MSN Attorneys Receive More Top Awards

Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC, a law firm in Birmingham, AL, is proud to announce that several partners have been given top awards. The Birmingham Business Journal has recently released its list of top lawyers of 2016 and three of the firm’s lawyers have been included in the list. These are Anne Lamkin Durward, Stephanie Lanier Weems, and Kristin Sullivan. Meanwhile, the Best Lawyers website has named Randall Nichols and Anne Lamkin Durward as the best when it comes to divorce.

Rick Stotser, Senior Partner, Massey, Stotser & Nichols says: “We’re so proud that so many of our team members have been recognized for their excellent work. It really shows the hard work and dedication that we put into each and every individual case. Most of all, we want to thank our clients for their continued support and the trust that they have put on us.”

Attorney Randy Nichols, a senior partner in the firm, has been named as best lawyer for divorce cases, and likewise partner Anne Lamkin Durward. Divorce law is just one area of focus for the entire law firm, however, and all their services have been greatly appreciated. In fact, this is not the first time that Nichols and Durward have been recognized for their work. Rather, they are consistently seen as some of the best lawyers around, proving time and again that they are diligently dedicated to each of their clients.

Attorney Anne Lamkin Durward is a particularly highly educated lawyer. This shines through not just in her wealth of bar registrations and professional body memberships, but mainly in the fact that she resolves her clients’ cases in an ethical, emphatic manner. “We weren’t surprised that Anne got the award for divorce lawyer,” adds the representative. “She is such a nice and caring person that we have even seen the most hateful divorces and separations end up being quite amicable. There is just no one else like her.”

Meanwhile, Attorney Stephanie Lanier Weems has also been making headway in the field. She also specializes in family law and is a member of various professional organizations. Together with colleagues Nichols, Durward, Sullivan, and others, she is helping to ensure families have a fair chance after separation, and to make these difficult situations slightly easier to bear. They are proud of the awards they have received and aim to show that these are well-deserved.

Attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols on 2016 Top Attorneys List

Birmingham, AL, United States – March 15, 2016 /MarketersMedia/ — Massey, Stotser & Nichols proudly announces that three members of its legal team were selected as 2016 Top Lawyers by B-Metro, the Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living. The great honor goes to attorneys Anne Lamkin Durward, Kristin Sullivan and Stephanie Weems. The lawyers were chosen based on their ability to guide their clients to successful outcomes. All honorees were featured in the March 2016 publication of B-Metro Magazine. This is the second year in a row that Anne Lamkin Durward has received recognition on the top lawyers list.

“We are very honored to have been included in B-Metro Magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyers List,” said Anne Lamkin Durward, partner at Massey, Stotser & Nichols. “And we are pleased to be held in such high esteem along with so many other fine lawyers.”

The 2016 Top Attorneys were selected by B-Metro Magazine based on ratings compiled by Avvo, an online marketplace for legal services, which includes ratings for 97% of lawyers throughout the United States. Ratings through the online database are calculated by an algorithm, which ensures that they are unbiased. Additional evaluations of attorneys were made locally through a survey, which was conducted by B-Metro.

Honored Attorney Durward practices law in the following categories: divorce and family law, adoption law, estate planning law, civil litigation, probate, paternity actions, grandparent visitation, guardianships and conservatorships. Since 1995, she has been a member of the Alabama State Bar Association. She also has been included in the Best Lawyers in America listing for family law and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. As an active member of numerous bar organizations, she has helped establish the Birmingham Bar Foundation Fellows Program.

Top lawyer Sullivan practices law in the following areas: tax, wills, estate and trust planning, probate, guardianships/conservatorships, elder law, business planning and organization and veteran’s benefits. She received her bar admissions in Alabama in 2006 and has admissions in US Tax Court.

Attorney Weems received recognition as a top attorney based on her law practice in the following areas: corporate and business representation, general civil litigation, municipal law, domestic and family law, fire district representation, landlord and tenant representation, and housing authorities representation. Achieving bar admissions in Alabama in 1998, she is a member of numerous associations.

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Two MSN Attorneys Make 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Massey, Stotser & Nichols, a premier law firm in the Birmingham metro area, is announcing that attorneys Randall W. Nichols and Anne Lamkin Durward have been named to the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list. This list is compiled each year by U.S. News and World Report and has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence since it was first published in 1983.

Shea Waldrop, the firm’s Controller, stated “Nichols and Durward were selected by their peers for inclusion in the listing for The Best Lawyers in America in 2016 in the field of Family Law because of their unmatched dedication to their clients and breadth of their legal knowledge.”

Waldrop goes on to say, “Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-reviewed survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Massey, Stotser & Nichols has been awarded a Tier 1 ranking on the Best Law Firms list for the second year in a row. This tiered ranking is based on feedback from both clients and other lawyers regarding a firm’s expertise, responsiveness, understanding, cost-effectiveness, and civility. Clients also have the opportunity to share whether they would feel comfortable referring another client to the firm as part of the ratings.

For the lawyers and firms that make the yearly list based on this feedback, it is an accurate reflection of their consistent display of dedication to maintaining the high standards of the legal profession.

Those who want to learn more About Massey, Stotser & Nichols and their recent honors can visit their website at

About Massey, Stotser & Nichols:

Massey, Stotser & Nichols is a full service, Birmingham, Alabama law firm that serves clients throughout Jefferson County, Blount County, Shelby County, St. Clair County, and Tuscaloosa County, including Birmingham, AL, Alabaster, Ashville, Bessemer, Clay, Fultondale, Gardendale, Homewood, Hoover, Leeds, Moody, Mtn. Brook, Oneonta, Pelham, Pell City, Pinson, Springville, Trussville, and the surrounding areas.

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At Massey, Stotser & Nichols, we have built a reputation for offering an unparalleled level of service and support. Our attorneys are active in the legal community through memberships to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association; the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; the American Bar Association; the Alabama State Bar Association; and the Birmingham Bar Association, just to name a few.

Massey, Stotser & Nichols has been a pinnacle of business support for nearly 30 years. Our business and commercial law practice is primarily focused on assisting corporate clients with issues such as business organization and simple and complex transactions. With a legal team that is highly trained in commercial law and business relations, we are able to form comprehensive business strategies that benefit the overall growth and success of your business.

Our consumer law division encompasses such areas as personal injury, car accidents and negligence, bankruptcy and consumer protection, estate planning and elder law, family, juvenile, and domestic law, real estate and probate administration, criminal defense, and worker’s compensation.

Since our inception, we have been committed to providing legal representation of the highest quality. The degree of professionalism and personal support we show our clients has resulted in the creation of lasting associations with local businesses and members of our community.

With three locations in Central Alabama, we are able to serve a broad population. Each of our offices is conveniently located and designed to be a pleasant and comfortable space for our clients.