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BBA- In The News Attorneys In The News was sworn into office on January 16, 2013 as a bankruptcy judge in Jason Woodard the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. Shema Mbyirukira Christian & Small LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Jonathan W. Macklem has been selected by the Alabama State Bar to participate in the 2013 Leadership Forum in Class 9. The competitive program selects 30 members annually. FordHarrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked among the “Best Law Firms” for 2013 by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, congratulates the 2012 recipients of the firm’s Diversity Scholarship: Stephanie deJesus, Willie Santana, and LaToyia Slay. Ed G. Bowron Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Birmingham partner Jason Woodard Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., congratulates Shema Mbyirukira on his election as Vice President of the Magic City Bar Association (“MCBA”). The MCBA was formed in 1984 to advance the needs of African-American attorneys in the Birmingham metropolitan area. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has been named to the BTI Client Service A-Team 2013, a national ranking of top law firms for client service as determined through a survey of corporate counsel. William W. Horton, an attorney with Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP, was a featured speaker at the Tenth Annual Washington Health Law Summit sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section on December 3, 2012. Mr. Horton presented on “Rules of Engagement: Legal Ethics Issues in Today’s Government Investigations.” Inc. magazine selected Burr & Forman LLP as a winner of the inaugural Hire Power Awards, recognizing private companies that are leading the way in creating American jobs. The firm was ranked in the top 10 in the Private Sector category for the state of Alabama. Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Mobile partner Ed G. Bowron was inducted into membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the organization’s annual meeting on November 15, 2012. Bruce P. Ely, a Birmingham partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been recognized as one of the world’s leading corporate tax attorneys. Ely is the only Alabama Bruce P. Ely attorney listed in the 2013 International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers. Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., has been included once again as a member of The BTI Client Service A-Team 2013. Each year, the BTI Consulting Group, Inc., conducts the Client Service A-Team survey which is the only law firm ranking based solely on feedback from clients. Martha Cook, an attorney with McCallum, Hoaglund, Cook & Irby, LLP, was recently recognized by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for her service as President of the organization in 2012. Annesley H. DeGaris, a founding shareholder of Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris, was included in Best Lawyers in America’s list of leading plaintiff attorneys, and was Annesley DeGaris named Lawyer of the Year 2013, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs, Birmingham. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been named one of the 2012 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women.” Recognition is given to firms whose family-friendly policies and business development initiatives help retain women and advance them into leadership positions. Burr & Forman LLP is proud to announce that the firm has been honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Birmingham Business Journal, Nashville Business Journal and the Orlando Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers for 2012. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has earned its highest ranking yet on FORTUNE’s 16th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, placing 45th in its fourth consecutive year to be named to this prestigious listing. G Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Spring 2013 35


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