Melinda Mathews

, Shareholder

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Melinda focuses her practice on complex trust and estate matters for her clients, assisting them in minimizing estate taxes while accomplishing their personal goals with regards to wealth preservation and financial management.

Awards & Accreditations

  • Best Lawyers in America©
  • Alabama Super Lawyers 
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating


  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Trusts and Estates, 1993-2016
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, 2008-15
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama, 2009
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow 
  • Birmingham Estate Planning Council, Past President 


  • National Estate Planning Council, Board Member 1999-00
  • Birmingham Tax Forum, Member, 1981-present; president, 1991

Thought Leadership

  • Estate Planning for numerous professionals and business people including advising clients in planning their estates and insurance to accomplish personal goals and minimize estate taxes
  • Draft documents such as wills and trusts, to carry out clients' plans
  • Assists families of deceased persons in probate administration--especially those estates with estate, gift or income tax implications
  • Cumberland Law School, Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning, 2003-10

University of Florida School of Law

LLM in Taxation, 1981

Cumberland School of Law

JD, 1978

Vanderbilt University

MAT, 1969

Birmingham Southern College

BS, cum laude, 1965

  • Alabama Watercolor Society
  • Board of Directors Secretary, 2005-present 
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
  • Board of Directors, 2010-present 
  • The Women's Network
  • Member, 1990-present 
  • Leadership Birmingham
  • Class of 1992
  • Co-author, “Make Low Interest Rates Work for Your Estate Plan: GRATS and Loans to Family Members”, Estate Planning Advantage, Fall 2008
  • Author, "Birmingham's Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness", Sirote Supports, October 2012
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Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate - 12/10/2012 Read More
Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2013 - 11/5/2012 Read More
Craig Stephens Fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel - 4/25/2011 Read More
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