Next Lawyer Up with Attorney Ron Sykstus

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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.

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Ep. 1 – Brad Botes

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.

Ep. 2 – Amy Tanner

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.

Ep. 3 – Tommy Siniard 

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.

Ep. 4 – Dave Philipps 

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.

Ep. 5 – Allen and John Brinkley

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.

Ep. 6 – Derek Simpson

Ron speaks with Huntsville trial attorney and budding sports agent Derek Simpson about growing up in a law family and transitioning to sports agent.

Ep. 7 – Taze Shepard

Ron speaks with Huntsville business attorney and Taze Shepard about his families deep ties to Huntsville and Northern Alabama.

Ep. 8 – Doug Martinson

Ron speaks with Huntsville attorney and Doug Martinson about coming from a long line of Alabama attorneys and his involvement in the community.

Ep. 9 – Scott Berry

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.

Ep. 10 – Amber James

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.

Ep. 11 – Gary Conchin

Gary practices throughout Alabama and surrounds himself with other well-respected partners, associates and staff at the law firm of Conchin, Cloud and Cole.