Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with attorneys and advisors in 14 offices in 13 markets strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. Adams and Reese is consistently named to the AmLaw 200 list of the nation's top law firm by American Lawyer and the NLJ 250 list by the National Law Journal. It is our business to know and understand our clients, their business, their current needs, and their future plans. We provide leadership strategies and proactive solutions by assembling teams of attorneys and advisors to identify and meet the specific needs of our clients. Providing legal services on a regional, national and international level, our firm represents industry leaders ranging from S corporations to local businesses to Fortune 100 organizations. We are committed to and supportive of our clients, our people and our communities. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our services to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. Our fundamental commitment to volunteerism has become a deep-rooted characteristic of our firm's personality. Our corporate philanthropy program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support) founded in 1988 has devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need within our communities. Our firm's pro bono program policy requires that every lawyer in the firm annually perform a minimum 20 hours of pro bono work. Adams and Reese attorneys have handled a diverse scope of pro bono litigation and transactions for deserving individuals and nonprofit organizations who could not otherwise afford legal services. Adams and Reese is consistently recognized in the legal industry for professional excellence, as well as for our dedication to serving our communities. Our many distinctions and honors over the years are a direct result of our clients, attorneys, advisors and staff. Adams and Reese has offices located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; Nashville/Downtown and Nashville/Music Row, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Sarasota, Florida; St. Petersburg, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; Tampa, Florida; and Washington, DC.
Career OpportunitiesAdams and Reese Attorney Achieves Another “Female First”
Ann Huckstep is the first female ever to serve as chair of the Executive Committee of Adams and Reese, one of the fastest growing law firms in the South Central United States. While the election of Huckstep to this position is attributed to her many contributions to the firm, it also reflects her partners' commitment to the firm’s diversity initiatives. Several years ago, Adams and Reese formed its Diversity Committee to ensure success of the firm’s dedication to establishing a corporate culture defined by understanding, respect and opportunity for all attorneys and staff.
Making history is nothing new to Hucktsep. In 1971, her classmates voted her “Most Likely to Succeed.” She was the first young woman ever to receive that title, but was stripped of the honor and told that her peers were supposed to have voted for a boy. Since then, Huckstep’s career has been marked by many great accomplishments in her profession and in her community, and many notable “first female” titles.
In 1992, the health care attorney was the first female elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville, one of Alabama’s oldest and most prestigious law firms that merged with Adams and Reese in January 2003. In addition to becoming Lange Simpson’s first female chair, Huckstep was also the first female to chair a top ten law firm in the entire state of Alabama. It was under her leadership that the Lange Simpson merger with Adams and Reese took flight, forming the largest law firm in the four state region at that time.
“I knew instantly upon meeting Ann that she would be a tremendous asset to our firm,” says Adams and Reese Managing Partner Charles P. Adams, Jr. “She is bright and innovative, and is passionate about her practice and the firm. She has keen management skills and an exceptional ability to work with people. Ann possesses the kind of ingenuity that we need at the helm of our firm’s governing body.”
Huckstep is one of the top heath care attorneys in the Southeast region, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America for Health Care Law for many consecutive years. She represents a number of health care providers, including hospitals, medical service companies and physicians. She serves as an advisor on a broad range of matters, including compliance, accreditation, business transactions and corporate matters. She is also well-known for her extensive experience with Certificate of Need Law. In addition to health care law, Huckstep also practices in the areas of employee benefits and ERISA, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law.
Despite devoting countless hours to her clients and her thriving legal practice, Huckstep is active in several civic and community groups, and has held numerous leadership roles among them. It is not surprising that she has also made many other "first female" milestones within those organizations. In 1987, she became the first female to chair the Board of Trustees for Christ United Methodist in Birmingham. In 1992, she was the first female to serve on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Rotary Club. One year later, in 1993, Huckstep served as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Downtown Birmingham YMCA, and was again, the first woman to take on such an esteemed position. Huckstep presently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber, as a member of its Executive Committee, as well as its legal counsel. She is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Alabama, and on the Board of the Birmingham Rotary Club where she is also Sergeant at Arms. She is also a current Board Member of the Birmingham YMCA.
“My goal has never been to be the first female to achieve this or to be named that,” says Huckstep in regards to her accomplishments. “My goal was, and still is, to do the best I can, to commit myself 100 percent to the task at hand and to accept nothing less than the best for myself, my clients, my firm and my community. I think it is this philosophy—not my gender— that has allowed me to excel, and has defined who I am.”
Over the years, Huckstep has received a host of awards including being named one of only ten “Top Birmingham Women for 2005” by the Birmingham Business Journal. This honor was bestowed upon her for the many contributions she has made to the legal profession and to the community. Naturally, her many “firsts” were noted. Regardless of age or gender, Huckstep has already achieved more than many people do in a lifetime.
“Ann’s hard work, determination, dedication and passion for the profession of law and civic activism are inspiring,” says Adams and Reese partner Debbie Rouen, who served as the firm’s first female member of the Executive Committee and now serves as co-chair of its Diversity Task Force. “She is a role model not only to young women, but to all those who know her personally and professionally.”
With more than 300 lawyers, Adams and Reese has offices in Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Memphis, TN; Mobile, AL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer Magazine includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top 200 firms - “The AmLaw 200.” The National Law Journal also lists the firm on the “NLJ 250” of the nation’s largest law firms.