Burr & Forman Partner Jack P. Stephenson, Jr. Elected to Council of Alabama Law Institute

Burr & Forman partner Jack P. Stephenson, Jr. has been elected to the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, an honor awarded to just six practicing lawyers from each of the seven congressional districts in the state of Alabama.

Online PR News – 03-March-2012 – – Burr & Forman is pleased to announce that Birmingham partner Jack P. Stephenson, Jr. has been elected to the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, the governing body of the Institute. This prestigious elected position is awarded to just six practicing lawyers from each of the seven congressional districts in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama Law Institute works closely with the Legislative Reference Service in the annual proper placement and codification acts passed by the Legislature within the Code of Alabama. The Legislative Reference Service prepares the vast majority of bills for each session for the Legislature, while major code revision work, such as revision of an entire section of law, is handled by the Alabama Law Institute.

“Jack is a tremendous talent and has a keen insight into legislative issues in Alabama,” said W. Lee Thuston, managing partner of Burr & Forman LLP. “We are confident that his leadership skills and incomparable experience will help him excel in this new role to the benefit of all citizens in our great state.”

About Jack P. Stephenson, Jr.

Stephenson is the Chair of the Business section in the firm and practices in the Business, Real Estate, Insurance and Health Law groups. He is experienced in the areas of securities and insurance regulation, corporate and partnership taxation, mergers and acquisitions and real estate development. A substantial part of his practice involves corporate and tax planning for transactions involving business, insurance, real estate and health care entities and the negotiation and implementation of such transactions.

Stephenson is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, including being named “Birmingham Best Lawyers Securities Lawyer of the Year” for 2011; in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers, including being named in 2009 and 2010 as a “Leader in their Field;” and, in Alabama Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate. In addition, he was named one of LawDragon’s 500 Dealmakers in America and is a member of the LawDragon 3000 top U.S. lawyers.

From 1979 to 1999, Stephenson was an Adjunct Faculty Member of The University of Alabama School of Law. He taught courses in securities law and regulations, corporate finance and business planning. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the Birmingham Bar Association and the National Health Lawyers Association. He is an active member of the American Bar Association Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations. Prior to his election to Council, he was the past Chairman of the Alabama Law Institute’s Committee on the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act as well as a member of the Alabama Law Institute’s Committee on the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.

Stephenson received his B.A. in 1970 from the University of the South and his J.D. in 1973 from The University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1971-73, he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Alabama Law Review. Stephenson was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1973.

Stephenson belongs to the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and the Birmingham Venture Club. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Norwood Resource Center, an organization dedicated to address social and physical needs of the Norwood Community in Birmingham – a historically prominent neighborhood that has suffered deterioration, decline and economic depression.

About the Alabama Law Institute

Created by act of the Legislature in 1967, the Alabama Law Institute was funded and commenced operations in 1969. The purpose of the Institute is to clarify and simplify the laws of Alabama, to revise laws that are out-of-date and to fill in gaps in the law where there exists legal confusion. Its diverse membership includes members of the Alabama State Bar Association, the judges of the Alabama Supreme Court, courts of appeals, and circuit courts, federal judges domiciled in Alabama, full-time law faculty members of law schools and lawyer members of the Legislature. For more information, please visit www.ali.state.al.us.

About Burr & Forman LLP

For more than a century, the experienced legal team at Burr & Forman, an Am Law 200 firm, has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with nearly 250 attorneys and offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. For more information, visit the firm's website at www.burr.com.

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