Board of Directors
Officers
Larry Golston – President

Larry is a principal and trial attorney in Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Fraud Section, where he has devoted his career to seeking justice on behalf of those who have been negligently or intentionally harmed. His clients include individuals and small businesses. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Larry graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law.

Currently, Larry’s practice is focused on whistleblower litigation, retaliation, sexual harassment and assault, employment discrimination, on-the-job injuries and class actions. A Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated lawyer, Larry has been a lecturer on whistleblower litigation, employment law and trial strategies for various legal organizations, including CLE Alabama, the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Alabama Association for Justice.

Larry has also frequently appeared as a guest on television, radio programs, and webinars where he has spoken extensively on whistleblower litigation and employment law issues such as the False Claims Act, retaliation, sexual harassment/ sexual assaults, wage & hour litigation, and employment discrimination.

Ashley Penhale – Vice-President

Ashley Penhale is the Director of Programs at the Alabama State Bar. Before joining the ASB, she practiced with Copeland, Franco, Screws and Gill, PA, where her practice included primarily civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level.  Ashley is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar and the MCBA, where she regularly volunteers her time by attending the MCBA monthly pro bono counsel and advice clinic.  Ashley was recognized as the 2016 MCBA Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.  She is also actively involved with the Women’s Section of the MCBA as well as the Hugh Maddox Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  In the community, Ashley serves as a member of the Junior Executive Board of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the Junior League of Montgomery. Ashley is a graduate of Troy University and Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Ashley has enjoyed working with the leadership of the MCBA and looks forward to further serving the MCBA membership.

Tim Gallagher – Secretary/Treasurer

Timothy J. F. Gallagher is a shareholder with the firm of Sasser, Sefton & Brown, P.C., where he practices in the areas of civil litigation and business law. Tim has been active with the Montgomery County Bar Association for many years, including serving on the Board of Directors for the past five years and assisting as chairman of the MCBA’s annual charity event in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Tim also served as President of the Board of the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program from 2013–2016. He is an active volunteer attorney and has been awarded the MCBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Exemplar Award, and the Montgomery VLP Medal of the Samaritan.

Tim is a graduate of Class 11 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum and currently serves as Co-Chair on the Leadership Forum Selection and Planning Committee. He is also active in the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Committee and Pro Bono Celebration Task Force, including serving as Vice-Chair in 2017 and Chairman of the Task Force in 2018. Tim was inducted as a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation in 2018.

Tim and his wife, Rachael, are members of First United Methodist Church. They have two daughters, Kate (2016) and Margaret (2018).

Frank Snowden  Past President

Frank Snowden was born and raised in Greenville, Alabama, and after college moved to Montgomery in 1987, where he began employment with The Retirement Systems of Alabama while pursuing an MBA at Auburn University of Montgomery. In 1991, he married the former Melissa Bridgers and in 1993 began Law School at Jones School of Law. He graduated from Law School in 1996 and was admitted to the State Bar in April, 1997 after which time he left The Retirement Systems and began private practice in Montgomery and has done so since 1997. His primary practice focus has been criminal and domestic law.

Frank has been married to Melissa for nearly 22 years and they have three daughters, Madison, age 19, Savannah, age 14 and Isabella, age 12. They attend Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church where he has been an active member and served on the Board of Stewards and Frank has served for 7 years as the President of Sturbridge Homeowners Association, he and his family volunteer for community, church, YMCA and local outreach programs.

   
At-Large Members
Allen Sheehan – Seat No. 1

Allen Sheehan was born and raised in Montgomery. A shareholder at Capell & Howard, P.C., he has practiced law in Montgomery and surrounding areas since 2007.  He has served as the President of the MCBA's Young Lawyers Section and currently serves on the Federal Bar Association.  Allen primarily practices general civil litigation in state and federal court.

Bryan Morgan – Seat No. 2

Bryan Morgan is Director of Career Development at Jones School of Law at Faulkner University having retired in 2012 as the State Judge Advocate for the Alabama National Guard after 34 years of military service. He is from Birmingham and attended Banks High School, the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law. He previously worked for the State of Alabama in the Governor's Office and with the Alabama District Attorneys. His wife Terrie is a shareholder with Capell & Howard. They live in Prattville, attend East Memorial Baptist Church and enjoy fishing at Lake Mitchell together.

Chalankis Brown – Seat No. 3

Chalankis R. Brown is an associate at Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A., and practices in the areas of civil defense litigation, insurance litigation, medical malpractice defense and workers compensation. He is admitted to practice in all Alabama state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Chalankis 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. He was also a student-member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.

Prior to attending law school, Chalankis 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. He 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, Chalankis currently serves on the Executive Board for the Central Alabama Community Foundation and the Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyers Committee, Steering Committee. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing and attending Auburn and Sewanee football games. Chalankis is married to the former Amanda Robinson of Birmingham, Alabama.

Amanda Senn – Seat No. 4

Amanda is the Deputy Director of Enforcement and General Counsel for the Alabama Securities Commission where she has been employed since 2008. She is responsible for advising the Commission on securities-related matter, for investigating and prosecuting fraudulent actions surrounding the sales of securities throughout the state of Alabama, and has coordinated and litigated numerous multi-jurisdictional administrative, civil, and criminal matters. She also serves as a legislative liaison for the Commission. In that capacity, she advocates for investor protection and market integrity for Alabama and its residents.

Amanda is involved on both the State and local level in various organizations which address issues and promote awareness of Elder Abuse and Investment Fraud; including the Montgomery County Elder Justice Task Force and the Alabama Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is actively involved in the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), where she serves as Chairman of the Cybersecurity Committee, Co-Chair of the Broker Dealer Market and Regulatory Policy Committee and is a member of project groups in the Investment Adviser and Enforcement sections. She is a frequent speaker on Alabama’s securities laws and Elder Justice, and an instructor in a securities litigation course offered through NASAA. Amanda is a member of the American Inns of Court, serves on the board of the Alabama Association of Regulatory Boards (AARB), the Montgomery Bicycle Club, and is a long-standing volunteer and supporter of the Montgomery Miracle League.

A Montgomery, Alabama native, Amanda graduated from Huntingdon College, and is a member of the Alumni Board, and received her JD from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Effie Hawthorne – Seat No. 5

Effie Hawthorne is a proud native of Montgomery. She graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery summa cum laude and received her J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  Effie currently works as an Assistant Attorney General and the Director of Board Operations for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Effie has been active in the MCBA since law school. She recently served as the President for the MCBA Women’s Section and ex officio member of the MCBA Board of Directors for three years. She is currently a board member for the MCBA’s Young Lawyers Section. She is also a member of the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers, Women’s, and Government Lawyers Sections. Effie serves on the ASB’s Quality of Life, Health, and Wellness Task Force and the 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Task Force. She is a Barrister member of the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court and serves on the American Bar Association’s Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee at Auburn University of Montgomery. In addition, Effie serves on the Junior Executive Board for Child Protect, a non-profit organization based in Montgomery that supports the victims of child abuse. Effie is married to Charlie Hawthorne, a Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County, and they have one child, Charles (1).

Matthew Ward – Seat No. 6

Matthew Ward is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama where he serves as Assistant General Counsel for the Alabama Medicaid Agency. In this role, he provides Alabama Medicaid not only litigation representation at all levels of federal, state, and administrative courts, but also compliance assistance in regulatory schemes and contracts. Before his time at Medicaid, he was a Staff Attorney with the Montgomery office of Legal Services Alabama, representing victims of domestic violence and clients in landlord-tenant disputes.

Along with serving on the Boards of Directors of both the MCBA and the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, he also serves as Treasurer of the MCBA Government Lawyers’ Section, Chair of the MCBA Public Relations Committee, and previously as Chair of the MCBA Bar Relations Committee (2018–2020). Additionally, Matthew serves as Vice-Chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Pro Bono Committee; on the Board of Directors of the ASB’s Young Lawyers Section; and as a member of both the ASB’s Elections, Ethics & Government Relations and In-House Counsel & Government Lawyers Sections. He was also selected for the ASB Leadership Forum Class 15 (2019–2020). On top of his bar involvement, Matthew is an Associate of the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court and serves on the Junior Executive Board of Child Protect Children’s Advocacy Center.

A native of Montgomery, Matthew is an honors graduate of both Auburn Montgomery and Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, where he was actively involved in both academic and student leadership.  He was also recognized as a dedicated public servant by being awarded the Alabama State Bar's Pro Bono Award in the Law Student category in 2014.

Ali Hawthorne – Seat No. 7

Ali Hawthorne is a Principal at Beasley Allen. She joined the firm in 2010 as an attorney in the Consumer Fraud & Commercial Litigation Section and has focused her practice primarily on complex litigation on a national level. Most recently, Ali has been handling several different Attorney General litigations in multiple states that seek to recover millions of taxpayer dollars on behalf of states that paid for pharmaceutical products and devices as a result of fraudulent and deceptive acts by major players in the healthcare arena.

Ali has been named on the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” lists. She was selected as the Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Fraud Section in 2014 and 2015 and has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Ali was also selected for the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 13 (2017-2018) and currently serves on the Leadership Forum Advisory Board. In addition to serving on the board of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Ali also served as the President of the Young Lawyers Section from 2016-2018. Ali has also been very involved with the Women’s Section, serving on the Board of Directors from 2016-2018.

Ali is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of Alabama and Georgia. She has been a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, ALAJ Emerging Leaders, American Association for Justice, the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program, and served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Association for Justice. Ali also served on the Board of Directors ex officio for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation from 2016-2018. Ali is a member of the Alabama and Georgia State Bars, the Alabama State Bar Women’s Section, and is on the Hugh Maddox American Inn of Court.

Peyton Faulk – Seat No. 8

Peyton Faulk is a native of Greenville, Alabama and has lived in Montgomery, Alabama since 2000. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Alabama in 1997 and went on to earn a master’s degree in Secondary Education/History from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2004. She taught history at a local high school while attending Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at night. She has been practicing law since 2008.

In October 2019, Peyton joined the Family Sunshine Center, a nonprofit based in Montgomery whose mission is to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She serves the Family Sunshine Center as their staff attorney, focusing not only on victim advocacy, but also addresses related legal issues such as protection from abuse, custody, divorce, and other legal matters resulting from their victimization.

Prior to joining the Family Sunshine Center, Peyton served the 15th Judicial Circuit as an Assistant Public Defender and a Deputy District Attorney for the Juvenile division. She also served as an indigent civil defense attorney at Legal Services of Alabama. Peyton began her legal career spending more than seven years as a civil rights and employment discrimination attorney in private practice.

As for her community, Peyton is currently serving as Board Member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Foundation (MVLP). She was selected for membership in the 2019 National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. She was awarded the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program 2019 Medal of the Samaritan. She was selected to the 2013 and 2014 Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Peyton is licensed to practice in the State of Alabama, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Tim McCollum – Seat No. 9

Tim McCollum is currently employed as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, working in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Legal Division.

Tim’s legal career began as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Charles Price. He has been active in the Alabama State Bar and has spoken or authored Continuing Education on areas such as municipal liability, as well as electronic discovery.

Tim also served as the Young Lawyer representative on the board that originally addressed ethics and civility in the legal profession; which recommended one hour of continuing education on ethics that is now mandatory education for every attorney practicing law in Alabama.

Tim also served as the Chief Counsel for the City of Montgomery, Alabama, where he presided over management of all legal issues facing the City, including such subjects as the prosecution of cases in Municipal Court, to litigating complex wrongful death and Civil Rights cases.

After leaving the City of Montgomery, Tim opened a law practice and maintained that practice for seven years. In that time, he represented insurance companies, construction companies and individuals in both plaintiff and defense cases.

Tim now is in-house counsel in government once again. He is a member of the In-House Counsel & Government Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar and continues to represent the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in contract negotiations, personnel matters, and Civil Rights litigation.

   
Ex Officio Members
Aigner Kolom – President, Women's Section

Aigner Kolom is an associate at Beasley Allen Law Firm. She joined the firm in 2015 as an attorney in the firms Mass Torts Section. This section works on cases of injuries related to bone cement, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), IVC filters, opioids and other pharmaceutical products.

Aigner graduated from Auburn University in 2010, earning her B.S. in business administration, human resource management. Aigner attended Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2015. She was included on the Dean’s List every semester during her enrollment. Prior to joining Beasley Allen, Aigner worked as a law clerk for both Judge J.R. Gaines, Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit in Montgomery, and Judge Charles Price, Presiding Judge (now retired), 15th Judicial Circuit. She also worked as an extern for Judge W. Keith Watkins, Chief District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, and as a legal intern/law clerk for Legal Services Alabama.

Aigner is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section, Alabama State Bar Women’s Section, Alabama Lawyers Association and Montgomery County Bar Association where she serves as President of the group’s Women’s Section. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice. She is admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit and the Middle District of Alabama. Aigner also serves on the Board of Directors for Common Ground ministry.

Brannan Reeves – President, Young Lawyers Section

Brannan W. Reaves is a Shareholder with Webster Henry. Brannan's civil practice focuses on insurance, business, and professional liability defense. He has significant experience in personal and commercial automobile defense, premises liability defense, construction defect litigation, bad faith, fraud, and insurance coverage matters. Brannan represents a variety of businesses, ranging from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies, in all aspects of litigation. Brannan also represents a wide variety of professionals (pharmacists, nurses, teachers, etc.) before many of Alabama's governing administrative agencies on licensing and certification matters. Brannan's transactional practice concentrates on representing businesses from start-up to dissolution, advising and effectuating buyouts and mergers, and generally assisting with any day-to-day operations where my clients may need assistance or legal expertise. Brannan also has an extensive estate planning practice preparing wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other similar documentation.

Brannan is a graduate of both the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. Brannan is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and recently served as the Chairman of the YMCA of Montgomery’s Boys Work Committee. In his free time, Brannan enjoys playing golf and spending time with this family – his wife Meredith, their two sons, Oliver and Ashton, and their dog, Bear.

Tim McCollum – President, Government Lawyers' Section

Tim McCollum is currently employed as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, working in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Legal Division.

Tim’s legal career began as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Charles Price. He has been active in the Alabama State Bar and has spoken or authored Continuing Education on areas such as municipal liability, as well as electronic discovery.

Tim also served as the Young Lawyer representative on the board that originally addressed ethics and civility in the legal profession; which recommended one hour of continuing education on ethics that is now mandatory education for every attorney practicing law in Alabama.

Tim also served as the Chief Counsel for the City of Montgomery, Alabama, where he presided over management of all legal issues facing the City, including such subjects as the prosecution of cases in Municipal Court, to litigating complex wrongful death and Civil Rights cases.

After leaving the City of Montgomery, Tim opened a law practice and maintained that practice for seven years. In that time, he represented insurance companies, construction companies and individuals in both plaintiff and defense cases.

Tim now is in-house counsel in government once again. He is a member of the In-House Counsel & Government Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar and continues to represent the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in contract negotiations, personnel matters, and Civil Rights litigation.
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