252 Bradley Attorneys Listed in 2020 The Best Lawyers in America

Press Release, Awards and Recognition

Bradley is pleased to announce that 252 of the firm’s attorneys are included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the most highly regarded attorney referral publications, which is now in its 26th year. In addition, 25 Bradley attorneys were named by Best Lawyers 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 2020 Best Lawyers includes 81 percent of Bradley’s partners and 48 percent of all the firm’s attorneys.

“We are proud to have so many of our attorneys recognized once again by the Best Lawyers guide as among the top attorneys and practice leaders in the nation,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “We commend our attorneys who all go above and beyond to deliver outstanding service and value to our clients across our many offices throughout the U.S.”

Attorneys are selected for Best Lawyers 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 2020 edition is based on more than 7.8 million evaluations and recognizes more than 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

  • Jay Bender was named Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Litigation – Bankruptcy.
  • T. Michael Brown was named Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
  • Michael S. Denniston was named Antitrust Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Advertising Law, Copyright Law, Franchise Law, and Trademark Law.
  • Bruce P. Ely was named Litigation and Controversy – Tax “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Tax Law.
  • Denson N. Franklin III was named Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships] “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
  • Tripp Haston was named Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
  • Rod Kanter was named Municipal Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Economic Development Law and Public Finance Law.
  • Joseph B. Mays, Jr. was named Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Litigation and Controversy – Tax.
  • Dorothy Daigle Pak was named Securities / Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year.” She also is listed for Corporate Law.
  • E. Mabry Rogers was named Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Arbitration, Litigation – Construction, and Mediation.
  • David Roth was named Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Litigation – Environmental and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law.
  • Donald B. Sweeney, Jr. was named Education Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Employment Law – Management and Municipal Law.

The other Birmingham attorneys listed as 2020 Best Lawyers are:

Charlotte, N.C.

Dallas

 Houston

Huntsville, Ala.

  • Hall B. Bryant III was named Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, and Venture Capital Law.
  • Frank M. Caprio was named Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Copyright Law, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trade Secrets Law, and Trademark Law.
  • H. Harold Stephens was named Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

The other Huntsville attorneys listed as 2020 Best Lawyers are:

  • Timothy Peter Cummins (Commercial Litigation)
  • Kevin C. Gray (Bankruptcy and Finance Law, 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)
  • 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, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 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)

Jackson, Miss.

  • Ralph B. Germany, Jr. was named Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • J. William Manuel was named Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants.
  • Stephen L. Thomas was named Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

The other Jackson attorneys listed as 2020 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)
  • W. Rodney Clement (Corporate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law)
  • Margaret Oertling Cupples (Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • W. Wayne Drinkwater (Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants.)
  • Jason Fortenberry (Commercial Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Real Estate)
  • 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)
  • William R. Purdy (Construction Law)
  • 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 M. Wilson (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law)

Montgomery, Ala.

  • Charles Stewart was named Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

The other Montgomery attorneys listed as 2020 Best Lawyers are:

Nashville, Tenn.

  • Kevin B. Campbell was named Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • William F. Goodman III was named Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
  • Nathan H. Ridley was named Administrative / Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Government Relations Practice.
  • David K. Taylor was named Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Arbitration and Mediation.
  • John W. Titus was named Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships] “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
  • J. Thomas Trent, Jr. was named Economic Development Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He also is listed for Business Organizations [including LLCs and Partnerships], Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law.

The other Nashville attorneys listed as 2020 Best Lawyers are:

Tampa, Fla.

  • Timothy A. Andreu (Commercial Litigation)
  • A. Lee Bentley III (Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Qui Tam Law)
  • 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)
  • Jason P. Mehta (Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Qui Tam Law)
  • 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.