2019-2020 Executive Council & Awards


The ADTA held its 78th Annual Meeting at St. Andrews Fairmont in St. Andrews Scotland. If you couldn’t make it, you missed an exceptional CLE Program and a step back in history during our excursions to Falkland Palace, Glamis Castle, Scones Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Discovery Point,  just to mention a few of our memorable tours which were filled with education of days gone by. Celebrating Scotland, seeing our members decked out in kilts and tartans during the Friday Gala was exceptional and unforgettable.
Immediate Past President, James D. Holland conducted the general meeting along with the Friday Business Meeting. During the Business Meeting the following were approved for the 2019-2020 Executive Council:  

             Lori V. Berke, Berke Law Firm, PLLC,  Phoenix, AZ

President Elect: 
             Edward L. Birk, Marks Gray, P.A., Jacksonville, FL
Vice President:
            James B. Hood, Hood Law Firm, Charleston, SC

            James P. Craig, Lederer Westin & Craig, PLC., Cedar Rapids, IA

            Dyan J. Ebert,  Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., St. Cloud, MN

Immediate Past President: 
           James D. Holland, Page, Kruger and Holland, P.A., Jackson, MS

Assistant Secretary: 
       Peggy L. Schultz, ADTA, New Port Richey, FL
Class of 2022
Evelyn Fletcher Davis, Harkins Parnell, Thackston & Young, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer O. Mitchell, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Cincinnati, OH 
C. Douglas Dooley, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, Chattanooga, TN   
Class of 2021
Clayton U. Hall, Hall, Hieatt & Connely, LLP, San Luis Obispo, CA
Judd R. Uhl, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Ft. Wright, KY
Monté L. Williams, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, WV
Class of 2020 
Brooks R. Magratten, Pierce Atwood, Providence, RI
J. Burruss "Buzzy" Riis, Hand Arendall, P.L.L.C., Mobile, AL
Kasey Townsend, Murchinson & Cumming, LLP, San Francisco, CA


2019 "Strubinger" Award Recipient

Jeffery J. Carlson, Carlson & Messer, LLP, Los Angeles received nominations from Thomas Burke, II, (twice) and Bruce Alverson.
Congratulations Jeff!
There were four additional finalists receiving recognition:
            R. Bruce Barze, Jr.
            J. D. Feriancek
            Andrew Chamberlin
            Steven Gurnee
We are thankful for each of their efforts in making very worthy referrals.  This is what ADTA is all about.  Thanks to each of you. 

Memorable Photo from the Friday Gala at the St. Andrews Fairmont, St. Andrews, Scotland.

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