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George Morris Selected as Vice Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Affinity Group

August 31, 2018

Cabaniss Johnston is pleased to announce that George L. Morris, IV has been selected as a Vice Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Affinity Group for the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

The AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field with nearly 14,000 members.

George Morris is a partner in the firm’s Birmingham office. His practice has concentrated in the areas of health care law, medical malpractice, personal injury defense and business litigation. He represents a wide range of professionals, including both individual physicians and hospitals.

Cabaniss Johnston Welcomes Reid Harris

August 30, 2018

Cabaniss Johnston is pleased to announce that Reid Harris has joined the firm as an associate.  Mr. Harris recently completed a clerkship with the Honorable W. Harold Albritton of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Cabaniss Johnston Attorneys Recognized in the 2019 Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”

August 15, 2018

Congratulations to Melanie Merkle Atha, who has been selected as Birmingham’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

We are also pleased to announce the following lawyers have been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The Best Lawyers in America list is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.


Birmingham, AL

Melanie Merkle Atha (2010) [5]

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Nancy Ball (2018)

  • Trusts and Estates

Steven A. Benefield (2007) [10]

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

F. Gerald Burnett (2009) [10]

  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Timber Law

Roy J. Crawford (1989) [30]

  • Corporate Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Tax Law

C. Fred Daniels (1993) [25]

  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation – Trust and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy – Tax
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Carolyn L. Duncan (2007) [10]

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Sydney F. Frazier, Jr. (1995) [20]

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Worker’s Compensation Law – Employers

John M. Graham (2010) [5]

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Railroad Law

James F. Henry (2012) [5]

  • Health Care Law

Crawford S. McGivaren, Jr. (1987) [30]

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Antitrust
  • Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation – Securities
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Railroad Law

R. Carlton Smyly (2007) [10]

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation -Construction

G. Thomas Sullivan (2012) [5]

  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law

Steve A. Tucker (2007) [10]

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Railroad Law

Michael Turner (2018)

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Herbert H. West (2013) [5]

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Mobile, AL

R. Boyd Miller (1995) [20]

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Sandy G. Robinson (1995) [20]

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Benjamen T. Rowe (1999) [20]

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Patrick H. Sims (2008) [10]

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Donald J. Stewart (1991) [25]

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Municipal Law

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed in Best Lawyers
(*) Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers
[#] Anniversary plaque for which lawyer is eligible (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years)

Cabaniss Johnston Welcomes Courtney Adams

August 13, 2018

Cabaniss Johnston is pleased to announce that Courtney Adams has joined the firm as an associate.  Ms. Adams’ practice focuses on estates and trusts, including estate planning, estate administration, taxation, real estate and corporate law.

James F. Henry Contributed to Birmingham Business Journal

August 2, 2018

James F. Henry was quoted in the article Lawyers Talk on Birmingham’s Most Pressing Health Care Issues, published by the Birmingham Business Journal on July 31, 2018. In the article, Mr. Henry provided his perspective on trends in the local health care industry and how the political climate has impacted the firm’s health care focus.

Lance Parmer Selected as Member of the Future Leaders Forum

July 25, 2018

Cabaniss Johnston is pleased to announce that Lance W. Parmer has been selected to be a member of the 2018 class of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Future Leaders Forum.

The Forum is designed to cultivate leaders from among a group of motivated attorneys who have been in practice for three to eight years. The annual program begins in July and runs through December. Participants attend monthly sessions focused on cultivating and maximizing leadership skills and professional development in the legal profession and in the community in general.

Mr. Parmer joined Cabaniss Johnston in 2013 after earning his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law, with honors.  During law school, he served on the Honor Court and was a member of the Cumberland Law Review.

Mr. Parmer is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Birmingham Bar Association, where he was appointed to serve on the Medical Liaison Committee for 2018.  Mr. Parmer’s practice focuses primarily on medical malpractice, employment, and general business litigation, and he has successfully defended doctors, hospitals, and employers across the State of Alabama.

Melanie Merkle Atha to Teach Collaborative Law This Fall

July 24, 2018

Melanie Merkle Atha will be teaching collaborative law again this fall.  From September 20-22, 2018, she will be part of the faculty for the Global Collaborative Law Council’s Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference at Cili at Bali Hai Golf Resort in Las Vegas, NV. On November 16, she will be presenting “Introduction to the Basics of Collaborative Practice” to the Mobile Bar Association at the Admiral Hotel in Mobile, AL from 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm. On December 7, 2018, at noon, she will be featured as the final speaker for the four-part webinar “Collaborative Law Practice Series” sponsored by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, lecturing on informed consent and civil collaboration.