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  I  concentrate my practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business planning and general business and corporate matters. In addition, I have extensive experience in the areas of commercial lending and finance, equipment leasing, commercial real estate and technology law. While my practice has historically focused on representation of closely-held businesses and start-up companies, I have also been counsel to public companies and venture capitalists.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
    15 years
  2. Mergers & Acquisitions: 25%
    15 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    15 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    15 years
  5. Equipment Finance and Leasing: 5%
    15 years



Hourly ($370-410/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

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  • John Michael Phillips

    Without hesitation, I recommend Jonathan. He is an excellent lawyer and person and I am lucky to call him one of my best friends. Do not hesitate to call on him if legal trouble finds you. he will take great care of you and your problems.


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Contact info

1400 Wells Fargo Tower
420 Twentieth Street North
Birmingham, AL, 35203


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200111/07/2015
ALAuthorized to practice law200011/11/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Business & CorporateAlabama Super Lawyers2015
The Best Lawyers in America®The Best Lawyers in America®2015
Business & CorporateAlabama Super Lawyers2014
The Best Lawyers in America®The Best Lawyers in America®2014
Rising StarAlabama Super Lawyers2013
The Best Lawyers in America®The Best Lawyers in America®2013
Top Attorney in Corporate FinanceBirmingham Magazine2012
Top 40 Under 40Birmingham Business Journal2012
Rising StarAlabama Super Lawyers2012
Top Attorney in Corporate Finance/Mergers & AcquisitionsBirmingham Magazine2011
Rising StarAlabama Super Lawyers2011
AV Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2010
Top Attorney in Corporate Finance/Mergers & AcquisitionsBirmingham Magazine2010
Leadership ClassNational Multiple Sclerosis Society2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderBaker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz2001 - Present
Judicial ClerkSupreme Court of the State of Alabama2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Innovation DepotBoard Member2012 - Present
Birmingham Business AllianceBoard Member2010 - Present
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Alabama/Mississippi ChapterLeadership Class Advisory Council2010 - 2010
Vistage InternationalMember2010 - 2013
Industrial Development Board of the City of Homewood, AlabamaBoard Member2007 - Present
Birmingham Artwalk, Inc.Board Member and General Counsel2004 - 2012
Business Law Committee, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember of Planning Board2003 - 2004
Corporate Counsel Committee, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionVice-Chair2003 - 2004
Birmingham Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Georgia Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Alabama Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJuris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude2000
Birmingham-Southern CollegeFinanceOther - Bachelors1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Baker Donelson Emerging Company Boot CampEmerging Company Boot Camp2010
MBOCA SeminarSmall, Minority-Owned Business Seminar2007