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R. Cliff Mendheim

Prim & Mendheim, LLC
PO Box 2147
Dothan, AL 36302
(334)671-9555 / cliff@pm-firm.com

Cliff received his law degree in 2000 from the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama in 1997. Cliff has a general practice but specializes in collections. He is also licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Cliff previously worked at Buntin, Etheredge & Dowling and for the University of Alabama Athletic Academics as a graduate assistant, where he received a scholarship with the department by conducting class checks, formulating grade reports and monitoring study hall for all required athletes. He is the recipient of the Guy Hardwick Scholarship, Reader’s Digest Scholarship, and the Ronnie Mendheim Outstanding Football Coach Award. He has coached the Alpha Gamma Delta Flag Football, Dothan Leisure Services City League Senior Boys Basketball, as well as the City League Youth Football Coach. Many of these teams were championship teams. Cliff served as the treasurer for the University of Alabama Sigma Nu Fraternity and served on the Board of Directors for the Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club, Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Wiregrass Area United Way, University of Alabama Houston Henry County Alumni Chapter, Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce as well as co-chaired “A Walk to Remember” benefitting the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Inc. Cliff also is a member of the Houston County Bar Local Grievance Committee, Tennessee State Bar, American Collection Association, The General Bar, Commercial Law League of America, and The National List of Attorneys.

The attorney who recommended Cliff said, “I have known Cliff since early childhood and I have known and been friends with his parents for the last 35-40 years. Cliff and my youngest son attended middle school and high school together and participated in almost every sports program available to them. Besides being a good student athlete, Cliff was always a good leader among his peers during these formative years and even upper classmen looked up to him for leadership. I continued to keep up with Cliff while he attended the University of Alabama in both undergraduate and law school. Again, he was a leader in his fraternity and continued to be highly respected by his friends and classmates. Since returning to Dothan to practice law, I have gotten to know Cliff even better. His father (now deceased) and mother have been next door neighbors of mine for the last decade and they have both been leaders in our community for a number of years especially in the public schools sector. Cliff has inherited the leadership qualities of his parents. He is honest, hardworking and knows how to represent clients in lawsuits. As an active practicing attorney and former president of the Alabama State Bar, I have seen and observed a number of attorneys over the years and I believe that I have a good knowledge of the character and leadership qualities which certain individuals possess. Cliff is definitely one of those persons whom I can identify as a leader not only in the local bar but also in our local community. ”

In his own words, Cliff said, “Leadership embodies both important qualities that I continue to strive towards and many qualities that I have also embraced. My experience with leadership began at a young age. Leading by example, I attempted to be a good role model not only as a student athlete, but also as an older brother. In school, I strove for high achievement and honors to set a good example for my younger brother. As an athlete, I continually worked hard in both practice and games to gain respect as a leader amongst my teammates. Being a leader has always come naturally; however, the true meaning of leadership became clear after a life changing experience. The loss of my father resulted in this new perspective on life and leadership. On October 31, 2005, after a long, heroic battle against pancreatic cancer, my father, Ronnie Mendheim, passed away at the age of 57. He was first diagnosed in April 2004. Given only six months to live, my father bitterly fought his cancer for over a year and a half, outliving his prognosis by over a year. His courageous battle and untimely death had a profound effect upon me. I began to recognize the importance and value of each passing day. Furthermore, my personal and professional goals changed as a result of his death. Just as my father had made a difference in the lives of others throughout his lifetime, I also wanted to impact others by volunteering my time and becoming more involved. My father always exemplified the qualities of a good leader as demonstrated by the commitment and dedication that he showed throughout Dothan. In 1975, he started volunteering as a coach in the youth football league with the Recreation Department for the City of Dothan. Over the next 15 years, I witnessed him win 11 city championships and played for him on three of his city championship teams. In addition to coaching, he also volunteered his service on the Dothan City Board of Education for ten consecutive years, serving as Chairman of the Board for two separate terms. He accomplished all this while raising and supporting our family as a salesman with QSP, the former fund raising arm of Reader’s Digest. The importance of my father’s accomplishments did not resonate with me until he was diagnosed with cancer. His ability to impact others while also focusing on his family and profession left a lasting impression on me. While nearing the end of his battle, my father requested that I coach in his place since he was physically unable to do so. Despite having lived in Dothan for five years and having previously coached youth basketball, I continually neglected helping my father coach football due to the fear of not being able to live up to his previous successes. My thoughts and fears were alleviated as soon as I stepped onto the field in his place. That season culminated in another city championship following my father’s passing in the middle of the season. My father’s lasting impact as a coach was evident both at his funeral and during his battle with cancer. It was apparent that he had touched many lives based on the outpouring of love and support exhibited by all of his former players during that time. As a result of my father’s dedication and service, I have coached youth league football every year since his death in 2005. My volunteering and coaching efforts are the most important contributions that I have made to my community. I am able to touch and mold lives of young men while stressing important life lessons such as perseverance, determination and teamwork. My father’s accomplishments allowed me to recognize the importance of leadership. As a football coach, I am preserving his legacy by making a difference in the lives of young men. Volunteering time and legal services, either free or for a minimal fee, have been my most important contribution to the legal profession. Early in my practice, Houston County Probate Judge, Luke Cooley, requested that I serve as conservator for two former veterans who were receiving disability checks because of mental illness. I gladly accepted her request despite only earning a $100.00 fee per month for each of the veterans. In addition, I have also volunteered my services at the request of the Alabama State Bar by assisting with the Wills For Heroes program and by serving on the Houston County Local Grievance Committee. Finally, through our firm’s collections division, I have helped certain lower income individuals with family law matters including the establishment and collection of child support. Helping those in need through the volunteering of my legal services and serving on the grievance committee are easily the most important contribution that I have made in my profession. This past year I attended my first Alabama State Bar annual meeting in San Destin. After attending the meeting, I realized that I was involved in my community, but I failed to make a difference with my profession. Although I had served on the local grievance committee, it was apparent that I could gain more by becoming more involved with the local and state bar. After seeking guidance and advice from friends also in the legal profession about the best way to become more involved, I concluded that I would be a good candidate for the leadership forum. The leadership forum will allow me to continue my goal of making a difference. Primarily, if selected, the leadership forum will serve as a catalyst for becoming a more active participant in the Houston County and State Bar. Based upon my past experience and my commitment to making a difference, I welcome the opportunity to further develop my leadership attributed to benefit both my personal life and my professional career. ”