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J. Brannon Maner

Gordon, Dana, Knight & Gilmore, LLC
600 University Park Place, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205)874-7950 / bmaner@gattorney.com

Brannon received his law degree in 2005 from the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Alabama in 2000. Brannon is an associate at Gordon, Dana, Knight & Gilmore where he is a litigator. He previously worked as a Compliance Staff Auditor at Regions Financial Corporation and Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart as an associate.

Brannon has authored several articles and has participated in the Divorce Clinic of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyer’s Program. He has been a mentor through the Jefferson County New Lawyer Mentoring Program and was a member of the Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum. In law school, Brannon was on the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, a Quarter Finalist for the Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Team and held a Judicial Externship for Justice Harold F. See, Jr. with the Supreme Court of Alabama. Brannon’s hobbies are coaching middle school basketball and youth soccer, golf, running, and spending time with family.

The attorney, a graduate of the Leadership Forum, who recommended Brannon said, “I have known Brannon since our childhood in Cullman. After leaving Cullman, we both attended the University of Alabama for our undergraduate and law degrees. Through the years, I have observed Brannon’s leadership abilities in a multitude of settings and can attest without reservation to his impressive leadership skills and his sincere motivation to continue developing as a leader in the community and the Bar. As a member of Class 7 of the Leadership Forum, I know the amazing opportunity yet serious commitment involved with this program and am confident that Brannon will provide significant contributions to Class 9 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.  Brannon is very highly regarded by those who know him in all aspects of his life, both professionally and personally. He understands that his reputation is among his most valuable assets, and he never cuts corners and always strives to do what is right. In the community, he is regarded as a skilled lawyer, consummate professional and devoted husband and father. Brannon’s impressive history of service demonstrates that he not only has an understanding of the importance of servant leadership but that he also has a passion for it.”

In his own words, Brannon said, “I have a diverse legal background from practicing in a large firm to now practicing in a small firm and understand the challenges for attorneys and clients in both settings. I have also had the opportunity to practice on the defense side and plaintiff’s side with a broad range of cases including business litigation matters, personal injury cases, and estate and probate practice, among others. I truly believe that this diversity in my practice will allow me to be actively involved in multiple areas of the Alabama State Bar and to openly discuss how a certain practice area affects another one. The Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association have done a good job of encouraging young attorneys to participate in clinics and programs to give back and to help other young attorneys. I was fortunate to be asked by Judge Eugene R. Verin to participate as a mentor in the program and enjoyed meeting with the new attorney, completing the worksheets provided as part of the program and discussing practical solutions related to case management, conflicts, and business development. The program was a great reminder to me of how lucky I was to have experienced attorneys teach and mentor me with everything from drafting pleadings and motions to how to handle hostile witnesses at deposition and trial. I was also able to meet with the new attorney’s partner and address problems he was having as a new attorney. I have remained in touch with these new attorneys and continue to help them as their careers develop and I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the program as a mentor. I have always considered it a privilege to be blessed enough to have a law degree, to be a member of the Alabama State Bar, and to participate in leadership positions for programs and clinics like the Jefferson County New Lawyer Program. My most important contribution to the community has been my involvement with the fundraising, planning, development and use of a new Family Life Center at MountainTop Community Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. My wife and I participated in several fundraising activities directed specifically toward building the Family Life Center, and we were pleased to be a part of its opening in the fall of 2009. Since its opening, I have coached the middle school boys basketball team, participated in the development of a youth church basketball league that plays all of its gamers at the Family Life Center, and plan and coordinate other family-friendly activities for families and single parents with young children. Being involved with the youth groups, the basketball teams and seeing what a wonderful tool the Center has been to the church and community have all given me great appreciation for all the hard work so many of us took on to see a community goal come true. I have been able to see what advantages and tools the Leadership Forum has offered my partners and I hope to have a similar experience. I also believe that participation in Leadership Forum can provide all of us a better understanding of the challenges facing our profession as the practice of law continues to change and to learn from the perspectives of people who practice in all areas of the state of Alabama. If selected, I also hope to gain knowledge and experience that will help me and other members of the Leadership Forum develop as the future leaders of the Alabama State Bar and to then reach out and grow our local bar associations. Lastly, I hope to gain a better understanding of what I can do to be a leader in my profession and how to use that role as a leader to help make the legal profession better in the State of Alabama and also help Alabama State Bar better serve the citizens of the State of Alabama.”