Audrey Gaston Howard Award

Rod Evans has been named a winner of the 2018 Audrey Gaston Howard Award.  Click here for details. 


Employment Law Update

July 2017

A new form I-9 has been issued.  Employers are required to use it by September 18, 2017. 

Click here for the details of this new requirement for employers.

Employment Law Update

June 2016

Click here to read important information for employers regarding hiring minors in Alabama.

Distinguished Young Woman 2016

February 2016

On February 20, 2016, associate Lauren Walker will help to select Ohio’s Distinguished Young Woman 2016.  An Ohio native, Lauren represented her state in the program in 2008 (formerly Ohio’s Junior Miss) and will judge this year’s 58th annual program.  America’s Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program for high school senior girls.  Each state sends a representative to Mobile, Alabama every year to compete in the national program.  The program provides an opportunity for the young women across the country to gain interview skills, public speaking experience, and self-confidence, as well as make lifelong friendships.  Each year, the program makes over $820 million in scholarships available to its participants as a result of sponsorships, donations, and university participation.

Jason Klinowski Becomes Firm Member

January 2016

Jason R. Klinowski has become a Member of the firm.  He practices in the areas of food and agricultural law, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation, and is the Editor of The Fresh Facts Blog

Matthew Hale

September 2015

Matthew S. Hale has joined the firm as an Associate.  His practice will be in the areas of banking and finance, business law, commercial transactions, and real estate law.  He received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Lauren Walker

September 2015

Lauren G. Walker has joined the firm as an Associate.  Her practice will be in the areas of insurance law, construction law, agricultural and food law, and civil litigation.  She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating magna cum laude.


2015 Shakespeare Event

February 2015

The firm was a sponsor of Cumberland School of Law's Donor Appreciate Weekend featuring four peformance events and a continuing legal education workshop on Shakespeare and the law

Jason Klinowski

January 2015

Jason R. Klinowski has joined the firm as Counsel.  He is an agricultural and food law attorney, advising clients on a full-range of business and legal issues, including USDA and FDA regulatory compliance, supply chain and distribution transactions, and federal litigation.  Jason is the editor of The Fresh Facts Blog, which provides legal and business insights to the fresh produce industry, and is a frequent speaker at various food industry events.


Jonathan Shugart

September 2014

Jonathan L. Shugart has joined the firm as an Associate.  His practice will be in the areas of business law, commercial transactions, estate planning, non-profit organizations, and estate administration. He received his L.L.M. in Taxation from The University of Florida, Gainesville, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Rick Davis

June 2014

Richard T. Davis has joined the firm as Counsel.  Rick practices Sports Law.  He has represented college and professional football and basketball coaches for more than 25 years. His clients include head coaches, coordinators and assistant coaches all over the country.  He advises them on career moves and handles all aspects of his clients' employment and endorsement agreements.

Clark Hammond

March 2014

Clark R. Hammond has joined the firm as a Member.  He has been practicing law since 1989, primarily in the area of bankruptcy, commercial and real estate loan defaults and workouts, construction law, workout of defaulted municipal and commercial bonds, creditor’s and debtor’s rights, securities litigation and general commercial litigation.  Clark's honors and awards include Alabama Super Lawyer (Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights), Birmingham Business Journal's Best of the Bar (Construction Law and Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy), and Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization, Construction Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy).  He has been given the AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Shakespeare Event at Cumberland

February 2014

Kim West and the firm are mentioned in this article regarding a Shakespeare performance event at Cumberland Law School.



Jay Clark, Managing Member

January 2014

Jay H. Clark has been selected to serve a three-year term as the law firm's managing member. 


Annemarie C. Axon Becomes Member

January 2014

Annemarie C. Axon has become a member of the firm.  She has been with the firm since 2006 practicing throughout the state in the areas of probate and fiduciary litigation.


Construction Law Seminar

June 2013

Larry Logsdon will be speaking at the Half Moon Seminar on Construction Law: Making Changes and Resolving Disputes During the Construction Process on July 18, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama at Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham, 520 Wildwood Circle Drive North, Birmingham, AL 35209.


Wallace Jordan Achieves Top Tier Ranking for Construction Law and Mediation

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt is listed in the 2013 U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms Birmingham Metropolitan First Tier Rankings for Construction Law and Mediation.  The rankings are compiled by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers based on hard data, peer reviews, and client assessments.


Matthew D. Fridy Becomes Member


January 2013


Matthew D. Fridy has become a member of the firm.  His practices includes litigation, constitutional, and governmental law.  Matt serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Montevallo and as a member of the Alabama Republican Party's Steering Committee.


Alabama Employment Update


January 2013

Michael L. Jackson is speaking to the Alabama Utility Contractors Association in Mobile, Huntsville, and Birmingham in January 2013 on issues for employers presented by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In February 2013, he will also be speaking to the Associated General Contractors on the same subject in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.  Click here for a copy of his article on Obamacare and issues concerning employers.


June 2012

On May 18, 2012, Governor Bentley signed Ala. Act No. 2012-491, which is an amendment to the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, also known as Alabama’s immigration law. There were no changes to the primary employment-related provision – Section 15 – so all employers are still required to be enrolled in E-Verify and to run through E-Verify all new hires.  Click here to read important information for Alabama employers.


September 2011

On September 28, 2011, a federal court prohibited enforcement of parts of the "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act," also called the Alabama immigration law.  Click here to read important information for Alabama employers.


June 2011

On June 9, 2011, Governor Bentley signed the "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act".  Click here to read important information for Alabama employers.


Susan McPherson Joins Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt

January 2011

Susan E. McPherson has rejoined the firm as an Associate. She graduated magna cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and joined the firm as an Associate in 2003. Most recently, she was a staff attorney for Justice Champ Lyons with the Supreme Court of Alabama. McPherson practices in the area of appellate litigation.


Managing Member Elected

January 2011

Phillip D. Corley, Jr. has been elected to a second term as the Managing Member of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC. Mr. Corley’s three-year term commenced January 1, 2011. Corley, a 1994 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, practices in real estate and commercial transactions in addition to serving in this leadership capacity.

Samuel Sessions Joins Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt

September 2010

Samuel T. Sessions has joined Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt as an Associate. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from Auburn University. Prior to law school, Sam worked in the banking and securities industry.


Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt Ranked Top Tier for Health Care Law

September 2010

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt is listed in the inaugural U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms Birmingham metropolitan ranking for Health Care Law -- Tier 1, for Construction Law, Corporate Law, and Tax Law -- Tier 2, and for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law -- Tier 3. The rankings are compiled by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers based on hard data, peer reviews, and client assessments.


Six Attorneys Listed in 2011 Best Lawyers

August 2010

Six attorneys of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt have been named to the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys named are J. Birch Bowdre for Corporate and Tax Law, Michael J. Brandt for Banking and Real Estate Law; Glenn E. Estess, Jr. for Tax Law, Cecil H. Macoy, Jr. for Construction Law, William A. Ratliff for Alternative Dispute Resolution, and William B. Stewart for Healthcare Law.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."


Michael Brandt - A Chambers USA "Leading Lawyer for Business"

July 2010

Michael J. Brandt is listed in the 2010 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Banking and Finance Law attorney.