Christian & Small is pleased to announce that Partner Jonathan M. Hooks and Associate Hannah T. Kennedy have been elected to leadership positions at the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA). Hooks will serve as one of the District II Representatives on the ADLA Board of Directors and Kennedy as one of the District II Representatives for the organization’s Young Lawyers Section. Hooks and Kennedy will be under the leadership of ADLA President and Christian & Small Partner Sharon D. Stuart, who will be serving as president during the 2017–2018 year.
Hooks focuses his practice on three key areas: product liability, government relations and appellate work. He represents manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, machinery, appliances and consumer electronics in both state and federal courts. Hooks is also chair of the firm’s governmental relations practice group and has represented numerous political candidates, including a major presidential candidate, in matters both political and legal. He has twice been recognized as a Rising Star Lawyer by the Birmingham Business Journal and as a Top Attorney in Appellate Practice by Birmingham Magazine.
Kennedy is one of Christian & Small’s up-and-coming attorneys who has gained valuable trial experience by prosecuting numerous criminal matters, including felony and capital murder cases when she was deputy district attorney for both the 15th and 16th Judicial Circuits. At Christian & Small, Kennedy focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation, general civil litigation, premises liability and transportation matters. She was recently selected for the Birmingham Bar Association’s 2017 Future Leaders Forum.
ADLA brings together lawyers in Alabama who devote a substantial amount of their professional time to the handling of civil defense cases, facilitating among members the exchange of information, ideas, techniques and court rulings related to civil defense litigation. These exchanges are intended to improve the skills of civil defense lawyers and elevate the standards of trial practice. ADLA supports and encourages an increase in the quantity and quality of the service and contributions the legal profession provides to the community, state and nation.