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Maynard Cooper Recognized as 2015 Benchmark Litigation Highly Recommended Firm


6 Attorneys Named Local Litigation Stars

Maynard Cooper & Gale has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “highly recommended” firm in Alabama. This is the highest distinction that Benchmark Litigation provides.

The report offers high praise for Maynard Cooper and its attorneys. Respondents said the firm “is a partner in achieving the most efficient results for the company.”

In addition to the firm-wide honor, Maynard Cooper attorneys Lee E. Bains Jr., John N. Bolus, Jeff Grantham, Michael Mulvaney, Maibeth Porter and H. Thomas Wells Jr. are listed as “Local Litigation Stars”. This is the third consecutive year of recognition for Bains, Bolus and Wells.

Powerful endorsements such as “excellent,” “dynamic trial lawyer,” “wealth of experience” and “trusted partner” were all used to describe the Maynard Cooper attorneys recognized.

Benchmark Litigation Local Stars:

Lee E. Bains Jr. – Appellate; General Commercial
John N. Bolus – General Commercial; Insurance; White Collar Crime
Jeff Grantham – General Commercial; Insurance
Michael Mulvaney – Class Action; General Commercial; Insurance; Product Liability
Maibeth Porter – General Commercial; Insurance; Product Liability
H. Thomas Wells Jr. – General Commercial; Product Liability

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide's results are derived after a six-month research period and are based on interviews with the nation's leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on their peers. Law firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide. Continue reading...

Jennifer R. McCain Selected to Inaugural Presidential Leadership Scholars Class


Maynard Cooper & Gale’s Jennifer R. McCain has been selected to be a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H. W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. These presidential centers have partnered to bring together a select group of leaders who have the desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities and our country.

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Maynard Cooper to Host First “Life at a Law Firm” Event


Thirty participants representing every law school in Alabama are slated to attend Maynard Cooper & Gale’s first ever Life at a Law Firm event this Friday, February 20, 2015.

The half-day event is designed to introduce diverse first-year law students to the private sector practice of law as they evaluate their respective career paths. The program also provides students a unique opportunity to network with other area law students, refine their interviewing skills, and talk one-on-one with practicing lawyers. This experience will give students the skills to secure and succeed in summer internships as well as a better understanding of law firm structure, management, lawyer compensation, practice areas and life as an associate at a law firm. A networking reception concludes the event.

Maynard Cooper’s Diversity Committee organized the program.

“We think this is an excellent chance for new law students to see up-close and in-person what the day-to-day is like inside a law firm,” said Janine McKinnon McAdory, one of the program’s organizers. Continue reading...

Maynard Cooper Announces Combination with Vickers Riis


Maynard Cooper & Gale took another bold step in its South Alabama growth strategy by announcing its combination with the Mobile-based firm Vickers, Riis, Murray & Curran. As a result, Maynard Cooper has more than doubled the number of attorneys in its Mobile office. Continue reading...

Lauren DeMoss Named to 2015 "40 Under 40" by the Birmingham Business Journal


Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that attorney Lauren DeMoss has been named one of the 2015 Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. This award, which recognizes talented up-and-comers on the Birmingham business scene, is one of the most coveted distinctions for young professionals in Birmingham. Continue reading...

Maynard Cooper Offers its 7th Annual Minority Scholars LSAT Prep Course


Maynard Cooper & Gale PC is pleased to offer its Seventh Annual Minority Scholars LSAT Prep Course, beginning in April. The Prep Course is geared to highly-motivated undergraduate minority students who intend to pursue a career in law. Offered in an interactive group setting with approximately 10 students, the class will focus on LSAT strategies and methods covering every skill tested on the June 8, 2015 LSAT exam. The course will be provided to qualified students selected by the firm. Students’ acceptance into the program will be based on college GPA, resume and personal statement.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this program for the seventh straight year,” said Kathie Weber, Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. “It is an honor to work with the students as they prepare to embark on the journey of law school.”

The LSAT Prep Course provides complete preparation by KAPLAN test prep instructors and KAPLAN’s nationally-recognized review materials. The expert instructors will be teaching through a live virtual classroom, with the opportunity for teacher/student interaction. Maynard Cooper will cover the students’ costs for the KAPLAN LSAT Test Prep Course, in addition to providing the classroom facilities and the study materials for each student. The firm will also reimburse students for the LSAT registration fee, contingent on students’ high attendance and submissions of test scores after taking the LSAT exam.

Additional information can be found on the Maynard Cooper Minority Scholars LSAT Prep Course page » Continue reading...

Janine McAdory Named to National Black Lawyers Top 100


Maynard Cooper & Gale PC proudly recognizes Janine McKinnon McAdory being named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 list for 2015.

Janine McKinnon McAdory“Janine is a rising star in our midst – both in the firm and in our community,” said Kathie Weber, Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “An active member of our Diversity Committee, Janine has taken on responsibility for our new Life at a Law Firm program; and has played a vital role in the success of our Minority Scholars LSAT Prep Course program.”

The invitation-only professional honorary organization recognizes the top 100 black lawyers in each state and is “comprised of America’s top attorneys who represent individuals, families and businesses in the American legal system.” Membership in the National Black Lawyers Top 100 is recognition of “superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence and performance in their area of legal practice.”

McAdory is an associate with Maynard Cooper’s Insurance & Financial Services Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation practices. She was previously recognized as an “Outstanding Attorney” by Birmingham Magazine’s Best in Minority Business Awards.

She received her J.D. from Howard University and holds a B.E. from Vanderbilt University. Continue reading...

Anthony Joseph Elected to Alabama Power Board of Directors


Maynard Cooper congratulates Shareholder Anthony “AJ” Joseph on his recent election of the Board of Directors of Alabama Power.

Joseph joins Dr. Cathy Randall as the newest members of the company’s board.

Anthony Joseph

“We are proud and honored to welcome Dr. Randall and Mr. Joseph to our board,” said Alabama Power Chairman, President and CEO Mark Crosswhite in a release. “They each bring a lifetime of excellence and integrity to our company. They are leaders in their fields and highly respected by their peers.”

Joseph is Co-Chair of the White Collar Criminal practice at Maynard Cooper. He has a long and distinguished career in the legal field. He first served as an Assistant District Attorney for Jefferson County, Ala. before joining the FBI as a Special Agent working in Birmingham, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Upon his return to Birmingham he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before entering private practice as an attorney. He joined Maynard Cooper in 2006.

He was the 2013-2014 President of the Alabama State Bar, a former Alabama State Bar Commissioner, and Vice President of the Alabama State Bar, a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, and is currently a member of its White Collar Crime Committee.

“AJ is an exemplary leader and we congratulate him on his election to the Board of Directors for Alabama Power,” said Mark Drew, Managing Shareholder for the firm. Continue reading...

Maynard Cooper Names Five New Shareholders


Maynard Cooper & Gale PC proudly announces the firm’s five newest shareholders: Josh Baker, Jack Bethay, Stephanie Mays, Randall Minor and Harrison Smith.

“Each of these individuals has distinguished themselves as outstanding attorneys and team members,” said Mark Drew, Managing Shareholder. “We are very excited to add them to the shareholder ranks.” Continue reading...

Chris Wiginton Joins Maynard Cooper


Maynard Cooper & Gale PC welcomes Chris Wiginton to its Estate Planning and Tax practices.

Chris’ previous work covers a wide spectrum of experience including estate and business planning, corporate and partnership taxation and general corporate matters. He will work in the firm’s office in Huntsville.

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