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Supreme Court Justice Tom Woodall Joins Sirote & Permutt's Appellate Practice Group

February 6, 2013

The law firm of Sirote & Permutt, P.C. announced that retired Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas A. “Tom” Woodall has joined the firm and will serve as Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.

Justice Woodall will help lead the group in all aspects of the appellate process, from drafting briefs and motions to oral arguments, in all Alabama and federal appellate courts, including the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Justice Woodall will also utilize his special training as a mediator/arbitrator in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) cases.

In addition to Justice Woodall, current members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group include Barry Ragsdale, Charles Driggars, Ryan Daugherty, Kristen Cross and Anthony Smith.

“Both on the bench and off, Justice Woodall exhibited the kind of personal integrity and commitment to professionalism that we would hope to see from every judge that ever dons a robe,” Ragsdale said. “Having known Justice Woodall for many years and knowing his reputation both as a lawyer and a judge, we at Sirote & Permutt are extremely fortunate to have him lead our growing appellate practice.”

Sirote CEO John Cooper added: "We are thrilled to have Justice Woodall join our Appellate Practice Group. His years of experience on the Alabama Supreme Court will give our appellate team unparalleled insight and knowledge, which will be invaluable to our clients.”

“During my years on the bench I recognized that appellate practice is a discrete and highly specialized area. There are significant advantages to bringing in experienced appellate counsel with a fresh set of eyes,” Justice Woodall said. “I am honored to be called upon to lead the talented appellate team at Sirote & Permutt.”

About Thomas A. “Tom” Woodall
Justice Tom Woodall was elected to the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2000, serving a 6-year term and winning re-election in 2006. Following his admission to the bar in 1975, Justice Woodall worked with the law firm Rives and Peterson. Leaving in 1991, he started the firm Woodall and Maddox, where he practiced for five years. In February 1996, Governor Fob James appointed Justice Woodall as a Circuit Court Judge in Jefferson County. He was elected to that position in 1998, after running unopposed. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law in 1975 and graduated magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 1972.

Justice Woodall is a Fellow of both the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Eta Sigma and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also served on several committees of the Birmingham Bar Association, including its Executive Committee.


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