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AUSTIN BURDICK is an experienced attorney with The Burdick Law firm. Mr. Burdick is recognized by his peers as an outstanding constitutional law, and family law attorney, having represented family law clients at the trial court, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. He is also an experienced criminal defense lawyer, having represented clients facing everything from a life sentence to traffic fines. Mr. Burdick is a trained civil and domestic relations mediator and has experience with issues involving uncontested divorce, contested divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, child support, and criminal defense. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is licensed to practice in federal district courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Burdick is also a member of the Alabama Law Institute Standing Committee on Family Law, which helps the legislature prepare new proposed laws in the area of family law. He is committed to parents' rights to the care and custody of their children and is a member of the National Parents Organization's Alabama Executive Committee. Mr. Burdick frequently lectures and instructs on family law issues at continuing legal education seminars and other organized events. Mr. Burdick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montevallo, where he studied history. He then attended the Birmingham School of Law and graduated in the top third of his class. While attending law school, Mr. Burdick worked for Merrill Legal Solutions where he gained valuable courtroom and deposition experience as a trial consultant. As a trial consultant, he consulted on high profile cases including Richard Scrushy v. HealthSouth.
DANIEL H. CHAMBERS is the owner of the law firm of Daniel H. Chambers Attorney at Law, PC. His main areas of practice are domestic and family law. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is licensed to practice in the state of Alabama. He received his B.S. degree from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee and his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law.
LANA K. HAWKINS, owner of The Hawkins Law Firm, assists clients in central and northern Alabama in a range of practice areas, including family law, estate planning, probate law proceedings, business and corporate law, and litigation and appeals. Before returning to live and practice in her hometown of Arab, Alabama in 2004, Ms. Hawkins practiced in Birmingham, Alabama; Palo Alto, California; and Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar (member, Family Law, Estates and Trusts, Business Law, Litigation, Appellate, and Elder Law sections) and the District of Columbia Bar (inactive). Ms. Hawkins regularly writes and speaks on various legal topics related to her areas of practice.
GWENDOLYN THOMAS KENNEDY is a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years of trial experience in the areas of divorce, custody, domestic violence, adoption and child support, with an emphasis on the rights of military spouses. She is the senior attorney of the Kennedy Law Group, LLC, which handles civil, criminal, administrative and appellate cases. Ms. Thomas Kennedy has been appointed guardian ad litem for many cases involving the custodial placement of minors and continues to focus her efforts on the improvement of services for children. During the last two decades, she has been a television and radio talk show host with shows which simulcast to more than forty of Alabama’s sixty-seven counties. Ms. Thomas Kennedy has also served the community in various mediums which include motivational speaking in the public and private schools. She is a prolific trainer in many areas of the law and has been the speaker for many government agencies, including the Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama State University, the Small Business Development Center and various courses approved for CLE credit by the Alabama State Bar. Ms. Thomas Kennedy has served as a prosecutor for the state of Alabama, as well as the town of Hayneville, Alabama, and was appointed temporary probate judge for civil commitments for the mentally ill in Montgomery County. She also protects the intellectual property of many civil rights icons which include the late Rosa L. Parks and Mrs. Althea Thomas, organist to Dr. Martin Luther King. Ms. Thomas Kennedy is a graduate of the American University and of Howard University School of Law, both in Washington, D.C.
VIRGINIA MILLER is a partner with Sexton/Miller L.L.C., where she focuses her practice on divorce, adoptions, post divorce, and child support custody. She is admitted to practice in Alabama and Georgia. Ms. Miller is a registered mediator in Alabama and is a volunteer mediator for the Jefferson County, Alabama Domestic Relations Court and the Jefferson County, Alabama District Civil Court. She is a frequent lecturer. Ms. Miller's memberships and affiliations include the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance, Birmingham Bar Association, Global Collaborative Law Council, and the Alabama Supreme Court Collaborative Law Rules of Procedure Committee. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Georgia and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law.
LISA L. WOODS is the principal of Lisa L. Woods Attorney at Law in Birmingham. Since 1989, she has focused her practice on domestic relations law, matrimonial law, and family law. Ms. Woods is a member of the Birmingham and American (member, Family Law Section) bar associations, the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the past four years. Ms. Woods earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College and her J.D. degree from the University of Alabama.