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April McKenzie Mason

April McKenzie Mason
  • J.D. summa cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law (2004)
  • M.B.A., The University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business (2004)
  • B.A. magna cum laude, Political Science and Communication Studies and Rhetoric, The University of Alabama (1999)
  • American Bar Association, member of Model Asset Purchase Agreement committee
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee of Business Section
  • Birmingham Best in Minority Business Awards, Outstanding Female Attorney (2012)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's 2016 "Top 40 Under 40" List
  • Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award
  • Alabama Law Review, Junior and Senior Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Alabama Morris Mayer Award
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Province Leader of the Year
  • Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star", Business/Corporate (2013)
  • Rotary Club of Birmingham, Vice President of New Generations (2015-2016)
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham, Chairman of Board (2008-2009); President (2007-2008); Programs Director (2006-2007)
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham Foundation, Board of Directors (2007-2008)
  • Alabama Leadership Initiative, Member (2009)
  • Birimingham Venture Club, Member
  • Blackburn Institute, Member (1996-present); Student Chair (1998-1999)
  • MS Leadership Class, Member (2008); MS Evening of Wines Board, Member (2012-present)
  • Trident United Way, Loaned Executive (2008)
  • Central Alabama United Way, Visiting Allocation Team Member (2009)
  • Executive Committee of the Jefferson County Chapter of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association
  • University of Alabama Student Government Association Vice President of External Affairs (1998-1999), Chief of Staff (1997-1998) and Senator (1996-1997)
  • Represented the U.S. operations of a Spanish Company in the automotive metal stamping business, in connection with its purchase of a stamping facility in South Carolina.

  • Represented private equity firm in multi-million dollar acquisition of large fast-food restaurant franchisee and prepared an HSR premerger notification filing in connection with the transaction.

  • Represented the majority owners of a manufacturer of digital imaging equipment in the sale of all of its membership interests.

  • Prepared numerous HSR premerger notification filings for public medical malpractice insurer.

  • Represented ball bearing manufacturing in sale of substantially all of the assets of one of its subsidiaries.

  • Represented manufacturer of luxury vinyl flooring in connection with the sale of substantially all of its assets.

  • Assisted in the disposition of certain assets of a liquidation trust, including the disposition of hundreds of acres of timberland.

  • Represented larger supermarket chain in the sale of certain pharmacy assets out of bankruptcy.

  • Prepared HSR premerger notification form in conjunction with in the sale of stock of a manufacturer of clothing and sportswear.

  • Represented client in the acquisition of the membership interest of B.A.S.S., LLC (a magazine publisher and outdoor entertainment company) from ESPN Productions, Inc.

  • Represented various nursing home clients in refinancing and/or assumption of over $150 million in HUD-insured loans.

  • Assessed and provided opinions of data breach implications during due diligence of prospective corporate acquisitions.

  • Developed proactive cybersecurity policies, procedures, and best practices for client’s use in implementing technology, security, and data breach response plans.

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April practices in Burr & Forman's Corporate and Tax practice group, representing clients in connection with a broad range of business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, corporate governance, franchising and antitrust.

April has been involved in a variety of mergers and acquisitions with domestic and foreign, public and privately held clients in the manufacturing, technology, insurance, healthcare, retail and restaurant/hospitality industries. Additionally, she regularly counsels start-ups and seed companies as they seek venture funding for their company.

She has worked on numerous acquisitions involving franchised concepts and advised on franchise issues pertaining to all aspects of the transaction. Her experience includes counseling both franchisors and franchisees on federal and state disclosure requirements and various state relationship laws that pertain to dealer/franchise terminations.

April also regularly counsels clients on antitrust issues, including merger review and Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings, competitor collaborations and joint ventures, FTC and DOJ investigations, distribution arrangements and trade association activities, as well as advises on antitrust exemptions and immunities.

April served as corporate counsel for a sports event management and marketing company. As corporate counsel, April drafted, reviewed and negotiated various venue, sponsor and vendor contracts related to major sporting events in Alabama. She was also responsible for managing the relationship with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, which involved developing a media rights plan and negotiating broadcast agreements, as well as managing their corporate sponsorship program.