Young Lawyers Section

Alison Hawthorne - President


Ali Hawthorne is a Principal at Beasley Allen. She joined the firm in 2010 as an attorney in the Consumer Fraud Section and has focused her practice primarily on complex litigation on a national level.  Most recently, she has been involved in several different litigations in multiple states that seek to recover money on behalf of the states that paid for pharmaceutical products and devices as a result of fraudulent and deceptive acts against the states. Additionally, Ali is involved in class action litigation involving consumer fraud in the health care and cosmetics industries along with qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act.

Ali received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected as the Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Fraud Section in 2014 and 2015 and was named to the 2016 and 2017 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” lists.  Ali was also selected for the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 13 (2017-2018).

Ali is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of Alabama and Georgia.  Ali has served as the President for the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section since 2016, and is on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Association for Justice and the Montgomery County Bar Association Women’s Section. Ali also serves on the Board of Directors ex officio for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation and the Montgomery County Bar Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, ALAJ Emerging Leaders, American Association for Justice, the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Alabama and Georgia State Bars, the Alabama State Bar Women’s Section, and is on the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court.
 

Brannon Reaves - Vice President


Brannan W. Reaves practices with Webster, Henry, Lyons, Bradwell, Cohan & Black, P.C.  Brannan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama and a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.  While in law school, Brannan was a member of both the Alabama Law Review and the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board.  Brannan is admitted to practice before all state courts in Alabama, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Alabama, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  Brannan's practice concentrates on a broad range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on insurance, corporate, business, and professional liability defense. Brannan has been extensively involved in the first-party and third-party property and casualty claims throughout Alabama. Brannan also represents a wide range of professionals (pharmacists, nurses, teachers, etc.) before many of Alabama's governing administrative agencies on licensing and certification matters.  Brannan resides in Montgomery with his wife, Meredith, and their dog, Bear.
 

Elliott Lipinsky - Secretary/Treasurer


Elliott Lipinsky is a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Saint James School and The University of Alabama. Currently, he is an assistant district attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Elliott and his family are deeply involved in the river region and look forward to many more years of service. Please feel free to contact Elliott with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
 

Jesse Anderson - Past President


Mr. Anderson is a Montgomery native who graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Economics. He later received his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law. He sat consecutively for the Alabama and Tennessee bar exams and was admitted to both.  While in law school at Cumberland, Jesse served on the Student Bar Association and the Honor Court. He served as President of the Student Bar Association in 2010. Jesse was awarded a selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges in 2011, and was the recipient of the American Law Institute and American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award.

Jesse was recently elected as the President of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers, and will serve in that role through 2016. He also serves on the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Executive Committee and is a past Chairman of the Montgomery YMCA Boys Work Committee.

His practice includes a broad range of civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on insurance defense. Jesse is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Montgomery County Young Lawyers Chapter.  Jesse is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, as well as all Courts in the State of Alabama and Tennessee, including the Alabama Supreme Court and Tennessee Supreme Court.
 

Charlie Hawthorne - Board Member


Charlie is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He attended Auburn University, where he was a third generation Auburn student in his family. He received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the College of Math and Science.  In May 2013, he graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Charlie was heavily involved with the trial advocacy program serving on the Board of Advocates Executive Council from 2011-2013 and was a finalist at several National Trial Competitions while in law school. Charlie briefly practiced general civil litigation and criminal defense following his admission to the Alabama State Bar before going to work for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office under Daryl Bailey.  Charlie has been an active volunteer with the Montgomery County Bar Association since his admission, helping organize and operate several charity events. Charlie serves as a Board Member for the Montgomery County Bar Young Lawyers Section.
 

Beau Darley - Board Member


Beau Darley joined Beasley Allen in August 2011, in the Mass Torts section, where he is working on cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR hip system, which was recalled in August 2010.
He earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University in 2007. While at Auburn, he was a Student Ambassador for Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and a member of Alpha Zeta Honorary Agricultural Fraternity. As an ambassador, he represented the College at various alumni events and handled alumni communications. Additionally, he was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity and served as Alumni Relations Chairman.
Beau attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2011. He was a member of the Cumberland National Trial Team, and was a member of the team that won the AAJ Regional Trial Competition in Dallas, Texas, in February 2010. He also was a member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board, a Quarterfinalist in the Parham Williams Freshman Trial Competition, and a Quarterfinalist in the James O. Haley Summer Trial Competition.
Prior to beginning law school, Beau was a Management Associate at Superior Bank’s corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., and an Intern at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
During law school, Beau was a Law Clerk for a plaintiff’s firm in Birmingham, Ala. during his second summer and entire third year of law school. Additionally, he served as a Law Clerk for Legal Services of Alabama and was a Law Clerk for Judge J. Scott Vowell, Presiding Judge of Alabama’s 10th Judicial Circuit.
He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.
Beau also is a team captain on the YMCA Boys Work Committee, which raises money for the Montgomery YMCA, and he is an active member on the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Committee, which awards high school student athletes who excel in athletics and exhibit Christian leadership.
Beau is married to the former Nikki Irvin of Montgomery, and they attend First Baptist Montgomery.
 

Landon Eley - Board Member


Landon Michael Eley is an associate practicing in the areas of civil defense litigation and workers' compensation litigation. He is admitted to practice in all Alabama state courts as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama.
In addition to practicing law, Landon enjoys golfing, playing softball, and attending live concerts. He is also a Member of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association.
 

Stephen McCormick - Board Member


Stephen McCormick is the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Alabama Department of Labor.  As Director of Governmental Affairs, Stephen is the liaison between all local, state, and federal government entities and in charge of all aspects of monitoring the State Legislature for the Department of Labor.  Additional duties include presiding over the Board of Appeals, the state’s highest unemployment appeals tribunal, child labor fine/penalty appeals, unemployment tax appeals and serves as the Chairman of the Department’s Pre-Termination Board.  Stephen was also given the title and responsibility of Deputy Attorney General, by former Attorney General, Luther Strange.

Stephen currently volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dream Court Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching tennis to children with special needs. He also is a member of the Human Trafficking Statewide Taskforce; set up to combat human and labor trafficking by promoting state wide policies and regulations.  In 2017, Stephen was elected to a position on the Board of the Greater Alabama Market for the March of Dimes organization to help bring awareness to the cause and effects of premature births.  Stephen and his wife Angela are the proud parents of a daughter, Avery McCormick.
 

Chalankis R. Brown - Board Member


Chalankis R. Brown

Chalankis R. Brown is an associate in the Montgomery office and practices in the areas of civil defense litigation, insurance litigation, and workers compensation. Mr. Brown is admitted to practice in all Alabama state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
Mr. Brown graduated from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2014, where he served as Vice-President of the Ernestine S. Sapp Chapter of the Black Law Students Association. Mr. Brown was also a student-member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Brown graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and was a member of the Order of the Gownsmen. Mr. Brown was a four-year letter winner in both football and track, where he was a 13-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference selection during his time on the Mountain.

A native of Millbrook, Alabama, Mr. Brown currently serves on the Executive Board for the Tukabatchee Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing and attending Auburn and Sewanee football games.
 
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