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Areas of Expertise

Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Appellate Practice, Medical Malpractice, Auto Accidents and Injuries, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Toxic Torts, Workers Compensation and Aviation Law

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Litigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1991
Tennessee, 1991
Supreme Court of Alabama
U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Education:

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1990
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Vice Chairperson (Education), John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, 1989-1990
Honors: John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition-Quarter Finalist, 1989
Honors: Jessup International Moot Court Team-Manager, 1989-1990
Honors: Recognized among Outstanding Oral Advocates
Honors: Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society
Honors: First Year Moot Court Program, 1988
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1987
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Jeffrey F. Stein Award (Most Outstanding Sophomore student)
Honors: Squires-President (Ten Most Outstanding Freshmen)
Honors: Lambda Sigma (Sophomore Honorary) Chapter Editor, Jr. Advisor, Sr. Advisor
Honors: Talons (Junior Honorary)
Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa (Junior/Senior Leadership Honorary)
Honors: Mortar Board (Senior Honorary)
Honors: Pi Lambda Sigma (Pre-Law Honorary)
Honors: Sigma Tau Delta (English Honorary)
Honors: Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities
Major: Pre-Law/English
Minor: Russian Language
Minor: Piano/Vocal Performance

Published Works:

“Self-Advocacy: Petitioning the Court for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in Alabama”, Law and Psychology Review, Vol. 14, Spring, 1990
“Law After Medtronic: State Law Product Liability Claims,” Leader’s Product Liability Law and Strategy, Vol. XV, No. 2, August, 1996
“State Law Product Liability Claims Prevail Over Preemption,”, Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall, 1996
Under the Brush Arbor (135 year history of Canterbury United Methodist Church), Co-Editor
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Education Program, 2004 – Present
Speaker, Cumberland Continuing Legal Education Seminar -1992, 1995, 1997 and 2004
Speaker, Alabama Trial Lawyers Continuing Legal Education Seminar – 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2004
Speaker, Birmingham Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1996 – Present
Speaker, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Speakers Bureau

Honors and Awards:

2002 Woman of the Year, Network Birmingham
Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Founding Chair, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
Executive Committee, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Alabama State Bar
Member, Tennessee Bar Association
Member Fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute
Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Member, Birmingham Bar Association – Women’s Section
Past President, Network Birmingham
Member, The Women’s Network
Outstanding Young Women of America
International Who’s Who of Professionals
Life Member, The National Registry of Who’s Who
Canterbury United Methodist Church
Trustee
Pathways
Board of Directors
Forstman Foundation
Founder and President
Canterbury United Methodist Church Worship Committee
former Chair
Canterbury United Methodist Church Administrative Board/Church Council
Former Member
Canterbury United Methodist Church Choir
Member
Junior League of Birmingham (Editor of Newsheet Magazine)
Member
Birmingham Bar Association Cabaret (benefiting Children’s Hospital)
Performer