Frank Ward is a highly respected and well regarded lawyer who handles cases throughout North Alabama. He is best known for representing individuals who find themselves in the unenviable position of having been charged with Driving Under the Influence (or "DUI"). Simply being charged with a DUI can be detrimental to one's career and standing in the community so it is best to have a skilled DUI lawyer on your side. Frank focuses on all aspects of DUI law to include driver's license issues and, down the road, possible expungement under Alabama law. Frank has an extensive background in trial work and really is able to get good outcomes for many of his clients in the most unfortunate of circumstances. What I respect about Frank is his ability to not just see the individual case for what it is, but he is also very good at focusing on all of his clients' issues as they relate to their employment and family lives. In this area of the country, where security clearances are very important to getting and holding a good job, this is a much-needed attribute. Frank law practice also focuses on estate planning and estate administration. He is a good guy and well-liked by his clients. I enjoyed getting to know him on this podcast.
Huntsville, Alabama is on track to become Alabama's largest city in the next six years. And that doesn't even include the growth in all of the surrounding communities such as Madison, Athens, Decatur, Cullman, Scottsboro and Southern Tennessee. The growth in our community seems to be announced in some form or fashion at least a couple of times each month.
Metropolitan growth results in large part from strong leadership. It is not an overstatement to say that attorney Joe Ritch has had a great deal to do with the growth of North Alabama over the last twenty five or so years. Joe is a partner at the long-standing and highly regarded law firm of Sirote and Permutt. As an attorney, I can tell you that the practice of law is a full time job. Joe, however, also found time to serve as the Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment Commission (BRAC) for several years. Additionally, he served as a board member and then Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Prior to all of this, Joe was instrumental in getting the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) Charger hockeyteam started and he is a member of the UAH Charger Hall of Honor and the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. Joe is a talented, smart and driven attorney who has contributed greatly to the growth and positive development of North Alabama and I think you will enjoy hearing his story.