Thomas H. Brinkley
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Tom’s Profile

As Chair of the firm’s Economic Development/Incentives Group and the State & Local Tax Group, Tom specializes in identifying and procuring tax incentive packages for businesses in the State of Alabama, whether for existing Alabama entities, international concerns, or businesses looking to build and establish operations in Alabama. His extensive list of clients he has advised and assisted includes companies based in China, Germany, Canada, France, England, Korea and Japan. With a current focus on the automotive and aviation/aerospace sectors, Tom represents all types of public and private companies in the service and manufacturing sectors.

In addition to his Economic Development practice, Tom has extensive experience in Alabama state and local tax legislation, compliance and controversy work. He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to representing and advising privately held companies in general corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business and tax planning and corporate finance.

Tom’s talents have earned him recognition by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Economic Development Law, a distinction given to only one attorney in each geographic area.

Tom’s Awards

  • Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Economic Development Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Tax Law (2006-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate Law (2017)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate Law (2011-2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Tom’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Section/Section of Taxation
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Tax Section, Chair
  • Business Council of Alabama, Tax Committee
  • Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, Finance & Taxation Committee
  • Alabama Aerospace Industry Association
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama, Legislative Committee
  • Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
  • Alabama-Germany Partnership, Board of Directors
  • The Japan American Society of Alabama

Civic Involvement

  • Sunrise Rotary Club of Birmingham, Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Virginia Club of Birmingham (Past President)
  • Jefferson Scholarship Regional Selection Committee for UVA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • UAB Adult Down Syndrome Clinic Advisory Board
  • Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs (Past Chairman of Board; Past President)
  • Exceptional Foundation, Board of Directors

Tom’s Speaking Engagements

  • November 2-3, 2017: “Public Private Side of Economic Development” for Southern Business Law Institute, co-presenter with Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary of Commerce, and Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Sales, Business & Economic Development with Alabama Power Company. To view the presentation slides, Click Here
  • October 17, 2014: “Opportunities in Tax Credit Negotiations and Nontraditional Incentives” for Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, Nashville TN
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Sonya Goode
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
EDUCATION
New York University School of Law (1990, LL.M., Tax Law Review, Editor)
University of Alabama School of Law (1989, J.D, Omnicron Delta Kappa; Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor; Hugo Black Scholar)
University of Virginia (1986, B.A.)
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