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Next Lawyer Up Podcast with Attorney Ron Sykstus

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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. 

Apr 21, 2020

Brad Botes and I cover various topics as they relate to our clients and other consumers and small business owners facing financial challenges related to the COVID – 19 global pandemic.  We hope that this weekly update will help our clients and prospective clients stay on top of their financial health during these troubling times.  If you want to listen to something a bit more fun after this episode, feel free to listen to Episode 1 where Brad and I talk in simpler times and, mostly, about the march towards the miraculous Chicago Cubs’ World Series title in 2016.  Rest assured that we will continue to be available to help at our offices located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Please take care of yourselves and your families and God bless during this turbulent and uncertain time.

Apr 20, 2020

Attorney Joe King is the managing partner of the highly regarded and long-standing law firm of Morris, King and Hodge.  By the way, you can also hear about Joe’s partner, Harvey Morris, at the Next Lawyer Up podcast, episode 22.   Joe also happens to by my “neighbor,” as his office is located across the street from mine on Pratt Avenue in Huntsville’s historic “Five Points” district.  The Morris, King and Hodge building is a bit older than ours, as it was built in 1835.  It is referred to as the “Old Clemens House” and it was the home of  pre-civil war senator, Jeremiah Clemens, who also happened to be a first cousin to Mark Twain. Very well-respected in the legal community, Joe has a bunch of accolades to his name including Best LawyersSuper Lawyers and he is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  I hadn’t talked to Joe in awhile (our close proximity notwithstanding!) so it was good to catch up with him on this episode.  

**I recorded this podcast with Joe right before the world changed.  With the everyday stress and pressure that all of us are feeling, I thought this might be a good time to post this podcast as a diversion for those who need it.  Thanks for listening, stay safe and God bless.  

Apr 14, 2020

Brad Botes and I cover various topics as they relate to our clients and other consumers and small business owners facing financial challenges related to the COVID – 19 global pandemic.  We hope that this weekly update will help our clients and prospective clients stay on top of their financial health during these troubling times.  If you want to listen to something a bit more fun after this episode, feel free to listen to Episode 1 where Brad and I talk in simpler times and, mostly, about the march towards the miraculous Chicago Cubs’ World Series title in 2016.  Rest assured that we will continue to be available to help at our offices located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Please take care of yourselves and your families and God bless during this turbulent and uncertain time.

Apr 7, 2020

Brad Botes and I cover various topics as they relate to our clients and other consumers and small business owners facing financial challenges related to the COVID – 19 global pandemic.  We hope that this weekly update will help our clients and prospective clients stay on top of their financial health during these troubling times.  If you want to listen to something a bit more fun after this episode, feel free to listen to Episode 1 where Brad and I talk in simpler times and, mostly, about the march towards the miraculous Chicago Cubs’ World Series title in 2016.  Rest assured that we will continue to be available to help at our offices located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Please take care of yourselves and your families and God bless during this turbulent and uncertain time.

Mar 31, 2020

Brad Botes and I again cover various topics as they relate to our clients and other consumers and small business owners facing financial challenges related to the COVID – 19 global pandemic.  We hope that this weekly update will help our clients and prospective clients stay on top of their financial health during these troubling times.  If you want to listen to something a bit more fun after this episode, feel free to listen to Episode 1 where Brad and I talk in simpler times and, mostly, about the march towards the miraculous Chicago Cubs’ World Series title in 2016.  Rest assured that we will continue to be available to help at our offices located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Please take care of yourselves and your families and God bless during this turbulent and uncertain time.

Mar 24, 2020

Brad Botes and I cover various topics as they relate to our clients and other consumers and small business owners facing financial challenges related to the COVID – 19 global pandemic.  We hope that this weekly update will help our clients and prospective clients stay on top of their financial health during these troubling times.  If you want to listen to something a bit more fun after this episode, feel free to listen to Episode 1 where Brad and I talk in simpler times and, mostly, about the march towards the miraculous Chicago Cubs’ World Series title in 2016.  Rest assured that we will continue to be available to help at our offices located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Please take care of yourselves and your families and God bless during this turbulent and uncertain time.

Mar 10, 2020

Alternative Rock music became popular in the 1980’s as an “alternative” to mainstream or commercial rock.  Fans of this genre are likely familiar with the music of bands like REM and 10,000 Maniacs.  Perhaps not quite as prominent, but in my opinion just as good, was a band by the name Blake Babies whose name came from the beat poet, Allen Ginsburg.  John Strohm was a co-founder and guitarist in Blake Babies.  He also was a member of Antenna and the Lemonheads, in addition to having a solo career.  So why is John featured on the Next Lawyer Up podcast?  Taking his musical career as far as he cared to, John migrated to Birmingham, Alabama and finished college at UAB and then, looking for a career path, he attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.  He did well there and served as Editor in Chief of the Cumberland Law Review.  John then worked for a period of time in Birmingham but, never far from music. He then started a music law practice that culminated in him working for the entertainment law firm of Loeb and Loeb in their Nashville office.  John has kept music close to his heart and now serves as president of Rounder Records.  If you see a Blake Babies reunion date near you, please go!  I promise that you will like this music!  Two of my favorites include Temptation Eyes and Out There. You’ll really enjoy this podcast if you listen to and watch the videos of some of his songs first.

Feb 25, 2020

If you read or hear about a case alleging a violation of civil rights or civil liberties anywhere in the State of Alabama, chances are good that attorney Hank Sherrod is involved with the lawsuit.  Hank’s office is located in Florence, Alabama but he handles civil rights, employment law and jail death cases throughout Alabama.  Hank graduated with high honors from Birmingham-Southern College and then attended Vanderbilt University Law School where he served on the Vanderbilt Law Review and Order of the Coif.  He is also a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence.  Following law school, Hank moved to Texas and worked there for a while before settling in Florence where he started a law practice that has allowed him to focus on the areas of law that he is really passionate about.   Hank is a founding board member of the Alabama affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association and has served as its President. He has served on the board of the ACLU of Alabama since 2005 and currently serves on the Legal Committee. I have talked to Hank over the phone on a number of occasions over the years but this is the first opportunity that I have had to sit down with him face to face and learn about his story.

Feb 5, 2020

This is a podcast where we end up talking a lot of law!  That makes sense since attorney David Martin practices in the complicated and nuanced area of ERISA law.  David and his firm are one of the few attorneys in the state of Alabama who practice in this specialized and, as I discovered, much needed area of law.  As you’ll hear, David had a bit of a delayed path before going to law school.  David’s law firm, the Martin Law Group, handles cases throughout Alabama and Mississippi.   He attended the University of Alabama School of Law and did very well academically.    David is well respected in his field of practice and has been named as an Alabama/Mid-South Super Lawyer for the past several years.  I enjoyed sitting down with David for this podcast and getting to know him. 

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.      

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