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Justin G. Williams

Tanner & Guin LLC
PO Box 3206
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
(205)633-0218 / jwilliams@tannerguincrowell.com

Justin is a 2001 cum laude graduate from the University of Alabama School of Law where he was Senior Editor, as well as author, for The Journal of the Legal Profession. He is also a 1997 magna cum laude graduate from the University of Alabama where he received his B.S. in Secondary Education. Justin is the president and member of the Executive Committee of Tanner Guin & Crowell LLC. He is manager of all Alabama offices, was elected Managing Member last year and is the youngest president and managing member in the thirty-year history of the firm. His practices are primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights, workouts, insolvency, and commercial litigation, environmental, alternative dispute resolution, workplace, and government. Justin has represented both debtors and creditors in complex Chapter 9 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He holds a pending admittance to the Mississippi Bar.

Justin is a graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa, chairperson for Progressive Government Committee, a United Way member, founding board member and sec/treas for Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation, and on the board of FUTURE PAC, Theatre Tuscaloosa, and Children’s Hand On Museum. He is past president and current board member of Tuscaloosa Tip Off Club. Justin had held various leadership positions on the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Council, Environmental Task Force, and Adopt-A-School Committees. He received the designation as a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official through the Alabama Planning Institute, the University of North Alabama and the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association. He organized and developed the West Alabama Environmental Roundtable, is a member of the West Alabama Brownfields Task Force, Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys, as well as a mediator for the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution State Court Mediation Roster. Justin’s bar associations and court admissions include American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, and Tuscaloosa County Bar Association.

The bank president and CEO who recommended Justin said, “I have read the stated goals for the Forum, and believe that Mr. Williams would be an excellent addition to the group of individuals who have benefitted from this valuable training. I have known Mr. Williams personally for over ten years and since that time have found him to be a person with exceptional moral character and principled leadership. His work ethic and his devotion to family and career are very balanced. My family has attended church with Mr. Williams and his family throughout the duration of our friendship. I have observed a servant-hearted attitude in Mr. Williams through his loyalty, his devotion to family and his sense of purpose in dealing with and understanding others. To truly develop as a servant leader, one must have an appropriate sense of humility, and Mr. Williams has that. I believe that he will benefit tremendously from being a part of a group of like-minded servant leaders. In turn, I believe that Mr. Williams will offer a terrific perspective to the group through his character, professionalism and compassion toward others.”

In his own words, Justin said, “This forum presents an exciting opportunity to build upon leadership skills alongside other leaders in the legal, business and governmental communities of our state, and I hope to contribute to the development of others while learning new skills of my own. I look forward to developing a sense of camaraderie with other members of the Class 9 of this Forum. The opportunity to become a member of this Forum will further enable me to become the leader I aspire to be – one who always operates with a standard of decency, dignity, knowledge, and respect. I can leave a legacy that will promote change for the common good. All attorneys are expected to demonstrate a unique set of skills and abilities to serve the communities in which we live. The lifeblood of Alabama is its citizens. It is my goal to be an effective and responsible member of the bar and to pass on any remedy to make our communities an enriching environment for others, and I hope to set a stage for exemplary service to my community through participation in this program. Knowing there is so much out there to observe and insight to gain, if selected to be a participant in the 9th Class of this Forum, I hope to play an active role in recognizing, helping, and caring for our fellow citizens. In 2008, I graduated from the Leadership Tuscaloosa program. Leadership Tuscaloosa is small-scaled in comparison to the Forum, but I consider it a preparation for the Forum. My goal of capturing the needs and requirements of a sage and sustainable community was quite similar to what I hope to achieve in Leadership Forum. I am confident the Forum will promote and encourage leadership and professionalism in a much greater capacity than Leadership Tuscaloosa. The development and organization of the West Alabama Environmental Roundtable is one example of my drive to contribute to the legal profession. The Roundtable was a quarterly forum for environmental professionals in the Tuscaloosa area designed to discuss local and environmental concern. I believe it is important to build sustainable community while still addressing and meeting the needs of our economic engines. In this time of tightening budgets and cash flow restraints our communities face, we must use our resources to our advantage in the most constructive and efficient way we can. When Tuscaloosa was ravaged by the April 27, 2011 tornado, I recruited the attorneys at our firm to volunteer free legal services to the members of our community. In their most desperate hour, I knew many of our friends and neighbors needed peace of mind as badly as a rebuilt home to have some sense of normalcy. I have been an attorney at Tanner & Guin, LLC in Tuscaloosa since my law school graduation, and I was immediately impressed by the firm’s commitment to community service. This realization confirmed my decision to start my career at this Tuscaloosa firm. A commitment to serving those around us has been a defining element of our firm’s character from its inception. Robert C. Tanner, founder of Tanner & Guin, created the Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl. I cannot adequately describe the impact the Community Soup Bowl has on the least among us in our community. However, one particular statistic about its operation is striking: for every $1.00 donated to its operations, the Soup Bowl serves $3 worth of food back into the community. I believe it is our obligation, both as a firm and as individual citizens of Tuscaloosa, to continue this dedicated support of community outreach groups, such as the Community Soup Bowl. I want to further the legacy Bob began and honor his memory through serving others. To accomplish this in part, the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, in corporation with our law firm, gives the Robert Tanner Corporate Service Award, the Chamber’s highest corporate honor. It is given annually to recognize exceptional charitable, volunteer and philanthropic service buy a corporate entity in the Tuscaloosa County/West Alabama region. I am proud to say that our firm was the first recipient of this prestigious award. Now that I am the president/managing member of the firm, my desire is to further the firm’s founder’s dream of creating a partnership of attorneys that are community focused. We continue to work every day to build upon our heritage of service. Tanner & Guin sponsors and has been substantially involved in cultural enrichment and service programs such as Kentuck Arts Festival, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Tuscaloosa, The Arts Council, The Arc of Tuscaloosa, The Veterans Memorial Park Endowment, Caring Days of Tuscaloosa, The Boy Scouts and the United Way. Our service commitment is demonstrated by the fact that we have been members of the Alexis De Tocqueville society of the United Way for the last eleven years, and we plan to continue involvement at that donor level. I have had the privilege of being a member of the society for the past two years. Although it is very difficult not to get caught in the race for financial stability and wealth, I sincerely hope that we can be motivated first by service to others.”