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William J. Bryant ('Bill')

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Phone (205) 536-8888

Legal Assistant: Rhonda McFarling 

Email: rmcfarling@dfhlaw.com


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Bill’s law practice focuses on a wide variety of tax, corporate and business matters, including deferred compensation, equity based incentive plans and the purchase and sale of owner-managed businesses – with an emphasis on developing exit strategies for the family or closely-held business owner. He also counsels clients on various federal, state and local tax issues.

A strong proponent of community service, particularly as it relates to public health advocacy, Bill is guided by the words of George Bernard Shaw, “You see things that are and say ‘why?’ But I dream things that never were and say ‘why not?'” Bill has served in leadership positions in various voluntary health organizations, including national level service as Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc..

  • Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America© 2021 – Litigation & Controversy – Tax Law
  • Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America© 2019 – Tax Law
  • Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America© 2016 – Litigation & Controversy – Tax Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 – Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Litigation & Controversy – Tax Law (2000-2023)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers – Tax: Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Closely Held Business, Employee Benefits (2008-2017)
  • Martindale- Hubble AV® Preeminent™ peer review rating
  • Named “Star of the Bar” – B-Metro Magazine March 2015
  • Named “Hall of Fame” – B-Metro Magazine March 2019
  • Named “Top Flight Attorney” – B-Metro Magazine March 2020
  • Member -Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association.
  • American Institute of Federal Taxation (Board of Trustees 1993-2018)
  • Adjunct Instructor UAB School of Business (2005-2006)
  • Adjunct Professor University Alabama School of Law (2004)
  • UAB School of Public Health (Broad Street Committee/Advisory Board)
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc. (Board of Directors 2010-Present, Chair 2014-2018)
  • American Heart Association, Inc. (Board of Directors 1996-2002, Chair 2000-2001)
  • Friends of the World Heart Federation Trust (Trustee/Secretary-Treasurer)
  • University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies (Board of Visitors)
  • Black Belt Action Commission (Manufacturing Sub-committee)
  • Leadership Birmingham (Class of 1996/Programs Co-Chair 2005-2006).

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