I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, in my grandparents home in the Five Points area on Jan. 13, 1940, during a blizzard. Lived in Huntsville almost my entire life except 1 year in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1945-1947 in while my father served in the US Army during WWII. I attended Kindergarten in Cheyenne at a time when Alabama did not have public Kindergartens; 1 year in Atlanta, Georgia, while attending Emory University; and 5 years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, while attending undergraduate and law school.
I entered Emory U. in the fall of 1958 with a partial scholarship based on my ACT scores in math. At Emory I was enrolled in advanced, experiential math courses on a graduate level. In fact, when I enrolled at UofAl in 1959 I was required to take Math 101, against my wishes. When it was time to take the final examination I had correctly answered every question during the semester, including the bonus questions, so I had a 110% score. My professor awarded me an A++ and exempted me from taking the final examanation and asked me to assist him in grading the papers of other students.
I attended UofAl for 2 years. The 2nd semester I attended UofAl I pledged Pi Kappa Alpha in January of 1960, began Hell Week the next week and in April of 1960 I was elected to serve as SMC (president) of PiKA. PiKA had accumulated a large debt and was insolvent I hired an accounting firm in Tuscaloosa to establish a budget, increase the dues slightly and control expenses, without injuring the reputation of PiKA. By the end of my term there was a surplus in the bank account and all bills were paid current.
In February of 1960 my fraternity brother and friend, Byrd Latham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, (now for many years an attonrey in Athens, Alabama) had his girl friend from Miami, Florida, introduce me to Kathryn Abbott McWhorter, from Monrgomery, Al, on a blind date. Kathryn (now known as KAM to the followers of china painting, silversmiths, the grandchildren and their friends). Kathryn and I had a great time together and married in August of 1962, and now have 2 sons, both of whom are attorneys at Martinson & Beason, 2 daughers-in-law and 5 grandchildren.
I entered UofAl Law School after only 3 years of college without a BS degree.
I recieved my BS from the Commerce and Business Adminsitration School at UofAl in 1963 and my J.D. from UofAl Law School in 1964.
Licensed since 1964
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|AL||Authorized to practice law||1964||11/15/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|A+||Better Business Bureau||2009|
|Certified Civil Trial Advocate||National Board of Trial Advocacy||1993|
|Appted Special Judge of Madison Co Ct at age 26 in 1966 to1971||Governor George Wallace of Alabama||1966|
|Adminsitrative Hearing Officer||City of Huntsville||1992 - 1995|
|Special Attorney - Defend Landfill Lawsuit||Solid Waste Disposal Authority-Huntsville||1990 - 1991|
|Attorney||New Hope Cellular Telephone||1985 - 1997|
|City Attorney||City of New Hope, AL||1985 - Present|
|Attorney||Martinson & Beason||1972 - Present|
|Attorney||Valley Cable TV||1969 - 1982|
|Attorney||Martinson & Manning||1966 - 1972|
|Attorney||Martinson, Manning & White||1964 - 1966|
|Contract Attorney||New Hope Telephone Cooperative||1964 - Present|
|Measure Cotton, Wheat and Tobacco||US Dept of Argriculture - ASCS||1957 - 1959|
|Draftsman - Commercial & Residential||Dick Dickson Architects, AIA||1956 - 1958|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association||Chairman of Seminar CLE||1999 - 1999|
|Solid Waste Disposal Authority||Board Member||1994 - 2002|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||Certified-Civil Trial Advocate||1993 - 2005|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||Certified CivilTrial Specialist||1993 - Present|
|Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association||President||1987 - 1988|
|Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association||Executive Committee||1986 - 1988|
|Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Grievance Committee||Chairman||1985 - 1986|
|Moathers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)||Co-Founder of Madison County Chapter||1982 - 1990|
|Alabama Trial Lawyers Association||First Editor of News Letter||1973 - 1975|
|Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal||Motions in Limine||1985|
|AL Trial Lawyers Assoc.||First Editor 1973 to 1975||1973|
|Alabama Trial Lawyer's Association||Editor's Column||1973|
|University of Alabama School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1964|
|University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)||Commerce & Business Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||1963|
|Emory University||Arts and Science||N/A||1959|
|Huntsville High School||President-Student Council 1957-1958||N/A||1958|
|Summer Seminar||Corporate Oppression||1989|
|Ala Beverage Control Board||Liquor Related Torts||1989|
|Big Sky, Montanta||Insurance Guaranty Laws||1988|
|Birmingham, AL||Contractural Litigation||1985|
|Lake Tahoe, NV||Uninsured Motorists Laws||1974|
|Peoples Law School - Huntsville||Personal Injury - Death Torts||N/A|
|Peoples Law School - Huntsville||Contractural Litigation||N/A|