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    CCAA-BCA Partnership Names Alabama Small Business & Emerging Business Award Winners
    The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama announced in December the three “Alabama Small Business of the Year” and “Emerging Small Business of the Year” award winners during the CCAA-BCA annual meeting in Birmingham. The winner in the 51-100 employee category was Montgomery-based Chappy’s Deli. “Alabama’s Small Business of the Year” awards presented annually by the BCA and the CCAA recognize small businesses in employee-number based categories. They are considered to be the state’s very best small businesses based on a variety of civic and professional standards. This year 45 small businesses were named as finalists for “Alabama’s Small Business of the Year” awards. All of the award finalists were recognized and honored at the CCAA/ BCA Partnership Annual Meeting/Luncheon. The “Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 1-10 employee category included Montgomery’s Associated Business Services. The 11-50 employee category included finalist Logobranders, Inc. of Montgomery. And Glover Media Group, LLC, in Prattville and River Paws Pet Resort in Montgomery were finalists in the “Emerging Small Business of the Year” operating less than five years award category. Birmingham’s Alabama Sawyer won that award.
                                                                           
    Multiple Capital City Streaks Named State Champions                                                             
    The YMCA of Greater Montgomery Capital City Streaks 2001 Boys Elite, 2004 Girls Premier and 2002 Girls Premier soccer teams won the State Championship in each of their divisions last fall. The Capital City Streaks Boys Elite coached by Henrique Rizzo won the Division I State Cup. They will advance to Region 3 Southern Regionals in Greensboro, North Carolina this July. The Capital City Streaks 2004 Girls Premier coached by Juan Gacha won the Division 2 State Cup. They will advance to the President’s Cup Regionals in Greenville, South Carolina this June. The Capital City Streaks 2002 Girls Premier coached by Allan Jolly won the Division 2 State Cup. They will also advance to the President’s Cup Regionals. The YMCA of Greater Montgomery Capital City Streaks is a premier soccer program that offers teams in the under 9 to under 18 age groups.
     
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    Beasley Allen Attorneys Recognized                                                                   
    Twenty-three Beasley Allen attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2017 Super Lawyers list. Included on the list are the firm’s principal and founder, Jere L. Beasley, as well as principals J. Greg Allen, Michael J. Crow, J. Cole Portis, Daniel W. “Dee” Miles III, Andy D. Birchfield, Jr., Rhon E. Jones, Benjamin E. Baker, Jr., Julia A. Beasley, David B. Byrne III, Kendall C. Dunson, R. Graham Esdale, Christopher D. Glover, Ted G. Meadows, P. Leigh O’Dell, W. Roger Smith III, C. Gibson Vance and Navan Ward Jr. This marks the first year David B. Byrne III, P. Leigh O’Dell and Navan Ward Jr. were selected for inclusion and the 10th year Jere L. Beasley, J. Greg Allen and Rhon E. Jones were selected. In addition, five Beasley Allen attorneys were included on the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the top up-and- coming attorneys – those who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing 10 years or less. Beasley Allen’s Rising Stars are Alison Douillard Hawthorne, Danielle Ward Mason, J. Parker Miller, Sonny W. Wills Jr., and, for the first time, Andrew E. Brashier.
                                                                           
    Alabama Academy of Honor Inducts Members                                       
    The Alabama Academy of Honor welcomed four new members last October. The inductees for 2017 comprise an outstanding group of Alabama leaders. According to Wm. Michael Warren, chairman of the Academy, this year’s honorees are Governor Kay Ivey, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Deborah Edwards Barnhart, award-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker Haynes, and President and CEO of Sloss Real Estate Catherine Sloss Jones. Dr. Wayne Flynt offered remarks on behalf of the Academy membership during the induction ceremony. Established in 1965, the Academy bestows honor and recognition upon living Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the state and the nation. Membership is limited to 100 distinguished Alabamians and all of Alabama’s living governors. In the course of the Academy’s history, more 260 members have been elected, recognizing men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of achievement.
                                                               
    Faulkner University Recognized                                                   
    Faulkner University was recently ranked among the top 10 in the nation for having the best online master’s degree program in justice administration from a private, nonprofit university. The ranking through The Best Master’s Degrees, ranked Faulkner 10th out of 30 schools nationwide for its criminal justice degree plan based on “regional accreditation, ranking from major publications and raw affordability.” “We are thrilled to see our Criminal Justice department gaining national attention,” said Mark Hunt, associate vice president of Executive and Professional Enrollment at Faulkner University. “We’re proud of the level of expertise and rigorous curriculum we can offer students through our online programs to better prepare them for future career opportunities.” Faulkner University offers a completely online master’s in justice administration designed for college graduates or professionals looking to advance their current careers.
                                                               
    Bradley and Attorneys Recommended in 2018 Benchmark Litigation
    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has earned the top distinction as “highly recommended” and 50 of the firm’s attorneys have been listed in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a leading guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and Canada. Bradley has been “highly recommended” in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and “recommended” in North Carolina. Among the firm’s ranked attorneys, 33 are listed as “Local Litigation Stars,” including Charles Stewart, a partner in the firm’s Montgomery, Ala., office. In addition, 17 Bradley attorneys are listed as “Future Stars.” “The firm congratulates all of our attorneys who have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation for 2018 as among the top trial attorneys in the nation,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Beau Grenier. The firm also announced that it received seven Tier 1 metropolitan rankings for its practice areas in Montgomery in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” In addition, the firm was named the nation’s “Law Firm of the Year” for Construction and also garnered a Tier 1 national ranking for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Defendants. The firm’s Construction Law ranking is particularly significant since only one law firm in the nation is named “Law Firm of the Year” for each legal practice area.
                                                                          
    Awards & Honors                                                     

    ​Gilpin Givhan Named a 2018 “Best Law Firm”
    Gilpin Givhan announced that the firm received top rankings in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms” list. The annual publication named Gilpin Givhan as a Tier 1 firm, the highest ranking a law firm can receive, in the practice areas of Health Care Law and Tax Law. The firm received a Tier 3 ranking in the practice area of Litigation-Tax. “We are pleased to be listed among the nation’s top law firms,” said Davis Smith, Gilpin Givhan Managing Partner. “Our attorneys are dedicated to providing exceptional results and customized solutions for our clients, and having our clients and peers recognize our success in meeting those needs across our practice areas is a great honor.”
                                                               
    Bradley Attorneys Honored
    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that 157 attorneys across the firm’s offices in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee have been selected as 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. A number of Bradley attorneys also were named to Top 50 and Top 100 Super Lawyers lists for 2017. T. Michael Brown, J.S. “Chris” Christie Jr. and Matthew H. Lembke were named to the Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers. W. Wayne (Wayne) Drinkwater, J. William (Will) Manuel, J. Douglas Minor Jr., Alan W. Perry and William (Bill) R. Purdy were named to the Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers. William (Bill) L. Norton III and J. Thomas Trent Jr. were named to the Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers and the Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers. Anne R. Yuengert and Kimberly B. Mar- tin were named to the Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers.
                                                               
    Beasley Allen Named on Best Law Firms List
    Best Lawyers® recently announced Beasley Allen Law Firm as one of the Best Law Firms in the country. Beasley Allen was recognized as a Tier 1 firm in the Litigation-Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs categories. Beasley Allen was also recognized in the Tier 2 list for Commercial Litigation and Health Care Law, as well as the Tier 3 list for Corporate Law. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
     
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