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James Anderson joins Copeland Franco


Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. and James H. Anderson are pleased to announce that James has joined the firm, of counsel, as of March 1, 2015. 


James Anderson is a Montgomery native who has practiced law here since 1979, first with Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, then, in 1988 as a founding partner in Jackson, Anderson & Patty, P.C.   In 2014, he was appointed to a vacancy on the Montgomery County Circuit bench on an interim basis.  Upon that seating being filled by a permanent appointment, James joined Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. 


James Anderson brings an illustrious career and background to the firm.  His law practice has primarily consisted of litigation, and he has tried cases in courts throughout the entire State of Alabama.  He has also represented clients and tried cases in all three Alabama Federal Districts.  His appellate work has included cases before the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  James has also resolved hundreds of cases as a certified mediator and arbitrator.


In addition, James has been extensively involved with serving the Alabama Bar.  At Jones School of Law, James taught Torts, Products Liability and Trial Advocacy.  He has been Montgomery County Young Lawyers President, State Law Day Chairman, and President of the State Young Lawyers Section.  He was a founding member of the Hugh Maddox Inn of Court and has been its president.  James was elected to three terms by his fellow lawyers of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit to serve on the Board of Bar Commissioners, and while a member, he was elected Vice President of the State Bar.  Today, James is a Life Fellow of the American Bar and the Alabama Bar Foundations.


In 1986, James became the youngest person to serve on the Alabama Ethics Commission when he was appointed by then-Governor George Wallace for a five-year term.  He served as the Ethics Commission Chairman in 1991.  Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley appointed James a member of the State Personnel Board and the State Employees Insurance Board, on which he served for six years.


James has given back to the organizations that influenced his life:  he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southeast YMCA and the Britton YMCA in Montgomery.  He has also served on the Southeast Region and National Board of Directors of the YMCA of the U.S.A.  James was honored by the YMCA of Youth of Montgomery as the Man of the Year in 1994.  Currently, James is a life member of the Montgomery YMCA Metro Board of Directors and Chairman of the Alabama Youth and Government Board.  He is also currently serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina.  He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Huntingdon College, is on the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, and is currently an active member of the Montgomery Lions Club.  James is married to Karen; they have four children and three grandchildren.


Copeland, Franco is proud to have the opportunity for James Anderson to join them.


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