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BBA- In The News Jaffe & Drennan, P.C., is pleased to an- to the ABF, member- were recognized by nounce that Richard S. Jaffe has been ship in the Fellows is the publication as named one of the Top 50 lawyers in the limited to one third of “Rising Stars.” State by Alabama Super Lawyers 2012. one percent of law- He was also listed as one of the top rank- yers in America. The Burr & Forman ing criminal defense attorneys. In addi- ABF was founded in LLP is pleased tion, J. Derek Drennan was listed in Bir- 1952 by the American to announce that mingham Magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in Bar Association and is Marcel L. Debru- the category of criminal defense for 2012. now recognized as the ge, a partner is theDeborah Alley Smith premier institute in the United States for firm’s Birmingham Marcel L. Debruge Jones Walker has been named to Cor- office, will be in-social science research on law. porate Counsel Magazine’s 2012 “Go-To ducted as a Fellow of the American Col- Law Firms” list for Labor & Employ- Anne Marie Seibel, a partner and litiga- lege of Labor and Employment Lawyers ment Law. According to American Law- tion attorney in the Birmingham office of during the College’s Fall 2012 meeting. yer Media, this honor places the firm in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has an elite group of firms that deliver excep- been appointed co-chair of The Woman J. S. Christie, Jr., a partner in the Birming- tional work to Fortune 500 companies. Advocate Committee ham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cum- of the ABA Section of mings, has been selected as a Fellow of the Donald “Bo” Kirkpatrick, a senior American College of Employee BenefitsLitigation for the third shareholder in Carr Allison’s Birming- Counsel (ACEBC). Mr. Christie chairsconsecutive year. ham office, was recently named President the firm’s Insurance Practice Group and of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foun- Six attorneys from will be inducted during ACEBC’s annual dation. Mr. Kirkpatrick will lead the non- Hand Arendall’s Bir- meeting in September. profit corporation, which was created to mingham office have provide ongoing and dependable funding been recognized in the The law firm of Sirote & Permutt, PC for critical academic programs not fund- Tracy R. Davis Alabama Super Lawyers is presenting a series of webinars in col- ed by state and federal governments. 2012 edition, including Roger L. Bates, laboration with the Alabama Society of I. Ripon Britton, Jr., Frank C. Gallo- Certified Public Accountants through Christian & Small managing partner September 2012. Members of the firm’sway, Jr., P. Nicholas Greenwood, J. Mark Deborah Alley Smith has been nomi- Corporate & Tax Group will present theIn addition,Andrew J. Sinor, Jr.andHart, nated to become a Fellow of the Ameri- webinars. Registration is handled throughTracy R. Davis, Stephen N. Fitts, III, can Bar Foundation (ABF). According www.ascpa.org.John RollinsandBenjamin S. Goldman, Attorney Announcements bilities, and knowledge content. Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC is pleased to announce that Audrey Reitz Presley Burton & Collier, LLC is Channell and Laura M. Jackman have pleased to announce its merger with become members of the firm, and Mat- Balch & Bingham, LLP, effective May thew D. Fridy has rejoined the firm as an 18, 2012. The following attorneys are Associate. now affiliated with Balch & Bingham, LLP: J. Hobson Presley, Jr., John H. Ford Harrison LLP, a national labor and Burton, Jr., Kathleen Anne Collier, employment law firm, has redesigned its Kevin W. Beatty, David B. Ringelstein firm website (www.fordharrison.com) as Audrey Reitz Channell Laura M. Jackman II, Thomas Longino, and Christopher a multipurpose resource center offering C. McCauley. heightened functionality, research capa- Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2012 43


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