This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Doug Martinson. Doug comes from a long line of attorneys and, along with his brother Mac, he leads the law firm of Martinson and Beason started by his grandfather in 1937. Martinson and Beason is a well-known law firm with excellent lawyers and support staff. They practice in many areas of law and are well- respected throughout the legal community. Doug can’t give back more to the legal field or his community any more than he already does. You name the organization and Doug has probably served as the president of…Read   More

This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Taze Shepard of Huntsville, AL. In a manner of speaking, a large part of the population of North Alabama lives here and works here because of Taze’s grandfather, Senator John Sparkman. Senator Sparkman was instrumental in moving the Von Braun missile team to what was then a sleepy little military outpost called Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Taze’s father, Tazewell T. Shepard II, was a Navy war hero who served as a White House military aide and retired as a 2 star Rear Admiral from the Navy. As a Navy Ensign, he was…Read   More

This podcast features attorney Derek Simpson. Derek, along with his law partner, Barton Warren, are both considered top plaintiff’s attorneys in the state of Alabama. Together, they make a very formidable team. Besides that, both of them are just good guys – compassionate, respectful and easy-going. Derek also gives a lot back to our community through the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program and through the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association where he is the incoming bar president. Derek literally grew up in the law under the tutelage and guidance of his father, Fred Simpson. Derek and Barton now occupy a very…Read   More

I was fortunate enough to sit down and speak with both attorneys Allen Brinkley and his son, attorney John Brinkley. As a result, this is a long podcast! Allen and John practice with another Brinkley, nephew/cousin Charles, so the firm name, Brinkley and Brinkley, makes a lot of sense. As my partners and I often discuss, it seems like everyone in Alabama and Tennessee knows the Brinkleys. Not only are they longstanding residents of the community, they are also talented, focused and driven lawyers who are easy to communicate with and, as a rule, always go above and beyond for…Read   More

In the world of consumer law, especially with regard to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), attorney Dave Philipps is one of the leading lawyers throughout the country. There are a number of very talented and driven consumer lawyers throughout the country and Dave is among that select group. Dave’s depth of cases that he has handled in federal court and at the court of appeals level is astounding. Additionally, Dave has handled a great many class action cases as lead counsel. Like me, Dave grew up in Illinois.  I have been fortunate enough to work on several cases…Read   More

North Alabama is fortunate to be the home to many fine lawyers. Whenever the discussion revolves around the top lawyers throughout the state of Alabama, attorney Tommy Siniard is always on the list. His credentials, background and the work he has done for his clients over the years is impressive and well-respected throughout the state of Alabama. Tommy practices with the law firm he founded, Siniard, Timberlake and League.  He surrounds himself with great law partners, associate lawyers and staff. As you will hear, Tommy has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Gadsden, Alabama. A graduate of…Read   More

This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Amy K. Tanner.  Amy has been my law partner, friend and colleague since 1999. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama where she was born and raised. Since the work of being a lawyer is a lot about the grind, meaning putting in a great deal of time and effort on every case for every client, maybe that is why I focus on and give a great deal of deference and awe to work ethic. I cannot imagine anyone having a stronger and more focused and driven work ethic than Amy….Read   More

Brad Botes is the “Botes” of Bond and Botes. Makes sense, right? A fellow Chicagoan and life-long suffering Cubs’ fan (or was!), Brad is the leader of all of the Bond and Botes affiliated law firms. I met Brad initially due to our Chicago roots and we both have now been in Alabama for over two decades. Brad and I are both licensed to practice law in Illinois and, while we both still do some legal work there, the bulk of our practice is here in the Deep South. I can’t say enough good things about Brad – he is…Read   More