr. (Education Law, Employment Law – Management, Municipal Law)
  • Tracy M. Thompson (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law)
  • Ethan T. Tidmore (Commercial Litigation)
  • Laurence D. Vinson, Jr. (Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, International Trade and Finance Law)
  • Brian Alexander Wahl (Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Michael F. Walker (Commercial Litigation)
  • Jason A. Walters (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law)
  • R. Thomas Warburton (Commercial Litigation)
  • Laura P. Washburn (Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law)
  • John D. Watson (Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • James L. Webb (Real Estate Law)
  • Meade Whitaker, Jr. (Real Estate Law)
  • J. Keith Windle (Real Estate Law)
  • Ralph H. Yeilding (Trusts and Estates)
  • Anne R. Yuengert (Education Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Alan K. Zeigler (Public Finance Law)

Charlotte, N.C.

Houston, Tex.

  • Ian P. Faria was named Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Construction Law.

The other Houston attorneys listed as a 2019 Best Lawyers are:

Huntsville, Ala.

  • Hall B. Bryant III (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Venture Capital Law)
  • Frank M. Caprio (Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trade Secrets Law, Trademark Law)
  • Timothy Peter Cummins (Commercial Litigation)
  • Kevin C. Gray (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law)
  • Stephen H. Hall (Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law)
  • Warne S. Heath (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Angela Holt (Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent)
  • David W. Holt (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent)
  • Benjamin W. Hutton (Real Estate Law)
  • Daniel Kaufmann (Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Health Care, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • G. Bartley Loftin III (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Securities)
  • Scott E. Ludwig (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Corporate Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Non-Profit / Charities Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates)
  • Kimberly B. Martin (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Litigation – First Amendment, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • George A. Smith II (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Scott Burnett Smith (Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation)
  • H. Harold Stephens (Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Jackson, Miss.

  • W. Rodney Clement was named Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Corporate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law.
  • W. Wayne Drinkwater was named Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants.
  • William R. Purdy was named Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

The other Jackson attorneys listed as 2019 Best Lawyers are:

  • Michael J. Bentley (Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning)
  • Jeffrey R. Blackwood (Commercial Litigation)
  • Roy D. Campbell III (Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • David W. Clark (Commercial Litigation)
  • Margaret Oertling Cupples (Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Jason Fortenberry (Commercial Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Law)
  • Ralph B. Germany, Jr. (Construction Law)
  • J. William Manuel (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants)
  • Mary Clay W. Morgan (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants), Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • Wendy R. Mullins (Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships])
  • Dinetia M. Newman (Health Care Law)
  • Alan W. Perry (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Real Estate)
  • Alex Purvis (Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Joseph J. Stroble (Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Stephen L. Thomas (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Stephen M. Wilson (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law)

Montgomery, Ala.

  • W. Stanley Gregory (Public Finance Law, Tax Law)
  • William C. McGowin (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • George R. Parker (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Insurance, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Robert Emmett Poundstone IV (Litigation – Health Care)
  • Charles Stewart (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)

Nashville, Tenn.

  • Stephen T. Braun was named Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Corporate Law and Health Care Law.
  • Doug Franck was named Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Corporate Law.
  • Joseph W. Gibbs was named Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Economic Development Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, and Trusts and Estates.
  • Lela Hollabaugh was named Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year.” She also is listed for Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
  • John E. Murdock III was named Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Equipment Finance Law and Project Finance Law.
  • William L. Norton III was named Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.
  • Phillip E. Walker was named Litigation – Patent “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Litigation – Intellectual Property, and Patent Law.
  • Richard F. Warren was named Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

The other Nashville attorneys listed as 2019 Best Lawyers are:

Tampa, Fla.

  • Timothy A. Andreu (Commercial Litigation)
  • Michael B. Colgan (Commercial Litigation)
  • Robert B. Glenn (Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy)
  • Mark A. Hanley (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • R. Craig Mayfield (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Robert C. Rasmussen (Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation)
  • Edwin G. Rice (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy)
  • Alysa J. Ward (Employment Law – Management)

Washington, D.C.