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Birmingham Bar Associations Bulletin Summer 2015

Atley A. Kitchings, Jr. Distinguished Senior Member Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC 65 YEARS A LAWYER AND STILL GOING STRONG As of April 26, 2015, Atley Kitchings has been a member of the Alabama Bar for 65 years. Atley has practiced law longer than any of his fellow attorneys at our firm have been alive, and his already distinguished career continues. Born in Clinton, Mississippi, on June 10, 1925, Atley attended Mississippi College where he became a part of the Navy’s V-12 officer program. At 19 years of age he was commissioned to command a Navy subchaser vessel during World War II. After the war, he finished his college degree and entered law school at the University of Virginia. Graduating in 1950, he passed the Alabama Bar exam and entered private practice with the Birmingham firm of Davies & Williams. When the senior partner of the small firm died and the office closed, Atley became an Assistant United States Attorney. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as Acting U.S. Attorney (N.D. Alabama) when Frank M. Johnson left that post to become a federal judge. Later, Atley joined the legal department at the predecessor of BellSouth where he served for 25 years, ultimately holding positions as the chief legal officer for Mississippi and Alabama. He “retired” to private practice with Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville as a partner from 1983-2004. Briefly, he was a partner with the Montgomery-based firm of Steiner, Crum & Byars before joining Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt in 2007 as Distinguished Senior Member. Atley still practices law and remains active in our community. He shows no sign of slowing down. We are truly grateful to have Atley as a valuable member of our firm. He has brought to us and our clients an unparalleled example of experience, wisdom, integrity, legal scholarship, dedication and loyalty to client service, friendship and collegiality.


Birmingham Bar Associations Bulletin Summer 2015
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