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William "Lee" Thuston
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William "Lee" Thuston

Managing Partner - Birmingham, Alabama
PH: (205) 458-5143
Fax: (205) 244-5712
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PH: (205) 458-5381
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Lee is Burr & Forman’s Managing Partner. He served 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 in the State of Alabama.

He assisted Honda Manufacturing of Alabama with the implementation of its incentives package with the State of Alabama for the development of its plant in Lincoln, Alabama. Lee also negotiated the incentives packages with the State for the recent Mercedes-Benz and Honda plant expansions in Alabama. Additionally, he assisted with negotiations on behalf of both DaimlerChrysler AG and Michigan Automotive Compressor Inc. (an affiliate of Toyota Industries) during their site selection and incentives negotiation processes with the State of Georgia.

Lee also assisted Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC with the implementation of its incentive package with the State of Alabama for the development of its plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Lee oversaw the site selection process for a new transmission manufacturing facility being developed by Honda Motor Company in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

In 2006, Lee and his partner, Warren Matthews, assisted with the site selection process for KIA...

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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  • "Burr & Forman is an excellent firm, and Lee Thuston blends legal knowledge and business sense better than any attorney I have 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.

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

    -Chambers 2012

  • "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

Speaking Engagements

October 08, 2014
Tony Harlow to Speak at the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference

Burr & Forman is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference. The conference will be held October 8-10, 2014 at t