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James T. (Tom) Baxter III

Partner

Tom Baxter earned his B.S. degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1970. He received a J.D., cum laude, at Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1973 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar that same year. Mr. Baxter is also admitted to practice in all of the U. S. District Courts of Alabama and the Eastern District of Tennessee as well as before the U. S. Courts of Appeal for the 11th and 5th Circuits.

 

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Baxter has practiced law in Huntsville since 1973 where he works primarily in the areas of business, corporate and commercial matters, including litigation, real estate law, wills, estates and trusts, probate, bankruptcy and creditors rights.

 

Mr. Baxter is a member of the Alabama State Bar (Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section, Dispute Resolution Section, Elder Law Section, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section), the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Litigation Section, Law Practice Section).  Tom has served as President of and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville.

 

As a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, member of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Church Council. Mr. Baxter is currently on the teaching team in the Aldersgate Sunday School Class.

 

Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, Sharon, their two daughters and sons in law and four wonderful grandchildren.  His hobbies include attending Auburn sports events, woodworking and golf - very good at the first, fair at the last two (works in progress).

 

Representative Clients: ServisFirst Bank, The Roberts Group, Inc. (Crystal Mountain Natural Spring Water), Covington and Co., Inc., Alabama Farm Credit, Fidelity Residential Solutions, Oxford Properties, First Jackson Bank, EREM, Inc., Weichert Relocation Resources, Inc.

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L. Bruce Ables

Partner

L. Bruce Ables received his J. D. degree, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University School of Law in January, 1963 and was admitted to the Alabama and Tennessee State Bars. Bruce is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Alabama and the Eastern District of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

 

Bruce began his law practice in Huntsville in 1963. He has served on various committees of the Alabama State Bar. He is a Navy veteran. Bruce is active in farming and is an avid bird hunter locally and in Texas, Kansas and Uruguay, South America.

 

He is a member of the Vanderbilt Law School National Council. Bruce and his wife, Sandi, are also members of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Alabama.

 

While Bruce is not currently actively practicing, he continues to offer assistance and counsel to the firm.

Robert V. Rodgers

Partner

Robert Rodgers graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Political Science, with minors in English and History. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1989, and was admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama and the Northern District of Alabama, United States District Court that same year. Robert is also licensed to practice law in the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, the United States 11th Circuit Court and the United States Supreme Court.

 

Robert is an experienced trial attorney, and has handled a broad range of litigation across the state of Alabama. He has tried cases in twenty-four counties and handled lawsuits in forty-two of Alabama’s 67 counties. Robert represents individuals, businesses, insurance companies and corporations in a variety of litigation and business transactions. His clients range from multi-national corporations such as Siemens (product liability-paraplegic case) to individuals (car accidents, slip and fall, etc.).

 

Robert’s practice includes insurance defense, probate disputes and personal injury cases. He has represented lawyers in professional malpractice cases, several counties and municipalities in matters that included automobile accidents in construction zones, false arrest, inadequate jail conditions, shootings, and police brutality allegations. . Robert and his wife of over 20 years, Emily, are active in their church and Robert and his wife of over 20 years, Emily, are active in their church and their 2 children’s schools.

 

Robert is also active in Madison County’s Volunteer Lawyer Program, providing services pro bono in civil matters. He is a member of the Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and Defense Research Institute. Governor Bentley appointed Robert to serve as an Administrative Law Judge in hearings involving the Certificate of Need Review Board, and to serve as an Administrative Law Judge to hold Fair Hearings in Medicaid determinations. Robert is dedicated to providing quality legal services and advice to his clients. Robert's bar admissions are: Alabama, 1989, U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1989, U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1989, U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989.

 

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