Burr & Forman LLP announces the appointment of April Mason as the new office managing partner of the firm’s Birmingham location, which is the largest of the firm’s 19 offices with nearly 130 attorneys. She succeeds Gary M. London in this role, who has served in this role for the past eight years.
“April is an accomplished attorney whose commitment to excellence and service, both for clients and in the community, have earned her the immense respect of her colleagues,” said Ed Christian, Chief Executive Officer of Burr & Forman. “We look forward to her leadership as we continue to grow and advance legal services for our clients. We would also like to extend our deep gratitude to Gary London for his leadership in our Birmingham office and the path of success he helped pave.”
“It has been a tremendous honor to lead our wonderful team in Birmingham over the years, and we are proud of all we have accomplished in that time,” London said. “As I step aside to allow room for the next generation of leadership at our firm, I am thrilled for April to take the reins and extend my best wishes and ongoing support as she steps into this role.”
Mason 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. She 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. She has worked on numerous acquisitions involving franchised concepts and regularly counsels both franchisors and franchisees on all aspects of franchise compliance and franchise relationships.
Mason is an active leader within the industry and serves in several professional organizations. She currently serves on the board for the Birmingham Bar Foundation and is the past chair of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Business Section. She has also taken an active role in the American Bar Association’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.
She has earned numerous accolades within the industry. She has been listed in the Franchise Times Legal Eagles ranking in 2021 and as a Leading Practitioner in the Corporate / Commercial category in Chambers USA “Up and Coming” rankings for 2019 and 2020. She has also been included in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America listing for Corporate Law and was recently recognized as Birmingham Business Journal’s Best of the Bar. In 2012, Mason was honored by Cox Media Group as the “Outstanding Female Attorney” in the Best in Minority Business Awards.
Outside of her legal practice, Mason is active within the community. She currently serves on the Alabama Capital Network Advisory Board. She is also active with the Rotary Club of Birmingham, and will serve as Vice President of Club Service for Rotary for the 2021-2022 term. She previously served on Rotary’s Board as the Vice President of New Generations and is a Past President of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham. Mason has also been actively involved in the National MS Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter Evening of Wines committee for the past decade, helping to raise money for MS research.
Mason earned her undergraduate, M.B.A and law degrees from the University of Alabama.
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