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William "Lee" Thuston

Managing Partner - Birmingham, Alabama
PH: (205) 458-5143
Fax: (205) 244-5712
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William “Lee” Thuston is Burr & Forman’s Managing Partner. Lee practices in the Corporate/Tax practice group where he focuses on economic development, business and succession planning, trusts and estates, tax law, and international law. Lee is a driving force behind Alabama’s economic development and has played a large role in some of the state’s major manufacturing deals.

Lee has a wide variety of involvement in the manufacturing industry which includes serving as Alabama Counsel during the site selection and negotiation processes for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.; Mi-Tech Steel, Inc.; and IPSCO Steel when these companies chose to locate their facilities to Alabama. His experience in the automotive industry also includes assisting Honda Manufacturing of Alabama with the implementation of its incentives package with the State for the development of its plant in Lincoln, AL, as well as assisted Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC with the implementation of its incentive package with the State for the development of its plant in Montgomery, AL. He represented Honda in the establishment of its transmission manufacturing facility in Tallapoosa, GA in 2004. Lee also negotiated the incentives packages with the State for the 2009 expansion of the Mercedes-Benz plant. Additionally, Lee represented Kia Motors Corporation with the site selection...


What is your favorite thing about the law?
Every day is a new challenge.

What was your first job?
Working as a laborer in my family’s saw and machinery business, mostly unloading trucks of merchandise and working in the warehouse.

What are your hobbies?
Woodworking, fly-fishing and quail hunting.

What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Study hard so that you have choices of employment and can hopefully be matched with a firm that will carry you through your professional career.

How do you define a “good day"?
When I either helped a client solve a problem to their satisfaction and/or helped a young lawyer work his or her way through a difficult issue so that their client was satisfied and they had a meaningful learning experience in the law.

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  • "Lee Thuston played a key role in helping bring Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. to Alabama. Not only does Lee have vast knowledge and experience, he is extremely associated with and networked throughout the State of Alabama. He truly cares about his clients and is fully aware that "results matter." As Managing Partner at Burr & Forman, he has worked diligently to establish Burr & Forman's presence as the leading economic and development law firm in the Southeast."

    -Best Lawyers

  • "...He has a big influence on automotive and economic development.”

    -Chambers 2012

  • "Burr & Forman is an excellent firm. Lee Thuston blends legal knowledge and business sense better than any attorney I've ever worked with."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "Lee has been an excellent, trusted legal adviser to Honda Alabama since our arrival in 1999. He's helped us successfully expand our operations from our six initial hires to over 4,000 associates today. Each step along the way he's provided solid legal and insightful business advice. "

    -Raymond W. Perez.