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Diane Maughan elected to firm’s Management Committee

February 16, 2018

Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP is pleased to announce that Diane Babb Maughan has been elected to serve on the firm’s Management Committee. Mrs. Maughan has been with the firm since 2000 and has been recognized for her expertise and skill as a lawyer by numerous publications.  She primarily practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, representing clients in many industries with respect to contract claims, commercial real estate and real property disputes, trademarks, health care-related litigation, and other matters. 

Melanie Atha Elected as President of GCLC

February 12, 2018

On Friday, February 9, 2018, Melanie Merkle Atha was elected for a third term as President of the Global Collaborative Law Council (“GCLC”).   GCLC is an international collaborative practice group committed to bringing collaborative law to all areas of civil legal conflict.  Ms. Atha will be on the faculty of the group’s 13th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada,  September 20-22, 2018.

Cabaniss Johnston Attorneys Recognized in the 2018 Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”

August 15, 2017

Congratulations to Steve Tucker, who has been selected as Birmingham’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Railroad Law by Best Lawyers in America.

We are also pleased to announce the following lawyers have been recognized in the 2018 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 (2015) [5]

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

Nancy Ball (*)

  • 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

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

David S. Dunkle (1987) [30]

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

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 (*)

  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Herbert H. West (2013) [5]

  • Corporate 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)

Jarrod White admitted to FDCC

July 14, 2017

Jarrod White was admitted to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) on June 21, 2017. The FDCC membership is limited and composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction.