Maynard Cooper’s Edward O’Neal and Tommy Buck were named to the 2020 Leadership Forum of the Alabama State Bar. The Alabama State Bar selects a small class of 30 attorneys each year to participate in a rigorous education and training process focusing on servant leadership, ethics, and career development. From the program’s inception in 2005, the Leadership Forum has been a leading example for other state bars and legal organizations by recognizing the need for servant-minded bar and community leadership. Graduates of the Alabama bar program have gone on to become models of ethical and professional behavior both within and outside the legal community.
Edward O’Neal is an Associate in Maynard Cooper’s Governmental & Regulatory Affairs group, where he has an active practice handling complex state and federal legislative and political matters for a wide range of clients. Edward’s practice includes legal counsel to political campaigns in Alabama where he has developed particular expertise in both state and federal campaign finance laws. He also advises clients on the development of effective internal compliance programs relating to trade, ethics, and political activity.
Tommy Buck’s practice covers a variety of litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He has defended clients in the health care and education industries against claims brought under the False Claims Act and has helped many other clients avoid litigation by guiding them through government and internal investigations. Tommy has also represented individual, corporate, and governmental clients across a wide range of court proceedings, including asset forfeiture proceedings, constitutional litigation, criminal prosecutions, federal appeals, and various commercial disputes. Tommy recently served as a Special Assistant Attorney to Justice Jay Mitchell at the Supreme Court of Alabama.