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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. 

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. 

Dec 3, 2019

A unique combination of brains and brawn, attorney Bernard Nomberg played division one college football before going on to become an accomplished attorney. It was a pleasure to welcome him to Next Lawyer Up and learn about his background and current practice. Bernard received his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Vanderbilt University where he also played football on a full athletic scholarship.  After college, he attended Faulkner University’s  Jones School of Law and carried on the family legacy by becoming an attorney. Bernard practices law with his brother, David, and, with the long standing law practice of their father, Joel, who now serves as “Of Counsel” to their firm, the Nomberg Law Firm. He has a great reputation and is always highly rated by Martindale-HubbellSuper Lawyers and Avvo. Please listen in and join me in getting to know Bernard.

Nov 13, 2019

If you have lived in North Alabama for any length of time, you certainly know the name “Mojo!”  Mojo is an institution in our community and he has done the 104.3 WZYP morning show with Ricky and Dee Dee for almost 20 years.  Mojo does a lot of work for our community on the side as well.  For instance, he will soon do his 100 hours plus charity event, Bikes or Bust, part of the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots, on South Parkway the week before Thanksgiving.  During the event, Mojo is outside hoisted up on a scissor lift. And when I say “100 hours,” I mean 100 straight hours!  Last year, he remained on the lift for some five days. "The first night he was up there, I went up in the morning, probably around 5:30 a.m. I looked over at where he was sleeping. It was just full of ice. I think it was 27 degrees that day," U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Robert Ruiz said. On average, this charity provides 1500 or so new bikes each year to children in our community who wouldn’t have much of a Christmas otherwise.   As Mojo mentions on this podcast, 100 plus hours fifty feet in the air is guaranteed to make him sick at some point!  And, having started in 2003, this will be the seventeenth straight year that he has done this event! Mojo has had an interesting and varied career prior to his arrival in North Alabama.  He grew up in Detroit and then served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army, followed by an abbreviated country music career before he found himself on the radio.  I have always been fascinated by radio, as all kids my age were who grew up in Chicago and listened to WLUP.  Mojo has been kind enough to have me on his show on  Friday mornings to talk about consumer law and help for people with their financial issues so I was happy to turn the tables on him and learn about his history.  I hope you enjoy his story as much as I did.   

Nov 5, 2019

Talk about someone who has packed a long and varied career into a fairly short period of time!  Mary Scott Hunter has a bachelor's degree (1995), a law degree (1998) and a MBA (2017), all from the University of Alabama.  She didn’t stray far from her roots as her father, Scott Hunter, played quarterback for the Crimson Tide under the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant before embarking on an NFL career.  Mary Scott began her career as a lawyer in 1998 as an active-duty Air Force Judge Advocate officer and, while in the service, met her husband, Jon Shultz, who served as an Air Force fighter pilot. Mary Scott now works at Intuitive Research and Technology mixing her legal and business skills in the areas of governance, compliance, ethics, and risk.  She jokes that she serves as "in house" counsel for her entrepreneur husband's company, Resolution LLC, one of Huntsville's many fast-growing small businesses.  Along the way, Mary Scott was also elected to and served two terms (2011 - 2019)  on the Alabama State Board of Education, and we have a little fun on this show debating politics.  In her “free time,” Mary Scott co-hosts a podcast called Belle Curve.  I enjoyed getting to know her on this episode.

Oct 22, 2019

This podcast features Huntsville, Alabama family law attorney Rebekah Graham.  Rebekah is a very talented lawyer who has spent pretty much her entire legal career focusing on family law and divorce.  Her law firm, Rebekah L. Graham and Associates, is conveniently located just off Memorial Parkway near Huntsville High School.  Rebekah was an excellent student and excelled in law school.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, served as Writing Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and was its Outstanding Senior Member. She has brought the same focus and drive to her law practice.  Having hosted her brother, attorney Frank Ward, on an earlier podcast, I was happy to be able to get to know Rebekah on this one.

Oct 10, 2019

Any attorney who has practiced law in the State of Alabama for any length of time knows of the law firm of Rosen Harwood. It is well known and highly respected throughout the state.  While in Tuscaloosa recently, I was able to sit down and spend some time talking to Bernard Harwood, one of the founders of this law firm.  During his long and illustrious legal career, Mr. Harwood took various “sabbaticals” from his law firm to serve as a Circuit Court Judge of Tuscaloosa County and also as an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court.  When he was back in Tuscaloosa with his law firm, he used some of his “free” time to teach on the subjects of trial advocacy and evidence at  his alma mater, the University of Alabama School of Law.  These days, Mr. Harwood can still be found daily doing what he has done his entire professional life, deep in the practice of law, at the Rosen Harwood offices.  I enjoyed getting to know more about this legal legend on this podcast.

Sep 25, 2019

I enjoyed getting to know attorney Tyler Mann on this podcast.  Tyler is a former insurance adjuster who now practices plaintiff’s personal injury law with his law firm, Tyler Mann Injury Law, LLC.  As a benefit of his background, Tyler really learned the ins and outs of the insurance industry so he has keen insight as he represents his clients, mostly against the insurance companies that he knows so well.   I have seen Tyler’s TV commercials and he always struck me as genuine and sincere, along with having a real professional desire to help the people that he represents.  Now that I have met him in person, I found that he is exactly that type of individual.  I enjoyed getting to know him and I think you will like hearing his story on this episode.

Sep 18, 2019

David Puckett is a highly respected attorney in his hometown of Athens, Alabama.  He practices extensively in all counties in North Alabama.  Over the years, as you will hear, David has re-invented his law practice a number of times.  He has served as legal counsel for the UAW Legal Services and as a Deputy District Attorney with the Limestone County District Attorney’s Office.  David and I first met as adversaries in a number of cases we handled against one another.  I quickly learned that, while congenial and affable, David knows exactly what he is doing.  He is a very skillful lawyer and is a master at handling evidence.  We have grown to be friends over the years and I was happy to be able to catch up with him on this podcast.  One thing I didn’t realize was that, in addition to knowing the rules of evidence, David is also an accomplished grill master!

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