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Donna Wesson Smalley

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Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall
  • Dog Bite
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Social Security Disability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Living Trusts
  • Elder Law
  • Conservatorship and Guardianship
  • LLC and General Contract Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Adoption
  • Visitation Rights
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Fathers Rights
  • Prenuptial Agreement
  • Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Incorporation
Contact InfoTelephone: 205-302-7982
Fax: 205-295-9114
University University of Alabama, B.A., Journalism, 1975
Law SchoolUniversity of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1979
Admitted1979, Alabama
Memberships Tuscaloosa County (Member, Committees on: Domestic Relations and Access to Legal Services) and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar (Chair, Citizens Education Committee, 1995-1996; Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2000; Family Law Section); Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (Chair, Minority Affairs Committee, 1994-1995); Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association (Secretary, 1994-1995; Treasurer, 1995-1996).
BornFort Sill, Oklahoma, October 8, 1955

Awards & Recognition: 2009 SUPER LAWYER designated by Birmingham Business Journal; WHO'S WHO in American Law, 2007; BV at Distinguished Peer Rating on Martindale Hubbell, 4.4/5.0; National Register of Who's Who among Executives and Professionals 1999; Who's Who Among Practicing Attorney's National Inst. Of Practicing Attorneys, 1989; Alabama State Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, 1997.

Speaking Engagements: Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, 1994 to present; Speaker, Effective Litigation of Complex Divorce-1993; Speaker, Practical Tips for Everyday Practice-1997; Speaker, Protection of Disability Benefits; "Partners" in Education representative; National Family Law Network, FAX Contact (for ABA policy formulation and research on Congressional developments in policy and practice.

Experience & Credentials: 1991-1998, Instructor, Trial Advocacy, University of Alabama School of Law; 1988-1991, Instructor, The University of Alabama, English Department, Legal Writing, (Developed materials and anthology); December, 1994, University of California, Berkeley, Received Teacher Certification National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Employment: June 2010-present, Private Practice, Donna Wesson Smalley, P.C., Emphasis in Domestic Relations, Personal Injury and Plaintiff's rights, and Employment law; Sept. 2005-June 2010, Senior Associate Attorney, Ivey & Ragsdale, Emphasis in Personal Injury and Plaintiff's rights, senior litigator; 1987-Sept. 2005, Attorney, Solo practice, Donna Wesson Smalley, P.C., Tuscaloosa, AL, General practice, with emphasis in Personal Injury and Domestic Relations; 1995, Circuit Judge Pro Tem-Criminal Jury Trials; Appointed by Alabama Supreme Court July 27, 1995; 1984-86, Associate and Partner with Dan Gibson, Private, General Law Practice Tuscaloosa, Alabama; 1983-1984, Judicial Clerkship, Administrative Assistant, Tuscaloosa County District Court Judge Gay Lake and Judge Steve Wilson, Charged with implementation of mandatory DUT legislation, Developed and implemented DUI and alcohol related assessment teams, Liaison between the Judicial Offices and AOC; 1982, Williams and Pradat Attorneys At Law Temporary Associate, General Practice of law-Represented clients to State Board of Adjustment before Hon. Redding Pitt; 1978-1982- State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance; Company Senior Field Claims Adjustor, Prepared litigation, handled, Pro Ami settlements-Liaison to Rives, Peterson, Insurance Defense Finn; 1977-1978, Clerk Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's Office, Chief Research Clerk; Committee on Law and Citizen Education-I, 1993-present; Chairperson 1995-97; Outstanding Continuing Legal Ed. Achievement, 1993- 94-95-96; Mediator, Civil and Domestic Relations & Appellate Mediator, since 1997; Board of Governor's 1991-2000; Executive Committee 1994-1998; Chair, Minority Affairs Committee, 1994-96; Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Instructor, 1990-).

 National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Certified Instructor
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, Fellow National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Certified Instructor
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, Fellow National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Certified Instructor
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, Fellow


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Donna Wesson Smalley

1820 3rd Avenue South
JasperAL 35501


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