I, Ron Sykstus, am a fan of a number of podcasts that are done by comedians where they talk to other comedians. These podcasts mostly feature comedian friends and acquaintances that have known one another over the years. It is interesting to me since they are in the same world and the discussion centers more around their lives and history, rather than what they do. Many of the lawyers that I know have interesting backgrounds and lives. Rarely does that information get divulged since most lawyers spend a majority of their time engaged in what is pretty often the stressful practice of law. It occurred to me to reach out to some of these lawyers to try and have a one-on-one discussion with them about how they got to where they are now. These lawyers are well-respected in their communities, both professionally and socially.
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. I can’t say enough good things about Brad – those of you who know him know exactly what a good guy he is.
Amy has been my law practice partner, friend, and colleague since 1999. Originally from Montgomery, AL where she was born and raised. Since the work of being a lawyer is mostly about the grind, meaning putting in a great deal of time and effort, is why I focus on and give a great deal of deference and awe to her work ethic.
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.
In the fourth installment of the Next Lawyer Up podcast Ron Sykstus talks with Illinois attorney Dave Philipps. Dave is a consumer law attorney with significant experience related to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
In the fifth installment of the Next Lawyer Up podcast Ron Sykstus talks with the family owned and operated Huntsville attorneys of Brinkley and Brinkley.
Ron speaks with Huntsville trial attorney and budding sports agent Derek Simpson about growing up in a law family and transitioning to sports agent.
Ron speaks with Huntsville business attorney and Taze Shepard about his families deep ties to Huntsville and Northern Alabama.
Ron speaks with Huntsville attorney and Doug Martinson about coming from a long line of Alabama attorneys and his involvement in the community.
Scott and Ron discuss Scott’s occupational arc from musician to teacher and now lawyer, as well as Scott’s family and how they have handled a number of health scares.
The very nature of family law makes it an emotional and tumultuous area of law and Amber is a soothing presence for her clients in these most trying of times.
Gary practices throughout Alabama and surrounds himself with other well-respected partners, associates and staff at the law firm of Conchin, Cloud and Cole.
On this episode we talk to Pete Berry, who is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota but he has a nationwide consumer law practice, Barry & Helwig, LLC.
If you have ever read the Alabama Law Weekly and picked up useful information to use for your own cases, you have Joan-Marie Sullivan to thank.
Judge (Ret.) Martha Lynn Sherrod has given a great deal back to both our North Alabama community and the legal profession itself.
When I first had the idea to do this podcast, I had in the back of my mind to do a segment with attorney Cary Flitter who practices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and throughout the country with the law firm Flitter Milz.
I can’t imagine a lawyer in the state of Alabama who doesn’t know the name of attorney Jere Beasley. In fact, it is probably the same way for at least 90% (if not all!) of the lawyers in the entire United States. Jere Beasley is that universally well-known and respected.
Max is a fountain of knowledge who counsels, advises and encourages consumer bankruptcy lawyers nationwide on a daily and, oftentimes, hourly basis.
On this episode of Next Lawyer Up, Doug Jones. Jones is a candidate for the US Senate, Alabama native and former US Attorney.
I was recently in Tampa Bay, Florida for a hearing and I thought I would catch up with attorney Larry Heinkel. Larry’s office is nearby, in St. Pete, and he represents taxpayers nationwide on their federal tax problems.
This podcast, as you’ll hear, is very personal to me. Steve Peskind is a great lawyer with many accolades. He practices throughout Illinois and his office is located in the far western suburbs of Chicago in the Fox River area.
If you believe that estate planning is a straight forward and simple area of the law, you’ll think differently after listening to L. Thomas “Tom” Ryan, Jr.
I won’t say that Harvey Morris is a legal legend here in North Alabama but, just by me making that disclaimer, you know that it is pretty much the case.
I was recently able to spend some time speaking with Bill Baxley at his long-time law firm’s office in Mountain Brook. I found him to be engaging, thoughtful and quite humble.
Greg Reeves is a Decatur, Alabama native, a good guy and a very talented lawyer. I have known Greg for a number of years through his legal work
For this 25th episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast, you’ll note that I have changed the title to the “Next Soldier Up” podcast. Colonel (R) Greg Gunter is a 30-year Army veteran who has given his blood, sweat and tears to our country.
This is an interesting podcast to me because I first met Clint Butler several years ago through his oldest son, Hunter. Hunter played football for me in a youth football league along with my middle son, Tom. Hunter was a tough, confident, smart and perceptive kid as a 7 year old as was his little brother Alec.