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Gabriella E. Alonso713.576.0339Email
Gabriella Alonso advises clients on financial services matters, as well as corporate disputes. She prepares submissions for state and federal courts and helps clients as they progress through each stage of litigation.
In law school, Gabriella served as a student case worker for the Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic, where she assisted coal miners and surviving family members pursue claims for Federal Black Lung benefits.
Anne Knox Averitt205.521.8621Email
Anne Knox Averitt is a labor and employment and litigation partner in the Birmingham office. She represents governmental and corporate clients in a number of industries, including automotive, natural resources, manufacturing, health care, non-profit, employee staffing, housing compliance, communications, federal contracting, construction, and financial services. She has helped to obtain favorable resolution for matters at all stages, from dismissal on the initial pleadings to a defense jury verdict. View articles by Anne Knox
Marc James Ayers205.521.8598Email
Marc James Ayers represents individual, corporate and governmental clients before state and federal appellate and trial courts. Marc is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Appellate Law, and has handled numerous appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and other state appellate courts. He has also represented clients on petitions for certiorari and amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Appellate Litigation Group. View articles by Marc
In his appellate practice, Michael Bentley advises clients on trial and appeal strategy, drafts and argues critical trial motions, and handles all aspects of an appeal – from briefing through oral argument. He has litigated appeals of all varieties in state and federal court and has served as appellate counsel at trial for significant litigation matters. His commercial litigation experience ranges from contract and commercial lease disputes to housing-discrimination claims, whistleblower suits, tort claims, and tax protests.
Dylan C. Black205.521.8296Email
Dylan Black focuses his practice on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, with particular emphasis on professional liability, class action, state and federal securities fraud cases, and insurance coverage litigation. Dylan’s experience in professional liability litigation includes the defense of public accounting and auditing firms, outside directors, audit committee members, and lawyers in a variety of cases. View articles by Dylan
Jeffrey R. BlackwoodEmail
In his 17 years of practice, Jeffrey Blackwood has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters. Jeffrey has significant experience in representing life insurance companies and insurance brokers in a variety of matters, including sales practice litigation, regulatory actions and professional negligence actions.
Anna-Katherine G. Bowman205.521.8299Email
Anna-Katherine Bowman’s practice focuses primarily on individual and commercial litigation matters across Alabama, including trials and appeals at the state and federal levels. She advises clients on substantive areas of law, as well as best practices for reducing exposure to litigation. View article by Anna-Katherine
Kristen Birdsall Brenchley202.719.8242Email
Kristen Brenchley’s practice focuses on consumer financial services law and regulation, as well as assisting clients with licensing matters pertaining to mortgage lenders, brokers, servicers, and other financial institutions. Kristen has experience working on multi-state regulatory compliance surveys in addition to assisting clients with federal regulatory and compliance issues. View articles by Kristen
Elizabeth R. Brusa813.559.5541Email
Elizabeth Brusa is an associate in the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group focusing on small dollar lending, bankruptcy, and privacy, security and innovation. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. Private-Sector (CIPP/US). Elizabeth counsels financial services clients on matters related to bankruptcy proceedings, bankruptcy fraud and abuse, and Chapter 11 filings.
Timothy L. Capria615.252.3811Email
Tim Capria’s practice focuses on acquiring intellectual property, patent opinion practice and enforcing intellectual property rights. Tim has a wide range of experience prosecuting patents domestically and internationally, and he conducts freedom to operate opinions and invalidity opinions applicable to the U.S. and other countries. He primarily prosecutes patents in the life sciences and medical device fields and provides trademark counsel for clients operating in diverse sectors.
Prior to joining Bradley, Tim clerked with Amazon.com, Inc. in Seattle, Washington, in its Intellectual Property Acquisition and Investments group. His technical background is in the life sciences, and he has worked as a laboratory technician for one of the world’s largest medical device and diagnostic companies.
Julie Carter negotiates and litigates on behalf of her clients to resolve a variety of issues related to enforcement of mortgage liens and note obligations. Particularly, her practice focuses on representing mortgage companies in loan servicing and foreclosure-related litigation, as well as in disputes involving defects in title and the coverage provided by title insurance policies for such issues as HOA assessments and claims of liens, easements and rights of access, and other defects in title and related curative options. View articles by Julie
R. Aaron Chastain205.521.8771Email
After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School and clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Aaron Chastain joined the firm’s litigation practice group and appellate practice team. He represents clients in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals, insurance, telecommunications, and consumer products. His practice focuses on analyzing problems to determine the most effective and cost-efficient resolution and pursuing that result in trial and appellate courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums. View articles by Aaron
Stewart M. Cox205.521.8276Email
Stewart Cox handles a wide range of complex litigation matters for business clients from different industry sectors. Stewart has tried cases before state and federal court juries involving mortgage fees, commercial leases, product manufacturing, bank deposits, software licensing, a railway accident and industrial equipment. Throughout his career, Stewart has handled hundreds of cases for numerous financial institutions involving deposit accounts, consumer finance contracts, commercial loans, letters of credit, fidelity issues, investment fraud and insurance coverage, among other subjects.
Anna Craft205.521.8287 Email
After clerking with Chief Judge Joel Dubina on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Anna Craft joined the Birmingham office as a member of the Litigation Practice Group and the Financial Services Team. Her practice focuses on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in a variety of litigation matters. View articles by Anna
Timothy Peter Cummins256.517.5158Email
Tim Cummins assists clients in finding solutions to problems, the best of which are often business solutions negotiated before litigation. When litigation is necessary, Tim believes preparation, creativity, and cooperation generally lead to the best outcomes. Although he most frequently represents clients in business and intellectual property matters, Tim has handled a broad spectrum of legal entanglements over the years for technology, biotech, chemical, manufacturing, construction, financial services, government contracting, and individual clients. He is admitted in state and federal courts in Alabama and has also assisted clients with matters in Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Bethany Breeze Davenport 615.252.3550Email
Bethany Davenport joined the firm in Fall 2019. She is an associate in the Tax and Bankruptcy Practice Groups.
Bethany received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics from Transylvania University.
Lesley Smith DeRamus(205) 521-8642Email
Lesley DeRamus has over 25 years of experience advising financial institutions on consumer protection laws and regulations impacting their operations. She regularly advises financial institutions on regulatory issues and develops forms, procedures and strategies for compliance. Also, she frequently advises clients on issues related to agency examinations and litigation matters. Lesley has advised institutions on both deposit and credit regulatory issues. View articles by Lesley
Josh Dhyani works with clients to provide litigation services, licensing, and compliance guidance pertaining to complex state and federal regulatory issues. Josh has guided financial services clients through complex litigation and regulatory matters from trial to appeal in a wide range of issues. He also has experience in assessing and processing mortgage-related industry licenses for entities working in the financial services space, including mortgage lenders, servicers, brokers, consumer financial companies, and debt collectors. Josh has also assisted clients in managing regulatory hurdles involving mergers, changes in control persons, and other corporate moves.
Alex Dugan focuses her practice on representation of debtors and secured creditors in Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, reorganizations, restructurings and liquidations. Her practice spans a wide range of industries including bank and non-bank lenders, investors in distressed assets, legal, automotive and commercial real estate. She also practices in the firm’s Financial Services group, with an emphasis on consumer bankruptcy issues regarding residential mortgages. View articles by Alex
Hallman B. Eady205.521.8375Email
Hall Eady is a general and commercial litigator with a current focus on the representation of financial institutions. He regularly advises banks and mortgage servicers regarding recoupment options including lien rights, closing errors, title insurance, mortgage insurance and correspondent/broker agreements. Hall has also represented construction companies and product manufacturers. View articles by Hall
Brian R. Epling615.252.2340Email
Brian Epling primarily assists clients with financial services litigation in Kentucky and Tennessee. Prior to joining Bradley, Brian clerked for the Honorable Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, and the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Because of his prior experience, Brian has not only had the opportunity to work on many issues during critical stages of litigation, but he has also seen how decisions made in the trial court directly impact the outcome of an appeal.
Tabitha S. Etlinger813.559.5598Email
Tabitha Etlinger focuses on complex litigation, including both federal and state appeals, as well as commercial and real estate transactions representing individuals, private companies and public entities. She is experienced in secured transactions, creditors’ rights and international law. A significant part of her practice also involves commercial transactions and disputes, both domestic and international. View articles by Tabitha
Christopher K. Friedman205.521.8849Email
Chris Friedman focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions and mortgage companies facing civil litigation in state and federal courts. Specifically, Chris defends financial institutions against claims of fraud, breach of contract, and misrepresentation. He also has experience representing brokerage firms against claims asserted before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Graham W. Gerhardt205.521.8577Email
Graham W. Gerhardt is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Banking and Financial Services practice groups. His practice concentrates on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in civil litigation. Graham defends causes of action including alleged violations of TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, and FCRA. He also litigates cases throughout the Southeast involving allegations of predatory lending, wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, and deceptive trade practices. View articles by Graham
Lee Gilley focuses on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in a variety of litigation and compliance matters, including title insurance recovery cases, compliance with the National Mortgage Settlement, general regulatory compliance, and government investigations. View articles by Lee
N. Chris Glenos214.939.8700Email
Chris Glenos is a creditor’s rights attorney with extensive experience in complex insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation. He routinely represents creditor clients in commercial litigation, fraudulent transfer and preference actions, contested bankruptcy matters, lender liability claims, commercial foreclosures, executions, replevin actions and prejudgment seizures. Chris has also successfully represented lender clients in numerous complex workouts and restructurings outside of court.
Glenn E. Glover205.521.8647Email
Glenn Glover has a broad practice that includes representing creditors in out-of-court workouts, bankruptcy cases, and a variety of litigation settings. Glenn also has substantial experience in representing mortgage servicers and other financial institutions in mortgage-related litigation in bankruptcy courts. He has practiced in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights for over 14 years.
Michael Gordon is an accomplished consumer finance lawyer with more than 20 years of experience as a law firm partner, senior federal regulator, and fintech general counsel. His practice includes consumer finance and fintech, banking and bank partnerships, consumer and commercial credit, payments, regulatory strategy, risk management and corporate governance matters for a range of clients. Michael is a practical, business-focused lawyer with wide-ranging experience in private practice, government, and as a client. He has established a reputation for helping financial institutions and service providers anticipate and respond to a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment.
Melissa Gutierrez’s practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on financial services, consumer finance, and real estate litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she was Senior Articles Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law and a member of Moot Court.
Kelley J. Hails205.521.8529Email
Kelley Joiner Hails focuses her practice on representing banks and other lenders in regulatory compliance and transactional matters. As part of her regulatory compliance practice, Kelley assists clients in the financial services and mortgage industries as they implement and comply with various obligations imposed on them by federal and state banking regulators, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure requirements.
Christy W. Hancock704.338.6005Email
Christy Hancock’s practice focuses primarily on financial services litigation and regulatory compliance. She defends mortgage investors, including Government Sponsored Enterprises, and servicers in a variety of matters, including TILA, RESPA, RICO and FCRA disputes, predatory lending claims, mortgage-related fees and servicing issues, escrow account disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices claims, and wrongful foreclosure claims.
Christopher L. Hawkins205.521.8556Email
Chris Hawkins represents clients in a wide variety of bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters across the country. He represents debtors and creditors in out-of-court business restructurings and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Chris represents creditors and financial institutions in bankruptcy-related litigation. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising large financial institutions on bankruptcy compliance matters and bankruptcy-related regulatory matters. View articles by Chris
Anna-Bryce Hobson is an associate in the Construction Practice Group. Prior to starting at Bradley, Anna-Bryce served as a law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was senior notes and comments editor for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property and a member of the Wake Forest Moot Court Board. During law school, Anna-Bryce interned for the Honorable J. Michelle Childs of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Honorable Mark Davis of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Austin Holland’s practice focuses on financial services litigation. Prior to joining Bradley, Austin worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Litigation, where he handled matters related to reverse mortgages, bankruptcy, foreclosures, grant recaptures, withdrawals of SAFMR and AFFH rules, religious discrimination, and the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Erin Jane Illman704.338.6026Email
Recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Privacy and Data Security Law by the State of North Carolina, Erin Illman is an experienced thought leader in privacy, security, and the integration of technology into business practices. Erin is co-chair of Bradley’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group and leads the Firm’s Fintech team. After practicing in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade, Erin uses her deep experience with California state regulations to help clients navigate privacy and security concerns, consumer protection laws, as well other challenging legal matters that arise in the privacy space. She regularly advises clients on CCPA, GLBA, GDPR, HIPAA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, FCRA, security breach notification laws, and other U.S. state and federal privacy and data security requirements, and global data protection laws.
Nicole B. JonesEmail
Nicole Jones is an associate in the Banking and Financial Services and Litigation practice groups. Her practice focuses on defending claims and advising financial institutions on compliance with state and federal regulations, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Nicole also has experience assisting clients in responding to and resolving government investigations by federal and state regulators.
J. Riley Key205.521.8247Email
Riley Key works with financial services clients across the country facing regulatory and enforcement challenges related to obligations imposed by the CFPB, as well as various other federal and state laws. Specifically, Riley helps clients navigate compliance with the Mortgage Servicing Final Rules in Regulations X and Z and the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule, as well as a host of federal and state regulations, including TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, FCRA, and ECOA. View articles by Riley.
Jonathan R. Kolodziej205.521.8235Email
Jonathan Kolodziej is an associate in the Birmingham office where he is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team. Jonathan’s practice focuses on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies as they implement, and demonstrate compliance with new and existing federal and state laws. In this role he helps clients assess the impact of new rules and regulations and adapt to changes in the regulatory environment. View articles by Jonathan
Rachel M. LaBruyere704.338.6054Email
Rachel LaBruyere is a privacy and litigation associate in Bradley’s Charlotte office. She regularly advises clients on CCPA and GDPR compliance issues. Before joining Bradley, Rachel served as a Legal Intern in the United States Attorneys’ Office and an Appellate Litigation Intern in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prior to law school, Rachel spent more than five years managing digital strategy for technology companies.
While in law school, Rachel gained a breadth of litigation experience working for the ACLU of North Carolina, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s trial and appellate practices. View articles by Rachel.
Dana C. Lumsden704.338.6034Email
Dana Lumsden practice focuses on business litigation, including intellectual property disputes, securities litigation, investigations and enforcement proceedings and the resolution of regulatory controversies concerning consumer financial services. His recent matters include the defense of financial services companies in consumer class action matters, the resolution of multi-jurisdictional mortgage servicing disputes, as well as serving as lead counsel in response to investigations of the mortgage servicing industry brought by the New York Department of Financial Services. Dana is also the Managing Partner of Bradley’s Charlotte office.
Robert Maddox practices in Financial Services Litigation with an emphasis in mortgage litigation and compliance and commercial/real estate litigation. He is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) and is one of only a handful of attorneys in the nation who have achieved this status. His national practice focuses primarily on representing two specific industries: financial institutions and mortgage companies. View articles by Robert
Riley McDaniel is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Riley received his J.D. (with honors) from Emory University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. He was also an extern for the Hon. Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Riley graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude).
Alex McFall’s litigation practice focuses on a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on financial services litigation. Alex represents a number of mortgage servicers and defends against claims for breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, promissory estoppels, negligence, wrongful foreclosure and wrongful eviction.
Austin L. McMullen615.252.2307Email
Austin McMullen approaches his clients’ projects with a zeal to discover creative solutions to their problems. For Austin, the difficult and complex issues prove to be the most interesting and drive him to figure out all the contours of the law to help his clients.
Focusing his practice on bankruptcy law, government relations, and commercial litigation, Austin represents creditors and Chapter 11 debtors; candidates in election contests; and clients involved in federal, state and local permitting issues; as well as clients in commercial litigation before state and federal courts.
Lyndsay E. Medlin704.338.6131Email
Lyndsay Medlin assists clients in the fast-paced financial services litigation arena as a member of the Financial Services Litigation and Compliance team. She developed her litigation skills working in both federal and state prosecutors’ offices trying misdemeanor criminal offenses and handling felony preliminary hearings and suppression motions as a participant in UVa’s prosecution clinic. View articles by Lyndsay
G. Benjamin Milam704.338.6049Email
Ben Milam represents mortgage lenders on a variety of claims, including unfair trade practices, fraud, wrongful foreclosure, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Ben also has experience in construction and insurance coverage litigation. View articles by Ben
Mark W. Miller615.252.2356Email
Mark Miller focuses his practice on tax matters, including structuring of corporate, partnership and limited liability company transactions such as formation, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations. Mark is also very active in the representation of tax-exempt organizations on issues relating to reporting compliance, executive compensation, private inurement, intermediate sanctions, and unrelated business taxable income. Mark also has substantial experience in the resolution of federal tax controversies, including the representation of clients in disputes before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Courts, the Internal Revenue Service Appeals and Examination Division, and the Internal Revenue Service National Office.
David C. Miller214.257.9811Email
David Miller is an associate in Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, David clerked for the Hon. Ed Kinkeade of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.
David received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he served as the senior articles editor for the Iowa Law Review and worked in the law school’s clinical law program. He also attended the Baylor Law School Academy of the Advocate in St. Andrews, Scotland, where he earned the honor of best advocate in the School of the Trial. David earned a B.A. in political science and religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Casey L. Miller615.252.2393Email
Casey Miller represents clients in a variety of business and commercial disputes and defends financial institutions in enforcement actions and litigation. Casey also represents organizations and individuals in government and internal investigations, advises clients in regulatory compliance matters, and handles related litigation. She practices in both state and federal courts across the country. View articles by Casey
Spencer R. Mobley205.521.8245Email
Spencer Mobley is an associate in the firm’s Birmingham office and is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group. In his practice, Spencer represents mortgage lenders and servicers through negotiation and litigation to maximize recovery and mitigate mortgage loan losses caused by issues in enforcing mortgage liens and note obligations. View articles by Spencer
Cathy Moore represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, utilities, purchasers of distressed assets and other clients in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, out of court restructurings, and bankruptcy asset sales and purchases. Cathy’s clients operate in the energy, construction, financial services, and manufacturing sectors. She has significant experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, including bankruptcy-related litigation involving preferences, fraudulent transfers, and claims objections.
Marc A. NardoneEmail
Marc Nardone has extensive experience drafting pleadings, discovery, and motions in constitutional litigation involving the Second Amendment. He also has co-authored merits briefs before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as numerous amicus briefs before various federal Courts of Appeals.
Marc also has experience representing clients in insurance disputes. He successfully represented clients seeking to recover damages for improperly denied coverage, and works with healthcare insurance clients to recover Medicare Advantage payments under the Medicare Secondary Payment Act.
Marc has a robust pro bono practice as well. He works closely with the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore, Maryland, to assist indigent residents with legal issues such as expungements, driving record irregularities, and asset recovery. He has also worked at both the trial and appellate level on criminal cases for indigent defendants in the District of Columbia, including assisting in the drafting of briefs before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Preston H. Neel205.521.8491Email
Preston Neel is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Banking and Financial Services practice groups. His practice concentrates on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in civil litigation. Preston defends causes of action including alleged violations of TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, and FCRA. He also litigates cases throughout the Southeast involving allegations of predatory lending, wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, and deceptive trade practices. View articles by Preston
Alicia N. Netterville601.592.9968Email
Alicia Netterville joined the firm as a part of the litigation and privacy groups after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Carlton W. Reeves of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi. She has deep experience defending clients in lawsuits prosecuted by the attorney general of Mississippi under the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act.
Robert S. Niemi, CMB704.338.6019Email
Bob Niemi is a Senior Advisor* for Financial Services in Bradley’s Charlotte and Washington, D.C. offices. As a mortgage leader and industry advocate for more than 25 years, Bob understands the challenges facing clients in today’s regulatory environment. He has extensive experience in all facets of the lending industry, including auto finance, consumer and small dollar lending. As a CMB, Bob possesses training-level knowledge of the mortgage process, and has a deep understanding of changing mortgage regulations. View articles by Bob
Andrew J. Noble, III205.521.8342Email
Andy Noble represents clients in a wide range of civil litigation, including both individual suits and putative class actions. A substantial portion of his practice has focused on consumer finance and related consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices litigation and litigation involving trusts. He has also represented clients in cases relating to state tax law and construction contracts, both domestic and international.
William L. Norton615.252.2397Email
Bill Norton focuses his practice in the business bankruptcy area, dealing in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, creditor rights and insolvency. He first became familiar with the bankruptcy law from his Dad who was a noted scholar and Bankruptcy Judge in Atlanta, Georgia. Bill went to Vanderbilt Law School intending to practice in bankruptcy law and has done so since 1984. Over more than 30 years of practice of bankruptcy and insolvency law, Bill has represented just about every kind of client interest you can expect in bankruptcy cases. His main focus now is Chapter 11 business cases – representing debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, committees and trustees.
D. Brian O'Dell205.521.8226Email
Brian O’Dell’s practice focuses on financial services litigation and regulatory compliance, with an emphasis in residential mortgages. Brian earned his Accredited Mortgage Professional designation through the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and is one of a small number of lawyers who have achieved this status. Brian is a regular instructor for the MBA at the Schools of Mortgage Banking I and II, teaching Regulatory Compliance, Laws Affecting the Mortgagee’s Interest in Property, and Ethics in the Financial Services Industry.
Stephen Parsley’s practice has been heavily focused on appellate briefing for mortgage servicers arising out of claims that a homeowners association’s foreclosure of its super-priority lien can extinguish senior mortgages. He also handles commercial litigation and product liability matters for a range of clients, including pharmaceutical, medical, industrial, and consumer manufacturers. View articles by Stephen
Jon H. Patterson205.521.8403Email
Jon Patterson focuses his financial services litigation practice on mortgage litigation. Practicing since 2003, he has handled cases through all stages of the litigation process, including arbitration hearings, mediation, jury trials, bench trials, and injunctive relief hearings. He has substantial experience in the mortgage litigation arena, managing the litigation of over one-thousand cases across the country for various mortgage servicers. Jon handles cases across the country, including Alabama, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, with a primary focus on the representation of mortgage companies and other mortgage industry entities. View articles by Jon
Benjamin William Perry615.252.3515Email
Ben Perry represents clients against a wide variety of claims in state and federal courts. Ben’s practice primarily concentrates on complex civil litigation, products liability defense, and representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in civil litigation. As part of the Financial Services group, he defends mortgage servicers, investors, and related entities against claims for breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, negligence, wrongful foreclosure, and wrongful eviction. Ben has also defended claims asserting violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and state law claims arising from foreclosures and modifications.
Gregory B. Pipes205.521.8763Email
Greg Pipes practices as a member of the Litigation Practice Group and the Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team. His practice focuses on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in a variety of litigation and compliance matters. View articles by Greg
Grant A. Premo205.521.8850Email
Grant Premo is an associate in the Birmingham office. He practices in the firm’s General Litigation Group and Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. During law school, Grant competed in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition; served on the Campbell Moot Court Board; and was a Senior Editor for the Alabama Law Review. View articles by Grant
Lauren G. Raines813.559.5556Email
Lauren Raines is a member of the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group and the Real Estate Practice Group. Lauren divides her time between transactional and litigation matters and regularly handles both commercial lending transactions and financial services litigation. This hybrid practice has allowed Lauren to better serve her transactional clients by advising them on the potential areas of conflict that could arise later in litigation, and to effectively advocate for her litigation clients due to her broad understanding of real estate principles.
Lauren has successfully handled countless contested commercial and consumer mortgage foreclosure trials for banks and mortgage servicers across the state of Florida. Lauren also has experience handling lender liability claims, usury actions, lien priority claims, fraudulent transfer claims, and violations of federal and Florida consumer protection statutes. Lauren also regularly represents merchant cash advance companies in enforcement actions, bankruptcy litigation and defending against usury, RICO, preference and lien avoidance claims.
Kristina Allen Reliford615.252.3573Email
Kristina’s experience includes serving as lead associate on a trial team representing an Indian consulting firm in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation, including taking and defending depositions, preparing trial witnesses, drafting motions in limine and arguing pre-trial motions. She also represented a global health information technology corporation in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation and false advertising, as well as successfully negotiated a patent invalidity declaratory judgment matters in federal court.
Haydn J. Richards Jr.202.719.8217Email
Haydn Richards advises members of the financial services industry on state and federal regulatory compliance matters involving residential and commercial mortgage lenders, brokers, servicers, consumer financial companies, student loan companies, and debt collectors. He is a nationally recognized leader on mortgage and financial services licensing matters, including counseling clients relating to the formation of financial services companies and strategic acquisitions. He regularly interacts on behalf of financial services companies with federal and state regulatory agencies, both in adversarial and non-adversarial matters. Haydn counsels clients on CFPB compliance, as well as all aspects of the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing (S.A.F.E.) Act, financial services licensing matters, and the NMLS. View articles by Haydn
Ryan P. Robichaux205.521.8619Email
Ryan Robichaux specializes in political advocacy and compliance, where he represents clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in Washington, D.C., Montgomery, Alabama and other states. His work in these areas includes representation of businesses, trade associations, political action committees, nonprofits, government contractors, and other individuals and entities that are involved in the political process. Ryan regularly advises clients on state and federal lobbying, ethics, campaign finance, and pay-to-play laws. He also assists clients with the establishment and administration of political programs, including the formation of political action committees (PACs) and compliance with campaign finance laws, and advises clients on how to develop effective internal programs to comply with lobbying, ethics, campaign finance, and pay-to-play laws. Ryan also has experience with general civil litigation before state and federal courts. View articles by Ryan
Amy Magdanz Rose202.719.8264Email
Amy Magdanz Rose represents clients who are members of the financial services industry on state and federal compliance matters involving residential and commercial mortgage lenders, brokers, servicers, consumer financial companies, money transmitters, and debt collectors. She assists clients in achieving licensing goals and maintaining licensing status on the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS). Amy is also familiar with the licensing protocols outside of the NMLS.
Amy regularly engages in dialogue with state and federal regulators regarding licensing and compliance issues on behalf of clients. View articles by Amy
David Roth is uniquely qualified to assist financial services clients in developing, implementing, and managing effective TPVMPs. As federal and state regulators continue to heighten their expectations of TPVMPs, David’s experience in this area is an integral component of clients’ efforts to enhance their programs to satisfy the various obligations set forth in guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Bank, and in the national servicing standards. He is a co-chair of Bradley’s Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team. View articles by David
E. Tyler Samsing813.559.5526Email
Tyler Samsing has significant experience representing lenders, banks, mortgage servicers, and other financial institutions and corporate clients in numerous matters, including pursuing claims against debtors, structuring, preparing and negotiating complex loan transactions, and defending against adverse claims alleging predatory lending, violation of consumer collection protection statutes, deceptive trade practices, and fraud in both state and federal courts. View articles by Tyler
Andrew J. Shaver205.521.8844Email
Andrew Shaver routinely represents financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases, commercial litigation and extra-judicial proceedings. His experience includes fraudulent transfer and preference actions, lender liability claims, contested bankruptcy matters, non-dischargeability actions, stay violation litigation and state law collection and enforcement actions. Andrew also has experience representing secured lenders and court-appointed receivers in receivership actions in both state and federal court.
Kathleen Shields O'Beirne601.592.9938Email
Kathleen O’Beirne practices in the Firm’s litigation practice group and is a member of the financial services and insurance litigation team as well as the professional liability team. She primarily focuses on representing financial institutions, insurers and attorneys in civil litigation matters in both federal and state courts.
Avery Simmons concentrates on advising clients with her extensive experience in general litigation and complex financial disputes. Avery advises clients on a variety of litigation matters including contract negotiation and breach disputes, mortgage servicing compliance, securitization, real estate disputes, insurance brokerage issues, FOIA disputes, ERISA disputes and employment matters. View articles by Avery
Edward S. Sledge IV205.521.8525Email
Ed Sledge represents businesses in high-exposure civil disputes in a variety of industries, from private equity groups and product manufacturers to financial services institutions, to name a few. Ed’s national practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in courts across the country, but he routinely represents businesses in personal injury and wrongful death matters. View articles by Edward
S. David Smith713.576.0307Email
David Smith’s practice is primarily focused on providing counsel to financial service companies across a number of states, representing lenders and servicers in the mortgage, auto finance, credit card, payday and auto title lending areas. His litigation experience is broad, having represented clients in a wide variety of matters but with a particular focus in financial services, consumer finance, and real property litigation. David focuses his interest in privacy on consumer privacy and related litigation in the financial services industry.
Steve Snyder combines his engineering education and prior industry experience in information technology with 15 years of practicing as an attorney on matters involving complex legal challenges arising from emerging technology for clients across the country and beyond. Steve is also a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Privacy and Data Security Law. Steve is a thought leader in privacy and data security and routinely writes and speaks on CCPA and privacy topics. He advises on all aspects of clients’ privacy and data security programs and regularly works with technical, legal, and business stakeholders to mitigate security and privacy risk. He helps clients implement robust cybersecurity programs and has developed training and educational materials.
Stephen R. Spivack202.719.8234Email
Steve Spivack’s practice is focused on white collar criminal investigation and defense matters, including the conduct of internal investigations. He is a highly experienced white collar attorney having served as a federal prosecutor for many years in the District of Columbia and as a defense lawyer for more than 25 years.
Whitt Steineker has devoted his career to representing companies and people that make things and provide services. He provides clients of all types with litigation counsel, transactional advice, and practical strategies for growth. Whitt has represented a variety of clients of all sizes—from multinational corporations to local businesses—in a wide range of transactional and litigation matters in state and federal courts around the country.
Erin K. Sullivan202.719.8208Email
Erin Sullivan has years of experience representing corporate and individual clients involved in investigations, prosecutions, and civil enforcement actions by federal and state government entities. She routinely conducts internal investigations, whether prompted by an existing government investigation or initiated internally for business or compliance reasons.
Laurence D. Vinson Jr.205.521.8607Email
Larry Vinson regularly counsels financial institutions of all sizes on new CFPB regulations, bank regulatory and product questions, and all aspects of state and federal consumer credit compliance. On questions relating to the Uniform Commercial Code, he is a resource for the firm’s clients and for other lawyers both inside and outside the firm. He is a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group.
Heather Howell Wright615.252.2342Email
Heather Wright has experience in the trial and appellate litigation of a wide variety of commercial matters. She concentrates her practice on advising commercial insurance policy holders regarding coverage available through commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions and inland marine or contractors equipment insurance policies.
James W. Wright Jr.205.521.8924Email
Jay Wright’s practice focuses on financial services litigation and regulation and asbestos litigation. Jay is actively involved in lawsuits and disputes across the country, including Alabama, New Jersey, Texas, and Pennsylvania, in which he represents companies involved in a wide array of state and federal law claims. View articles by Jay
Anne R. Yuengert205.521.8362Email
Anne Yuengert works with clients to manage their employees, including conducting workplace investigations of harassment or theft, training employees and supervisors, consulting on reductions in force and severance agreements, drafting employment agreements (including enforceable noncompetes) and handbooks, assessing reasonable accommodations for disabilities, and working through issues surrounding FMLA and USERRA leave. When preventive measures are not enough, she handles EEOC charges, OFCCP and DOL complaints and investigations, and has handled cases before arbitrators, administrative law judges and federal and state court judges. She has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. View articles by Anne