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Holly Lynn Sawyer

Lewis, Brackin, Flowers & Johnson
PO Box 1165
Dothan, AL 36302
(334)792-5157 /

Holly is a 2005 graduate of Cumberland School of Law where she was ranked among the top 20% of her class. She is also a graduate of Arkansas Tech University where she received a B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine. She received her Master’s Degree from Troy State University in Environmental Analysis and Management.  Holly is a partner with Lewis, Brackin, Flowers & Johnson and practices in the areas of Collections, Family Law, Business Organizations, Personal Injury, Probate, and Wills.

Holly was honored at Troy with a Research Grant, was Graduate Research Assistant, and Adjunct Professor of Biology. At Cumberland she became a member of Order of the Barristers upon graduation. She was recipient of the Hand Arendall Advocacy Award, a Center for Biotechnology and Bioethics Fellow, a member of the National Moot Court Team, Chairman of Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, an Abraham Caruthers Fellow, winner of the Donworth Freshman Moot Court Competition, and a recipient of Environmental Study Abroad Scholarship. Holly is the guest editor for Journal of the American Water Resources Association and has also been published in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Management. Her professional associations include the Alabama State Bar, president of the Houston County Bar Association, Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012, Alabama VLP and VLP Long Range Planning Task Force, Houston County Young Lawyers Association and Indigent Defense Advisory Board, and the Florida Bar Association.

The judge who recommended Holly said, “I first met Holly in 2005, when she joined the law firm of Lewis, Brackin, Flowers & Johnson in Dothan. Our paths have crossed many times over the years through both legal and social activities. Today, I continue to have the greatest respect for Holly. Holly is very accomplished academically, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Pre-Medicine) form Arkansas Tech University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford in 2005. She is well respected as an attorney. She has established and maintained strong relationships with the bench and bar in Houston County, in addition to leaders in the community. She has impeccable credentials and a positive attitude!”

In her own words, Holly said, “I have the privilege of working with three wonderful and experienced attorneys who took me in upon my graduation from Cumberland in 2005. I have worked with them now for over seven years, and I have not forgotten the debt of gratitude that I owe to my partners for their willingness to hire a young, fresh out of school, female lawyer who they did not know and who is not from Dothan. It is easy in the daily shuffle of trying to make a living, keep bosses and clients happy, manage one’s own household, and raise a family, to forget that clients are people who have come to us for help and that to them their problem is the most important thing. I do not take for granted that I have been blessed with the ability and means to serve in this profession, and that because I am a lawyer, I am uniquely situated to help people with their problems. One of my personal rules is that I call back every person who calls me. Given that I am the low man on the office totem pole, I get the bulk of the cold calls from people who are shopping for (usually free) legal advice. These calls run the spectrum from legitimate need to the truly bizarre, and there tends to be an influx of such calls around 3:00 on Fridays and, if you ask my office staff, during a full moon. One particular conversation between one of my partners and me sticks out in my mind. I had called a person back who I could tell from the phone message had some issue but really did not have a legal problem. I talked to this person for quite a long time and I could not get him off of the phone even though I had listened to his story, told him repeatedly that I would not be able to help him, and made some suggestions about how he could approach his issues. My partner could hear me on the phone struggling with this individual, and after I hung up, my partner asked me why did I even call the man back. The answer to that question was simple – because this person called me for help and it is the right thing to do. Even though I may not be able to help someone, because he called me I at least owe him the courtesy of returning his call and explaining to him why I do not think that his problem is something on which I can assist and offering to him a suggestion as to who can help him. I have come to realize that my willingness to do this sets me apart from a lot of other attorneys, even within my own office. I tell this story to say that my biggest contribution to the profession is that I have never forgotten why I became a lawyer in the first place, which is to help people, and that one of my goals as an attorney is to demonstrate to the public that lawyers care about them and their problems and want to help the with the hopes that I can improve the public’s perception of lawyers one person at a time. I have recently been appointed to the Alabama State Bar VLP Long Range Planning Task Force, and my involvement has taught me that the Houston County Bar Association is a well-organized and well managed local bar association compared to those of other small counties, and I am very proud that I have the opportunity to serve as its president. Our association has around 200 active members, and we have monthly meetings with speakers who discuss topics of interest to attorneys. We also have an email communication system that allows the association to keep its members informed which is a large part of why we are such a cohesive unit. I believe that smaller counties are underrepresented in our state bar leadership, and one of my reasons for wanting to participate in the Leadership Forum is to learn how to become active with our Bar Leadership so that I may promote Houston County’s role within the Bar. One of the biggest challenges to a local bar president is getting people to participate in programs. My observation over the past seven years is that the younger lawyers tend to be more eager to help out than our older counterparts, but that it is often difficult to find an outlet. Houston County is fortunate in that within the past two years it has experienced a significant influx of young lawyers who are eager to participate in both the local and State bar. One of my goals of participating in the Leadership Forum is to learn how to motivate and foster the spirit of leadership and service that these new young lawyers have brought to Houston County and through that to advance Houston County’s presence in the State Bar.”