Published on October 21, 2020  

1960s Graduates

Jim Morgan '69 was re-elected to a three-year at-large term on the North Carolina Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

1970s Graduates

Stancil Starnes '72 was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame and has been elected as president pro tem of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

John Patterson '75 retired from the practice of law and remains in Greenwich, New York.

Gary Kessler '75 was inducted into the American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Joe Ritch '75 was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.

Susan Hamilton '77 received the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

George “Jack” Neal '77 was named chair of the Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section.

Mike McKinley '78 was selected to lead as president of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Texas, in the organization’s 100th anniversary year. Since 1920, this nonprofit service organization has been committed to changing the odds for children through the educational and therapeutic programs of Momentous Institute.

David Drabkin '78 founded Drabkin & Associates in Washington, D.C.

Gary Smith '79 is first vice chair on the 2020 Board for the Business Council of Alabama.

1980s Graduates

Judge William Bruce Smith '80 retired from the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Polk County, Florida.

Wilson Myers '80 was named pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Jasper, Alabama.

Robert E. McCall '80 retired from the practice of law and remains in Melbourne, Florida.

Patricia Dengler '81 was appointed by Governor Laura Kelly to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

Judge Tim Campbell '84 was re-elected to the 14th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (Bay County).

Dennis M. Barrett '86 recently authored and published three novels: Equinox, Raven and Caliente which are available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Judge Sarah A. Rice '86 retired after serving 15 years as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Judge, 22nd Judicial District in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Gerald Swann Jr. '86 assumed the position of president-elect for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA).

Clark Gillespy '87 is the global head of the Data Center for Economic & Community Development at Google in Mountain View/Sunnyvale, California.

Alicia Haynes '87 was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Achievement for Contribution to Profession award from Phi Mu fraternity.

Ted Leopold '87, partner of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was selected to be the Cumberland School of Law 2020 Distinguished Alumnus.

Roy Roane '88 is an attorney with Luther Collier Hodges & Cash LLP in Destin/Ft. Walton, Florida.

Christopher Todd Roper '89 was appointed by North Carolina Governor Cooper to serve as district court judge in Judicial District 15B (Orange and Chatham Counties).

1990s Graduates

Rachel J. Moore '91 was installed as vice president of Birmingham Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Gregory Denny '91 was elected as chair of the Alabama State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He invites commentary and input regarding the future actions of the Board from all Alabama State Bar members.

Ken Chason '92 became deputy inspector general of the National Science Foundation (NSF), in Alexandria, Virginia. With an annual budget of approximately $8.3 billion (FY 2020), NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. It also manages the United States Antarctic Program.

Daco Smalley Auffenorde '92 authored and published her third book, Cover Your Tracks (Turner Publishing/Keylight Books).

Andrew J. Rutens '92 was confirmed as the 2020-21 president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA).

Barrett Painter '92 was appointed to serve as Bradley County, Tennessee’s new general sessions judge with juvenile jurisdiction. Currently, Painter is in private practice and serves as a municipal court judge.

Alan B. Lasseter '93 joined Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group as a full-time mediator in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kile Turner '94 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. In addition, Kile became an American Bar Foundation Fellow, an honor reserved for 1% of lawyers in each jurisdiction.

Kimberly Homer '94 is the gulf states regional news hub business manager at WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama.

Robert J. Methvin Jr. '94 was installed as the 145th president of the Alabama State Bar Association.

Jodee Rowe Thompson '94 was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to the bench of the Coffee County Probate Court in Enterprise, Alabama.

Ashley Norton Gold '95 is of counsel with Wood Stabell Law Group PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bryan Balogh '95 was selected to serve on the Alabama State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the 2020-21 term.

Bobby Christine '95 was promoted to brigadier general and now serves as National Guard adviser to the judge advocate general of the U.S. Army, and assistant to the chief counsel of the National Guard Bureau with duty at the Pentagon. He is the only general officer in the U.S. Army National Guard JAG. Christine serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Anne Lamkin Durward '95 was appointed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court, Domestic Relations.

Michael J. Hollingsworth '95 was elected chair of the executive committee of the Tulane University Fund Advisory Board. This is a two-year term.

Steven Todd Williams '96 was hired by the Marathon City Council to be the city’s in-house counsel, Marathon, Florida.

Christopher S. Berdy '96 was selected as a new member of the International Association of Defense Council Board of Directors for 2020-21.

Robert H. Cochran '97 is a senior lecturer at Auburn University where he teaches Business Law and Aviation Law.

James Johnston '97 is executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for Summit Midstream Partners LLC in Houston, Texas.

York Craig '97 is an attorney with Cosmich Simmons & Bown PLLC in Jackson, Mississippi.

Juan C. Ortega '98 has been appointed by Alabama State Bar President Bob Methvin '94 to serve on the Alabama State Bar Lawyer in Every Classroom Task Force for 2020–21.

Paul A. Clark '99 joined Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black PC as of counsel in Montgomery, Alabama.

Emma Wyatt Morris '99 was elected to the board of trustees for the University of South Carolina.

2000s Graduates

Robert Maddox '00 was accepted as a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

James Russell Howison '02 is managing attorney of The Stanton Law Firm LLC in Huntsville, Alabama.

Angela N. Warren '03 co-founded White & Warren PA, an estate planning and elder law firm in Panama City, Florida.

Jennifer Dawn (Hudson Phillips) Thayer '03 is an assistant professor of accounting at Austin Peay State University and was one of three recipients of the Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, she created a Tax Practicum course and started a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site at Austin Peay.

Brian Murphy '03 received a presidential award during the Alabama State Bar annual meeting.

Morris Lilienthal '03 received a presidential award during the Alabama State Bar annual meeting.

Bree Taylor Wilbourn '03 is on the board for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association representing District 1.

Ricardo Woods '04 was selected to serve on the Alabama State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the 2020-21 term.

Rachel Lary '05 has been appointed as co-chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Lawyer Voices for Survivors Task Force.

George Morris '05 was elected to join the firm management committee at Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O’Neal in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lockett Talley '06 joined the board of trustees of Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Susan Nettles Han '06 received a president’s award during the Alabama State Bar annual meeting.

Robert “Bob” Goss '06 was reelected and installed as the Texas State Council for the Knights of Columbus. As the state advocate he provides the legal advice to the Texas State Deputy and 109,000 Knights in Texas. The Knights is a fraternal order with its first principle being charity. Additionally, Bob began his second three-year term as a committee member of the State Bar of Texas’ Disability Issues Committee. As a chair of one of the committee's sections, he led the development of the Courtroom Accessibility Guide.

M. Bains Fleming III '07 is on the board for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association representing District 2.

Jennifer Reid Egbe '07 was appointed to the Alabama Board of Court Reporting by Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth. As well, in 2019, Egbe was appointed by the mayor of Birmingham to serve as a commissioner for Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Justice R. Ashby Pate '07 was selected to serve on the Birmingham Airport Authority’s Board of Directors. The term is for six years.

John Howard '07 is senior legal counsel at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California.

Ashley Sawyer Heredia '07 is co-founder of Heredia & Lennon Family Law in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lisa Knapp Hinson '08 is a senior contracts attorney with RingCentral in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Heather Piper '08 opened her own practice, Piper Law PLLC, in Franklin, Tennessee.

Lara Wallace Keith '08 is compliance monitoring group manager with BBVA in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nhan-Ai Du Simms '08 was appointed to the Gwinnett County, Georgia, juvenile court bench.

Chris Burge '09 joined Milling Benson Woodward LLP in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Larry Young '09 is senior counsel at Southwire Company in Carrollton, Georgia.

Brittany Tedford Byrd '09 was promoted to major in the U.S. Army, began terminal leave from active duty, and will continue in the Reserves.

Sheena Allen '09 is staff counsel/hearing officer for the United States Postal Service’s Department of the Judicial Officer in Arlington Virginia.

Ian Palmer '09 is tax counsel with EcoVest Capital Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.

2010s Graduates

Gerri Plain '10 was elected secretary of the Huntsville Madison County Bar Association for the 2020-21 term.

Lauren King Sprayberry '10 is chief executive officer for Anchors Marina in Eatonton, Georgia.

Staci Pierce '10 is chief executive officer for Action – Specialized Transportation and Environmental Services in Birmingham, Alabama.

Osborne Crosby '10 is assistant general counsel for Patriot Rail Company in Jacksonville, Florida.

Menyian Woodall '10 is a patient safety manager and nurse manager at the VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Matthew Phelan '10 is counsel with BluePrint Title Company in Nashville, Tennessee.

Franklin Corley IV '10 is an associate with Lanier Ford in Huntsville, Alabama.

Katie Bouldin Perez '11 is an associate at Brodowski McCurry Maynor & Miller LLC in Huntsville, Alabama.

Charlie Baxley '11 is vice president of Legal and Risk Management at Hoar Construction in Birmingham, Alabama.

Courtney Calhoun Morman '11 is an associate at Hill Hill Carter in Birmingham, Alabama.

Heather Chesser '11 is senior recruiter of Professional Services for Boosey Wilson Group in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brandon Zimmerman '11 is a contracts and compliance manager with Southern Nuclear in Birmingham, Alabama.

Matt Akin '12 is director of acquisitions and general counsel for PrimeHealth Properties Trust in Birmingham, Alabama.

Caty O’Quinn '12 is an associate with Beasley Allen Law Firm in Montgomery, Alabama.

Jason Rudakas '12 is an inaugural member of the newly formed Chelsea Park and Recreational Board in Chelsea, Alabama.

Ryan Shealy '12 is director of physician development for HCA Healthcare in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Drew Haskins '12 is a partner of Turnbull Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama.

Craig Lawrence Jr. '12 is a partner of Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

Abba Bains Harris '13 is the recipient of Bradley Arant’s 2020 Cameron J. Miller Award for Excellence and Community Service.

Kathleen Bowers Ennis '13 joined Littler Mendelson PC as CaseSmart counsel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Leon Hampton '13 was elected as the 47th president of the Alabama Lawyers Association.

Ryan Blackwell '13 is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Veronica Crenshaw '13 is assistant director of Special Education and IDEA Compliance for the Georgia Cyber Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Danny Patterson '13 is an attorney with Paul Hastings in Atlanta, Georgia.

J. Asa Baugher '14 founded J. Asa Baugher PC in Summerdale, Alabama.

Hutch McCollum '14 is director of marketing and research for Butler Properties and Development in Athens, Georgia.

McLean Bramlett '14 is an associate at Adams & Reese in Mobile, Alabama.

Virginia Underwood '15 is a project attorney at Wells Fargo in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

James Dawkins IV '15 is an associate at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sean Vanden Heuvel '15 is principal contracts administrator at Northrup Grumman in Huntsville, Alabama.

Samuel Pierce '15 founded Samuel C. Pierce in Broomfield, Colorado.

Cynthia Upton '15 is a grants and contracts officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Ashley Crank Scarpetta '16 is an associate at Carr Allison in Birmingham, Alabama.

Hannah Baker '16 is a program coordinator for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing.

Scott Woodard '17, was awarded the Sponsored Scholarship Grant for Judicial Law Clerks from the University of Houston’s Intellectual Property and Information Law Center. This grant allows him to conduct independent research on an intellectual property research question of his choosing, and is made possible by the Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property Inn of Court.

David Manush '17 is an associate at Ireland Stapleton Pryer & Pascoe PC in Denver, Colorado.

Lance Adams '17 is associate vice president of Third Party Risk Management at Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama.

Trey Perdue '17 is an associate at Clark May Price Lawley Duncan Price in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kaylie Eicholt Becker '17 is a staff attorney with Bradley Arant in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jordan Thompson '17 is a wealth management advisor for Northwestern Mutual in Atlanta, Georgia. As well, he was promoted in rank to Captain in the Army National Guard.

Mallory Mock '18 is an associate at McMichael & Gray PC in Dothan, Alabama.

Julianne Zilahy '18 is an associate at Cory Watson in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rebecca Wright '18 is senior litigation business development coordinator at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia.

Justin Pipkins '18 is an associate with Thigpen Thigpen Engelthaler & Scott Inc. in Florence, Alabama.

Rodney Patrick III '18 is an attorney with the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Emma Sloan '18 is an attorney with the Law Offices of David Freydin in Chicago, Illinois.

Chakeira Gilbert '18 is an attorney adviser as a Palace Acquire Intern at the Department of the Air Force at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

Kameron Buckner '19 founded a social media branding and consulting firm for lawyers and law firms, The Esquire Brand, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Seth Roden '19 earned an LL.M. in Government Procurement and Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School. As well, Roden is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security based in Houston, Texas.

Allie Segrest Montgomery '19 is an associate at Rosen Harwood in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Jeremy (J.R.) Thomas '19 is an associate with Fann Law LLC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Whitney Eiland '19 is an associate at Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt LLC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Emily Hopper '19 is a judicial law clerk for Judge R. Austin Huffaker, United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama.

David Horton '19 is a judicial law clerk for Judge Patrick Ballard '96 of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court in Birmingham, Alabama.

Denzel Okinedo '19, an associate at Burr & Forman LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, was awarded an ABA Young Lawyer Scholarship.

Charles C. Smith '19 completed a tax LL.M. at New York University School of Law and is now an associate with Gilpan Givhan in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sierra Gray '19 is an associate with Ogletree Deakins in Birmingham, Alabama.

Corbin Potter '19 is an associate with Mann & Potter in Birmingham, Alabama.

Julianne Zilahy '19 is an associate at Cory Watson Attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ashley Roy '19 is an executive business partner with International Code Council in Birmingham, Alabama.

2020s Graduates

Kristyn Hardy '20 is an associate at Starnes Davis Florie LLP in Birmingham, Alabama.

Andrew Edge '20 is an associate at Huie Fernambucq in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jordan Godwin '20 is an associate at Britton Law in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Ally Heard '20 is an associate at Parnell & Parnell in Montgomery, Alabama.

Austin Boyd '20 is an associate at Sirote & Permutt in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nolan Clark '20 is an associate at Balch & Bingham in Montgomery, Alabama.

Michael Portner '20 is an associate with Steinberg Sports & Entertainment in Newport Beach, California.

Taylor Wilters '20 is a statutory and regulatory analyst at Encompass Health in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mary Raybon '20 is a staff attorney with Beasley Allen in Montgomery, Alabama.

Gavin King '20 is a staff attorney with Beasley Allen in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sara Rogan '20 is an assistant attorney general with the Office of Alabama Attorney General in Montgomery, Alabama.

Whitney Lott '20 is a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Liles Burke, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Kim Massey '20 is an associate at Gathings Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anna Dennis '20 is an assistant attorney general for the Office of Alabama Attorney General in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dylan Scilabro '20 is an associate at March Rickard & Bryan in Birmingham, Alabama.

Carami Garrett '20 is an associate at Hill Hill Carter in Birmingham, Alabama.

Daniel Moss '20 is an associate at Baker Donelson in Birmingham, Alabama.

Maggie Coan '20 is an associate at Chenault Hammond in Decatur, Alabama.

Jessica Farmer '20 is attending the University of Florida to earn her LL.M. in taxation.

Elizabeth Pilcher '20 is an associate with Maynard Cooper in Birmingham, Alabama.

Brandon Lawson '20 is an associate at Luther Collier Hodges & Cash in Mobile, Alabama.


Major Kristin Gray Hanna ’11 and Bradley Hanna, welcomed their daughter, Mackenzie, on Feb. 1, 2020.

Spenser Templeton Moore ’15 and Ryan Moore welcomed their son, Finn, on Feb. 10, 2020.

Ashley Wallace Feltman ’18 and Jacob Feltman welcomed their daughter, Flora Rae, on Feb. 29, 2020.

Lauren Lomax Brown ’14 and Coleman Brown announced the birth of daughter, Isabella Ann, on March 11, 2020.

Austin Nichols Boukli ’16 and Sam Boukli ’15 announced the birth of daughter, Ann Campbell, on March 13, 2020.

Courtney Peinhardt Stidham ’10 and Jonathan Stidham welcomed their daughter, Eleanor Grayson, on March 13, 2020.

Olivia Woodard Giuffrida ’13 and Marc Giuffrida welcomed their daughter, Sienna Mozell, on March 25, 2020.

Chip Howard ’05 and Katie Howard welcomed their son, Ford, on April 8, 2020.

Craig Lawrence ’12 and Maggie Worthington Lawrence welcomed their son, Robert Simeon “Sims,” on June 4, 2020.

Leirin Ragan Sides ’14 and Grant Sides welcomed their son, Frank “Everett,” on June 22, 2020.

Landon Eley ’13 and Samantha Eley welcomed their son, Alden “Banks,” on June 23, 2020.

Francie Gordon ’14 and Aubrey Gordon ’14 welcomed their son, Beau Butler, on June 28, 2020.

Bethany Harrison Steed ’11 and Andrew Steed announced the birth of their daughter, Marylane Rutland, on July 24, 2020.

Robyn Le’Tara Lee ’08 and Nickolas Lee announced the birth of their son, Nikolas Michael, on July 30, 2020.

Caitlyn White Leffard ’14 and David Leffard ’14 announced the birth of their son, Hollis Grant, on Aug. 5, 2020.

Rod Evans ’10 and Cornesha Evans, announced the birth of their daughter, Ava Rose, on Aug. 12, 2020.

Daniel Lopez Rubio ’16 and Rosalie Alfano Lopez announced the birth of their daughter, Eloise, on Aug. 23, 2020.

Kaila Wilson ’15 and Brad Wilson announced the birth of their twin sons, Gabriel James and Ledger Russell, on Aug. 25, 2020.

Rush Thrift ’15 and Blaire Thrift announced the birth of their daughter, Ayers Elizabeth, on Sept. 9, 2020.

Drew Haskins ’12 and Haylie Moss Haskins welcomed their daughter, Harper Reese, on Sept. 6, 2020.

Jackson Neal ’14 and Tiffany Neal welcomed their son, Jackson Bridger, on Sept. 15, 2020.


Alexandra Parish ’17 and Davis Underwood ’18 were married on March 21, 2020.

Mallory Bullard ’18 and Ben Whitley were married on March 21, 2020.

Demetra Liggins ’00 married Torik Banks on May 23, 2020. The couple resides in Houston, Texas.

Judge James F. Randolph ’89 married Tamara Seymour on May 23, 2020, in Linville, North Carolina.

Caleb Faulkner ’19 married Sarah Mince on June 6, 2020. The couple resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

Scott Woodard ’17 married Marcie  Florez-Garcia on June 6, 2020. The couple resides in Mobile, Alabama.

Andy Seitz ’13 married Anna Jones on July 11, 2020. The couple resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

Will Hagood ‘17 married Angelei Gabriel on Sept. 6, 2020. The couple resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

In Memoriam

John Stephens Walker ’69, of Center, Texas, passed away in Aug. 2019.

William Brittain II ’80, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away on Jan. 15, 2020.

Joseph Henry Fisher ’66, of Coral Gables, Florida, passed away in Feb. 2020.

Keiron McGowin ’98, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on Feb. 3, 2020.

Judge Roger Dale Halcomb ‘74, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on Feb. 13, 2020.

Ted Carlton Williams ’72, of Mountain Brook, Alabama, passed away on Feb. 28, 2020.

David Earle Hampe Jr. ’66, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on March 7, 2020.

Chief Judge William Jennings III ’77 of the Civil and Magistrate Court of Richmond County, Georgia,  passed away on March 10, 2020.

Daniel T. "Ted" Hull Jr. ’73, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on March 15, 2020.

Geoffrey Edward Parmer ’93, of Tampa, Florida, passed away on April 28, 2020.

Wheeler Smith ’71, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on April 30, 2020.

Richard Warren “Dick” Bell ’72, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Florida, passed away on May 11, 2020.

Wesley Wallace ’75, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on June 5, 2020.

Judith Faye Albright Jones ’75, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on June 22, 2020.

David Gordon Pate ’74, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on June 27, 2020.

Leslie Stephen Wright Jr. ’66, of Columbiana, Alabama, passed away on July 25, 2020.

Martha Jane Patton ’78, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on July 27, 2020.

Beverly Baker ’85, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on July 29, 2020.

John Meadows Taylor ’68, of LaGrange, Georgia, passed away on July 25, 2020.

Lee Stewart ’96, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on Aug. 15, 2020.

Neal George Hart ’90, of Layton, Utah, passed away on Sept. 11, 2020.