Why did you become an attorney?
Although there often is not a definitive answer, one reason I wanted to become an attorney was because I enjoyed the search for the answer. The challenge of “connecting the dots” while researching a legal issue was very appealing. I felt at home in the quiet thoughtfulness necessary to arrive at the correct, or at least the best, answer to the particular legal question at hand.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is finding the best result for the client. Sometimes the best result might not be the exact result the client was looking for; however, in working through a problem, I get much satisfaction from helping the client understand their options and focus on the best option available under the circumstances. Achieving that best option brings with it a strong sense of accomplishment.
What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?
1. Listen: Attorneys tend to enjoy their own voices. Most situations call for being quiet and listening to the client’s issues, problems, goals, and perspectives. 2. Give a timely response: There are many highly qualified attorneys in the community. There is no shortage of intellect. However, responding to clients in a prompt and timely manner can certainly enhance the client’s experience and improve the outcome. 3. Act civilly: Legal issues and problems are often very much out of a client’s comfort zone. Their stress level is already unusually high. A civil and calm demeanor, both with the client and with the opposing party or counsel, will go a long way to soothing the client’s anxieties and reducing the client’s stress.
2. Give a timely response: There are many highly qualified attorneys in the community. There is no shortage of intellect. However, responding to clients in a prompt and timely manner can certainly enhance the client’s experience and improve the outcome.
3. Act civilly: Legal issues and problems are often very much out of a client’s comfort zone. Their stress level is already unusually high. A civil and calm demeanor, both with the client and with the opposing party or counsel, will go a long way to soothing the client’s anxieties and reducing the client’s stress.
Awards and Accreditations
•The Best Lawyers in America
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Non-Profit/Charities Law (2008-2019)
•Copyright Law (2014-2019)
•Trademark Law (2014-2019)
•Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham (2012)
•Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham (2017)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Birmingham Magazine, “Top Attorney” in Intellectual Property
•Reviewed and negotiated computer software agreements, internet-related contracts, and domain name disputes on behalf of clients such as Great Southern Wood, Macess, SunGard, and Verilink Corporation
•In the area of tax exemption, formed and advised numerous tax-exempt organizations, including Bruno's Memorial Classic, the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation
•Extensive experience in the areas of trademark and service mark registration and protection, as well as trade dress protection
•Works in the franchise law area, representing the Sneaky Pete's franchise system, the sub franchisor of the Dairy Queen system in Alabama and Northwest Florida, and a variety of local franchisees of other franchise systems
•In trademark practice, represented Auburn University, Sneaky Pete's, Great Southern Wood Preserving, RealtySouth, Axcan Scandipharm, Space Camp, and Tiffin Motor Homes
•In transactional, tax planning, and tax dispute areas, represented such clients as Birmingham Realty, Barber Companies, and Great Southern Wood
Outside the Office
•Brother Bryan Mission
•Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Foundation
Speeches and Publications
•Author, BUSINESS OWNERS: There's Trouble for Your Brand on Both Sides of the 'Dot', The Counselor, Spring 2012
•Author, What Does Green Mean? The FTC Guidelines, The Counselor, Spring 2011
•Author, How to Avoid the Sanctions Imposed for Prohibited Transactions with Retirement Plans, 15 Taxation for Lawyers 120, 1986
•Author, Statutes of Limitations in 10b-5 Actions: White v. Sanders, 34 Alabama Law Review 131, 1983
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys
•Six Sirote Attorneys Designated Best Lawyers of the Year for 2012
•Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011
•31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers
•Sirote's Bush And Hardin To Be Panel Members At Small Business Conference
•Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009
•Alabama State Bar
•Former Board Chair, Intellectual Property Section (2003-2005)
•International Trademark Association
•Sirote & Permutt, PC
•Head, Intellectual Property Practice Group
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