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09.16.2020   |   Firm News

Burr’s Bryan Balogh and Ricardo Woods to Serve on Alabama State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Birmingham Partner Bryan Balogh and Mobile Partner Ricardo Woods have been elected to serve on the Alabama State Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion in the Profession Committee for the 2020-2021 year. Bryan will enter his second term serving on the committee while this year will be the first year serving for Ricardo.

The Diversity & Inclusion in the Profession Committee is responsible for expanding and enhancing participation, inclusion, and educational and professional opportunities for attorneys of diverse backgrounds within the legal profession. The committee also works towards promoting diversity principles within law school admissions. The Alabama State Bar assists the committee in fulfilling its mission to advance the principles of racial, ethnic, gender, age, and geographic diversity.

The Committee strives to accomplish these goals by developing relationships with other organizations in and outside the Alabama State Bar to increase educational and professional opportunities. The committee also implements the resources provided by the American Bar Association, including a review of model diversity programs offered by other bar associations for use in Alabama. Additionally, the committee works alongside the Young Lawyers Section, The Women’s Section, The Alabama Lawyers Association, and other local minority bar associations to coordinate these efforts.

In addition to serving on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Bryan has also been re-elected to serve on the Bar’s Character & Fitness Committee. Bryan has served on the Alabama State Bar’s Character & Fitness Committee for the previous three years. The Character & Fitness Committee is responsible for examining, evaluating, and deciding the character and fitness of all applicants seeking admission to the Alabama State Bar. The Committee is divided into panels appointed by the President of the Bar that are tasked with conducting proceedings in carrying out its responsibilities.

At Burr, Bryan practices in the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Group regularly representing and counseling clients in litigation matters throughout the country. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation involving disputes with significant risk and damages, with a particular emphasis on class action litigation involving corporations and financial institutions.

In addition to serving on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Ricardo was selected to serve on the Alabama State Bar President’s Council.

At Burr, Ricardo is a defense trial lawyer and practices in Burr and Forman’s Torts and Insurance Practice Group (TIPS) with an emphasis on, product and toxic tort liability, insurance litigation, and government liability. Ricardo serves as the Chief Legal Counsel and City Attorney for the City of Mobile. In his capacity as City Attorney, Ricardo manages the City’s outside counsel at multiple law firms, serves as chief legal adviser to the executive branch of the local government, and serves as the executive director of the City of Mobile’s internal legal department.

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