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Thomas H. Brinkley
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PROFILE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Tom's Profile

As Chair of the Firm’s Economic Development/Incentives Group, Tom specializes in identifying and procuring tax incentive packages for businesses in the State of Alabama, whether for existing Alabama entities, international concerns, or businesses looking to build and establish operations in Alabama, as well as site selection activities. His list of clients that he has advised includes companies based in Japan, Germany, Canada, France, England, Korea, and China. With a current focus on the automotive and aviation/aerospace sectors, Tom represents all types of public and private companies in the service and manufacturing sectors.

In addition to his Economic Development/Incentives practice, Tom handles Alabama state and local tax legislation, compliance, and controversy work. He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to representing and advising privately held companies in general corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business and tax planning, and corporate finance.

Tom’s talents have earned him recognition by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Economic Development Law, a distinction given to only one attorney in each geographic area, and “Best of the Bar” by an Alabama publication in 2019.

“Tom knows our business and culture as well as anyone outside the company. Maynard’s knowledge of the local and state regulations governing our business has been invaluable to us, and Tom in particular.”

Tom's Awards

  • Best of the Bar® 2019 Birmingham Business Journal
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Economic Development Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Tax Law (2006-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate Law (2011-2014; 2017-present)
  • B-Metro, Selected as a Top Attorney (2020)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Tom's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Tax Section, Past Chair
  • Business Council of Alabama, Tax Committee
  • Alabama Aerospace Industry Association
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama
  • Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
  • Alabama-Germany Partnership, Board of Directors
  • The Japan American Society of Alabama

Civic Involvement

  • PARCA, Board Member
  • Sunrise Rotary Club of Birmingham, Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Virginia Club of Birmingham (Past President)
  • Jefferson Scholarship Regional Selection Committee for UVA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs (Past Chairman of Board; Past President)
  • Exceptional Foundation, Past Member of Board of Directors

Tom's Speaking Engagements

  • August 6, 2019: Panel on Mazda Toyota in Alabama at 2019 EDAA Summer Conference
  • November 2-3, 2017: “Public Private Side of Economic Development” for Southern Business Law Institute, co-presenter with Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary of Commerce, and Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Sales, Business & Economic Development with Alabama Power Company. To view the presentation slides, Click Here
  • October 17, 2014: “Opportunities in Tax Credit Negotiations and Nontraditional Incentives” for Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, Nashville TN
CONTACT
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Assistant
Sonya Goode
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
EDUCATION

New York University School of Law (1990, LL.M., Tax Law Review, Editor)

University of Alabama School of Law (1989, J.D, Omicron Delta Kappa; Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor; Hugo Black Scholar)

University of Virginia (1986, B.A. History)

August 20, 2020
168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide...
August 15, 2019
130 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 130 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their practice areas in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting att...
April 12, 2019
Four Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Unveiled In Business Journal’s 2019 Best Of The Bar Honorees
The Birmingham Business Journal has unveiled its 2019 Best of the Bar honorees, and we are proud to announce four of our attorneys made the list. Below is the list of Maynard Cooper attorneys that were honored and the practice in which they...
November 9, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE RECEIVES RECOGNITION IN RECENT U.S. NEWS/BEST LAWYERS “BEST LAW FIRMS” AND SUPER LAWYERS LISTINGS
The recently released edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” positions Maynard Cooper in the National Tier Rankings in 10 areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, L...
March 23, 2018
Opportunity Zones: A New Economic And Community Development Tool Alabama Businesses, Real Estate Developers, And Governments Should Know About
On March 21, 2018, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey nominated 158 population census tracts (at least one in each of Alabama’s 67 counties) for designation as “qualified opportunity zones” (“opportunity zones”) pursuant to the Tax Cut and Jo...
April 4, 2016
A FEW OBSERVATIONS (AND COMPARISONS) UNDER ALABAMA’S NEW INCENTIVES LAWS
June 3, 2015
THE UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP, A GROWING INCENTIVES TOOL IN A CHANGING LANDSCAPE