A QUICK LOOK AT OUR MEMBERS’ MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AWARDS AND HONORS
Montgomery Wins National Technology Award
The City of Montgomery earned national praise and recognition alongside other leading civic innovators, from the Center for Digital Government (CDG) in the Fourth Annual Government Experience Awards. As the only city from the Southeast to be honored, Montgomery was a winner in the CDG’s Overall City Government Experience category. The awards highlight the achievements and best practices of states, cities and counties that are radically improving the experience of government and pushing the boundaries of how citizen services are delivered.
2020 River Region Ethics and Public Service Awards Announced
The recipients of the 2020 River Region Ethics and Public Service Awards were announced on October 8 at the Alabama Activity Center. The luncheon and awards ceremony recognized businesses, organizations and individuals for their community leadership, service and contributions to ethical business practices in the River Region. Awards were given to recipients in each of the following categories: Small Business: State Farm Insurance, Willie Durham, Agent. Medium Business: East Taylor Dental Associates. Large Business: International Paper. Non-profit Organizations/Public Agencies: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. Maury Smith Award for Individual Community Leaders: Nan Hobbs Barganier.
Bryan Stevenson Honored
EJI Director Bryan Stevenson is among four activists honored with the Right Livelihood Foundation’s annual award. The Swedish foundation established the award in 1980 to “honour and support courageous people solving global problems.” It has become widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” There are now 182 Laureates from 72 countries. The Right Livelihood Foundation cited Stevenson for “his inspiring endeavor to reform the U.S. criminal justice system and advance racial reconciliation in the face of historic trauma.”
Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Recognize Pro Bono Efforts
The Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program recently recognized the 2020 Pro Bono Awards winners, which included Beasley Allen attorney Lauren James as a member of the 2020 Pro Bono Leadership Corps. James’ practice is focused primarily on medical drugs and devices. Before becoming a lawyer with Beasley Allen, she was a law clerk while attending Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While there, she received the Alabama State Bar’s Pro Bono Law Student Award.
Madeline Burkhardt Makes Museum Influencer List
Madeline Burkhardt, the Adult Education Coordinator and Curator at the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University was included in the inaugural Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List 2020. This list celebrates innovation, excellence and creativity in museums and science centers worldwide. In its inaugural year, the list recognizes and celebrates 50 of the most influential people in the museum sector worldwide for 2020.
National Trial Lawyers Appoint LaBarron Boone to Executive Committee
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Principal and Executive Committee member LaBarron Boone has been selected to serve on the Executive Committee for The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers group. Boone is an accomplished trial lawyer representing clients who have been tragically injured or families who have lost loved ones by no fault of their own.
Executive Airport Director Inducted into Marquis Who’s Who
Marquis Who’s Who has inducted Marshall J. Taggart Jr., C.M., Montgomery Regional Airport’s Executive Airport Director into its registry. Biographical volumes of Marquis Who’s Who profile individuals on factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility and prominence in a field. Current reference value is also taken into account during the selection process.
Locals Recognized by Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association
The ARHA honored employees in the restaurant and hospitality sector statewide as Stars of the Industry, and multiple Montgomerians made the list of finalists in several categories including: Reggie McClure, Montgomery Country Club as Front of the House Hospitality Employee of the Year; Chantale Williams, Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa as Humanitarian of the Year; Eric Rivera, Vintage Hospitality Group as Chef of the Year; and Jud Blount, Vintage Hospitality Group and Bob Baumhower, Aloha Hospitality as Restaurateur of the Year.
Bradley Honored with Multiple Recognitions
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that 53 of the firm’s partners have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation, which also listed Bradley as a “highly recommended” firm. In addition, the firm was ranked Tier 1 nationally for Product Liability and Recall, and five attorneys were recognized as National Practice Area Stars. A leading guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and Canada, Benchmark Litigation “highly recommended” Bradley in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, and “recommended” the firm in North Carolina.
In addition, the 2021 edition of U.S. News—Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” awarded the firm Tier 1 national rankings for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation–Construction and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions–Defendants. Bradley also earned Tier 1 metropolitan rankings across 69 practice areas and in all 10 of its offices.
Gilpin Givhan Named 2021 “Best Law Firm”
Gilpin Givhan was named “Best Law Firm” in the categories of Health Care Law, Litigation-Tax and Tax Law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for 2021. This publication ranked Gilpin Givhan as a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm, the highest ranking a law firm can receive, in the practice area of Health Care Law, and Tier 2 rankings in the practice areas of Litigation-Tax and Tax Law. Firms selected for “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence and ratings from clients and peers.
Beasley Allen Ranks High in Several Rankings
The National Law Journal recently acknowledged a number of attorneys and firms securing the highest-ranking verdicts from 2015 to 2019. The National Law Journal Verdicts Hall of Fame included six categories: Admiralty/Maritime, Fraud/Professional Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Securities and Wrongful Death. Beasley Allen Law Firm was recognized in five of the 33 largest Products Liability cases.
In addition, 20 Beasley Allen lawyers were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. Three Beasley Allen lawyers were also recognized for their successes and named “Lawyer of the Year” in three categories. Four additional Beasley Allen lawyers were included in The Best Lawyers® in America: Ones to Watch 2021 edition.
Butler Snow Recognized
U.S. News—Best Lawyers® recognized Butler Snow in its recent release of “Best Law Firms” 2021®. The firm received six national rankings, 90 metropolitan tier 1 rankings, 42 metropolitan tier 2 rankings and 26 metropolitan tier 3 rankings. Achieving such ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
The firm was also included in The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Health Law Section’s Eighth Annual Regional Top 10 Law Firm Recognition list. This award recognizes the top 10 law firms in each region (Northeast, Southeast and DC, South, Midwest and West) with the highest number of attorneys in the ABA’s Health Law Section as of August 31, 2020.
ASU President Receives Award from Alliance of Black School Educators
A prestigious statewide education award from the Alabama Alliance of Black School Educators (ALABSE) was presented to Alabama State University’s President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. on October 29. The inaugural Charles Townsel Outstanding Higher Educational Leadership Award was presented to Ross during AL-ABSE’s third annual state conference, which was held virtually from Birmingham this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ross said he was both surprised and honored to receive the Alliance’s Townsel Award.
Caddell Construction Receives 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award from U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recognized Caddell Construction as a recipient of the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.