Denomination: Roman Catholic
From associate to partner Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal, Birmingham, Alabama, 1969-1984. Founding partner Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC, 1984—2011. Senior executive vice president, general counsel Regions Finance Corporation, since 2011.
Board directors McWane, Inc., Birmingham. General counsel, board directors Business Council Alabama, Birmingham, since 1977. Board directors, Southern Research Institute.
Member Alabama Permanent Study Commission on Judiciary, 1977-1983. Member Jefferson County Judicial Nominating Commission, 1993-2000. Chairman Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 1998-2003.
Special counsel to Governor of Alabama, 1999-2002.
Member Leadership Birmingham, 1986-1987. President University Alabama Law School Foundation, 1987-1989. Member American Bar Association (standing committee on environmental law, standing committee on federal judiciary), Birmingham Bar Association (president 1989), Alabama Young Lawyers Association (president 1976-1977), American Judicature Society (board directors 1980-1985), Judicial Conference Alabama, American Bar Foundation, Alabama State Bar (president 2006-2007), Kiwanis.