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Andrew B. Johnson

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1819 5th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205)521-8295 / ajohnson@babc.com

Andrew (Andy) is a 2000 graduate of University of Virginia School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. He also graduated from University of Virginia with a BA in History and Government in 1997. Andy is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and his area of practice is litigation. He is a member of Mississippi State Bar, Oklahoma State Bar, as well as Alabama State Bar.

Andy is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation Section) and the Birmingham Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.  His professional affiliations include being a member of Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.

The person who recommended Andy said, “Andy, along with his family, has been an active member and participant in our church. It has been a pleasure observing Andy in several different settings seeing his servant heart. Each new deacon for our church is asked to speak to the congregation personally about their background and personal faith walk. Andy shared one of the most touching testimonies I have ever heard. He talked about the great influence of his parents but what was most touching was his description of his love for his wife. I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the room. Rarely have I heard a man give such a touching word about his love for his wife in public. We were all moved. Andy plays in the band for our Contemporary service. He is as faithful in attendance for both rehearsals and services as anyone could be. That, in itself, is not that noteworthy I guess but what is rare is the attitude he exhibits while participating. He is actually a very talented instrumentalist as he plays several instruments well. However, his quiet demeanor and humility just radiate from him. Andy is an inspiration in worship in both exhibiting his experience but in doing so in such a quiet way. The greatest impression made on me, personally, was watching his strong but quiet leadership on our Personnel Committee. Andy would listen carefully to all sides of an issue but always seem to bring great wisdom to the group when he responded. He took his commitment to be on the committee very seriously and was always engaged in the group. He and his wife are always quick to respond to the needs of others and can be counted on to provide not just financial aid but will roll up their sleeves to provide whatever seems to be needed. He is, in my opinion, a perfect example of servant leadership.”

In his own words Andy said, “I recognized the importance of the law and leaders in the legal profession at an early age. My father was an investigator and a detective for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and State Police. He worked closely with prosecuting attorneys, and was known by local judges as he was regularly a witness in criminal cases. We often discussed those experiences around the dinner table, and I recall specific conversations with him about how attorneys worked very hard to insure that the innocent were protected and that everyone received fair and impartial trials. Prior to law school, I was allowed to work in the chambers of Senior U.S. District Judge James H. Michael of the Western District of Virginia. Judge Michael had served as a lawyer, a state legislator, and judge for over fifty years. He viewed himself as being called to serve the entire community, and that such service required attention to every case – civil or criminal – so that all parties received a fair trial and due process. Obviously, the perspectives gained by watching my father and observing Judge Michael’s court, as well as the advice that I received from both of them were influential in how I try to conduct myself as a lawyer and servant of the community. While I have achieved my goal of becoming a lawyer, I hope that participation in the Leadership Forum will allow me to practice and lead in a way that serves our community. As set forth more fully in section (d) below, I hope that my participation allows me to learn and better serve and lead the Bar and the community in which I live. Generally speaking, I would say that my most important contribution to the profession is that I bring ethical, respectful and honest representation of my clients to the matters on which I work. While my first priority is to zealously represent the interests of my clients, I believe the best way to accomplish that goal is by working well with opposing counsel and parties, interacting with the court in an honest and direct manner, and by working to see a matter from all perspectives. I believe that these efforts are shown in having been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell, and in my nomination and appointment to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Both the FDCC acceptance and Martindale Hubbell’s rating are based on input from opposing counsel and judges involved in prior cases with the nominee. I am proud that both organizations found that the person from whom they sought input rated me as an ethical and well-qualified member of the bar. More specifically, I would say that an important contribution that I have made to the legal profession is through the representation of an Alabama death-row inmate in his post-conviction appeals. I have had this representation since 2006 as co-counsel with the Kaye Scholer firm in New York. Because there is no right to counsel in post-conviction proceedings in Alabama, indigent Alabama death-row inmates will only have counsel if Alabama lawyers donate their time and resources. For our State’s capital punishment system to be carried out with any semblance of fairness and justice, the convicted should have representation. I am proud to have contributed to our State and our profession in this way. My most important contribution to the community in which I live is through my church. I say that because of the tremendous efforts that his church makes on a daily basis to serve those around us. Our church prides itself on service and missions. This takes the form of medical missions to foreign countries and in local community involvement. In the past year our church has sponsored and given substantial manual labor to rebuilding a church in Phil Campbell, AL that was virtually destroyed by the April 2011 tornadoes. We also partner with an inner-city church which offers drug-rehabilitation and other services in one of the more impoverished areas of Birmingham. Our partnership with this church has led us to become involved in that community, and we recently donated backpacks and required school supplies to the entire student body of the elementary school there. Our church also ministers to our members and their families in times of personal difficulty – whether financial, physical, or spiritual. I proudly serve as a Deacon, as a member of the personnel committee, and participate in the music during worship each week. Our faith requires that we “do justice” and “love mercy” (Micah 6:8). There are challenging commands, but I believe that my church works hard to live up to them, and I contribute best to my community by serving in this church body. I would hope to use the forum to gain insight from peers and current leaders of the Bar to form a foundation for better service within the Bar and in the community. My bar involvement thus far has not been as extensive as I would like, and I hope to learn skills and make connections with others who will be leaders in the coming years. I hope to learn from the perspectives of those from different backgrounds, different parts of the state, those who have different practices than mine, and those who are already leading in their communities or their areas of practice. I have two young sons (ages 7 and 5), and it is important to me that my generation leaves our State in a better place than we found it. I believe that the Bar can play a significant role in making sure that happens. I have observed how valuable the Forum has been to my colleagues who have participated in previous classes, and I hope to have a similar experience.”