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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Allison Hawthorne - Young Lawyers President


Allison Hawthorne

Ali is a Principal at Beasley Allen focusing her practice primarily on complex litigation on a national level. Ali has worked on cases which sought to recover millions of dollars lost by states as a result of fraudulent acts by the nation's largest drug manufacturers. Most recently, Ali has been involved in class actions, as well as AG litigation in multiple states that seek to recover money on behalf of the states that paid for pharmaceutical products and devices as a result of fraudulent and deceptive acts against the states.

Ali received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected as the Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Fraud Section in 2014 and 2015. Ali was also named to the 2016 Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list.

Ali is the President for the MCBA Young Lawyers Section, and is on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Association for Justice, the MCBA, and the MCBA Women's Section. Ali was selected to serve the Alabama Leadership Forum Class 13. Ali is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, Emerging Leaders, American Association for Justice, the Montgomery VLP, and is on the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court.

 

Board Members


Timothy J. Gallagher

Timothy J. Gallagher is a shareholder with the firm of Sasser, Sefton, & Brown, P.C. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, public utilities law, banking law, and creditor rights. Tim currently serves as the President of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Volunteer Lawyers Program. As President of the Foundation, Tim has worked closely with the MCBA Board of Directors to increase and improve pro bono legal services  in Montgomery. He is also a member of the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, as well as the Pro Bono Celebration Task Force.

Tim is involved with the Jimmy Hitchcock Award Committee,  American Red Cross, Relay for Life, and Habitat for Humanity, to name a few organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Larry Golston
Larry Golston
Larry is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where he graduated from Huffman High School. He attended the University of Alabama, where he obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Degree.  A Shareholder with the law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Larry's practice is focused on Consumer Fraud Litigation, Employee Rights, White Collar Fraud Litigation, and Insurance Fraud/Bad Faith Litigation.  Before going to work at Beasley Allen, Larry worked for the Honorable Judge Sue Bell Cobb, on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Larry is married to Danielle Golston and they have two children. The Golstons attend Northview Christian Church-Safe Harbor in Montgomery, Alabama.


Peyton Faulk
Ms. Faulk is a native of Greenville, Alabama. Ms. Faulk graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Alabama in 1997 and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Secondary Education/History from Auburn University Montgomery in 2004. She has been practicing law since October 2008.  

Until January 1, 2015, she was in private practice in Montgomery at The Law Offices of E. Peyton Faulk, LLC, practicing in the areas of labor and employment litigation and counseling on behalf of employees.  Beginning in January 2015, she was employed as an Assistant Public Defender at the Office of the Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit providing indigent criminal defense services in Montgomery County.  She was later employed in the Office of the District Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit handling juvenile prosecution.  Currently, Ms. Faulk has returned to private practice adding criminal defense to her list of skills.

Ms. Faulk is currently serving as Vice President and Board Member of the Montgomery County Association for Justice and she participates in the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court. She was selected to the 2013 and 2014 Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.  Ms. Faulk is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama and before the United States Supreme Court.


Tim McCollum

Tim McCollum is currently employed as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, working in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Legal Division.

Tim’s legal career began as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Charles Price.  He has been active in the Alabama State Bar, and has spoken or authored Continuing Education on areas such as municipal liability, as well as electronic discovery. 

Tim also served as the Young Lawyer representative on the board that originally addressed ethics and civility in the legal profession; which recommended one hour of continuing education on ethics that is now mandatory education for every attorney practicing law in Alabama.  
Tim also served as the Chief Counsel for the City of Montgomery, Alabama, where he presided over management of all legal issues facing the City, including such subjects as the prosecution of cases in Municipal Court, to litigating complex wrongful death and Civil Rights cases.

After leaving the City of Montgomery, Tim opened a law practice and maintained that practice for seven years.  In that time, he represented insurance companies, construction companies and individuals in both plaintiff and defense cases. 

Tim now is in-house counsel in government once again.  He is a member of the Government/In-house Counsel section of the Alabama State Bar, and continues to represent the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in contract negotiations, personnel matters, and Civil Rights litigation.  



Bryan Morgan

Bryan Morgan is Director of Career Development at Jones School of Law at Faulkner University having retired in 2012 as the State Judge Advocate for the Alabama National Guard after 34 years of military service.  He is from Birmingham and attended Banks High School, the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law.  He previously worked for the State of Alabama in the Governor's Office and with the Alabama District Attorneys.  His wife Terrie is a shareholder with Capell & Howard.  They live in Prattville, attend East Memorial Baptist Church and enjoy fishing at Lake Mitchell together.


Wallace Mills
Wallace D. Mills is a native of Bullock County, Alabama, and was raised in Montgomery. Wal-lace graduated from Saint James High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, from Auburn University in 1993. He received his Juris Doctor from Jones School of Law where he was a moot court finalist and served on the moot court board. Wallace has enjoyed a litigation-intensive practice, with an emphasis on federal and state employment, labor, and civil rights law as well as local government issues. Wallace was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1997. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, The Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Middle, and Southern U.S. District Courts. Wallace is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated “Preeminent” attorney and works in both the civil and criminal courts. Married to wife Kelly for 20 years, they have two children, and Wallace regularly serves as a YMCA youth soccer coach. Wallace attends Cata-lyst Community Church and has volunteered as youth advisor. Wallace has given his time to participate in the People’s Law School, Teen Court, Christmas in April/Rebuilding together and has been a member of the Capital City Kiwanis Club. Wallace is also an APOST-certified in-structor and volunteers to teach civil rights at the Montgomery Police Academy.


Ashley Penhale
Ashley Penhale practices with Copeland, Franco, Screws and Gill, PA.  Ashley is a graduate of Troy University and Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.   Ashley’s practice includes primarily civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level and covers a variety of areas of law.  Ashley is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar and the MCBA, where she regularly volunteers her time by attending the MCBA monthly pro bono counsel and advice clinic.  Ashley was named a finalist for the 2013 MCBA Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.  She is also actively involved with the Women’s Section of the MCBA as well as the Hugh Maddox Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  In the community, Ashley serves as a member of the Junior Executive Board of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the Junior League of Montgomery.  Ashley has enjoyed working with the leadership of the MCBA and looks forward to further serving the MCBA membership.


Allen Sheehan

Allen Sheehan was born and raised in Montgomery. A shareholder at Capell & Howard, P.C., he has practiced law in Montgomery and surrounding areas since 2007. Allen primarily practices general civil litigation in state and federal court. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and is the immediate past president of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers Section. During his time as president of the Young Lawyers, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers. In his free time, Allen enjoys writing about himself in the third person.


Chris Waller
Chris is a partner at Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, and he practices with an emphasis on business litigation, insurance defense litigation and defending licensees and respondents in Administrative Hearings throughout the state of Alabama. Chris has represented both professionals and businesses as respondents in the field of Administrative Law. He also regularly counsels and provides general business and litigation advice to clients.

Chris is a member of ADLA, DRI, and is a President of the ASB Young Lawyers Section and currently serves on the ASB Long Range Planning Committee and Character and Fitness Committee. He has been selected as an Alabama/Mid-South “Rising Star,” and for inclusion into the Professional Liability Defense Federation. Chris is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law.

In the community, Chris is past president of the UA Alumni Association Montgomery/Lowndes Chapter, and has served on various boards in the county. He is currently serving as 2017 Chair of the River Region Council for the Magic Moments Foundation. Chris is married to Jackie Waller, and they have two children, Caroline and Will. Chris and his family attend Christ Church XP in Montgomery where he ushers and serves as a lay reader.

 
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