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Cabaniss Johnston Attorneys Recognized in the 2020 Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”

August 15, 2019

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

We are also pleased to announce the following lawyers have been recognized in the 2020 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


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) [10]

  • 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

George L. Morris IV (*)

  • Litigation – Healthcare

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) [25]

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

Sandy G. Robinson (1995) [25]

  • 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


Donald J. Stewart (1991) [30]

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

Jarrod J. White (*)

  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

(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)

Fifteen Cabaniss Johnston Attorneys Recognized by Birmingham Magazine as Top Attorneys

April 4, 2019

BIRMINGHAM MAGAZINE conducted its tenth annual peer reviewed survey this winter and fifteen Cabaniss Johnston attorneys were recognized as Top Attorneys in the Birmingham area.

Congratulations to the following attorneys for being top nominees in their categories:

Steven A. Benefield – ERISA, Trust/Estate
Jason W. Bobo – Insurance Defense
F. Gerald Burnett – Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate
Roy J. Crawford – Tax
Carolyn L. Duncan – Banking
Sydney F. Frazier Jr. – Employment, Labor & Unemployment Law
James F. Henry – Healthcare
Diane Babb Maughan – Appellate, Intellectual Property
Crawford S. McGivaren, Jr. – Civil Litigation
George L. Morris IV – Civil Litigation
Lance W. Parmer* – Civil Litigation, Personal Injury
R. Carlton Smyly – Construction
G. Thomas SullivanHealthcare
Michael E. Turner – Employment, Labor & Unemployment Law
Herbert H. West, Jr. – Corporate/Financial


March 20, 2019

B-Metro Magazine has named nine Cabaniss Johnston partners as 2019 Top Flight Attorneys to be featured in the magazine’s March 2019 edition.  Congratulations to F. Gerald Burnett, Roy J. Crawford, C. Fred Daniels, Sydney F. Frazier Jr., Annette L. Kinderman, Diane Babb Maughan, Crawford S. McGivaren Jr., R. Carlton Smyly, and Herbert H. West Jr.

According to B-Metro, the selected attorneys were chosen because of their ability to guide clients to successful outcomes, with the selection criteria including education, professional experience and community involvement.


January 7, 2019

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been selected for inclusion on the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list.

Melanie Merkle Atha – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense
Jason W. Bobo – General Litigation
C. Fred Daniels – Estate Planning & Probate
Sydney F. Frazier, Jr. – Employment & Labor
John M. Graham – Personal Injury General: Defense
Crawford S. McGivaren, Jr. – Business Litigation (Top 50 Alabama)
Sandy G. Robinson – Workers’ Compensation
Benjamen T. Rowe – Business Litigation
Donald J. Stewart – Bankruptcy: Business


December 20, 2018

James F. Henry was interviewed in the article New Bill Advances Care for Adults with Complex Needs, published by the Birmingham Medical News on December 14, 2018. He was quoted as saying “The intent of the CHRONIC Care Act (CCA) is to better integrate care between Medicare and Medicaid. It’s a movement to make health care and health insurance plans more tailored to individual patient needs instead of population statistics. We have talked about patient-centered care for a long time, but this is a law that can move us in that direction.”


November 1, 2018

Cabaniss Johnston has once again been named in the Best Law Firms rankings for 2019. Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report, the leading rankings publication in the United States, to establish the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” rankings. These rankings are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area, showcasing more than 10,000 different law firms ranked in one or more of 118 major practice areas. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.

Cabaniss Johnston was ranked Tier 1 nationally in the Railroad Law category, and Tier 3 nationally in the Land Use & Zoning Law category.

Our Birmingham office was ranked in the following metropolitan categories: Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Securities, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Railroad Law, Securities Regulation, Tax Law, Trust & Estates Law, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers; Tier 2 for Business Organizations, Construction Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Tax, Litigation – Trust & Estates, Securities/Capital Markets Law; and Tier 3 for Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

Our Mobile office was ranked in the following metropolitan categories: Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Municipal Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers; Tier 2 for Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Construction, and Tier 3 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law.