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Adams and Reese attorneys Aaron McLeod and Russell Rutherford are featured in Birmingham Business Journal's Legal Rising Stars for 2015, recognizing up-and-coming attorneys who are making waves in Birmingham's legal scene before the age of 40.

The BBJ chose the 20 honorees, based on their career accomplishments, achievements within their practice area and contributions to the community, among other factors.

McLeod joined Adams and Reese in 2008 and is focusing his practice on trial and appellate litigation. He has also expanded his knowledge of legal-malpractice law as a recent author on the topic for the American Bar Association’s Professional Liability Litigation Committee. He currently serves as chairman of the Alabama State Bar's Appellate-Practice Section.

Since 2011, McLeod has been named among the Alabama Rising Stars® in the practice areas of Appellate, Personal Injury Defense: General and General Litigation. After graduating in the top five percent of his class at the University of Alabama School of Law, McLeod has already distinguished himself by briefing and winning multiple appeals to the Alabama Appellate Courts and in the Eleventh Circuit.

Rutherford joined Adams and Reese in 2011 as an Associate in the firm’s Birmingham office. He is a member of the Special Business Services practice group, specializing in the area of commercial and industrial loans. He provides counsel to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals in various complex disputes and situations, including state and federal litigation, bankruptcy, and circumstances warranting the appointment of a receiver. Rutherford is ranked among Alabama Super Lawyers® Rising Stars – General Litigation.

In the community, Rutherford is a member of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, and he serves as Chair of the St. Vincent’s Foundation Junior Advisory Board. He has volunteered with the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, Project H.E.L.P., Project Homeless Connect, and Habitat for Humanity. Rutherford received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law in May 2011. His article on human rights was selected by peers for publication in the Alabama Law Review.