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Frank Leslie “Les” Lambert

The Lambert Law Firm
PO Box 265
Camden, AL 36726
(334)682-9639 / lesl@frontiernet.net

Les is a 2001 graduate of Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and a 1997 graduate of Auburn University’s School of Forestry. He is the sole attorney and manager of a law practice in Wilcox County, AL, one of nineteen Black Belt counties of Alabama. He has also served as the prosecutor in Pine Hill, Alabama’s Municipal Court since 2003.His areas of practice are civil trial, criminal defense, real estate, and Social Security appeals.

Before becoming a solo practitioner, Les was a staff assistant at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles. He is a member of Alabama Association for Justice and Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is past secretary, immediate past president, and current president for Exchange Club of Camden, and is involved with National Wild Turkey Federation and Alabama Forest Owners Association. Presently, Les is Chairman of the Diaconate at First Presbyterian Church of Camden.

The attorney who recommended Les said, “I have known Les for more than ten years and we have served as co-counsel on many cases. He is not only a leader in his community, but an outstanding attorney as well. In addition to being in leadership positions in the community, Les is also a very active husband and parent. He spends his time away from work with his wife and two children. He enjoys outdoor activities with his children and is also a Little League baseball coach. Les leads by example and understands the importance of ‘giving back.’ He has proven to be a tireless worker for the causes he believes in, and I believe the Leadership Forum will greatly benefit from his energy.”

In his own words, Les said, “I currently live, raise my family, and practice law in the community I have always called home. My home, Wilcox County, has for some time been recognized as one of the poorest communities in Alabama and it is quite possible one of the poorest counties in the United States of America. In my experiences, Camden, the county seat, was a wonderful place to grow up. I can attribute many of my accomplishments and successes to the lessons learned in this rural and close knit community. The impoverished state of my community became more apparent when my career in the community began in 2001. Following graduation from law school and admission to the Alabama State Bar, I made a decision to return to Wilcox County to be a sole practitioner. A significant part of my desire to practice law was being able to serve others. To provide legal assistance in a multitude of circumstances seemed challenging and I did not want to conform to the notion that I must limit myself to a specialized field of law. I believe that the best of our profession are those men and women who never lose sight of the importance of service in the practice of law. I practice law in a small law office across from out Courthouse Square in the middle of town. My experiences in the profession are significantly different than the experiences of those who practice law in larger cities and large firms. Although challenges often arise managing a multifaceted practice, I love the unique opportunities that it affords me. My clients cover a broad spectrum of financial and social standing, and I am proud of this aspect in my practice. I have established myself as a professional in my community who works as diligently for the clients who are unable to pay as I do for the clients who could easily pay more than my customary hourly rate. I measure much of my success in the confidence placed in me by those clients who are unable to afford a legal fee. The clients, who are financially secure, could easily replace me. However, the ones, who are essentially living in poverty, do not have anyone else to turn to for help and it is a privilege being here to serve them. Practicing law in one of the poorest counties in our nation serves as a constant reminder to me that, whenever possible, we should all strive to provide services to those in need. I believe that what I take away from this experience would serve to further my contribution to my community and to my profession. I strive to provide my services and knowledge of the law as diligently for the client making a large real estate transaction as I do for the clients I represent thought the Office of Indigent Defense Services. My hope and intent is to represent my profession in the highest regard. I often face difficult decisions in providing representation to clients in a small rural community. I have built a reputation of service to my clients and community that is based on doing what is right, honest, and fair. This practice requires that I not allow the social issues that are often found in small towns to cloud my judgment or interfere with the duty I have to my clients. The unemployment and poverty rates currently far outpace those of most counties in Alabama. There many in need in our community. This need provides many opportunities for service, which is critical in a community with this level. One way I stay connected with my community is through the Exchange Club of Camden. The Exchange Club’s national focus is on child abuse prevention, and our local club supports this initiative to end child abuse in our country. Our local club also has a history of service to our community as a whole, focusing on additional concerns and needs that face the citizens of our area. Although I had experience working as a Staff Assistant for a lawyer at a large law firm while in law school, most of my experience came from the actual practice of law in my own community. Although the recognition one might find in a larger practice or city is not a reality for me in my practice, I am more than satisfied with the since of accomplishment I have found living and working in this county. I understand the importance of exposure in the practice of law. The size of our client list, our offices and our commutes to work may vary significantly, but the core of what we all seek to accomplish should be the same. However, the means by which we accomplish a common goal of effective, successful and meaningful representation and contribution can be vastly different. I know that my growth as an attorney is far from over, and I would value the opportunity to learn from other professionals in various stages of their careers. As a member of a community with many needs, I would hope to learn about opportunities other professionals have found for service in their own communities. I am aware that being fully engrossed in something can often make it difficult to clearly see what it is that could be changed or improved. Ultimately, I know that my success is largely dependent on the success of my community. I would welcome the opportunity to step outside of my own practice and community and try to gain a new perspective of serving in one’s community. I am looking for new challenges and the opportunity to learn more leadership skills to move forward with other interest I have in serving. My education as an attorney and as a citizen of my community should never be viewed as complete. I may have graduated from law school and practiced for eleven years, but I know that there are many lessons yet to be learned, It is my hope that my education could continue through the opportunities and experiences available in the Leadership Forum Class 9.”