Fourteen Christian & Small Partners Recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers 2010

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Twelve Christian & Small partners have been selected for inclusion in 2010 Alabama Super Lawyers. Additionally, two attorneys have been named Alabama Rising Stars.

Twelve partners with Christian & Small ( have been recognized as Alabama Super Lawyers 2010. Managing Partner, Deborah Alley Smith, is listed as one of Alabama’s Top 25 Female Lawyers and as an Alabama Super Lawyer in the Appellate practice area. Other attorneys ( ) selected and their areas of practice include: LaBella S. Alvis, Personal Injury Defense; J; Thomas W. Christian, Civil Litigation Defense; Robert E. Cooper, Personal Injury Defense – Medical; Edgar M. Elliott IV, Personal Injury Defense – Products; James C. Huckaby Jr., Class Action/Mass Torts; Richard F. Ogle, Business Litigation; Maxwell H. Pulliam, Criminal Defense – White Collar; Clarence M. Small Jr., Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Richard E. Smith, Business Litigation.

New to the listing this year are James B. Carlson, Personal Injury Defense – Products; and Sharon Donaldson Stuart, Business Litigation.

In addition, William R. Pringle, Business Litigation and Michael A. Vercher, Civil Litigation Defense, have been named Alabama Rising Stars by Alabama Super Lawyers. To be selected as a Rising Star, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state names as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a three-part process: peer nominations, evaluations and third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Christian & Small ( was established in 2000 by Thomas W. Christian and Clarence M. Small, partners with Rives & Peterson, Christian & Small’s predecessor firm. Representing a diverse clientele throughout Alabama, the Southeast and the nation, Christian & Small has clients ranging from individuals and closely held businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Christian & Small focuses on the areas of business, litigation and tax and is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (


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