William “Lee” Thuston serves as Chairman of Burr & Forman, responsible for strategic initiatives, business development and client service programs. In addition, Lee oversees the firm’s Executive Committee.
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.
Phone: (205) 458-5143
CEO and Managing Partner
Ed Christian is the firm’s Chief Executive Officer where he manages the day-to-day operations and firmwide administrative departments. Ed practices in the firm’s Corporate/Tax practice group where he represents a variety of privately held companies for which he provides representation and advice on mergers and acquisitions and general business, corporate and contractual matters.
Phone: (205) 458-5155
As President, Erich Durlacher serves as strategy partner, collaborating with each of the firm’s practice group leaders to enhance practice management. Erich is also the Atlanta Office Managing Partner and practices in the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group assisting companies, banks and other financial institutions in the resolution of complex commercial issues, the restructuring of performing and distressed credit facilities and swap agreements, and the maximization of debt and collateral recovery.
Phone: (404) 685-4313
Carolinas Managing Partner
David Tigges serves as Carolinas Managing Partner and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. He also oversees the firm’s Government Relations team. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of McNair Law Firm for nine years.
Phone: (843) 341-4910
Chief Operating Officer
Jim Lowery joined Burr & Forman in April of 2005 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role Jim oversees all business related functions firm-wide, including finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, library services and knowledge management, and facilities.
Phone: (205) 458-5266
Chief Marketing Officer
Kathryn Whitaker is the Chief Marketing Officer of Burr & Forman LLP. She works closely with firm management and practice group leaders to develop and implement marketing and business development plans, while overseeing efforts to facilitate cross-office and cross-practice collaboration for the benefit of firm clients. Kathryn also manages branding and marketing strategy, including communications, media, and public relations.
Phone: (843) 973-6844
Chief Client Officer
Clinton Gary leads the Office of Client Value, an innovative initiative consisting of a multi-disciplinary team with dedicated executive participation that continually assesses the needs and increases the value delivered to the firms’ strategic clients, positioning the firm to elevate the client experience for all clients. The OCV coordinates an extensive client feedback process, client engagement analysis, industry/sector research, thought leadership development, and firmwide collaboration and knowledge management initiatives to empower attorneys and teams to maintain an understanding of our clients’ changing businesses and legal needs, access the firm’s collective and expanding capabilities and knowledge, and continually enhance client service processes to provide a compelling client experience.
Phone: (404) 685-4337
Chief Information Officer
LaTesha Blair is the firm’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). She is responsible for leadership and management of the firm’s technology efforts and the Information Technology Department. She directs technology planning and implementation as well as oversees all aspects of technology services and resources for all of Burr & Forman’s locations.
Phone: SC: (803) 753-3458/ AL: (205) 458-5458
Chief HIPAA Privacy Officer
Howard serves as the firm’s Chief HIPAA Privacy officer. Howard oversees the development, implementation, maintenance of, and adherence to privacy policies and procedures regarding the safe use and handling of protected health information (PHI) in compliance with federal and state HIPAA regulations.
Phone: (205) 458-5416
Chief Privacy Officer
India is the firm’s Chief Privacy Officer, focusing on the legal and regulatory issues related to data privacy. India is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Phone: (205) 458-5284
Chief Security Officer
Eddie Saunier is the firm’s Chief Security Officer (“CSO”). As CSO, Eddie is responsible for managing the firm’s compliance and risk as it relates to technology and information management, as well as the firm’s overall information security program.
Phone: (205) 458-5493
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Tamika Walters is Burr & Forman’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO). In this role, she leads initiatives and develops firm-wide policies to both foster a diverse environment and create an inclusive culture where each person, regardless of their background, feels that they belong and have a fair opportunity to succeed. Tamika works with leadership to align recruiting, retention and professional development priorities with the firm’s strategic diversity and inclusion goals. To further these goals, Tamika directs inclusion trainings, plans firm-wide programs honoring the history and traditions of diverse cultures and provides oversight for attorney resource groups. Tamika also supports the firm’s efforts to enhance client service through diverse and inclusive legal teams.
Phone: (404) 685-4290
Senior Director of Legal Talent and Development
Allyson Edwards is Burr & Forman’s Senior Director of Legal Talent and Development. In this role, Allyson works with firm leadership to develop and oversee strategic programs for the professional development and career advancement, retention, and recruitment of attorneys. This includes attorney training and development leadership coaching, client service initiatives and other initiatives.
Phone: (205) 458-5158
Director of Human Resources
In her role as director of human resources, Lisa oversees all human resource strategy and processes across the firm’s footprint including employee relations and engagement, benefits and policies, staffing needs, employee intake, training, engagement and retention.
Phone: (205) 458-5301