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Brett Andrew Ialacci

Badham & Buck, LLC
420 20th Street North, Suite 2585
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205)521-0036 /

Brett graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2005. He also is a 2000 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, where he received a B.A. in History. Brett is a partner at Badham & Buck and practices in civil litigation – general commercial litigation, business disputes, class actions, and lender liability cases. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation in federal and state courts throughout Alabama, the Southeast and the United States.

At Davidson, Brett volunteered for Habitat for Humanity the Annual Fund and MDA of Charlotte. He was senior captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, and was awarded the Edward M. Armfield Scholarship. During h0is years at Alabama’s School of Law, Brett participated in Delaware Jackson Tutoring Program, was a member of the Student Farrah Law Society, received a full tuition scholarship (Thomas Bowen Hill & Thomas S. Lawson Endowed), and was junior editor for the Alabama Law Review. Brett’s professional activities include membership in the Phoenix Club of Birmingham, Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Young Lawyers Section of Alabama State Bar, and the American Bar Association. He worked as an associate attorney for Maynard, Cooper & Gale before joining Badham & Buck in 2008. Brett’s interests include golf, triathlons, running, snow skiing, and reading.

The person who recommended Brett said, “Brett Ialacci has been my best friend since we met on the tennis courts at Davidson College in 1996 as tennis teammates. It became readily apparent in the fall of 1996 that Brett was a leader among his peers, particularly on the tennis team. Brett was not and is not a leader because of his outspoken desire to be one; rather, he is a leader because of his enduring positive attitude, his hard work, and the respect that he gives everyone. Brett’s leadership and his contagious positive energy resulted in an amazingly tight-knit group of tennis players – a feat all the more impressive given the individual nature of the sport and the cut-throat attitude that good tennis players must have. I have seen the same characteristics that made Brett so successful in college carry over into his adult professional life. I did not grow up in Alabama but moved to Birmingham after getting an MBA to join The Harbert Companies. Brett had already settled in as a lawyer in Birmingham by the time I moved to the city. I quickly realized that Brett’s hard work and positive attitude had endured. Whether it is bar organizations or golf clubs, Brett is constantly being asked to serve in leadership positions, and he always does so in an effective manner. To me, a ‘servant leader’ is a person who leads by example. I have never known Brett to ‘politic’ for leadership positions, but he is a leader among peers in virtually everything he does because he works hard, treats people well, and earns their respect. I interact with lawyers in the real estate investment business on a regular basis. Lawyers suffer from what is an often underserved bad reputation. I know that the legal profession would be well served to have Brett more involved in leadership roles because he will exhibit the same humility and will garner the same level of respect as a leader in his profession as he has in every other phase of his life. To know Brett is to like him and respect him. If the Leadership Forum’s goal is, as it states, to form a pool of lawyers who will be leaders in Alabama, then the Forum would do well to have Brett on it roster. Finally, Brett does nothing without 100% commitment. Whether it is his law practice, his tennis career, or his current participation in triathlons, Brett dedicates himself fully to his endeavors.”

In his own words, Brett says, “I graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in the spring of 2005. While the legal job market was not nearly as difficult as it is today, I still felt very fortunate to have a job with Maynard Cooper and was excited to start my legal career. Maynard Cooper gave me the option of choosing which practice group I would work with and I chose Corporate Securities and Tax. I spent the first three and a half years of my career doing corporate/transactional work at Maynard Cooper. As a young lawyer, I focused mainly on learning to practice law and trying to meet the expectations of the older lawyers from whom I worked. I found that the transition from the third year law school to the full-time practice of law was a difficult one. In addition, it was my experience that law school had been primarily geared toward litigation and that learning to be a corporate lawyer was a difficult task. While there were certainly times that I enjoyed my job – and I always enjoyed and respected my colleagues at Maynard Cooper – I never felt fulfilled. I simply did not feel passionate about what I was doing. Looking back now, the general discontent I felt towards my career those first few years also had the collateral effect of discouraging me from seeking leadership opportunities within the firm or the bar. I found that my attitude was primarily that I would do my best to meet the requirements that my bosses set for me and that I felt were necessary to progress within the firm, but that I did not have the desire to do more.   After three years of being a corporate lawyer at Maynard Cooper, I was presented with an opportunity to change my career path. Two lawyers with whom I was very close had decided to leave Maynard Cooper to start a boutique litigation firm focusing on business plaintiffs and general commercial litigation. I found myself back in the same position that I had in my early days with Maynard Cooper – I was trying to learn how to practice law as a litigator for the first time. The first year was overwhelming. Once again, I was trying to keep up and learn as much as I could. But, I was also enjoying my work. At first, I was still focusing mostly on learning to be a litigator, but before long I was looking for other ways to grow my practice. I realized that seeking leadership opportunities outside the office would be an important way to do that. I hope that my greatest contributions are in front of me. While it may not be much, I like to think that the best contribution I can make is to embrace a great attitude every day and try to have that attitude positively affect others. My favorite quote, by Charles Swindoll, describes the importance of attitude in our lives. ‘The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.’ And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes. I will bring a great attitude. I will be eager to participate and learn how I can cultivate any leadership skills that I might possess to benefit myself and my firm, but more importantly my community and my bar. In addition, I hope to learn from past and current leaders of the bar about opportunities to serve about which I would otherwise not be familiar. I hope to use the Leadership Forum as a springboard to greater involvement in bar activities and in issues that we, as lawyers, need to confront in order to move our state forward.”