Timothy W. Gregg

Tim is a Shareholder and Chair of the Securities Regulation & Corporate Finance Practice at Maynard Cooper. He is also a member of several other practice groups in the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Tax Section, including the Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance, and Private Equity and Venture Capital practices.

With his practice focused in the areas of corporate and securities law, Tim represents both private and publicly held companies from a wide range of industries in public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and general corporate representation. He also counsels both new and established public companies regarding their public reporting obligations, corporate governance matters and other issues related to their public company status, including compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards.

Tim assists and advises publicly traded companies in preparing periodic reports and other filings under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. He also counsels clients on corporate governance and public company disclosure in response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related rulemaking by the SEC and the national securities exchanges.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has distinguished Tim as a leading corporate attorney every year since 2013, and he was most recently recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law.


Maynard Cooper & Gale

Maynard Cooper & Gale is a nationally recognized law firm with more than 270 lawyers. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as three additional offices throughout Alabama located in Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery. Our record and reputation confirm that we deliver desired results for our clients. We solve tough, complex legal problems for many of the world’s leading companies, including over 60 listed on the Fortune 500 with 32 of those in the top 100. We make it our priority to fully understand each client’s business and the climate in which it operates so that we can help them navigate challenges and prepare for what lies ahead. Our keen knowledge of the vast industries and dynamic legal environment equips us to provide paramount service with seamless attention to detail.

Clients

Maynard Cooper represents a broad and diverse client base, including international, national, state and local business entities. We also represent new business ventures, non-profit organizations, and mid-sized companies in emerging and established industries. In response to today’s global economy, the firm represents numerous clients who are based outside of the United States and clients who are actively engaged in various business capacities in jurisdictions outside the United States.

We recognize that our clients expect us to not only know the law, but also the industry in which they operate. Our attorneys serve a wide range of industries, including banking and financial services, health care, insurance, natural resources, manufacturing, education, government, real estate, construction, consumer products, retail, food and hospitality, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, maritime and commercial transportation.

Services

Maynard Cooper is a full-service business law firm. The depth and breadth of the firm’s legal services include litigation, corporate law, banking and commercial law, real estate law, securities law, labor and employment, antitrust, public finance, trusts and estates, government contracts and bid protests, governmental affairs and relations, international trade regulation, admiralty and maritime, state and federal tax, intellectual property, health care, environmental law and bankruptcy law.

Value

Maynard Cooper is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional service; remembering that service to our clients is the main reason for the existence of our firm. We strategically tailor the firm’s resources to meet each client’s needs and provide solutions that produce successful, efficient and economical results.

Reputation

Maynard Cooper is recognized as a leader in government, the community and the legal profession. Maynard Cooper shareholders and associates can be found in key leadership positions in many professional organizations.

Our firm is driven by a deep sense of obligation to our community. Maynard Cooper has been recognized repeatedly as Alabama’s top firm in per-lawyer Pro Bono service, supporting a myriad of civic, charitable, religious and social causes and organizations.

The firm’s attorneys serve in leadership positions at the national, state and local government levels. One member of the Firm is a former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Two members of Maynard Cooper are past-presidents of the American Bar Association, and one is a recent past-president of the Alabama State Bar. At the local level, two of Maynard Cooper’s attorneys have served as president of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Fortune Magazine named Maynard Cooper one of the “Top Ranked Law Firms” in the country, and Corporate Counsel magazine named the Firm one of the top 500 “Go To” law firms. Over 100 Maynard Cooper shareholders are named Leading Lawyers in their practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America©, along with numerous practice areas recognized in the U.S. News “Best Law Firms” rankings. A substantial number of Maynard Cooper attorneys are ranked as leading lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, along with practice areas that are ranked in Top Bands by Chambers.

Michael J. Rediker

Mike Rediker focuses his practice in the area of financial services litigation which is national in scope.  He represents clients in the areas of securities, corporate governance, broker-dealer regulation and litigation, RICO, bond issuances and bond defaults, product liability, fraud, corporate law, trust law and business torts.  He has particular experience in institutional, derivative, class action complex and multi-district litigation.  Mike has litigated cases in federal, state and appellate courts as well as before the United States Supreme Court and United States Tax Court.   He also represents claimants and respondents in FINRA and AAA arbitration forums.

In the course of his practice, Mike has represented institutional and individual investors of all types including state pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, financial institutions and private retirement funds.  He has also represented public and private corporations and governmental entities.  Mike also has considerable experience in the transactional and client advisory sides of securities and corporate finance.

In addition to his law practice, Mike served as a an adjunct professor for the University of Alabama School of Law and Cumberland School of Law, teaching securities regulation and related topics.  He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, presentations and continuing legal education study outlines.

Mike is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years in both commercial litigation and securities law. He is also listed in Alabama Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for litigation: general commercial.  In 2010, Mike was honored as “Birmingham Securities Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.

  • Education

    Harvard University – J.D. , 1967
    Princeton University – A.B., magna cum laude , 1964
  • Honors

    • Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial
    • Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for more than 20 years
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987
    • “Birmingham Securities Lawyer of the Year,” 2010, Best Lawyers
  • Bar Admissions

    • Alabama (1967)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U. S. District Court of Alabama (Southern, Middle, Northern)
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Alabama Association for Justice
    • American Association for Justice
    • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Birmingham Bar Association
    • American Bar Association

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell provides litigation and counseling services in a wide range of civil practice areas including product liability, commercial litigation, construction,  real estate, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation , labor and employment law,  bankruptcy, insurance coverage, professional liability and administrative law. Offices are located in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee and Birmingham, Alabama.

Andrew J. Robison

Andy Robison advises primarily privately-held companies and private equity funds and their operating companies in formation, merger and acquisition and corporate finance transactions. He also represents publicly-traded clients in these matters, as well as in securities offerings, divestitures, joint ventures, proxy contests and general corporate and securities law issues. Andy’s clients engage in a wide range of business and industries, including manufacturing and distribution, professional services, retail, real estate development, banking and financial services, construction materials, steel, insurance, transportation and healthcare and healthcare information technology.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is a regional law firm with a global perspective. The firm has nearly 500 attorneys serving emerging businesses; established regional, national, and international companies; and individuals. Clients rely on us for innovative legal services that reflect an in-depth understanding of their business realities.

We are one of the largest firms in the Southeast, with offices strategically located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. These offices provide an extensive geographic base from which to serve clients on a regional, national, and international basis. We frequently serve as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and statewide counsel for clients in various industries. Among many other things, our lawyers work for major construction companies in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; for multinational pharmaceutical companies in Germany, New York, and California; for major insurance and financial clients throughout the country; and for national tire manufacturers in Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Our clients work in a broad range of industries, including accounting, automotive, banking and finance, biotechnology, construction, economic development, education, emerging business, energy, equipment leasing, forest products, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, materials and aggregate production, media and communications, mining, municipal, project and public finance, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, private equity, public utilities, real estate, retail, steel, technology, telecommunications, textiles, transportation, and venture capital. Each of these sectors presents unique challenges and opportunities, which demand specific legal and business experience. We meet those challenges with client and industry teams combining the talents of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of disciplines. These teams provide strategic solutions, tailored specifically to our clients’ industries and operations.

Whether we are helping our clients acquire real property, defend lawsuits, raise capital, comply with regulatory requirements, enter new markets, obtain and defend intellectual property rights, develop and distribute products and services, or merge or divest businesses, we treat our clients’ problems as our own. When our clients are faced with disputes, we help them find the fastest and most effective solutions.

Our clients’ opinions matter the most. That is why we are proud to be included in the Top 100 of the 2015 BTI Client Service A-Team, a list of over 300 law firms identified by legal decision-makers as delivering superior client service. Likewise, American Lawyer Media’s annual surveys of in-house counsel have listed Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as a “Go-To Law Firm” for leading financial services and technology companies, another recognition of the superior service and efficiency we consistently provide for our clients.

Our high-quality lawyers—many of whom possess not only detailed industry knowledge and experience, but also the advanced technical and educational backgrounds in the fields they serve—distinguish us as a law firm: 200 of our lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers in America®; 78 of our lawyers are recognized inChambers USA; 38 of our partners are Fellows of the prestigious American Colleges in their respective practice areas; and five of our lawyers are former United States Supreme Court clerks. In each of these cases, the percentages and relative number of lawyers so recognized are among the highest in the nation.

With our deep roots and expansive reach, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is perfectly positioned to provide its clients with quality legal services in the fastest-growing region of the United States and beyond.

 

Jay M. Ezelle

Jay Ezelle is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has been with the firm since 1999. Jay has served as the Hiring partner for the firm and is a current member of the firm’s executive committee.

PRACTICE

Jay has worked on a broad variety of litigation matters, concentrating on complex, high-risk litigation. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in a variety of matters  including national class actions and multidistrict litigation. He has also represented several universities in high-profile matters ranging from intellectual property disputes to NCAA compliance investigations.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Defended Allied Crushed Stone Company in lawsuit brought by Vulcan Materials Co. and obtained successful resolution through tax-exempt stock exchange and merger of Allied into a subsidiary of Vulcan.

– Currently representing software development company in drafting and negotiating intellectual property agreements for new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

– Currently representing The University of Alabama in a trademark dispute with sports artist Daniel A. Moore that has been the subject of press coverage by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, NPR and ESPN.

– Currently representing an insurance carrier in a purported national class action relating to premium rates.

– Currently representing a large government contractor in a fraud and breach of contract case with a former employee.

– Currently representing KKR in a securities fraud case arising from the leveraged recapitalization of the Bruno’s grocery store chain.

– Currently representing an NFL player in a civil case alleging assault and battery.

– Successfully represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in an intellectual property dispute relating to a universal control system for electrosurgical devices.

– Successfully represented a large hedge fund in a trade secrets and fraud case relating to the purchase of the international energy portfolio from the Enron Bankruptcy.

– Obtained declaratory judgment for General Motors allowing it to close car dealership under the Alabama Motor Vehicle Franchise Act and ruling that GM was not obligated to pay the dealer $1.2 million in alleged debt forgiveness and sales tax revenue relief offered by the City of Birmingham.

– Represented and helped obtain dismissals and/or favorable settlements for numerous global financial institutions in the highly-publicized Enron, HelathSouth, and WorldCom multidistrict litigations.

– Obtained a complete dismissal for The University of Alabama and its President in litigation stemming from the termination of Mike Price, the former head football coach, in what USA Today described as one of the “top 25 biggest sports scandals”.

– Represented the University of Alabama in Huntsville in an intellectual property dispute over PEGylation technology and helped UAH obtain a $25 million settlement.

– Represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in a patent dispute relating to antiviral compounds used to treat Hepatitis B and helped UAB obtain a settlement with a minimum value of $15 million.

– Obtained a complete dismissal of Emory University in an intellectual property dispute relating to compounds used to treat the Hepatitis C.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Jay has been named a “Future Star” for the state of Alabama in the 2011 – 2015 editions of  Benchmark Litigation, is recommended for General Commercial Litigation in the 2011 – 2015 editions of Chambers USA, is listed in the 2012 – 2015 editions of Alabama Super Lawyers, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, and has been named a 2014 Intellectual Property Star by the 2014 and 2015 editions of IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. Jay was also selected as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2012.

While in law school, Jay was elected to the Order of the Coif, the Order of the Barristers and the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, was a Hugo Black Scholar, a Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award recipient and an editor for the Alabama Law Review. Jay was also the winner of Campbell Moot Court Competition and a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Jay is a member of the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, the Junior Patrons Board of the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center,  and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He is also involved in the Birmingham Athletic Partnership and attends the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

* Jay M. Ezelle and Cole R. Gresham, “Big Verdicts, Limited Discovery: The Rising Importance of Trade Secrets in Alabama,” in the Cumberland Law Review, Vol. 44, pg 55 – 77(2014).

* Jay M. Ezelle and C. Clayton Bromberg, Jr., “The Internal Affairs Doctrine in Alabama“, The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 72, No. 2, Pages 143 – 147 (March 2011).

REPORTED CASES

W.R. Huff Asset Management Co., L.L.C. v. Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., L.P., 566 F.3d 979 (11th  Cir. 2009).

General Elec. Capital Corp. v. Emergystat, Inc., 2009 WL 4465245 (N.D.Ala. 2009).

The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama v. Nektar Therapeutics, Inc., 2005 WL 2335714 (N.D. Ala. 2005).

Price v. University of Alabama, 2004 WL 1253201 (11th Cir. Apr. 20, 2004).

Nichols v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., 364 F.Supp.2d 1330 (N.D.Ala. 2004).

Wisconsin Investment Bd. v. Ruttenberg, 300 F.Supp.2d 1210 (N.D.Ala. 2004).

Price v. University of Alabama, 318 F.Supp.2d 1084 (N.D.Ala. 2003).

W.R. Huff Asset Management Co., LLC v. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P., 234 F.Supp.2d 1218 (N.D.Ala. 2002).

Retirement Systems of Alabama v. Merrill Lynch & Co., 209 F.Supp.2d 1257 (M.D.Ala. 2002).

Susan Dominick Doughton

Susan Doughton’s practice of law focuses on health care law, including representing hospitals and physician groups. In 2010, she was named Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for health care law in Birmingham (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/Wright, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Susan graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1974, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1977 and served on the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Her professional and civic affiliations include: Alabama Bar Association, American Bar Association (Health Law Section) and Member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Susan has been selected as a “Best Lawyers® in America: “Health Law” from 1983 to the present (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/Wright, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). She is Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell®.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

Member, Alabama Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association, Health Law Section
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Selected, “Best Lawyers in America®: Health Law” 1983-present (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/Wright, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)

Feld Hyde, P.C. and Dominick, Fletcher, Yeilding, Wood & Lloyd, P.A., two of Birmingham’s most experienced and respected law firms, have joined together to create, in the words of Greg Hyde, a co-founder of Feld Hyde, “a depth and breadth of experience in health care law, business transactions, estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate litigation, tax law, and family law that is equal to or greater than most large law firms in Alabama.”

Dominick Fletcher, founded in 1943, concentrated its practice in the areas of charitable organizations, health care, estate planning, probate, business transactions, family law, and commercial real estate, with signifcant growth being experienced in its health care and non-profit practice areas in recent years. With 10 of its 14 lawyers having advanced law degrees (Master of Laws in Taxation), Feld Hyde was referred to by some as a “tax boutique.”

Feld Hyde focused its practice in estate planning, probate, business transactions, asset protection, and tax law for high net worth individuals, families and closely held businesses.

 

Kenneth Steely

Kenneth Steely is an associate in the firm’s Government Relations and Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Groups and practices in the areas of gaming law, litigation, and governmental affairs. Mr. Steely is an Affiliated Young Gaming Attorney in the International Members of Gaming Law, and is the only attorney in the state of Alabama who has been accepted as a member of the organization.

Prior to joining Jones Walker, Mr. Steely worked for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office as Special Deputy Attorney General, where he advised the Attorney General on policy, legislative, gaming law, criminal and civil litigation, and election law issues.

Mr. Steely has worked closely with Alabama’s gaming laws at both the state and federal levels, representing clients concerned with operating and managing gaming facilities and with gaming machine manufacturers. Mr. Steely has also represented nonprofit and charitable organizations interested in conducting gaming operations, as well as those interested in legal fundraising options in Alabama.

Mr. Steely also represents clients in state and federal courts in Alabama, provides candidates and elected officials with election law advice concerning state and federal election laws, and counsels those holding public office with regard to Alabama’s Code of Ethics.