Montgomery Business Journal

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February 2015


MONTGOMERY – Two faculty members of the UAB Montgomery Internal Medicine Program have been awarded academic advancement by the UAB School of Medicine. Dr. Jewell H. Halanych and Dr. Leslie Harris Jr. have been promoted to associate professor of medicine of the School of Medicine.

Halanych obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Following completion of her internal medicine residency at Brown University School of Medicine, she served a general internal medicine fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. While in Boston, she received a master’s degree from the Boston University School of Public Health. She joined the faculty at UAB in 2003, having joint appointments with the Division of Preventive Medicine and with the Montgomery program.

In 2012, she was appointed program director of the UAB Montgomery Internal Medicine Program. Halanych presently serves as a scientist with the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness and as an associate scientist with the UAB Minority Health and Research Center.

Harris, a native of Montgomery, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After completing his internal medicine training at UAB Montgomery, he served as chief resident in medicine. He was subsequently appointed to the faculty as assistant professor of medicine in 2003. He holds multiple leadership roles in the residency program, including director of  ambulatory medicine and associate program director.

“Drs. Halanych and Harris are very deserving of this significant academic achievement,” Dr. W.J. Many Jr., dean of the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus of the UAB School of Medicine, said in a statement. “They have made major contributions to enhance medical education and access to quality health care. Montgomery and the River Region are indeed fortunate to have physicians who exhibit the highest ideals of professionalism and clinical excellence.”


MONTGOMERY – The law firm of Gilpin Givhan, P.C. announces that it has been included by The National Law Journal in a list of “Firms That Have Corporate America’s Back.”

The list is a ranking of U.S. firms that served Fortune 50 companies in five prime practice areas during 2013. Gilpin Givhan was one of three Alabama firms named in the prestigious list and the only Montgomery-based firm recognized.

“Our firm especially values our ranking on this list because it comes not from our peers, but from the corporate officers of Fortune 50 companies – the world’s most-admired companies.” Robert Gilpin, partner with the firm, said in a statement. “We value that our clients are assured that we are watching out for their best interests while they are busy looking ahead.”

The National Law Journal provides in-depth coverage of the issues that mean the most to private practitioners, judges, corporate lawyers, government attorneys and other members of the legal community.

Gilpin Givhan is a full-service business law firm that represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.


MONTGOMERY – Prime Montgomery won nine awards at the 2014 convention of the North American Mature Publishers Association.

The River Region lifestyle magazine for people 50 and older also received two first-place awards. Editor Sandra Polizos won first place in the personal essay category. “I frequently write about my experiences growing up in Montgomery, my hometown,” Polizos said in a statement. “To have professionals outside our readership area appreciate these stories is particularly gratifying.”

First place was also awarded for a series of ads created by Prime. Other awards received by Prime (second or third place) included recognition for overall use of photography, graphic design, website, briefs and promotion.

Awards were judged by a panel of experts from The University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Prime Montgomery is distributed free-of-charge at more than 275 locations across the River Region.


MONTGOMERY – Participants in the fifth annual Five Points of Life Kids Marathon will gather March 7 at the James W. Wilson Jr. YMCA at New Park to collect medals. The event starts at 8 a.m.

Children in kindergarten through eighth grade will run or walk the full 26.2-mile marathon distance a little bit at a time, logging their distance as they go. More than 400 youngsters ran or walked last year.

Entry forms and running logs are available online at or at LifeSouth’s Montgomery headquarters at 4139 Carmichael Road. For information, call (334) 260-0803.

Five Points of Life is a foundation started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to raise awareness of the five ways to share life with others through the donation of blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood and organ and tissue. It also offers classroom programs to students in the Montgomery area that teach the science and social responsibility of donating. The children’s marathon promotes fitness and offers lessons in setting goals.

LifeSouth and the YMCA GoodTimes Program partner to bring the event to Montgomery.


MONTGOMERY– Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announced that shareholders Leigh O’Dell and Ben Baker were selected as the firm’s Litigators of the Year.

The annual recognition is presented to the attorney(s) who demonstrates exceptional professional skill throughout the course of the year and best represents the firm’s ideal of “helping those who need it most.” O’Dell practices in the firm’s mass torts section while Baker practices in the personal injury/product liability section.

In addition to selecting the overall “top attorney,” Beasley Allen recognized excellence in each of its sections, naming the Lawyer of the Year in each. Honorees for 2014 are Kendall Dunson, personal injury section Lawyer of the Year; Graham Esdale, products liability section Lawyer of the Year; Alison Hawthorne, fraud section Lawyer of the Year; Navan Ward Jr., mass torts section Lawyer of the Year; and Parker Miller, toxic torts section Lawyer of the Year.

“It is comforting to know that I work with a group of outstanding lawyers and that they consider it a priority to take good care of their clients,” founding shareholder Jere L. Beasley said in a statement. “The lawyers receiving the awards this year were recognized for exceptional performances in their areas of expertise. No doubt each understands that their being honored could never have happened without lots of hard work by their fellow lawyers and support staff. I am proud and honored to be a part of the Beasley Allen team.”


BIRMINGHAM – Warren Averett, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, expanded its presence in Alabama with the opening of a Mobile office.

Certified public accountant Phillip Rivers will relocate from the firm’s Montgomery office to establish the new Mobile office in the RSA Battle House Tower. Prior to joining Warren Averett in 2012, Rivers spent more than 11 years with a Big 4 firm and has a large number of clients and professional relationships in the Mobile market. 

“The Mobile market is poised for growth and opportunity through industries such as maritime, aerospace, construction and manufacturing,” Warren Averett CEO Jim Cunningham said in a statement. “Entering this market puts us in a better position to build long-lasting relationships by helping our clients and our employees thrive.”

Warren Averett has 750-plus employees in 15 offices in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, plus affiliate offices in Houston and the Cayman Islands. The firm is ranked among the top 5 CPA firms in the Southeast and top 30 in the country.


MONTGOMERY – Jackson Hospital’s quarterly print magazine, Partners, was the recipient of a 2014 MarCom platinum award.

The award recognizes design work in the Summer 2014 issue, which featured Jackson Hospital’s nurse residency program.

MarCom Awards is a creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Approximately 6,000 entries are received from corporate marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.

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