Randall D. McClanahan

Randall D. McClanahan: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP AV stamp icon
  • Attorney at Butler Snow LLP (363 Attorneys)
  • One Federal Place, 1819 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 1000, Birmingham, AL 35203
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Randy is a business attorney with experience in corporate law, taxation law, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, venture capital and private equity transactions, and the legal aspects of accounting and auditing.


•AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America
•Tax Law, 2016-2019
•Certified Public Accountant, Alabama and Georgia
•National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants, 2010-2013 and 2018-present
•Certified Valuation Analyst
•Instructor, Corporate Law, Birmingham School of Law, 2003-2006

In the News

•Randall D. McClanahan to Speak at American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s Spring Meeting
•Butler Snow Attorney Randall D. McClanahan Appointed to National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants
•Commerce Union buying Columbia bank - Nashville Post
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Legal Roundup: Several Birmingham attorneys receive honors - Birmingham Business Journal
•Butler Snow Attorney Randall D. McClanahan to Serve As Panelist on ABA Webinar on Accounting for Lawyers
•SmartBank to acquire Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Capstone Bank - Spoke
•United States: FASB Standard-Setting Update November 2016 - Mondaq
•Firm Ranked #2 for 2016 Healthiest Employers by BBJ
•Butler Snow Attorney Appointed Chairman of American Bar Association’s Law and Accounting Committee
•18 Lawyers From Dwindling Johnston Barton Join Birmingham, Ala., Office of Butler Snow

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

•Speaker, “Basics of Accounting for Lawyers,” American Bar Association, Webinar, June 29, 2017.
•Speaker, “Lawyer’s Role in the Audit Response Process: Online Legal Confirmations-Driving Efficiency and Enhancing Client Service, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Accounting and Auditing Conference, Baltimore Md., July 13, 2015.
•Speaker, Tax Implications of Compensating Board Observers and Advisors, American Bar Association Section of Business Law, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., August 9, 2013.
•Speaker, U.S. Taxation for U.S. Businesses Doing Business in Brazil, Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce Southeast, Atlanta, Ga., November 13, 2012.
•Speaker, Fundamentals of Sound Corporate Record Keeping: Key Principles and Practices That Every Corporate Secretary Should Know, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill., August 4, 2012.
•Speaker, Guiding the Private Company Board Meeting- Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Spring Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 22, 2012.
•Author, Assignment, Delegation and Choice of Law Provisions in Commercial Agreements, The Practical Lawyer, June 2011.
•Author, Assignment, Delegation and Choice of Law Provisions in Commercial Agreements, Business Law Today, October 2010.
•Speaker, Never Really Thought About It: Understanding ‘Miscellaneous’ Provisions and Other Background Text in Agreements, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., August 6, 2010.
•Speaker, Shareholders’ Agreements: Key Provisions and Purposes, Including Funding Buy-Sell Obligations, American Bar Association CLE Teleconference, June 9, 2010.
•Author, FASB Amends Impairment Guidance for Certain Beneficial Interests, ABA Section of Business Law eSource, April 2009.
•Speaker, LLC Agreements - Balancing Simplicity, Safeguards and Deal Points, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas, April 10, 2008.
•Speaker, LLC Agreements - Balancing, Simplicity, Safeguards and Deal Points, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Middle Market and Small Business Committee Meeting, Laguna Nigel, Calif., January 10, 2008.
•Author, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Tax Positions: FASB Interpretation No. 48, ABA Section of Business Law eSource, March 2007.
•Author, New Standard on Accounting for Pension and Other Post-retirement Plans, ABA Section of Business Law eSource, January 2007.
•Speaker, Flow-through Entities in Alabama: What You Need to Know, Lorman Education Services, August 29, 2006.
•Author, Proposed Change in Accounting for Pension and Other Post-Retirement Liabilities Threaten to Alter Business Agreements, Birmingham Business Journal, June 23, 2006.
•Speaker, Tax Issues in Alabama: Mergers and Acquisitions, National Business Institute, December 9, 2004.
•Speaker, The Basics of Business Finance for Managers and Non-Financial Professionals, Sterling Education Services, Inc., July 14, 2004.
•Speaker, Negotiating and Drafting Acquisition Agreements in Alabama, National Business Institute, April 21, 2004.

Recent Blogs

•Treasury Proposes Removal of Certain Section 385 Regulations
•Congress Fixes “Grain Glitch” Error in 199A
•Partnership Audit Rules Clarified by the Consolidated Appropriations Act
•U.S. Internal Revenue Service Cancels Offshore Amnesty Program
•IRS Clarifies Deductibility of Home Equity Loan Interest Following the 2017 Tax Act
•Treasury to Issue Carried Interest Regulations Closing Perceived S Corporation Loophole
•Accounting Standards- Summary of Current FASB Developments

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Tax
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance
  • Organization and Capital Formation
  • Taxation of Businesses
  • State and Local Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Economic Development

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(205) 297-2227  Phone
(205) 297-2201  Fax
University Attended:
Auburn University, B.S., Accounting, cum laude, 1982; University of Alabama, M.T.A., 1983; Duke University, M.B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
1992, Alabama


American Bar Association

Business Law Section

Law and Accounting Committee

Chairman, 2014-2017

Vice Chairman, 2011-2014

Accounting Standards Subcommittee

Chairman, 2005-2011

Corporate Documents and Process Committee

Chairman, 2010-2013

Birmingham Bar Association

Alabama Bar Association

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants

Birmingham Tax Forum

Reported Cases:
Experience: Representation of clients in numerous transactions involving business mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations.; Representation of private businesses in formation, organization and business planning.; Representation of private equity investors in connection with investments in various businesses.; Advise clients regarding federal, state and international tax issues.; Advise clients regarding the structure of executive compensation plans.; Advise clients regarding accounting issues in transactional and litigation matters.; Appointed as special master to address accounting disputes and business valuation issues in various litigation proceedings.

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (14 reviews)
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