Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the Firm has elevated five deserving attorneys to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2018: Matthew J. Cannova, Alexander B. Feinberg, Charles M. Hartman, Jennifer Justice McEwen, and Will A. Smith.

“Jennifer, Matthew, Alex, Charlie, and Will are outstanding lawyers who have tirelessly served their clients and the Firm” said Jeff Grantham, Managing Shareholder of the firm. “We are proud of their accomplishments and know that this talented group will continue to make significant contributions to both the Firm and the community for many years to come.”

Matthew Cannova is a member of Maynard Cooper’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice. Matthew represents employers and benefits professionals across the country with respect to all types of executive compensation programs and employee benefits plans. Matthew has developed particular expertise with issues under ERISA and the Affordable Care Act. He works closely with clients to identify and correct plan defects and compliance failures in tax-qualified plans, and he represents employers in defense of audits, investigations, and proceedings before government agencies. Matthew has been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Employee Benefits and as a “Top Attorney” by Birmingham Magazine. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from The University of Alabama, and he holds a B.S. in Health Care Management from the University of Alabama.

Alex Feinberg is a litigator and member of Maynard Cooper’s Insurance & Financial Services and Securities Litigation practice groups. He defends leading global companies and financial services and insurance institutions, including many on the Fortune 500, in high stakes litigation in courts across the country, as well as before various arbitration tribunals and regulatory agencies. He has particular expertise in insurance class actions, along with bad faith and fraud cases. Alex also routinely advises clients regarding complex coverage-related issues. Alex earned his J.D., cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law and his B.A. from Duke University, where he was a member of the football team.

Charlie Hartman is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Tax Practice. He represents both publicly- and privately-held companies operating in various industries through every stage of the business lifecycle, and has developed particular expertise in cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, greenfield developments, and joint ventures. Charlie’s work in the venture capital arena extends beyond Maynard Cooper into the community through his role on the Birmingham Venture Club’s Board of Directors. Clients also look to Charlie to help navigate pre-suit demands and implement litigation avoidance strategies. Charlie was recognized in 2017 by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Business & Corporate Law and by the Birmingham Business Journal as a “Rising Star Lawyer.” Charlie received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and he holds a B.S.F.R. from the University of Georgia.

Jennifer Justice McEwen is a corporate lawyer in Maynard Cooper’s Trusts, Estates, Fiduciary & Family Business Practice groups. Jennifer has particular expertise advising clients regarding wealth preservation and business succession planning, as well as with guiding them through identifying and securing advantageous results tailored to their unique objectives. Jennifer is also an active member of Maynard Cooper’s Women’s Initiative Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Forum of Alabama Businesswomen. Jennifer holds an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law. She received her B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Will Smith is an experienced litigator, trial attorney, and counselor representing companies and individuals involved in complex business disputes. As a member of the firm’s litigation section, Will’s practice covers a broad spectrum of matters, including business torts, litigation involving commercial real property, shareholder derivative actions, commercial contract litigation, and administrative actions before federal administrative law judges. Will received his J.D., cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, and he holds an M.B.A. and B.S. from Samford University.