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Rhon Jones - President 2017


Rhon Jones
Rhon Jones manages the Toxic Torts Section of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis, and Miles, P.C. He has also maintained a consumer/insurance business litigation and class action practice. He has been practicing law with the Beasley Allen law firm since 1994. He has played a major role in several of the most significant environmental cases in the United States. Rhon holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and has been selected for inclusion on the 2011 and 2012 Best Lawyers in America lists, published by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, he was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Montgomery Litigation-Environmental Law-yer of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as ?Lawyer of the Year.?
Rhon serves as Chair of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, and serves as Chair of the Litigation Section of the Alabama State Bar. He is also Treas-urer of the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.
Rhon obtained his B.A. from Au-burn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama. Rhon is a member of First Baptist Church in Montgomery where he teaches Sunday School . He is married to Deanne Jones and they have four children. Rhon has served on the MCBA Board of Directors for two years.
 

Effie Hawthorne - Womens Section President


Effie Hawthorne

Effie is a native of Montgomery. She graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery and received her J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  Effie has worked for the Law Office of Jeffery C. Duffey since 2007 and joined the firm as an associate following her admittance to the Alabama Bar in 2013. She is passionate about the work she does, especially as a Guardian ad Litem.

Effie is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association and its Young Lawyers and Women’s Sections, the Montgomery County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section, and currently serves at the President for the MCBA Women’s Section. She also sits on the Montgomery County Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. Effie serves on the Alabama State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Board of Trustees and is a member of the ASB’s Quality of Life, Health, and Wellness Task Force. She also serves on the American Bar Association’s Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee at Auburn University of Montgomery and is a member of the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court.

Effie is an avid lover of Pure Barre and Auburn football. She is married to Charlie Hawthorne, a Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County, and they live in Montgomery.
 

Royal Dumas - Past President

Dumas Royal
Royal Dumas

Royal Dumas practices law with Gilpin Givhan, PC.  Royal works with commercial and business litigation on behalf of plain-tiffs and defendants (including class actions and derivative suits); general products liability; extra-contractual insurance and securities fraud litigation; and appellate work. He is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Alabama, and he is licensed in Mississippi. Royal has been a member of the State Bar’s Pro Bono Task Force for 2009-2010. He is also the chair of the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and the recipient of the 2010 Montgomery County Bar Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award. He is a 1999 graduate of Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT; Southern Methodist University in 2002, and the University of Alabama School of Law in 2007. Royal is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, and Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. He is married and has two children.
 

Felicia Long - Vice President


Felicia Long

Felicia Long is a shareholder at Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole, & Black, P.C., where she focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and insurance defense matters in state and federal courts throughout the state. Felicia also maintains an appellate practice and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk for Associate Justice Champ Lyons, Jr., of the Supreme Court of Alabama. She is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated preeminent attorney and has been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers. Felicia is member of the Hugh Maddox Inns of Court and has been active with the Montgomery County Bar Association for a number of years, including serving as the chairman of MCBA’s Annual Charity Event for several years and as a member of the Grievance Committee. She is also active in the community serving on the Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, Metro YMCA Board of Directors, Junior League of Montgomery Board of Directors, and Red Cross of Central Alabama Board of Directors, and enjoys teaching the youth in our community about the judicial system by serving as a coach for the Alabama Youth Judicial program.
 

Frank Snowden - Secretary/Treasurer


Frank Snowden

Frank Snowden was born and raised in Greenville, AL and after college moved to Montgomery in 1987, where he began employment with The Retirement Systems of Alabama while pursuing an MBA at Auburn University of Montgomery. In 1991, he married the former Melissa Bridgers and in 1993 began Law School at Jones School of Law. He graduated from Law School in 1996 and was admitted to the State Bar in April, 1997 after which time he left The Retirement Systems and began private practice in Montgomery and has done so since 1997. His primary practice focus has been criminal and domestic law.
Frank has been married to Melissa for nearly 22 years and they have three daughters, Madison, age 19, Savannah, age 14 and Isabella, age 12. They attend Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church where he has been an active member and served on the Board of Stewards and Frank has served for 7 years as the President of Sturbridge Homeowners Association, he and his family volunteer for community, church, YMCA and local outreach programs.
 
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