Melinda McEachern Mathews

Melinda McEachern Mathews: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C.


Melinda helps clients navigate complex trust and estate matters that help them manage and preserve their wealth. As a member of our Tax Group as well as our Estates, Wills & Trusts Group, she focuses on business and succession planning, estate planning for individuals and families, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and probates and trusts. She has made the Best Lawyers in America list every year since 1993 and has been named an Alabama Super Lawyer every year between 2008 and 2015. Melinda taught Estate Planning from 2003 to 2010 at Cumberland Law School.

Awards & Accreditations

•B-Metro Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2018
•Best Lawyers in America
•Mid-South Super Lawyers
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Outside the Office

Alabama Watercolor Society
Board of Directors Secretary, 2005-present
Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
Board of Directors, 2010-present
The Women's Network
Member, 1990-present
Leadership Birmingham
Class of 1992

Professional Profile


•B-Metro Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2018
•4/5/2018The Best Lawyers in America
•Trusts and Estates, 1993-2018
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2008-16
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Alabama Super Lawyers, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama, 2009
•American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), fellow
•Birmingham Estate Planning Council, Past President

Thought Leadership

•Estate Planning for numerous professionals and business people including advising clients in planning their estates and insurance to accomplish personal goals and minimize estate taxes
•Draft documents such as wills and trusts, to carry out clients' plans
•Assists families of deceased persons in probate administration--especially those estates with estate, gift or income tax implications
•Cumberland Law School, Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning, 2003-10


Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 8/17/2015

Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015 - 5/27/2015

Sirote & Permutt Shareholder Melinda Mathews Featured in the Vestavia Voice - 4/2/2015

Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 - 8/19/2014

Sirote s Melinda Mathews Featured in Birmingham Southern College Publication - 5/22/2014

Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014

Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014 - 8/16/2013

Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013

Sirote & Permutt Estate Planning Alert: What to Know Before Donating - 5/24/2013

Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate - 12/10/2012

Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 - 11/5/2012

Craig Stephens fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel - 4/25/2011

Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers - 5/19/2009

Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008

Fourteen Sirote Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers - 6/9/2008

Speeches & Publications

•Co-author, “Make Low Interest Rates Work for Your Estate Plan: GRATS and Loans to Family Members”, Estate Planning Advantage, Fall 2008
•Author, Birmingham's Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness , Sirote Supports, October 2012

American College of Trust and Estate Council. Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1993—, Woodward White, Inc. for Trusts & Estates. Member: Birmingham and American Bar Associations; Birmingham Estate Planning Council (President, 1998); Birmingham Tax Forum (President, 1991-1992); National Association of Estate Planning Councils (Board Member, 1999-2000); American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); Alabama Law Foundation (Board Member).

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Closely Owned & Family Business Planning
  • High Net Worth Families
  • Individuals, Families, Estates & Trusts
  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Private Clients, Trusts and Estates
  • Probate & Trusts
  • Tax
  • Wealth Management & Succession

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5135  Phone
205.212.3840  Fax
University Attended:
Birmingham Southern College, B.A., cum laude, 1965; Vanderbilt University, M.A.T., 1969
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1978; University of Florida, LL.M., in Taxation, 1981
Year of First admission:
1978, Alabama


•American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•Birmingham Estate Planning Council
•National Estate Planning Council, Board Member 1999-00
•Birmingham Tax Forum, Member, 1981-present; president, 1991

Birth Information:
Tampa, Florida, November 5, 1943

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