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Alabama State Bar Announces Selection of Judge Roman A. Shaul as General Counsel


Alabama State Bar Announces Selection of Judge Roman A. Shaul as General Counsel

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners voted to select Circuit Court Judge Roman A. Shaul as the organization’s general counsel. Shaul follows Acting General Counsel J. Douglas McElvy who took the position last year after the passing of longtime General Counsel J. Anthony McLain.

“I am deeply appreciative to the members of the Board of Bar Commissioners and the General Counsel Search Committee for their diligence and commitment to a process that we developed and followed in securing the new general counsel for our bar and its members,” said President Augusta S. Dowd (Birmingham). “All of Roman’s references were fully supportive and effusive in their praise of Roman as a person and as a professional.  Roman is an Alabama lawyer with nearly 20 years of broad legal experience ranging from title work to trial work (both plaintiff and defense) to his current service as a trial court judge in Montgomery County. Those of us who know Roman are confident that he has the ability, judgment and temperament to continue the good work of the Office of General Counsel and take it to the next level.”

Shaul received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law (1998). After graduating, Shaul spent 19 years in private practice at firms in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery before being appointed as Circuit Court Judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit. He is admitted to practice before all Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia courts. He is also admitted to practice before all Alabama federal district Courts, all Arkansas federal district courts, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Georgia, Central District of Illinois, all Louisiana federal district courts, all Mississippi federal district courts, all Tennessee federal district courts, Western District of Texas and all West Virginia federal district courts. Shaul is also admitted to practice before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“When you love what you do, and the people you are with, the service comes naturally. I love lawyers and our great profession,” said Shaul. “Beyond our legal responsibilities, it is important for lawyers to serve the profession and communities in which we live.”

Shaul is past president of the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers’ Section, past chair of the Wills for Heroes Committee and past chair of the Alabama Bar Admission Ceremony. He has been a member of Volunteer Lawyers Program and Leadership Forum, Class II.

Shaul is on the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery and the Board of Directors at the Samaritan Counseling Center. He also serves on the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Committee, a highly regarded award recognizing Christian athletes in Montgomery.

The Alabama State Bar is the official statewide organization of lawyers in Alabama and currently has more than 18,100 members. The Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.