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Adams and Reese Announces New Partners for 2016

1/11/2016

The law firm of Adams and Reese is pleased to announce the promotion of six associates to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

The six newest Adams and Reese partners are:

David C. Coons joined the Adams and Reese New Orleans office in 2009. He primarily handles contract, unfair competition and related business disputes. He also represents developers and business operators before executive branch and legislative entities. Coons also serves as an Assistant Examiner for Business Entities and Negotiable Instruments for the Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wake Forest University, Coons received his Juris Doctor degree and diploma in Civil Law from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Andrew J. McBride joined Adams and Reese in 2010 following the firm's expansion into St. Petersburg, Florida and has been practicing law since 2009. McBride is a member of the firm’s Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group. His diverse litigation practice focuses on banking, commercial, bankruptcy, construction and community association litigation. Prior to practicing law, he served with the Florida Department of Financial Services where he was involved in insurance agent licensing disputes. McBride earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in History from Seattle Pacific University.

James Marshall Moorhead joined Adams and Reese in 2011 in the firm’s Tampa and St. Petersburg offices. He is a member of the Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group. He focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation, complex commercial transactions, energy, and construction and government procurement matters. He is also a former Captain and Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of South Florida Honors College.

Jay Michael Ross joined Adams and Reese in 2012 in the firm’s Mobile, Alabama office. He is a member of the Government Relations Practice Team and the Special Business Services Practice Group. Practicing law since 1985, Ross focuses primarily on issues related to municipal and county governments with an emphasis on economic development, intergovernmental relations as well as state and federal regulatory, organizational and operational matters. He also represents clients in civil litigation, corporate law, probate and bankruptcy matters. Ross earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

April D. Smith joined the Adams and Reese Mobile office in 2005 as part of the Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group. She is licensed to practice law in both Alabama and Florida. Smith primarily represents financial institutions, businesses and individuals in matters involving financing transactions; commercial property and timberland acquisitions and sales; workouts of complex commercial transactions; banking and creditor’s rights litigation; and the mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama.

David M. Stein joined Adams and Reese in 2008 as part of the Litigation Practice Group in the New Orleans office. He focuses his practice in a variety of areas including complex commercial litigation, toxic tort, medical malpractice defense and intellectual property matters. He is also a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law as well as Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the Tulane University School of Engineering.

The law firm of Adams and Reese congratulates its newest partners for 2016.