Former gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne, who last month lost in the Republican primary runoff to Robert Bentley, has joined the law firm of Jones Walker as a partner.
Byrne, who is also a former state senator, chancellor of the state’s two-year college system and member of the state Board of Education, will work in the firm’s Birmingham and Mobile offices in the Business and Commercial Transactions Practice Group, according to a release from the firm’s New Orleans office.
“When considering my return to the practice of law, I was impressed with the attorneys at Jones Walker, the complexity of the firm’s practices, and the wide range of clients they serve. I chose to join Jones Walker because of the firm’s strong reputation of serving business clients, the firm’s commitment to improving the community, and particularly, the firm’s commitment to Alabama, as demonstrated by Jones Walker’s phenomenal growth in the state,” Byrne said in a statement.
As chancellor of the two-year system, Byrne served as chairman of the State Workforce Planning Council, overseeing Alabama’s workforce development efforts. He was also the candidate of choice for the Republican establishment, including Gov. Bob Riley and much of the state’s congressional delegation, and of the Alabama business community.
“He plans to continue his commitment to economic development by working on behalf of the firm’s business clients throughout Alabama and focus his practice on assisting with business transactional matters and legislative and administrative advocacy,” said William H. Hines, managing partner of the firm.
Byrne, who graduated from Duke University and received his law degree from the University of Alabama, has practiced law in Mobile for more than 27 years.
Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. represents national and international corporate clients in highly regulated industries through offices in Alabama, Arizona, Washington, D.C., Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, according to the release.
– posted by Sebastian Kitchen