Maynard Cooper & Gale has promoted 10 attorneys to shareholder, effective Jan. 1. The firm’s new shareholders are Alina Arbuthnot, Caroleene Dobson, Baker Findley, Charles Fleischmann, Mitchell Greggs, Josh Hess, Brandt Hill, Brannon Parker, Rich Pugh and Ann Watford Todd.
“This group of outstanding attorneys is exemplary of Maynard’s founding principles and dedication to client service,” said Jeff Grantham, managing shareholder.
Arbuthnot is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Practice. She serves as legal counsel in various public finance transactions, including as bond, issuer’s, bank, underwriter’s and borrower’s counsel. She also assists clients in structuring public-private partnerships and development incentives. She is the founding director and current vice president of the Alabama Chapter of Women in Public Finance. She received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and her B.A. from South Carolina Honors College.
Dobson is a member of the firm’s Real Estate & Financial Services Practice. She represents clients in acquisitions, developments, dispositions, conservation easements and commercial leases. Prior to joining Maynard, she practiced law in Texas. She is a graduate of Baylor Law School and Harvard College.
Findley is also in the Real Estate & Financial Services Practice. His career is almost exclusively devoted to the representation of development companies, private equity investors, non-profits and other companies in the acquisition and development of commercial real estate, including retail, multifamily and self-storage assets. He also has experience in the formation of real estate related joint ventures. He is a graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and Auburn University.
Fleishmann is a member of the firm’s Compliance, Investigations and White Collar Defense Group. His focus is on corporate compliance, risk management and governance, in addition to government investigations, regulatory defense and outside general counsel services. Prior to joining Maynard, he worked in Washington, D.C. He earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University.
Greggs is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. His experience includes representing businesses and individuals in disputes involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. He advises companies regarding employment and severance agreement disputes, contact disputes, intellectual property issues, discrimination and harassment claims and other employment-related matters both before and during litigation. He is a registered patent attorney. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law and the University of Alabama.
Hess is a member of Maynard’s Insurance & Financial Services Practice, focused on bad-faith insurance claims, managed care litigation and consumer finance lawsuits. He represents a variety of Fortune 500 insurance companies, managed care organizations and financial institutions. He also provides regulatory advice to insurance companies and finance service providers regarding compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and holds an MBA from the University of Alabama and a B.A. from Clemson University.
Hill is an experienced litigator with a concentration defending higher education institutions in arbitrations and litigation and advising schools on regulatory issues. He also maintains a busy appellate practice representing clients from a variety of industries in civil appeals in courts throughout the country. He spent several years practicing law in New York. He earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School and also attended Hong Kong University Law School. He has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Parker is a litigator in the firm’s Insurance and Financial Services Practice. He represents companies in a variety of litigation matters, with a concentration on defending life, disability and property/casualty insurers against claims for breach of contract, fraud and bad faith. He also defends financial institutions and brokerage firms in FINRA arbitrations relating to suitability, churning and other alleged sales practice violations. Parker is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law and the University of Georgia.
Pugh is a member of the firm’s Real Estate & Financial Services Practice. He represents public and privately-held companies, commercial banks and investors in all types of real estate matters in markets throughout the U.S., with a particular emphasis on leasing. Pugh represents both landlords and tenants. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and University of Georgia School of Law.
Todd is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Practice. She represents cities, counties, board of education, universities, nonprofits and public corporations as bond counsel and as special counsel for public projects and economic development. She also regularly advises financial institutions and underwriters in transactions involving governments, nonprofits and healthcare entities. She is a founding director and current secretary of the Alabama Chapter of Women in Public Finance and a member of the Alabama Leadership Initiative Class III. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. from Davidson College.