Four MSN Attorneys Named B-Metro’s Top Lawyers In Birmingham

Birmingham, AL based Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC (MSN) is delighted to announce that four of their attorneys have been chosen for 2019 Top Flight Attorneys in B-Metro Magazine.

Chesley Payne, senior partner at Massey, Stotser & Nichols stated, “We are incredibly proud of the fact that Randy, Anne, Stephanie, and Rick have been recognized as Top Lawyers in Birmingham. Randy, Stephanie, and Anne were similarly recognized in 2018. Anne and Stephanie were also recognized in 2016’s list. It really is a great honor to see members of our team recognized annually for their hard work and dedication, which reflects directly on us, our clients, and the community.”

B-Metro introduced its Top Flight Attorney list by stating, “A good lawyer is a guide through the tricky parts of life, from real estate to business disputes to criminal acts to family upheavals, helping us wade through the weightiest of matters. The lawyers noted in the following pages have been chosen because of their ability to guide clients to successful outcomes. Our survey took into account education, professional experience, and community involvement. Just what you want in a good attorney.”

Senior Partner Randy Nichols was born in Virginia, attending the University to obtain his law degree after earning his undergraduate degree from Duke University. In 1986, he moved to Alabama, and was admitted to the Alabama Bar that year. Nichols is a Certified Mediator for general civil litigation and domestic relations, as well as being a Certified Mediator, with both the Alabama Appellate Courts. Furthermore, he is a certified arbitrator with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He stated, “I am the proud father of two children and the grateful husband of their mother. When it comes to family law litigation, I know that every situation is unique to those caught up in having to seek legal advice or mediation to resolve their family law issues.”

James Vaught, an attorney specializing in divorce and separation, said, “Randy is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. He is one of the finest family law attorneys and I highly recommend his services.”

Partner Anne Lamkin Durward is from Birmingham, and graduated from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law after attending the Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. Anne was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1995. She helped establish the Birmingham Bar Foundation Fellows Program and continues to be very active in numerous bar organizations. She also coaches the National Moot Court Team with Cumberland School of Law. She is on the Board of Governors for the International Academy of Family Lawyers and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Kit, a satisfied client of Durward’s, said, “Excellent divorce attorney. I was referred to Anne and could not have been happier. She is very knowledgeable, and she walked me through each step of my divorce while allowing me to go at my own speed. She gave great advice and helped me hold my ground on the important things. She was amazing in the courtroom and worked well with the opposing counsel to bring us to resolution before returning to court. She is well known and respected in the Birmingham family law community.”

Both Nichols and Durward were also included in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for their expertise in Family law in 2018. The award is a clear recognition of the hard work of the entire team at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC.

Senior Partner Rick Stotser, the son of a United States Army General, was born in Augsburg, Germany, and graduated from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law after attending Auburn University. Stotser was admitted to both the Alabama and Tennessee Bars in 1986 and has helped many clients with their business decisions—as well as personal planning.

President of Prestige Alarm and Specialty Products, Inc. Eddie Harden said, “Over 20 years ago, Massey and Stotser created my corporation documents, putting me on the road to starting what became one of the largest security businesses in the State. Tim Massey and Rick Stotser were my attorneys then and, today—over 20 years later, provide me excellent legal services. Rick Stotser is more than an attorney that provides legal services. He is also an incredible business mind that I can bounce business ideas off of, and he offers a perspective that helps in making the best decision. I strongly recommend that you use Massey, Stotser and Nichols, PC for any business-related legal work you require.”

Partner Stephanie Weems, who was also recognized as one of the Top Flight Attorneys, graduated Magna Cum Laude from both the University of Alabama and the Birmingham School of Law. She was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1998. Her main practice is in the area of family law, fire district and housing authority representation as well as collections.

Nettie Taylor Goodwin said, “Very knowledgeable and helpful. Attorney Stephanie Weems always responded when I contacted her, which was refreshing. Elizabeth Gowens was outstanding in her job performance. I would recommend them to anyone. Glad I had the opportunity to meet and work with this law firm.”


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