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Next Lawyer Up Podcast with Attorney Ron Sykstus

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Now displaying: January, 2020

Thanks for listing to Next Lawyer Up with Attorney Ron Sykstus. We put much time and care into this podcast and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it. 

Jan 29, 2020

Foxtrot Family Law is synonymous with attorney Stephen Williams.  That is because he is the founder and principal of the firm.  His offices are located in Guntersville and Huntsville, Alabama.   As I learned after the podcast, the naming of his law firm was a very bright idea.  Now, knowing Stephen’s background, it makes a lot of sense to me.  Unfortunately, I forgot to ask Stephen the reason that he named his law firm Foxtrot on the podcast!  Suffice it to say, there is a business reason behind it insofar as creating an entity, brand and team that he leads that zealously represents their clients, rather than just one named lawyer.  It now makes sense that Stephen would think of that business aspect of a law practice since, in addition to his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, Stephen also took a detour to also get his MBA from Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business-Manderson Graduate School as well.  What is remarkable to me is that Stephen got these degrees after taking his musical career as far as he cared to with the culmination of a guitar performance degree from Birmingham Southern College.  Stephen is a bright, thoughtful and well-respected lawyer  who was just named as a 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer rising star.  It has been quite awhile since we talked and I enjoyed catching up with him on this episode.      

Jan 21, 2020

I was happy to be able to sit down with Nesha Wright on this podcast and to get to know more about her history.  For one thing, I didn’t realize that she was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  Not a fan of the cold Chicago winters, Nesha headed south for college and attended Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia where she received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religious Studies and English Literature with an emphasis on American Literature. After completing her undergraduate degree, and with guidance from a professor who was really instrumental to her education, she made her way to Cumberland Law School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and has practiced law in the State of Alabama ever since.  Nesha is a highly respected and skilled lawyer who was recently named as a 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer rising star.  She is the founder and principal of  the Spencer Wright Law Firm in Huntsville, Alabama.  Nesha’s primary practice areas are juvenile law, family law and criminal defense.  She is a Former Adjunct Instructor in English at Calhoun Community College located in Huntsville, Alabama and a former freelance legal writer for NOLO.com.  Additionally, Nesha is a 2018 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College-Trial Institute Program.  When she can free up some time from her busy law practice, she enjoys sewing and design and also fits in volunteer work with the Alabama Lawyer's AssociationMadison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, and working with students interested in the field of law.  I think you will enjoy getting to know her on this podcast.

Jan 14, 2020

Chris Keith is the co-founder and managing partner of Wettermark Keith, a powerful and highly respected personal injury law firm with offices throughout Alabama,  Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Florida panhandle.  I like the sincerity and genuine nature of the firm’s tv ads which feature Chris and I found him to be exactly that type of individual in person.  Chris comes from humble beginnings and was the first member of his family to attend college.  He is a great example of how someone can succeed at the highest levels of his chosen profession once he locks in on a passion.   Originally from Panama City, Florida, Chris obtained his undergraduate degree from Florida State University. He then graduated from Cumberland Law School at Samford University after having served as editor in chief of the Cumberland Law Review.  Immediately after law school, he joined James Wettermark and they, and their law firm, have had a leading personal injury practice ever since.  Chris has been selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers for the past several years.  He is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee so he and his law firm cover a large part of SEC country!  I enjoyed getting to know about his life in the law on this podcast.   

Jan 7, 2020

On the surface, attorney Stuart Maples is a highly respected bankruptcy and business attorney who practices throughout Alabama. Brad, a Chicago boy by birth, found himself at the University of North Alabama and serving as the SGA president.  At the same time, Brad had to contend with a hard driving reporter and political gadfly named Stuart Maples, who served as the editor in chief of the UNA student newspaper. I also recently found out that Stuart was a Sigma Chi fraternity member like myself.  He and I discuss this on the podcast along with his history. 

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