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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Summer 2014

Special Interest Rhonda P. Chambers, Taylor & Taylor Meet Your New United States Magistrates The Northern District of Alabama’s newest magistrate judges are Judge Staci Cornelius and Judge John England, III. Judge Cornelius was recently appointed to fill the vacancy created when Judge Madeline Haikala was appointed a district judge. Judge England has been on the bench since June 19, 2013 after being appointed to replace retiring Magistrate Judge Robert Armstrong. Judges Cornelius and England join Judges John Ott, Michael Putnam, and Harwell G. Davis, III, as the Northern District’s five federal magistrate judges. States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama in the Criminal Division where she handled healthcare fraud, civil rights, and child exploitation cases. Before working in the United States Attorneys Office, Cornelius was in private practice in Birmingham for thirteen years. She worked with Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker from 2008 to 2012 and with Gaines Wolter & Kinney from 2001 to 2007. She tried 68 civil jury trials to a verdict. Her practice involved a variety of matters, including automobile liability, medical malpractice, products liability, retaliatory discharge, premises liability, dram shop and liquor liability, bad faith and extra-contractual claims. Cornelius was recognized by The Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter as one of the Most Prolific Trial Attorneys in Alabama for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Cornelius has also served as an adjunct professor for seven years at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University teaching Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy. Cornelius was a deputy district attorney for Jefferson County from October 1993 to December 1999. During that time she prosecuted over 150 felony jury trials. Judge Cornelius’ husband, Henry United States Magistrate Judge Staci Cornelius The newest United States Magistrate for the Northern District of Alabama is Judge Staci Cornelius. Cornelius has been a member of the Alabama bar since 1992. She has over twenty years of courtroom experience in both civil and criminal matters, having tried over 200 jury trials in multiple local, state, and federal courts. Prior to coming to the bench, Judge Cornelius worked as an Assistant United Cornelius, is also an Assistant United States Attorney. He was in private practice at Marsh Rickard & Bryan for nine years prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office. They have one daughter. United States Magistrate Judge John England, III After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School in 1996, Judge England served as a judicial law clerk to 20 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Summer 2014
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