Partners LaBella Alvis, Deborah Alley Smith Selected for the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Christian & Small is pleased to announce that Partner LaBella S. Alvis and Managing Partner Deborah Alley Smith have been named to Lawdragon’s 12th annual list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” Lawdragon recognizes lawyers throughout the U.S. who are defining the law in court, boardrooms and new forums.  Just 500 of the 1.3 million members of the legal profession are selected for the list each year.

Alvis has a strong passion for going to court and has been doing so for more than 30 years. In her professional liability practice, she has handled hundreds of EEOC and employment liability claims, medical malpractice defense and construction liability matters. She also has significant experience with aviation, commercial transportation, health care, insurance coverage, and liquor liability cases. She has been recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocacy, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers®, Best Lawyers in America®, Benchmark Litigation, and she currently serves on the Alabama Board of Bar Commissioners for Circuit 10.

Smith has an active post-judgment and appellate litigation practice, is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and an American Bar Foundation Fellow. She has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America®, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers®, where she is ranked among the Top 50 2016 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers and the Top 50 2016 Alabama Super Lawyers. Smith currently serves on Teach for America-Alabama’s Advisory Board, the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Board of Directors, and is Immediate Past President of the Birmingham Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Lawdragon 500 is an annual guide to American’s leading lawyers. Selections are made from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms and online nominations. Alvis and Smith will be recognized in the Lawdragon 500’s annual magazine, which will be available in print and online this fall.